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Contract And Supply Specialist

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East Suffolk Council
Place of work:
Riverside, Lowestoft or East Suffolk House, Melton
Salary details:
£24,313 to £30,507 pa
Job term:
Full Time
Closing Date
18 July 2019 01:00 PM
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East Suffolk Council is an exciting place to work and a great place to make a real difference to people’s lives, delivering vital services to a quarter of a million people across East Suffolk.

The Contract and Supply Specialist will work within the Procurement Team to deliver the resources required by the authority for its ambitious programmes of work.  East Suffolk Council has committed to invest in local infrastructure, local people and the local economy and procurement has a big part to play in realising this.

There are a wide range of activities and services the council delivers – it’s not just about bin collections, for example you might be finding architects and designers for a major development project along Felixstowe seafront, looking at cutting edge software to improve our interactions with tenants, setting up agreements to reduce homelessness in Lowestoft or creating services to help sectors of the community back into work or full time education to realise their potential.

What ever the project you will be a key part of delivering vital services to those who need them most in more effective and efficient ways. This requires some unconventional thinking and problem solving to come up with ways of getting the most out of the funding we have available, deliver social value to the community, improve sustainability and engage with national and local markets to get the best results and ensure all are given an equitable chance to get involved.

You will also need to ensure that the procurements meet the UK regulations for public sector bodies as well as our own internal processes, which can be seen as a blocker to innovation and dynamic thinking.

As a dynamic authority actively tackling the issues and challenges within East Suffolk, it is a truly exciting time to join us!

Being familiar with procurement practices and public sector authorities would obviously be advantageous, but it is not mandatory. Most importantly we need some one who can create new ways of doing things, lead change, convince people of their cause, be empathic to the needs of others -but assertive enough to hold the required line, and push the limits of any relevant legislation, whilst remaining inside the boundaries.

In return, we can offer great opportunities for training and development. We want you to stay with us for the long-term, so we’ll give you all the support we can to build a great career with our organisation. There’s also a superb benefits package including flexible working options and purpose-built, brand new office accommodation, as well as a generous leave entitlement, discount scheme, pension scheme and free car parking.

To be potentially successful in gaining an interview you must read the attached job specification and tell us about your relevant experiences in the personal statement part of the application form so that we can fully understand what you would bring to the team.  

For an informal discussion regarding this post, please contact Mark Fisher on 01502 523671 or  email:

Previous applicants need not reapply.

* minimum of 2 days per week in Lowestoft

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