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Senior Commercial Officer

Bolton - Compass Community

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Office Base: Hybrid (Bolton office / Home-Working)

Salary: £27,500 - £32,500

Contract type: Perminent

Hours: 37.5 per week

Reports to: Commercial Manager

Supervisory responsibilities: Yes

Travel required: Occasional

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Compass Community is an independent child care agency with Foster Care Offices, Children’s Homes and Independent Schools across England and Wales.  We are looking for an enthusiastic and fast-learning self-starter to join our growing Compass Commercial Team.  This role will include a mixture of home working and ideally working with the immediate team based in our Bolton office.

Under the direction of the Commercial Manager and Commercial Director, to take a supporting role in commercial activities across our organisation. This includes leading on the development of commercial contract and framework from tender opportunity stage right through to management of the contract post-award. Supported by a small team of Commercial Officers, this will involve reviewing tender opportunities and project management of tender applications, framework refresh openings, customer engagement, analysis of information and locality profiling of the needs of our current and future customers. The role also includes working with internal and external stakeholders regarding fees and customer engagement.

This role could be ideal for you if you have transferable skills gained from previous work within any of these areas; social care placements, commissioning, procurement, social care business development / account management.

Skills & Experience required:

  • Previous experience of working in a similar sector / environment, such as:
    • Procurement
    • Commissioning
    • Social Care Placements
    • Social Care Business Development / Account Management
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Effective time management skills with experience of working to tight deadlines
  • Strong organisational skills – ability to work effectively in a fast-paced organisation, demonstrating a positive can-do attitude
  • Ability to work on own initiative
  • Excellent IT and administrative skills, including good Excel capability and experience of using management information systems/databases
  • Strong and effective communication and interpersonal skills with colleagues and other stakeholders – working in collaboration with others
  • Ability to participate and function professionally in meetings.
  • Supervision of staff and management experience

Previous experience of working in a similar sector / environment would be desirable but is not essential i.e.

  • Working in partnership with local authorities, social workers, senior managers and external providers
  • Commercial experience – Identifying opportunities, negotiating, and commissioning new business
  • Experience of working with Tender applications and Method Statements – writing, reviewing or scoring them
  • Experience of analysing trends and data.

 

On a day-to-day basis:

  • Identifying, reviewing, and communicating tender opportunities to the business (which includes new tender opportunities and contract re-openings / refreshes)
  • Extract and provide key information about published tender opportunities, which may include Board proposal reports with recommendations
  • Project management of tender applications, ensuring that all tenders are applied for on time and to a high standard. This will include project planning, support to business department heads with pre-tender application information, raising queries and issues as part of the tender clarifications process and QA
  • Customer Engagement and market influencing, including active contribution to LA market engagement activity such as events and surveys
  • Development and contribution to our catalogue of tender responses including high quality method statements
  • Gather and analyse information which enables the team, and business at large to understand Local Authority market demand and activity
  • Close working relationships with other departments to ensure understanding of our contracts and that we are fulfilling contractual obligations. This may include training and development sessions across the business
  • To prepare and disseminate Contract information to other departments post-Tender Award
  • A forward-looking approach for managing future contract renewals and opportunities
  • Contract management, including holistic contract reviews to analyse performance on each contract, identifying any key changes required and contributing to future decisions about our contracts and tender applications
  • Regular holistic contract reviews to analyse performance on each contract, identifying any key changes required and contributing to future decisions about our contracts and tender applications
  • Support the Commercial Manager and Commercial Director in relation to fee reviews and placement support packages
  • Directly line manage and supervise a team of Commercial Officers

 

The Compass Community values equality and diversity across our workforce and aims to ensure our staff community is reflective of the diversity of the children and young people within our care. In support of this commitment we welcome applications from individuals of Black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds.

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