Procurement & Contract Officer – Housing

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Procurement & Contract Officer - Housing
Contract / Temporary

K&C 5233043

Posted: 15th August 2023 09:03
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  • Pay Rate:

    £18.76 per hour PAYE

  • Hours per Week:

    36 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 3 months

  • KENSINGTON, London,

    W8 7NX

What's involved with this role:

Temporary Procurement & Contract Officer – Housing

Reference no: K&C 5233043  

Pay rate: £18.76 per hour PAYE

Hours per week: 36 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

This opening assignment is for 3 months

City: KENSINGTON, London

Enhanced DBS is listed as required for this role

An experienced Procurement & Contract Officer is required to support the Procurement and Contract Management Team Managers in securing the continuous development, improvement, efficiency and success of the Temporary Accommodation and Resettlement department as a whole.  To commission, procure, and manage the supply of accommodation, including temporary accommodation, direct lets, and private rented sector accommodation and to ensure the effective supply of accommodation for households in housing need and providing effective contract monitoring.  This position will be heavily focused on Private Rented Sector work

Key responsibilities:

  • Assist with developing and delivering strategies, policies and programmes to ensure the effective supply and management of accommodation for homeless cases, with a strong focus on reducing levels of usage and promoting value for money.
  • Commission, procure, and manage the supply of accommodation, including temporary accommodation, direct lets, and private rented sector accommodation.
  • Successfully tender, evaluate and let contracts to providers, ensuring quality, value for money and compliance with the Council’s financial regulations and legal requirements, as well as those imposed by external agencies such as London Councils and the MHCLG.
  • Develop and maintain effective relationships with private sector landlords, local managing and lettings agents and owners of empty properties in order to secure use of privately rented properties for households in housing need in the Borough.
  • Carry out inspections of properties in order to assess their suitability for households in housing need, investigate persistent disrepair complaints and/or to take property inventories for those properties. This will include some properties outside the Borough’s boundaries.
  • Ensure the effective supply of accommodation for households in housing need and providing effective contract monitoring support. Contributing to the delivery of ad hoc accommodation-related projects, including tenancy audits, delivery of property decant programmes and new contract development
  • Ensure that demand and supply data and performance and financial information related to the accommodation portfolio is routinely collected, analysed and acted upon, in order to effectively shape commissioning decisions, anticipate and /or manage service problems and control financial expenditure.
  • Ensure that systems are in place to ensure effective move-on from emergency accommodation, helping to minimise high cost placements and subsidy loss.
  • Actively liaise with landlords, providers and managing agents where accommodation-related problems are identified to ensure that actions are taken to resolve any issues raised.


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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:


  • Grade C or above in GCSE Maths and English or equivalent qualifications.
  • Qualified to undertake property inspection under the Housing Health and Safety Rating System or ability to obtain qualification desirable.


Experience & Knowledge:

  • An understanding of the private rented sector and of the issues relating to the acquisition of accommodation, including security of tenure, health and safety, housing standards, and housing benefit regulations.
  • Experience of working in a social/private sector housing environment or related field.
  • Experience of communicating effectively to customers and at all levels of the organisation.
  • Experience of procurement and contract management including identifying and successfully addressing under performance.
  • Experience of working with private landlords and lettings agents desirable.
  • Knowledge of tenancy compliance documents.
  • Minimum of 12 months recent experience in a similar role or context and ideally within a public sector organisation.


Skills & Abilities:

  • Good verbal and written communication skills including the ability to negotiate with accommodation providers and the ability to write letters, report, and procedures using plain English.
  • Good communication and negotiation skills.
  • Good customer service skills.
  • Ability to relate the Department’s objectives and policies in relation to the service and to communicate these concisely, simply and sensitively to colleagues, customers and partners.
  • Ability to manage a varied and demanding workload, and to provide a consistently high quality of work with limited supervision.
  • Ability to take responsibility for one’s own and team performance in delivery of a customer focused service.
  • Ability to assess and communicate service issues and problems, and identify and cost appropriate responses and solutions.
  • Strong IT skills including Microsoft packages or equivalent (e.g. G Suite).



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Procurement & Contract Officer - Housing
Client Category: Local Authority

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