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Applications Specialist (Portfolio Management)
  • Employer: Surrey County Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/13492/4483
  • Published: Wed 20/11/2019, 9:50 AM
  • Closing on: Sun 08/12/2019, 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36 hours per week
  • Salary: £34,688 per annum
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: County Hall, Penryhn Road, Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey, KT1 2DN., Surrey

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Applications Specialist (Portfolio Management)


£34,688 per annum for 36 hours per week based at County Hall, Penrhyn Road, Kingston, KT1 2DN. Please note that Surrey County Council's headquarters, where this role is currently based, will be relocating back into Surrey in 2020 to support our Community Vision 2030.

From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 24 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years' service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.

Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.

About the role

Are you a highly organised person with excellent attention to detail?

Do you always strive to achieve best value for money when purchasing and managing IT systems?

If yes, then please read on.

We are looking for an applications or purchasing specialist to take the contract management lead for the IT & Digital Applications Team. The successful applicant will ensure that the contracts for the IT business solutions we deliver are efficiently managed and maintained, and that the systems procured meet the business need, are affordable and achieve ongoing best value for the Councils' service delivery teams.

In this role you will work within the Enterprise Applications and Portfolio Group, part of the Projects and Innovation team within the Orbis IT & Digital Service. The Orbis partnership comprises of Surrey County Council, East Sussex County Council and Brighton & Hove City Council, working together to align and integrate the core functions of HR&OD, IT & Digital, Property, Finance and Procurement. The successful candidate will be based at Surrey County Council but may need to travel to Brighton & Hove and East Sussex to support customers and teams across all three partners.

Preferably you will have previous work experience in an IT contract management, IT applications or a purchasing role. You will be highly organised and efficient, taking the lead for maintaining a portfolio asset management database, tracking licensing usage and monitoring contract compliance, value for money and renewal dates. You will use your analysis and negotiation skills to support Procurement colleagues with software systems procurement and renewal activities as well as continually identifying opportunities for cost savings through improved terms and discounts, in order to achieve best value for the Orbis partners. 

As important as system knowledge, is the desire to constantly learn new skills, own issues and being tenacious. There is also a requirement for excellent communications skills, an attention to detail and the ability to document and share knowledge. You will be comfortable with supplier management and confident with dealing with customer stakeholders at all levels.

Our organisational values are also important to us and we expect all our team members to understand the importance of and be comfortable in leading by example when it comes to displaying these through their work and actions.

If you are passionate about achieving best value and want to contribute to our applications and portfolio management activities, then please apply by uploading your CV and personal statement (personal statement no longer than one page of A4 please), outlining your suitability for this role.

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For more information please find attached to this advert a full job profile and person specification. For an informal chat please feel free to contact or

Additional information

The job advert closes at 23:59 on 08/12/19.

Interviews will take place in mid December 2019.