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Head of Procurement

Suffolk County Council
Ipswich, Suffolk
£54,726 - £65,191 per annum (pro rata for part time)
Closing date
26 Mar 2023
  • Suffolk County Council, Ipswich, Suffolk IP1 2BX
  • Head of Procurement
  • £54,726 - £65,191 per annum (pro rata for part time)
  • 37 hours per week (part time working considered)
  • Permanent
  • Closing date: 26 March 2023
  • Reference: 9233


We welcome applications from everyone.

We particularly welcome applicants with a disability because they are under-represented in this service.

Suffolk County Council has an exciting opportunity to join the Public Health and Communities Directorate as a Head of Procurement and Contract Management based at Endeavour House, Ipswich with flexible and hybrid working options. 

  • Do you have recent and significant experience of procuring and/or contract managing services in the public sector?  
  • Are you an experienced leader? 
  • Would you like to work in an incredibly varied, challenging and rewarding role delivering a high-quality service?  
  • Are you passionate about making a positive difference to the health and wellbeing of people in Suffolk?  

If yes, you could be the perfect individual to help us to build the foundations for a healthy Suffolk.


Your role and responsibilities 

You will be the professional lead for procurement and contract management in Public Health and Communities heading up the procurement and contract management team, as part of the wider Strategic Resources team. This will include: 

  • seeking innovative and sustainable ways for PH and C to procure and manage services to improve the health and wellbeing of the Suffolk population including substance misuse treatment, sexual health testing and treatment, domestic abuse, healthy behaviours and library services
  • providing expert technical procurement and contract management guidance ensuring all regulatory and statutory duties are discharged
  • developing and implementing a new contract monitoring and reporting process involving key individuals across the Suffolk system
  • using detailed, established mechanisms to ensure service quality, safety, and experience are part of the commissioning process. You will oversee the implementation of robust improvement plans
  • swiftly responding to quality or delivery concerns ensuring services are fit for purpose.


You will need:

  • extensive experience in interpreting and working within Public Sector procurement and contract management legislation
  • a history of managing effective strategic relationships with providers and partner organisations
  • experience in ensuring opportunities are maximised to address Social Value, Climate Change whilst delivering efficient and effective services.


The team

Public Health and Communities works with the people and our partners who live and work in Suffolk to build effective foundations to support healthy people, healthy places and healthy futures.


We will offer you:

  • flexible working options to support you, your work-life balance and career, including supporting hybrid working. 
  • extensive training and personal development opportunities
  • a generous leave entitlement
  • contributory pension scheme
  • public transport discounts and season ticket loan scheme
  • company discount scheme
  • a wide range of staff support networks and representative bodies.


Travel and workplace requirements

We positively encourage the use of technology to communicate and engage, but in this role, you may need to operate across a wide and rural area, so it would be beneficial for you to either hold a full and current driving licence and have access to personal transport or meet the mobility requirements of the role through other reasonable and suitable means. If you require a reasonable adjustment due to a disability to meet the travel requirements of this role, please speak with the contact detailed below.

This role supports hybrid working, a broadly even balance between working from home and working from an office base. Please contact the recruiting manager listed above if you wish to discuss how that might impact your working arrangements.


For more information

For an informal discussion, please contact Jo Avery (she/her) by emailing


How to apply:

To apply and for further details, please visit our website:


Closing date: 11.30pm, 26 March 2023.


This authority 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. DBS checks or police vetting will be required for relevant posts. We are also committed to flexible working.

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