Interim Senior Contracts Officer – Adults

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Interim Senior Contracts Officer - Adults
Interim Position

W Sussex RQ579141

Posted: 5th May 2022 14:15
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  • Pay Rate:

    £21.56 per hour PAYE

  • Hours per Week:

    37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 10 months


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What's involved with this role:

Interim Senior Contracts Officer - Adults 

Job Ref: RQ579141 

As a Senior Contracts Officer, you will be part of a team that will ensure good quality, affordable services are available for all our residents. Working proactively with the existing and emerging markets, you will develop relationships with customers and providers that ensure the services are responsive and meet need with a focus on outcomes and quality   

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Responsible for managing a portfolio of high risk / high value complex contracts, ensuring their development and renewal through a complex procurement process complying with Standing Orders on Procurement and Contracts, Statutory Instruments and European Union (EU) Procurement Directives. Continue to deliver value for money through regular performance monitoring and liaison with both customers and contractors to meet the requirements of Best Value.  
  • To manage projects and/or reviews of corporate projects specifically working with others engaged in the Adults and Health commissioning programme by challenging existing practices and generating ideas and solutions, recognising and balancing risks with reward, meeting agreed timescales.  
  • To secure, by negotiation and other purchasing techniques, maximum economic advantage from the purchasing power available to the county council and other bodies thereby obtaining best value for money whilst still meeting the demands of public accountability, professional ethics and the necessity of users to receive goods and services of the right quality at the right time and at the right place. 
  • Take lead on creating strategic contract management and monitoring solutions to meet the requirements of individual contracts or groups of contracts. Including identification and evaluation of technological and electronic tools to monitor and manage contract compliance.  
  • To develop Tender Documents using professional expertise to ensure terms and conditions of high value / high risk complex tenders and contracts cover all necessary aspects, and reflect the goods and services required.  
  • To meet regularly with suppliers/contractors and undertake demanding negotiations in relation to post tender negotiations, price change, specification and market changes in order to achieve improvements in contract terms, ensure value for money and effective maintenance of their services
  • To communicate with and develop good working relationships with a range of people, such as clients, key procurement contacts and contractors in order to provide in-depth specialist advice and information.  
  • To negotiate with contractors where performance levels are not met, in order to make decisions which they would not otherwise wish to make to affect an improvement in contract delivery.  
  • To mentor and provide one-to-one peer support to contract and Council Officers in relation to managing contract compliance, in accordance with the appropriate corporate regulations and strategy. 
  • To collaborate with other organisations and bodies as necessary to share knowledge and learning 

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

  • Degree, or equivalent qualification or experience in Procurement/Contract Management, demonstrating that level of applied knowledge in researching, analysing and evaluating arguments and information 
  • Knowledge of Project Management to effectively manage the procurement process 
  • Relevant advanced theoretical or organisational knowledge of systems, procedures and policies associated with operating a demanding procurement/contract management service 
  • Significant experience of working with strategic procurement/contract management systems/practices and providing effective support 
  • Experience of line managing staff or a corporate-focused specialist service and developing an effective team to work together to meet objectives 
  • Advanced analytical skills in order to interpret and manipulate very varied and complex contract / tender information in relation to services/supplies required by the client, with the ability to organise and plan and meet set targets e.g. for timely progression of tenders 
  • Ability to deliver a demanding procurement/contract management service. Normally demonstrated by evidence of managing high risk/high contracts, and contributing into policy/procedural reviews and objective setting. Ability to forward plan over the long term, making effective judgements in order to continuously develop and review the effectiveness of service and staff to meet deadlines and objectives 


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. 

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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. 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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Interim Senior Contracts Officer - Adults
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