Assistant Purchasing Manager x 3 jobs with Essex County Council

The role

We are looking for an experienced procurement professional to fill this wide ranging role covering both category and contract work. You will address the full sourcing life cycle, touching all elements of the cradle-to-grave process.

There are three specific opportunities within adult social care provision

1. Supply Manager Home Care Assistant:

Essex County Council contract with over 300 home care providers, who provide home care for Essex’s most vulnerable adults. These adults are mainly elderly, although disabled and mentally ill adults also receive home care.

The Home Care Procurement team also manages the Technology Enabled Care contract. This contract, with two key suppliers, covers the evaluation and installation of adult home care technology and call monitoring functionality, should an adult require urgent attention, for example following a fall. . Technology is constantly evolving; from traditional alarm pendants to Alexa, to fall sensory equipment and exoskeletons. The successful candidate will be responsible for managing the Tech Enabled Care contract, which is the second of a 4-year term. and drive continuous improvement. The successful candidate will also be part of a team of 6 people in charge of the home help contract. Estimated 70% contract management/30% procurement. Homecare spends around: £150m a year

2. Assistant Purchasing Manager for Home Care:

Essex County Council works with over 300 nursing homes and nursing homes in Essex. We spend around £130m a year and have established a major framework contract in partnership with the NHS, which also accesses care homes in Essex.

The role will be primarily a contract management role, working as part of a team of 6, being responsible for managing relationships with a number of care homes in a locality and driving continuous improvement to the benefit residents, care homes and Essex County Council. .

3. Supply Manager Intermediate Care Assistant:

Essex County Council works closely with the NHS to provide intermediate care services, in particular rehabilitation services, which provide care and therapeutic support to adults at home, usually following a stay to the hospital. Expenditure is around £40m a year for intermediate care services. We have strategic partnerships with 6 healthcare providers and are currently in the process of tendering for a large percentage. We also work in partnership with our independent management organisation, Essex Cares Ltd, which provide rehabilitation services across Essex. The Intermediate Care team also oversees the Equipment Contract, which provides equipment to support adults receiving care. This contract is also in the process of being tendered.

The successful candidate will focus on mid-care services, which will likely involve 50% contract management and 50% sourcing/category planning activity.

Why work with us?

Make a difference to the local community whether it’s infrastructure, climate change or adult social care and help us transform Essex into a circular economy as we redefine growth and focus on positive societal benefits.

· We are a very large sourcing team with around 120 employees and have seen the department grow by 25% in the last 18 months. Annual expenditure of £1.2 billion.

· We are the only CIPS accredited county council in the UK.

· We are the largest local authority procurement team in the UK and have a national reputation for excellence.

· Work for a high performing team with excellent team morale and friendly, helpful and supportive co-workers.

· Glad to consider public and private sector backgrounds.

· Major training courses. Encouragement to all staff for their continued professional development with comprehensive support and guidance towards CIPS/MCIPS.

· Flexible working – with no formal start or end time, you can make your work schedule work around the other parts of your life, providing a fantastic work/life balance.

· Local authority pension scheme. For more details, please visit:

  • 26 days of annual leave plus public holidays.
  • 37 hour work week.

· Ongoing service – Joining us from another local authority? Then you might benefit from bringing your service time and benefits with you.


· Lead the development, maintenance and implementation of category strategies, ensuring alignment with go-live goals.

· Develop and implement innovative approaches and solutions in the delivery of complex projects to improve service levels and minimize costs. This requires working collaboratively with colleagues across the organization and outside, to ensure that best practices can be achieved when implementing new ways of working.

· Collaborate with senior management and members on the commercial and financial viability of different business options for specific projects in complex and sometimes controversial environments.

· Manage vendors to ensure they consistently meet performance standards set out in contracts and that adequate controls are in place to protect the interests of the Authority. Adopt a proactive approach to identifying and investigating contractual, commercial and market risks to ensure continuity of supply and protect the Authority’s interests.

· Operate a continuous improvement approach to identify and implement ongoing changes while leading the negotiation of business and contractual changes to ensure they consistently meet business requirements.

· Lead projects and tenders, ensuring that all procurement activities are in full compliance with relevant legislation and regulations while also complying with ECC policies.

· Work collaboratively with incumbent suppliers and potential new entrants to identify gaps in market supply and explore opportunities to fill these gaps.

· Provide support and guidance to stakeholders on all contractual or procurement issues.

· Support the adoption of best practices with the goal of ensuring that the procurement function is considered “best in class”. Ensure policies, procedures, documents and workflows are kept up to date and remain best in class.

· Specific individual and shared targets and objectives are defined annually as part of performance management.

Knowledge, skills and experience

· Educated to a standard with a relevant professional qualification such as MCIPS or working towards such qualification or equivalent demonstrable work experience with evidence of continuing professional development.

· Knowledge of category management and experience using this methodology to improve costs or services.

· Proven experience in managing strategic contracts in critical business environments. This should include evidence of defining, measuring and improving key elements of supplier performance.

· Evidence of some experience in delivering continuous improvements in strategic arrangements with evidence of generating significant cost and service benefits.

· Evidence of some knowledge of contract law and relevant legislation for the specific category(ies) under their control and its impact on contract management, finance and contractual arrangements.

Knowledge of public procurement legislation with an ability to explain the law to non-procurement staff and to find pragmatic solutions to possible legal difficulties would be an advantage.

· Extensive appropriate negotiation skills and experience in planning and executing successful negotiations.

· An awareness of working in a political environment.

For more information about the Supply Department and the wider Essex County Council Finance, Supply and Technology function, please click on the following link:

Why Essex?

Essex County Council has a location to be proud of. Our 1,300 square miles stretch from Constable Country to the Thames Estuary, from the vibrant M11 Corridor to the traditional seaside resorts of Clacton and Walton. England’s oldest town, Colchester, and two of the newest, Basildon and Harlow, are located here. Together with the city of Chelmsford, the county town, they form our main centers of population. It means a real choice and makes Essex the perfect place for your career. To learn more, please visit:

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