Commercial is key to our aim of spending money wisely. And in setting the strategic direction and managing supplier relationships and contracts, they make sure we get the best value across the board. For a professional like you, it’s a place to innovate.
Commercial works to develop and implement procurement strategies for major projects and key areas of our procurement spend. They also manage key supplier relationships and contracts. Here’s where you’ll find the following teams:
We’re able to work autonomously which gives us the space to drive innovation and initiatives.
Diane, Supplier Relationship Manager
How has your career progressed at Essex?
I joined Essex County Council in 2004 as Assistant Service Accountant in Finance, and became a Service Development Manager in Facilities Management three years afterwards. From there, I joined Commercial in late 2013, first as a Contract Manager and then as Supplier Relationship Manager. In 2015 I completed membership of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply. This year I was accredited as a six sigma green belt via a training programme that Commercial developed to upskill the team and embed a continuous improvement ethos.
Any interesting projects?
I’ve worked on the 10-year strategic Mitie contract since its tender and mobilisation in 2011. The Mitie contract provides all aspects of property and facilities management across the council's property portfolio including services such as, security, cleaning, landscaping, and building maintenance.
Since late 2014 I’ve also led the Passenger Transport Contract Management team and fully embedded the contract management methodology.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
We have a fantastic team spirit, with our Line Manager winning YMTD (You Make The Difference) Line Manager of the Year. We’re able to work autonomously which gives us the space to drive innovation and initiatives within our respective contracts.
I enjoy a number of elements of the role – such as leading the team, and building relationships with suppliers and internal stakeholders. Also, I never cease to be amazed by the diversity of services we contract and the good work that takes place in our supply chain to support the local economy, employment and training opportunities, and charitable giving.
Step 1: Online Application
You can complete a quick online application with us by either uploading your CV or completing an online application form. You will receive a confirmation email to let you know we have your application.
Step 2: Shortlisting
Once our advertising process has finished, we will review our applications and let you know if we would like to invite you to an interview. At this stage you may also be invited to join our talent pool where you will receive updates on future opportunities with us.
Step 3: Interview and assessment
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Step 4: Decision
Within a week of your assessment we’ll be able to let you know whether you’ve been successful in applying for a role with us.
Step 5: Compliance safeguarding checks
Once you have been offered a role we will invite you to meet with us to start your pre-employment checks.