Bedford Borough Council is the local authority of the Borough of Bedford in Bedfordshire, England. It is a unitary authority, having the powers of a non-metropolitan county and district council combined. The executive of the council is the directly elected mayor of Bedford. It is a member of the East of England Local Government Association
Support the Manager and Senior Officers within the Commissioning & Procurement (Environment, Property & Corporate) teams.
Contribute to the preparation of commissioning and procurement activity plans and pipelines in accordance with the principles of SCP service design.
Commissioning & Procurement activity is pro-active and planned.
Provide procurement guidance and advice
Ensuring commissioned contracts are compliant with statutory and regulatory regimes
Procurement activity is carried out in accordance with regulatory requirements, commercial acumen and in compliance with the Councils Contract Procedure Rules
Assist planning and management of commissioning projects
Support development and delivery of higher value/risk procurement projects and lead on tendering of lower value projects within the agreed directorate programmes.
Assist with the development and delivery of appropriate category and sub-category strategies delivering
Procurement & Commissioning activity is in accordance with best practice and procured in a cost effective and efficient manner.
Development and maintaining of resources
Contribute to the provision of internal and external training to develop capacity within the Council and the supply chain, including SMEs and the voluntary and community sector.
A structured and collaborative approach to building capacity and capability internally and within the local/national market and alignment with the Council's wider strategic objectives.
Devise, collect and analyse
Spend and market data through a variety of media including the Councils Agresso financial management system.
Accountability and responsibility ensuring greater awareness and control of spend across the organisation and delivery of cost savings in line with corporate objectives.
Develop and innovate
New approaches to the ongoing development and management of Procurement & Commissioning areas.
Procurement & Commissioning activity within the Council is constantly reviewed and reflective of innovation and best practice.
Undertake contract management
Support the SCP teams' contract management function and associated maintenance of the Council Contracts Register.
Procured contracts are effectively monitored and managed throughout the term.
Assist in the planning and management of commercial negotiation
To be involved with negotiating and development of negotiating strategies with suppliers.
Savings are achieved, and value for money and efficiencies are secured for the Council.
Utilise and promote
The Councils e-procurement system.
Commissioning is carried out in in accordance with the Councils e-procurement principles
Any other duties commensurate with the grading of the post.
To meet service needs and requirements.
Relevant professional qualification or equivalent experience
Understanding of any legislation changes which could impact on the way in which commissioned contracts are developed and monitored within the (Environment, Property & Corporate) service areas.
Ability to prioritise and manage resources in order to deliver tendering and projects objectives.
Ability to manage detailed processes and handling of data
Excellent IT skills including Microsoft Office and e-tendering software packages
Ability to be innovative in devising procurement solutions
Well-developed communication skills (written and oral)
Effective negotiation skills
Ability to carry out effective contract management of procured contracts
Able to collaborate and liaise effectively with staff at all levels in the organisation and from different professional backgrounds
A competitive salary
A great working culture
An impactful role with tangible outcomes