This is a Brighton and Hove sovereign role and is on a fixed term of 24 months.
Interviews will be conducted in the week commencing the 5th July 2021.
Given the current Covid-19 Pandemic special arrangements will be made with respect to Interviews ensuring a safe interview process and equality of access for all participants.
Are you looking for an opportunity to develop a career in procurement and help deliver on Brighton and Hove City Councils (B&HCC) Social value and Sustainability ambitions?
This role is based in the B&HCC Orbis Procurement Team and will be responsible for embedding Social Value and Sustainability in commissioning and procurement processes.
About the role
Orbis is a shared services partnership between Brighton and Hove City Council, East Sussex County Council, and Surrey County Council. Overall, the councils spend around £1.5bn with external suppliers for everything from software to social care services and from cleaning products to sports equipment, we have a large Procurement Service which supports customers to deliver better value from our contracts embed Social Value and sustainability in all of our commissions and ensure we source our contracts in an open, fair and transparent way.
Brighton and Hove City Council is seeking a Social Value and Sustainable Procurement Manager to support the Corporate Procurement Team, and Council client departments to embed and monitor Social Value and Sustainability within all its procurement processes. We are seeking a self-motivated, reliable, and hardworking individual who is passionate about Social Value, Sustainability and making a positive difference in public service.
The Social Value and Sustainable Procurement Manager will work closely with B&HCC Councillors, Directors, and the Head of Procurement to further develop the Social Value and Sustainable Procurement Strategy and related policies and documents, focusing on specifically on B&HCC requirements and implementation in B&HCC. Within Procurement you will be an internal expert on Social Value and Sustainable procurement and ensure policy implementation and compliance. You will also engage with other Council departments, such as Finance and Commissioning, to ensure Social Value and Sustainability is considered at an early stage of decision making. You will work closely with the Council's Sustainability team and the Energy and water manager to develop an appropriate approach to supplier emissions data collection processes and ensure robust reporting.
The Council is undergoing a period of unprecedented change and this role will be an important part of the ongoing transformation through the adoption of Social Value and Sustainable/Circular Economy commissioning and procurement principles, and helping to deliver our commitment to becoming a Carbon Neutral City by 2030.
The successful candidate will be organised, have excellent communication and persuasion skills, be a good problem-solver and will focus on delivery. They will also have extensive knowledge of Strategic Procurement and providing procurement support, the right candidate will also have knowledge of Social Value, Sustainability, and Circular Economy principals.
This is an exciting opportunity to develop a professional procurement career in a team that provides a great working environment where you are supported and given a platform to develop. In this role you will be supporting the Corporate Procurement department and working with a varied client base across all directorates at Brighton and Hove City Council, driving Social Value, Sustainability within commissions across directorates.
Working in Procurement at Brighton & Hove brings with it a range of benefits that people in our small team enjoy, including working with.
- a diverse, gender-balanced and truly international group. Our staff come from all over the world, including the UK, South Africa, Australia, Italy and Ireland.
- a friendly group of colleagues who encourage a flexible workplace and maintaining a work life balance. Our staff work full time, work part time, have kids and don’t have kids. We have passionate gardeners, readers, cyclists and musicians!
- a team that develops its staff. 4 out of our 5 current managers were once recruited into entry level positions. Through the support of the team each has progressed into more senior roles in the Council.
For an informal discussion, please contact James Breen Strategic Procurement Manager on 07738-100776.
Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is less than 37 hours or term-time only.
Work Permits: We may be able to obtain a Work Permit for this post but this is subject to meeting the requirements of the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) Points-based Immigration System. Please see Gov.uk for more information on the Skilled Worker Visa.
We welcome applications from all sections of the community but particularly encourage applicants from a BME or White Other background as well as those who identify as, LGB, male or trans as these groups are currently under-represented in our Directorate workforce.