Procurement Manager

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The starting salary for this role is £40,227 per annum for working 36 hours per week.

Our administrative bases are in Reigate (Woodhatch Place), in Lewes (County Hall) and in Hove (Town Hall). Some travel to the other offices is required from time to time.

Are you looking for an opportunity to work in a forward thinking, flexible and supportive Procurement team?

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 ensure we source our contracts in an open, fair and transparent way.

Strategic Procurement Teams provide direct localised support to our customers, providing expertise on tendering activity and contributing to the delivery of service objectives, savings and other benefits, including social value.

As a Procurement Manager, you will be required to support on defined projects across a range of category areas, to secure the goods, works and services that most appropriately address the identified needs of our customers, residents and partners. You may be asked to support projects in other partner councils, based on demand.

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.

We offer a great place to work and need experienced Procurement Managers to join our team. We currently have vacancies for a number of permanent and fixed term roles and are interested in a wide range of skills, experience and capabilities, particularly those with a background in Waste, IT, Property, Transport and Infrastructure as well as Social Care.

To be shortlisted to interview for this position your application will clearly evidence:

  • Experience of leading effective and innovative procurements, delivering value for money and strong commercial outcomes
  • Excellent customer focus and a commitment to delivering first class services
  • That you are proactive and able to offer innovative ideas for improvements
  • Want to be part of a busy, supportive and friendly team
  • Want to contribute to providing high-quality public services across the South-East
  • Experience in building strong stakeholder relationships
  • Great communication skills

Previous experience in public sector procurement is not essential and we welcome applications from experienced procurement professionals from other sectors. The successful candidate is expected to be aware of the implications of working within a public sector environment and how this affects purchasing strategies and practices

One of the things that makes Orbis Procurement a great place to work is flexibility. We want candidates to feel confident to ask about the flexibility they need at work. This could be part time, remote working, compressed hours, or job share. Any candidate who applies for a job with us can ask about flexible working. In return, we are committed to exploring what is possible for the role.

At Surrey, our values and behaviours are just as important as our skills and abilities. They shape who we are as an organisation. Find out more about the values we follow.

For more information please find the full job description below and refer to this before submitting your application. We also invite you to read our Life at Surrey handbook to see insights of the culture at Surrey and how as a valued employee, you can help shape our Council.Additional Information

The job advert closes on 19th June 2022. Interview dates to be confirmed.

All of these positions are available as either permanent or 18-month fixed term contracts. Please confirm in your application which contract type you are applying for.

For internal candidates who are interested in any of the opportunities, please ensure you have your line manager’s approval prior to applying for the role.

Contact Details

For an informal discussion please contact Claire Sibley by e-mail at .uk. 

We look forward to receiving your application, please click on the apply online button below to submit.


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 26 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.

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. 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.

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