Deputy Head of Contract Management
If there is one characteristic that marks us out at the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), it is pride. We are proud to use our professionalism and expertise to safeguard animal and plant health across the UK for the benefit of the environment, the economy and the millions of people who live here.
Join us and you will be part of a diverse team of nearly 3,000 skilled and committed professionals who share this inspiring goal. Together, we protect endangered wildlife, conduct research into bacterial, viral and parasitic diseases and vaccines, facilitate the international trade in animals, identify and control endemic and exotic diseases, and manage a programme of bee inspections, diagnostics, research, training, and so much more.
In this role, you’ll support the Head of Contract Management in managing and mentoring the team of Contract Managers and contract support staff;
You’ll lead on the Scientific Contract Portfolio within the team;
You’ll maintain a detailed awareness of Defra/APHA’s operational plans, policies, procurement and contract management legislation and policy;
You’ll be the principal point of contact for external suppliers and manage the commercial and contractual relationship of a defined portfolio of contracts;
You’ll also make sure that you keep up to date with reporting and documentation, whilst making sure that the Head of Contract Management, Directors and senior leaders are kept informed with relevant data.
We’re looking for someone with significant experience of working within a contract management or related environment in a large, complex organisation, preferably in the public sector. In addition you’ll need:
- A strong proficiency in Maths and English Language
- An advanced understanding of contract management principals and relevant legislation
- An in depth knowledge and demonstrable experience of negotiating with suppliers, customer engagement techniques and performance management of suppliers
- Strong IT skills including Word and Excel
Learning and Development tailored to your role, including access to the accredited Cabinet Office training in Contract Management.
If you’re successful at interview, we’ll need you to undertake security checks which include identity, employment, nationality and immigration status, criminal records and any other essential pre-employment checks.