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  • Job reference: RMS0140187

Senior Contracts Specialist

  • Sector: Power & Energy
  • Location: Cumbria
  • Job type: Contract
  • Date posted: 09/06/2014
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The Company:
Our Client is one of the world’s leading management and construction consultants.

The Role:
The Senior Contract Specialist plays a key role in the successful and optimum provision of required goods and services from the Supply Chain and the associated delivery of scope, schedule and cost against an assigned portfolio or programme/project.

Whilst reporting to a Contract Officer (CO), the role of SCS is to manage and undertake complex and routine procurement activities to meet the business needs of the Client. This will encompass all aspects of procurement and supply chain management on sophisticated and complex procurement exercises demanding a high level of professional experience and competence, taking due account of the Client strategic initiatives.

The role comprises:
Responsibility for all aspects of procurement, supply chain management including strategy development, price analysis, negotiation, contract placement, contract management and close out associated within an assigned portfolio or programme/project.
Responsibility, where relevant, for Commercial Capability resources engaged in all the above activities.
The objective of the role is to:
Contribute to the successful performance of the assigned portfolio within a “Zone”, through the delivery of the Clients contractual obligations, and the optimum provision of goods and services from the Supply Chain for an assigned portfolio or programme/project in accordance with company procedures, policy, legislative, regulatory, environmental, safety and quality requirements.
Support the development of an optimum Commercial organisation fully resourced with the required skills to provide the necessary support to meet workload needs, and to manage, motivate and develop procurement staff e.g. Contract Specialist(s) and Contract Administrator(s).

To a CO within the SCS’s assigned portfolio or programme/project for the execution of Commercial activity within defined, scope, schedule and cost:
To analyse forecasts of the demand requirements and ensure that individual procurement activities and strategies are effectively undertaken to meet their needs.
To ensure contract and supply chain strategies deployed within portfolio are fully co-ordinated and aligned to overall strategic requirements.
To assist the CO in the development of programmes of work to enable effective deployment of resources.
To ensure commercial risks and issues are identified, managed and mitigated.
To challenge demand requirements to ensure value for money sourcing.
To manage the sourcing, negotiation and award of contracts.
To assist in ensuring value added commercial and financial contract management techniques and controls are deployed on contracts through to contractual close-out.
To ensure that all procurement activity records, reports and system data are completed accurately and to agreed timescales.
To provide feedback on contractor/supplier performance against the contract(s) and feed into or produce strategic guidance on potential Supply Chain development opportunities / weaknesses.     
Where relevant, to manage resources engaged in Commercial activity within the CO’s assigned portfolio or programme/project, including PMAs, resource management, setting of delivery objectives and any locally required training, etc
To ensure consistent application and implementation of Commercial policy and procedures.
To assist the CO in managing key stakeholder relationships, including the Client and other identified stakeholder issues relative to the assigned portfolio.
To ensure compliance with health and safety requirements, including promoting a “safety culture” (both within the Client and the Supply Chain).
To provide proactive leadership to deliver significant and sustained improvements in the discharge of these accountabilities, by promoting, To promote open and transparent competition throughout the supply chain.
To provide commercial support and advice to delivery teams within an assigned portfolio or programme/project.

To the Commercial Director, for exercising individual financial delegated authority.
To the Heads of Delivery or Project managers within respective programmes/projects, and where delegated to do so, establish priorities for Commercial activity within assigned portfolio or programme/project.
To manage direct reportees engaged in Commercial activity within assigned portfolio or programme/project.
To deputise for the CO when necessary.
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