Contracts Manager

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Contracts Manager
Interim Position

MPS 0007 78AC / 1

Posted: 25th May 2023 15:47
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  • Pay Rate:

    up to £435.10 per day PAYE depending on experience

  • Hours per Week:

    36 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 6 months


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What's involved with this role:

Interim Contracts Manager   

Reference no: MPS 0007 78AC / 1   

Pay rate up to £435.10 per day PAYE depending on experience    

This opening assignment is for 6 months

CTC Vetting 

The Contracts Manager will effectively manage Forensic Services supply contracts to deliver goods and services, including the Physical Forensics Managed Services Provision contract, ensuring it meets the Standards set out in the Service Specifications 

Key responsibilities: 


  • Effectively manage forensic services supply contracts to deliver goods and services including the Physical Forensics Managed Services Provision contract, ensuring it meets the Standards set out in the Service Specifications.    
  • Proactively identify and resolve supplier and operational issues and inefficiencies. 
  • Develop suppliers and ensure value for money in contracted services. 
  • Identify any risk to the supply of goods and services and escalate such risks to senior leaders.  
  • Work in partnership with, the Senior Commercial Contract Manager (Forensics) in the commercial management of the Physical Forensics Managed Services Provision contract. 
  • Ensure that KPI reports and management information are received in a timely manner from suppliers, and actively monitor performance against agreed service levels. This includes working with the Senior Contract Manager for significant performance issues for the Physical Forensics Managed Services Provision contract. 
  • Manage contract payments and work with finance/SSCL colleagues to ensure the appropriate commitment to expenditure is captured in Forensics financial reports including aspects delivered within the contract for non-Forensic units (HR). 
  • Drive consistent contract use and compliance across the Forensic Services.
  • Act as the SPOC (single point of contact) to front line forensic staff, and capture service delivery /dynamic supplier / operational issues. 
  • Act as the primary liaison point between operational forensics and Forensics Directorate suppliers, and escalate persistent and/or significant performance issues or risks as appropriate 

A career in Counter Terrorism Policing (CT Policing) is like no other. Every day offers a variety of exciting challenges and exceptional opportunities played out on a regional, national and international stage. Your skills could help protect the UK. With the ongoing terrorist threat, there has never been a more important time to be working alongside some of the best and brightest to help keep people safe. Counter Terrorism Policing is a collaboration of UK police forces working with the UK intelligence community to help protect the public and our national security by preventing, deterring and investigating terrorist activity. We do this by working in local to global partnerships, from policing teams on the beat and on the streets; supported by a national network of specialist officers and staff across the UK, to our investigators and expert advisors in every corner of the world. 

Uniquely the police service, and specifically the Counter Terrorism network contributes to all four Pillars of the governments National Counter Terrorism (CONTEST) strategy. The Counter Terrorism Policing headquarters, on behalf of government and the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC), ensures that the CT network has the funding, capabilities and resources it needs to deliver CONTEST effectively and to keep people safe from terrorism. It does this through the provision of corporate services, as well as national operational tasking and coordination. It houses a number of unique national CT capabilities that support the entire network, as well as overseeing delivery of CT policing across the regions to ensure that it operates in a way that is both effective and efficient. Crucially CTPHQ represents CT policing’s interest within government and with wider stakeholders, ensuring that the policing contribution to CONTEST is both understood and appreciated. Hosted by the Metropolitan Police, Counter Terrorism Policing oversees the UK’s National Counter Terrorism Policing Network. 

“Role Requirements” – to give yourself the maximum chance of success please try and ensure your CV addresses the following essential criteria: 

  • Membership of or working towards membership of the Chartered institute of Purchasing and Suppliers (MPSIPS) 
  • Knowledge of Forensics, law enforcement/criminal justice sector or similar related contracts. 
  • An understanding of the procurement cycle (including P2P) and best practice to achieve value for money; continual development of contract management/procurement methodologies and provision of advice to Forensics on commercial issues 
  • Experience in managing indirect and direct customers including preparing and delivering reports and presentations, including contract performance and supply chain risk assessments; managing contractual issues and ensuring robust stakeholder engagement; demonstration of strong interpersonal and influencing skills particularly with suppliers and senior managers. 
  • Experience in procurement and effective sourcing, to meet business requirements and demonstrate value for money. 
  • Applied experience in budget and financial management. 
  • Experience of project management. 
  • Applied experience of public procurement processes in accordance with Public Contract Regulations 
  • Ability to implement Continuous Improvement driving value for money through the supply chain, to provide a more efficient and effective service to MPS; and provide a responsive attitude to solving problems in a challenging environment. 
  • Working collaboratively with the Senior Contract Manager (Commercial Services), demonstrate the ability to put in place contract management strategies; an understanding of Contract Law (including management of complex managed service arrangements); day-to-day contract and supplier relationship management and supplier development 

NB: Please feel free to apply to us direct via [email protected] by quoting the job reference and job title exactly. SEE DETAILS AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS AD. 

If you have previously applied to one of our vacancies and have already sent the required supporting documentation to us, please make this clear when you re-apply as this will help speed up your application. 

To help speed up the process of uploading your CV to the client we would suggest that you send us your CV in Word format (or equivalent) if possible, rather than as a PDF. 

If you are successful in securing this role, please note that for the entire duration of this contract, regardless of extension you will be working this role at the PAYE rate that has been advertised. For absolute clarity, we only work on a PAYE basis, rather than entertaining umbrella pay terms, we do not offer Ltd/umbrella or outside IR35 rates. If you wish to understand PAYE vs Umbrella more, please let us know and we can send you some additional information for clarity. 

Please quote the Job Title & Vacancy Reference No. in your application, or we will be unable to match your CV to the role being applied for.

Other “Essential Requirements” – Please check to ensure that your CV addresses the following items: 

  1. Our clients are generally seeking applicants who are reasonably local, so on that basis we would ideally like you to supply us with your address (or at least your post code) and a telephone number so that we can reach you during working hours. 
  2. Your recent UK working experience going back at least 5 years, or full employment history if you have been working for fewer years than this. 
  3. Your availability to work either immediately, or at short notice. 
  4. CTC Clearance. 
  5. Please refer to the Role Requirements section above - your CV must address the requirements listed. 


Other preferable/desirable details to include on your CV, if applicable: 

  1. Any local authority/public sector experience 
  2. Any relevant qualifications held or being studied for. 


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Contracts Manager
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