Head of Commercial and Procurement


Head of Commercial and Procurement

Somerest County Council
  • Full Time
  • Salary: c £76k p.a.
  • Closing date: Monday June 4th, 2018 12:00pm
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Somerset is an ambitious, driven council with a clear focus.  We want what is best for our residents, businesses and visitors alike.  This does not come without its challenges, against a backdrop of substantial financial challenges.  However, this has only sharpened our resolve to do more for less and find better, more innovative ways of delivering, commissioning and procuring services and suppliers.

As Head of Commercial and Procurement in our largely commissioning authority, you will be at the heart of delivering this agenda. You will be responsible for ensuring that our procurement and contract management of services is robust, that commercial awareness is promoted and that we manage relationships with our major suppliers effectively.

In this influential role, you will work collaboratively with Directors and Commissioners to shape commercial opportunities, deliver financial savings and efficiency targets, whilst enabling sustainable business models.  You will be responsible for developing, leading and implementing commercial, category and SRM strategies and continuous improvement across all spend portfolios (c £400m).  You will help drive a high level of integration between strategic sourcing strategies with the overall business strategies to ensure effective interaction between services, market and customers.

Going forward, you will help drive more innovative arrangements for providing services.  This could include joined up working with other public providers such as the NHS to deliver more cost effective and integrated care services.

About you

First and foremost, we are looking for a strategic leader with strong commercial acumen – somebody able to drive innovation to improve service delivery and deliver a programme of savings.  This will include maximising council assets to generate revenue.

Whether you are from a public or private sector background, you will have a demonstrable track record of driving high levels performance through effective procurement, commissioning and/or contract management.

Aside from the above, you will be a keen collaborator and influencer who is able to quickly gain credibility with senior stakeholders and suppliers.

About us

Somerset is a county of wide open spaces, steeped in culture and history.  With an array of thriving market towns such as Dunster, Wells and Yeovil, as well as picture perfect villages, stunning coastline and the dramatic moorland of Exmoor – it undoubtedly has something to offer everyone.

As a rural county, we have great opportunities, more than many other parts of the country and, as a county council, we are working hard to make the most of those opportunities.

We have built strong, positive relationships with our key partners, with the aim of delivering better results for residents.  We work extremely hard for the people of Somerset and want the best people to work with us to help us achieve our significant ambitions.  In return we offer an excellent range of benefits, including relocation support where appropriate, and family friendly policies.

Application process

We wish to make the application process as straightforward as possible and we just ask that you complete our online application form providing further information against just a couple of specific questions.  You are also welcome to attach your CV to further support your application.

For informal enquiries, please contact Eleanor Clarke or Sue Wait at Jobsgopublic SmartSearch, our retained consultants, on 020 7427 8255 or email elenor.clarke@jobsgopublic.com.

If you haven’t completed your application through the official SmartSearch channel your application will not be processed, we only accept applications via the Jobsgopublic SmartSearch application form.

Closing date: 12noon Monday 4th June 2018.

Longlisting and telephone interviews by Jobsgopublic SmartSearch during which you may be invited to undertake a 30 minute telephone interview: Dates to be confirmed.

Interviews: Dates to be confirmed.

How to apply

This recruitment campaign is being managed by Jobsgopublic’s SmartSearch – the innovative resourcing service that targets quality candidates for executive, managerial and specialist vacancies.

Please apply on line by clicking the Apply link below