Category and Contract Analyst - Corporate

Capita Managed Services
14 Jun 2019
24 Jun 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Purpose

The role of Procurement is to work with stakeholders across ECC to understand requirements for goods and services, make an assessment of the market and determine the appropriate strategy for each spend area. The team also actively manage strategic suppliers and their contracts.

The Category and Contract Analyst will lead the delivery of research and analysis which informs category plans and potential improvements to the management of suppliers and markets. They will lead sourcing processes for low risk requirements in a compliant and timely manner. They will be accountable for the effective management of contracts assigned to them, ensuring that service level agreements and key performance indicators are monitored and that any improvements required are well planned and executed.

The role requires excellent analytical skills to explore alternative solutions which meet customer requirements.

Extensive training and development opportunities exist with this role and it is therefore suitable for someone looking for career progression in procurement and contract management who already has good communication skills and a 'can do' attitude.


* Deliver robust research and analysis to ensure category plans are up to date and the management of suppliers and markets meet client needs.
* Deal effectively with supplier correspondence, ensuring that messaging is conducted in a fair, transparent and auditable manner.
* Lead the delivery of low risk sourcing processes, ensuring compliance with the Authority's Procurement Policy and Procedures.
* Plan and implement a risk-based programme of contract compliance audits in conjunction with specialist areas of the organisation such as Internal Audit, Corporate Health and Safety, Corporate Risk and Information Governance.
* Adopt a continuous improvement approach to systems and processes to support the development of best practice for wider department benefit.
* Lead on reporting requirements with focus on performance management, risk management and corporate measures.
* Manage contracts to ensure that performance standards are achieved and any contractual, commercial or market risks are identified, and appropriate mitigations put in place.
* Specific individual and shared targets and objectives are defined annually within the performance management framework.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience
* Educated to 'A' level standard or qualification by experience of working in a complex commercial environment.
* Basic knowledge of public sector procurement law.
* Appreciation of working in a political environment and an ability to understand and respond to different perspectives.
* Experience in developing and running audit and compliance programmes.
* Knowledge of different payment mechanisms and their application to different contract structures.
* Highly proficient in the use of Microsoft Excel to enable in-depth analysis of complex datasets. Solid working knowledge of PowerPoint.
* Experience of managing lower level contracts and monitoring and improving performance and mitigating risks.
* Strong communication skills.
(Qualification certificates should be brought to interview).

Essex County Council (ECC) is one of the largest and most dynamic local authorities in the UK, serving a population of 2 million residents, and has a very successful track record of delivering transformational change. ECC anticipated change was needed in the public sector and has worked to deliver better quality at lower cost. We have an ambitious transformation agenda - one with the scope to reach every part of the council. We are changing the way we think, the way we work, and the ways in which we deliver our services. We are committed to becoming a place where individuals, partners and communities feel proud to play their role and genuinely want to belong. We're immensely proud of our flexible working options.

As part of employment with Essex County Council (ECC) should your role require a DBS check you will be required to register with the DBS update service. The DBS update service ensures all registered DBS certificates are kept up to date and allows authorised parties to view the status of your certificate. This is an annual subscription and you will be responsible for ensuring this is maintained. For further information on the DBS update service please go to

Essex County Council is proud to offer an excellent benefits package to all its employees. More information can be found on the Working for Essex website.

Working for Essex welcome applications from all suitably qualified people regardless of gender, race, disability, age or sexual orientation.

Working for Essex is a trading name of Capita Resourcing Ltd. Services offered are those of an Employment Agency and Employment Business. Applicants will be required to register with us.

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