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Westminster Council - Category Manager - Commercial Services

Westminster Council - Category Manager - Commercial Services

  • Location

    Westminster, London

  • Sector:

    Social Care

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  • Salary:

    Up to £450 per day

  • Contact:

    Lorna Burner

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  • Published:

    about 2 months ago

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Working as part of the Council's Procurement Service you will lead the delivery of high value/more complex or innovative tenders often above existing EU thresholds.

This is one of several posts in the Procurement Service that work flexibly to support the commercial needs of the Council. You will demonstrate a high degree of commercial awareness and technical expertise across a wide range of different services or works.

You will need to build good working relationships with stakeholders at all levels, including commissioners, senior managers, budget holders and other specialists who are involved all stages of the tender process through to contract award.

You will be committed to your own professional development and promote good practice within the team and more widely across the business.

Specifically, you will;

  • Lead high value/high risk tenders through all stages of the process from initiation (Gate 0) to contract mobilisation (Gate 4).
  • Provide commissioner or the budget holder with pragmatic and informed advice throughout;
  • Use your sector knowledge and expertise and desktop research to ensure you understand the product or service you are involved with;
  • Work collaboratively with legal and other subject matter experts to develop the form of contract, special terms and conditions, KPI's;
  • Prepare a procurement strategy that describes your procurement findings and recommended approach;
  • Secure efficiency and other operational improvements from your work;
  • Understand how sustainability and social value will be secured through the tender process;
  • Ensure that specifications and desired outcomes are expressed in a meaningful way;
  • Develop evaluation models to achieve the desired outcome and best value for money;
  • Ensure compliance with all legal and Council requirements and policies;
  • Support the mobilisation of the contract prior to handover at Gate 4.
  • Attend project board meetings as required;
  • Ensure effective communication and engagement with stakeholders and partners (including external suppliers);
  • Assess and manage the risk associated with each activity including the development and assessment of the financial robustness of bidders during the tendering process and post award;
  • Keep aware of relevant policy, best practice and legislative changes;
  • Be committed to your own professional development and promote good practice within the team and more widely across the business;
  • Manage your tender using the e-procurement tools used by the council and contribute to its further development;

If you are interested in this role please send your updated CV in the first instance.