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The Royal Borough of Kingston (RBK) are seeking a Commissioning Manager – Policy and Governance to play a key role in driving commissioning and procurement practices by ensuring commissioning and procurement governance, compliance and good practice within the team and wider Council.
RBK is committed to transforming how it operates so that it can deliver the best possible outcomes and services for its residents and communities at the same time as ensuring financial sustainability for the organisation. Like other borough’s the COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on Kingston communities and on the council’s financial position, the requirement to transform at pace is now more important than ever.
RBK are moving forward with an ambitious programme of transformation activity and as part of this, have set up a Corporate Commissioning and Procurement Team that brings together these related skills to work together more effectively.
The Corporate Commissioning and Procurement Team is currently recruiting for a number of vacancies including permanent and fixed term roles which will mean more medium to long term resources to help support the increasing demand for recommissioning and procurement.
This role will give you the opportunity to deliver a transformational agenda around commissioning and procurement that considers financial viability and an innovative approach to delivering future services.
Your new role
As the Commissioning Manager – Policy and Governance, you will report directly to the Corporate Head of Service for Commissioning and Procurement and play a key role in ensuring commissioning and procurement governance, compliance and good practice within the team and wider Council.
The changing landscape around procurement following the withdrawal of the UK from the EU and the proposals set out in the green paper Transforming Public Procurement, will require greater understanding of the proposed changes for the local government and great leadership to support their implementation in RBK over the coming years.
Your role as Commissioning Manager – Policy and Governance, will help to drive these changes through commissioning and procurement practices that deliver better value for Kingston's communities and support the development of an 'enterprising' culture across the Council.
Your role will include:
* Maintain effective governance arrangements for commissioning activity across the organisation
* Working with partners to deliver a new Kingston commissioning model that enables more commercial and agile decision making
* Refreshing key commissioning principles and strategy with greater focus on local spend and social value
* Developing Strategic Commissioning, Ethical Sourcing, Social Value and Contract Management policies
* Providing a clear framework, guidance and support for end-to-end commissioning
* Developing the Council’s approach to spend/market analysis and reporting
* Updating the governance framework to enable effective and proportionate challenge
* Working within a shared services environment and regional and sub-regional partnerships to ensure effective procurement arrangements
* Developing the culture, behaviour and capability to lead future savings programmes and deliver sustainable improvements
* Encourage innovation through working in partnership with VCSEs, and/or shared services with other public sector bodies
* Maximising social value through procurement and contracting and working with delivery partners to develop a bespoke benefit realisation tracker for RBK
* Coordinating a comprehensive training and awareness raising programme for the commissioning community across the Council
What you'll need to succeed
For this role, you will need to demonstrate experience in commissioning governance, procurement and policy development within a public sector organisation and have proven commercial skills and evidence of delivering significant efficiencies.
You will have strong people leadership skills able to build capability and be able to work successfully with a broad range of key stakeholders whilst being politically astute and able to build high levels of credibility, and make an impact quickly.
Ideally you will have a degree or relevant professional qualification, preferably Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) – although Kingston are willing to support staff through professional qualifications to become level 4 CIPS qualified.
What you'll get in return
It is a great time to join the Council as they have embarked on a transformational programme "Seizing the Moment, Shaping the Future", that will reshape their physical workspace and organisational culture. The Corporate Commissioning & procurement provides leadership that will help the Council deliver a challenging but exciting procurement programme.
As an organisation, Royal Borough of Kingston value and nurture talent and are committed to helping you fulfil your potential.
They are always looking to grow their own talent and create career paths for succession planning and talent managements, maximising digital opportunities wherever possible.
Flexible and agile working arrangements are available including the flexibility to work from home in some capacity long term.
Employees have access to a wide range of benefits, some of which include:
* 29 days annual leave – in addition you will receive 8 statutory bank holidays
* Local government pension scheme
* Interest free season loan ticket
* Car parking scheme
* Cycle to work and Zip Car Scheme
* Discounts on a range of local shops, restaurants, gyms and leisure centres
* Comprehensive Learning and Development programme
* A forward thinking and networked organisation where employee’s views are valued
The salary bracket for this role is £44,790 – £49,827. A market factor supplement may be considered for candidates with the right skills and experience
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