Welcome to the recruitment campaign information site for the Harrow and Brent Councils’ Divisional Director for Commercial and Procurement position.
We hope that it does more than answer your questions; that it inspires you to want to be the leader of this exciting journey.
The opportunity is truly a commercial one.
The Harrow procurement service underwent a radical transformation in 2013; upskilling the team and changing stakeholder perception across the whole council, which has enabled Harrow to extend its commercial and procurement skill and services with other public sector organisations. Over the last year the Brent procurement team has fully merged with Harrow’s to form an advanced, business-partnering service that supports both councils. This has created a large, high performing and highly capable commercial and procurement function with significant spend control, which is able to extend its services to other organisations. This is the arguably the most exciting part of the role; the operation and expansion of the shared service known as HuB.
The key agenda for HuB is to:
- Deliver social value – driving money back into the community
- Deliver savings and efficiency for all partners
- Create efficient working – providing better services for less money by pooling team budgets to allow for high calibre category experts
- Generate commercial income to ultimately make HuB self sufficient
- Guarantee compliant and safe procurement
- Ensure that strong procurement and contract management systems exist for all partners
The right candidate will need to have excellent relationship skill to retain existing and attract new customers together with a blend of commercial, technical and leadership skills required to run the team, and ensure excellent procurement practice. A good sense of humour and positive mind-set will also set the successful candidate in good stead.
Harrow and Brent will be holding a client presentation event at 6pm on 25th April at Brent Civic Centre by Wembley Stadium. This will be an informal event where interested candidates can find out more about the opportunity and organisations, meet key stakeholders and ask questions about the role. We would highly recommend that you attend this event if you are considering applying.
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