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Commissioning Manager - Strategic Sourcing
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The Council is focused on delivering the best possible outcomes for its communities. To do this the Council needs managers and staff who thrive in a networked organisation and who can provide strong operational leadership. The newly formed Contracts and Commercial Department at the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames have several exciting vacancies for permanent positions which can all be found at

About us
At the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames we are an ambitious, forward thinking London Borough with a substantial growth and regeneration agenda. The ambition is matched by the recognition to preserve and enhance our historical buildings, parks and gardens; improve our association with the Thames; and continue to be one of the best shopping destinations to visit in the UK. Our offices are located in the town centre just a few steps from the ancient market, thriving town centre and the waterfront.

We offer the chance to join a forward thinking organisation that is committed to transforming its business and improving outcomes for residents and driving improved value for money. We have a modern working environment for our staff allowing you to work flexibly whilst on the move from your mobile or Chromebook, and at home following the introduction of Google Mail and Apps which have acted as a key enabler for collaborative and streamlined working.

About the role
The role reports directly to the Corporate Head of Service for Commissioning and Procurement within the Contracts and Commercial department, and is responsible for providing a professional and customer-focused service through the successful delivery of commissioning and commercial projects. Post holders will develop and implement innovative approaches to supply arrangements that minimise costs and commercial risk, and deliver cashable savings, whilst at the same time enhancing the services the council provides through added social value.

About you
We are looking for a candidate with experience and a proven track record of achievement in commissioning and procurement focused services in local government with strong leadership skills, modelling a performance culture and constructively building achievement, confidence and skills in others. Our candidate is someone who can work successfully with key stakeholders including Members, residents, businesses, communities, partner organisations and other public services. They will have an excellent knowledge of the end to end commissioning cycle with proven commercial skills and evidence of delivering significant efficiencies in a Public Sector organisation.

The ideal candidate will be have a degree or relevant professional qualification, preferably Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS), be politically astute and able to build high levels of credibility, and make an impact quickly.

Benefits we offer
Kingston Council has good access to central London and our offices are a short walk from the station based in the middle of the historic and vibrant high street next to the open spaces of the river Thames, offering a wide range of shops, restaurants and leisure facilities; all making for a desirable place to live and work.

The successful candidate will have access to a wide range of staff 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
  • 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.
  • Modern and flexible working environment allowing employees to benefit from agile working practices.
To apply to the role or roles below for which you are most suitable, please send a CV making sure you provide a supporting statement outlining what skills, experience and abilities you can bring. Please ensure you refer to the Role Profile.pdf when completing your supporting statement.

Closing Date: 20/10/2019
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