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Procurement Communications Lead
  • Employer: Surrey County Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/216435/26315
  • Published: Mon 08/08/2022, 9:44 AM
  • Closing on: Mon 29/08/2022, 0:59 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36.0 hours per week
  • Salary: £32,173 per annum
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Reigate

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Procurement Communications Lead

The starting salary for this role is £32,173 per annum for working 36 hours per week. This is a 12-month fixed term contract.

Lack of or insufficient communication is consistently one of the biggest concerns from our customers and the impact can be considerable on the reputation of the Service. The complexities of our own works programmes and those of other stakeholders mean that managing and communicating the information in a quality format can be very challenging.

Orbis is a shared services partnership between Surrey County Council, East Sussex County Council and Brighton and Hove City Council. Overall, the councils spend around £1.6bn 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 and ensures we source our contracts in an open, fair and transparent way.

Based within the Orbis Procurement Team, this is an important role supporting the provision of a high standard of targeted communications. 

In this role you will be expected to produce and publish communications with our colleagues, customers and stakeholders both in advance of projects commencing, during and after their conclusion using the most appropriate mediums available. This requires you to liaise, work collaboratively, and maintain effective relationships with colleagues, customers and partner organisations.

We are looking for people who are enthusiastic, proactive and motivated team players who can provide an excellent service. 

To be shortlisted for an interview please upload your CV and a personal statement to clearly evidence the following:

  • Proven experience in marketing communications and communications strategy development.
  • Exceptional writing ability across a range of styles, and demonstrable ability to tailor style to the requirement for any given exercise.
  • Knowledge of interpretation techniques.
  • Knowledge of all types of media (including social media) and the impact of each media on different audiences.
  • Ability to prioritise and plan own workload in the context of conflicting priorities to meet tight deadlines and work on own initiative.
  • Exemplary PowerPoint and MS Office skills.
  • Experience of graphics design, video production and editing, and other relevant computer applications.
  • SharePoint 2019 and/or basic web page construction experience.
Additional Information

The job advert closes at 23:59 on 28/08/2022.

Interviews will take place in the week commencing 05/09/2022.

Contact Details

For an informal discussion please contact Anne Epsom by e-mail at

Remote Working

We are proud of our agile working culture, including providing the technology to support remote working (such as light laptops and phones) where the role allows. Your work is likely to span each of the Orbis Authorities and whilst our offices are open for you to use as you need to, outside of any necessary face to face meetings we are happy for you to work where you are happiest and most productive. We do anticipate though that as our programme of works develop, you would be expected to attend an office location once or twice per week on average.


  • Annual leave: You will benefit from 26 days of annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years' service, plus bank holidays. You will also have the option to buy additional leave.
  • A generous local government pension scheme to provide you with a secure and guaranteed future income. Tax relief on your contributions is available whilst we pay significant amounts into the Surrey Pension Fund.
  • Access to a range of health and wellbeing tools and information to support your mental and emotional wellbeing including our confidential Employee Assistance Programme.
  • Lifestyle benefits: Access to a huge range of discounted vouchers and memberships covering the gym, retail, cinema and holidays.
  • Travel and Transport benefits: Cycle and car schemes as well as discounted travel on season tickets.

Encouraging Diversity and Equality

Diversity is about the recognition and valuing of difference in our workforce. This means creating a work culture and workplace practices that recognise, value, respect and harness the contributions and talents of all for the benefit of the individual and the organisation.

We are committed to developing and retaining a workforce that is representative of the diverse communities we serve so we welcome applications from individuals from all backgrounds and those with neurodivergent thinking styles. If you require adjustments to the interview process, please outline this in your application form under the reasonable adjustments question.

Our Commitment

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.