Head of Commissioning & Procurement (Place & Resources)
We are reshaping Croydon Council to deliver our bold new Corporate Plan and to capture all of the opportunities growth and investment are bringing to the Borough. Our commissioning and procurement division is at the heart of this transformation and we are investing heavily in staff and resources.
As Head of Commissioning and Procurement you will shape and lead our approach to the commissioning, commercialisation, procurement and contract management of our corporate and place based services. Under your leadership, commissioning & procurement will be a key enabling service, providing advice and support that influences strategy, energises policy development, and supports the organisation to deliver its ambitious plans. It is an exciting and dynamic organisation which presents significant opportunity for talented leaders.
About the role
Leading and developing a large team of category, commercial and contract managers, we are looking for an exceptional candidate who will:
- Partner closely and strategically with Directors in the Place and Resources departments
- Lead and develop whole systems commissioning and innovative procurement solutions, aiming to modernise services, improve quality and drive down cost
- Leading market development, strategic supplier management and contract management, including supporting the delivery of our objective to “buy local”
- Strategic contract management for the agency and PFI contracts
- Drive on going improvement through effective performance management
As Head of Commissioning & Procurement you will ultimately be responsible for shaping, commissioning and procuring services that are fit for the future to support all of our residents.
Croydon is a city in all but name, with a population approaching 400,000. We are proud to be London’s youngest borough and proud to be place where we celebrate our diversity. Economic growth and investment is creating huge opportunities and we are determined to ensure everyone benefits, with no one left behind.
Croydon hasn’t seen expansion like we are currently experiencing since the 1960s. We’re already well underway with some £5bn of investment that will be completed over the next few years. New offices, new retail, and new homes will provide well-paid jobs and high-quality accommodation for our rapidly growing population.
Croydon is a naturally ambitious council – so we’re looking for inspirational leaders who share our passion.
Strong partnerships are the foundation for the future. That’s why we’re constantly looking forward. We need to find creative new ways of working together with other agencies and the private sector to deal with the financial challenges ahead. Because with growth comes increased demand – but also huge opportunity. Chances like this only come along once in a generation, and our task, and maybe yours, is to shape a positive future for Croydon’s residents and businesses alike.
This is a role for a leader with a track record of building teams. Credible and effective when partnering with chief officers and Elected Members, you will have outstanding stakeholder and relationship management skills, including experience of strategic supplier management. You will bring a strong understanding of local government and the wider public sector context, strong commercial acumen and be able to demonstrate deep experience of the commissioning, procurement and contract management of corporate or place based services. Ambitious both for yourself and the residents you serve, you will recognise Croydon as a place where you can learn and progress in an environment that is innovative, ambitious and has a good appetite for risk.
How to apply
Please contact Mark Bearn at HAYS Executive on 0207 259 8743 or 07872 672290 to find out more. Application is by CV and a covering letter. Your covering letter, which should be no longer than 2 pages of A4, should explain both your interest and why you feel you would be the right candidate for Croydon.