Procurement & Contracts Manager Ref: 23-22

Person Specification

Experience and Knowledge


  • Comprehensive knowledge of Procurement legislation.
  • Good understanding of financial requirements within a procurement environment.
  • Good knowledge of contract management tools to deliver ongoing supplier benefits.
  • A track record of leading, managing, delivering and improving third party spend through effective Contract Management and a commercial approach to procurement.
  • Experience of delivering improved value for money through effective contract management and procurement design.
  • Experience of managing and advising of key contract management issues, negotiating contract terms, handling conflict effectively.
  • Experience of project management and UK Contract Regulations.
  • Evidence of continual professional development and an ongoing commitment to learning and skills development of self and team.
  • Experience of managing a team of procurement professionals.
  • Experience of designing procurements within the constraints of the legislation that achieves the most advantageous supply arrangement but minimises risk.
  • Experience of managing complex procurements and delivering benefits (efficiency savings and other non-cashable benefits).
  • Experience within the legislative framework for contracting.
  • Experience of performance monitoring.
  • Experience of Contractual environments.


  • Working within a local authority environment.
  • Presenting and reporting to committees and panels.



  • Broad range of experience of tendering different spend categories.
  • Resourceful and able to think outside the box on new contract design and delivery models.
  • Good report writing and analytical skills.
  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills.
  • Able to lead, develop and inspire a team.
  • Ability to plan, prioritise and delegate workloads to meet deadlines.
  • Excellent negotiation skills and customer engagement.
  • Ability to work under pressure.
  • Use of information technology.
  • To be able to drive and have use of a vehicle.


  • To be able to lead with Impact.
  • An innovative and forward thinker.
  • To be commercially aware.
  • Motivator to others.
  • Delivering a High value performance.
  • Innovative in refining services.



  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (MCIPS).
  • Evidence of continuous professional development.


  • Management qualification.
  • Local government experience.

Essential Behaviours


  • I look for opportunities to coach, support and mentor people both inside and outside of my own team(s) or discipline
  • I encourage individuals and teams to work, learn and deliver together
  • I make sure people feel trusted, valued, informed and supported


  • I act as a role model, leading by example: motivating, influencing and inspiring others
  • I am motivational and drive positivity; taking an optimistic approach and engaging others
  • I actively encourage innovation. If things go wrong I see that as an opportunity to learn and develop

Results Driven

  • My team are clear on what they need to achieve and how their work fits into the Corporate Plan
  • I recognise good performance and take the time to thank, praise and celebrate achievements
  • I delegate work effectively and thoughtfully, giving everyone a chance to shine


  • I make sure individuals have control and a sense of purpose about their work. Work should make people feel good
  • I empower everyone to work in the most effective way, trusting in their ability to deliver
  • I encourage individuals to have the confidence to challenge in a safe space


  • I help create an environment where individuals feel comfortable to be themselves and where they feel heard, included and valued
  • I promote and regularly check on individual's mental health and well-being
  • When individuals are finding things hard, I give them chance to talk and give them the help and support they need

Mental Demands

  • High level of concentration will be required from this post within a challenging environment on a daily basis.
  • The post holder will need to be able to read and receive information from multiple sources and then analyse it to determine options and business cases for specific course of action.
  • This role provides support to others both within the team and outside. Therefore, the post holder needs to demonstrate ability to deal with frequent interruptions on a daily basis.
  • High level of management awareness within the team and its effectiveness alongside external factors on a daily basis.
  • The post holder needs to demonstrate the ability to deal with mental stress at various times to deal with peaks within the team's workload.

Physical Demands

  • Good office management and level of physical demand will be required to carry out this post.
  • Travel across the district and wider area is required.
  • Full UK driving licence and access to a vehicle.
  • Ability to work flexibly, and attend meetings outside of normal working hours.

Health & Safety (exposure to risk)

As an employee of Breckland Council you must comply with the Health & Safety policy and attend the compulsory Health & Safety training as and when requested. You will be required to undertake any necessary training to enable you to perform your duties effectively. It is not expected that the post holder will have a high exposure to job-related risks.

Last updated: 27/09/2022 14:23:00