This is a Brighton and Hove sovereign role and is on a fixed term of 24 months.
Interviews will be conducted week commencing 9th November.
Given the current Covid-19 Pandemic special arrangements will be made with respect to Interviews ensuring a safe interview process and equality of access for all participants.
Brighton and Hove City Council is seeking a Procurement Manager to support the Health and Social Care Category of the Corporate Procurement Team. We are seeking a self-motivated, reliable and hardworking individual who is passionate about making a positive difference in the public service.
The successful candidate will be organised, have excellent communication and persuasion skills, be a good problem-solver and will focus on delivery. They will also have extensive knowledge of Strategic Procurement and providing procurement support.
In this role you will be primarily supporting the Social Care directorates at Brighton and Hove City Council, including; Adult Social Care, Public Health, Families, Children and Learning, and Communities. It is also an expectation of the role that you may be asked to support the other Council directorates depending on demand.
Working in Procurement at Brighton & Hove brings with it a range of benefits that people in our small team enjoy, including working with;
- a diverse, gender-balanced and truly international group. Our staff come from all over the world, including the UK, South Africa, Australia, Italy and Ireland.
- a friendly group of colleagues who encourage a flexible workplace and maintaining a work life balance. Our staff work full time, work part time, have kids and don’t have kids. We have passionate gardeners, readers, cyclists and musicians!
- a team that develops its staff. 4 out of our 5 current managers were once recruited into this entry level position. Through the support of the team each has progressed into more senior roles in the Council.
About the role
Are you looking for an opportunity to build a career in Procurement?
Orbis is a shared services partnership between Brighton and Hove City Council, Surrey County Council and East Sussex County Council. Overall, the councils spend around £1.5bn with external suppliers for everything from software to social care services and from cleaning products to sports equipment, so we have a large Procurement Service which supports customers to deliver better value from our contracts and ensure we source our contracts in an open, fair and transparent way.
We are recruiting for a Procurement Manager to join our Strategic Procurement Team. This team provides direct localised support to our customers in Brighton and Hove, providing expertise on tendering activity and contributing to the delivery of service objectives, savings and other benefits, including social value. We work closely with the Strategic Procurement Teams in East Sussex County Council and Surrey County Council, sharing knowledge, expertise and resource to best service our customer’s needs.
The role requires you to use your procurement experience to lead on defined projects across a range of category areas, to secure the goods, works and services that most appropriately address the identified needs of our customers, residents and partners.
This is an exciting opportunity to enhance your professional procurement career in a team that provides a great working environment where you are supported and given a platform to develop.
We are looking for people who have:
- Experience of leading effective and innovative procurements, delivering value for money and strong commercial outcomes
- Experience in building strong stakeholder relationships
- Great communication skills
- The desire to contribute to providing high-quality public services
Previous experience in public sector procurement is not essential and we welcome applications from experienced procurement professionals from other sectors. The successful candidate is expected to be aware of the implications of working within a public sector environment and how this affects purchasing strategies and practices
COVID-19 update: The role is traditionally based at Hove Town Hall or Bartholomew’s House in Brighton. Please note that Brighton and Hove Council is currently following the Government’s advice on enabling staff to work from home if it is safe and practical to do so. Therefore, this role will be delivered remotely to begin with, until the Council makes any changes to these working arrangements.
If you have any questions regarding this position, please email William.McConchie@brighton-hove.gov.uk
As part of the application process we require you to answer some additional questions to support your application called 'Branching Questions'. These questions form part of the application process which you can access via the 'Apply' button.
You will be shortlisted based upon the information in both your CV and your responses to the Branching Questions. Please take the time to consider and respond to the them in detail.
Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is part-time or term-time only.
Work Permits: we may be able to obtain a Work Permit for this post but this is subject to meeting the requirements of the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) Points-based Immigration System.
From 6 April 2011 the Home Office has placed a permanent restriction on the number of migrant workers that all Tier 2 (General) Sponsors can recruit. Due to the restrictions we cannot guarantee that individuals that meet the requirements of the Points-based Immigration System will be issued with clearance to obtain work permits.
Please see the Orbis Partnership webpage for further details on Orbis.
We welcome applications from all sections of the community but particularly encourage applicants from a BME or White Other background as well as those who identify as, LGB, male or trans as these groups are currently under-represented in our Directorate workforce.
As part of Brighton & Hove City Council's ongoing commitment to redeployment, please note that this vacancy may be withdrawn at any stage of the recruitment process, without prior notice if a suitable redeployee (internal employee at risk of redundancy) is identified.