Senior Contract Officer

West Sussex County Council
£40,000 - £49,999
16 Nov 2020
25 Nov 2020
Contract Type
Part Time
Salary: £40,876 - £43,857 per annum

Working Pattern: 37 hours per week (full time)
Contract Length: Fixed Term for 18 months
Location: Centenary House, Worthing or County Hall, Chichester
Interview Date: 4 December 2020 (interviews will take place via MS Teams, Skype or equivalent)

Are you driven to improve the lives and outcomes for Young People in Care? Join our Commissioning and Contracts Team to make a difference.

This post will have a focus on the ways in which we commission and monitor residential care, as a component of the range of services available to support children. As a Senior Contract Officer, you will be responsible for securing improved outcomes for children, and best value for the resources invested, using influencing and negotiating skills.

The role will be responsible for developing the local market for residential care in a way which offers the most appropriate services to the children in need of placements. Those placements will be actively monitored to ensure positive outcomes are being delivered, and best value is being secured. The role will collate performance information through the set up and management of routine monitoring processes including regular contractor meetings.

In this role you will work closely with internal and external suppliers, building and maintaining effective working relationships with Providers and Contractors. You will advise and support WSCC Senior Managers and Contract and Commissioning Officers in the promotion of innovative commissioning.

You will be able to use your analytical skills to interpret, manipulate and evidence varied and complex data information relating to services and suppliers, whilst having excellent communication skills to be able to negotiate effectively and have the confidence to challenge others.

We are looking for someone who is passionate about delivering ambitious and better outcomes for Children, Young People and their families, and who enjoys motivating, developing and inspiring others. The current team are incredibly supportive, dynamic and innovative in their work, and would welcome someone who is creative and can think outside the box. Part of your support to the team would be to develop both the external market and influence partners.

Experience and skills

Key Skills:
  • Ability to deliver a demanding procurement/contract management service, including having responsibility for leading work projects. Normally demonstrated by evidence of managing high risk/high value contracts and contributing to policy/procedural reviews and objective setting.
  • Ability to anticipate problems and resolve issues independently, planning solutions and making sound pragmatic decisions which will have a direct impact on the business/service, and meet deadlines and objectives.
  • Create and maintain effective working relationships in order to interact effectively with a range of providers and contractors.
  • Ability to influence providers/contractors to make decisions they would otherwise not make. Understand technical procurement and contract information. Successfully contribute to sound procurement/contractual decisions which could have significant impacts.
  • Advanced analytical skills in order to interpret and manipulate very varied and complex data information in relation to services and suppliers.
  • Ability to forward plan over the long term, making effective judgements in order to continuously develop and review the effectiveness of services for children and young people and their families.

  • Qualifications and/or experience:
    • Degree or equivalent qualification or experience in procurement/contract management, demonstrating that level of applied knowledge in researching, analysing and evaluating arguments and information.
    • Significant experience in procurement or contract management demonstrated by monitoring and /or managing complex contracts effectively to ensure they meet customer's requirements and business need.
    • Relevant advanced theoretical or organisational knowledge of systems, procedures and policies associated with operating a demanding commissioning and contract management service.
    • Experience of line managing staff and developing an effective team to work together to meet objectives.
    • Knowledge of The Children and Families Act 2014 and all relevant Regulations and Statutory Guidance relating to children and young people.
    • Knowledge of Project Management and procurement regulations. Desirable

    Reward and benefits

    You will receive 29 days annual leave + bank holidays with the ability to buy additional leave annually.

    For a full list of the benefits offered to you as a West Sussex County Council employee you can find them on our Rewards and Benefits page.

    Further information

    The reference number for this role is CAFHE02863.

    For information regarding your eligibility to apply for this role under our Disability or Veteran's Guaranteed Interview Scheme, this can be found on our application help page.

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