Contracts Officer

Job Description

For more information about working for us, please visit 'About Us' on our WSCC website.

Salary: £25,991 - £28,672 per annum
Working Pattern: 37 hours per week (full time)
Contract: Permanent
Location: County Hall, Chichester
Interview Date: 12 March 2021 (interviews will take place via MS Teams, Skype or equivalent)

As a Contract Officer, you will deliver an excellent customer focused service to secure the best value support services through managing low risk and low value contracts. You will be working collaboratively with colleagues, service providers, children, young people, and their families; the ability to build effective working relationships is essential.

Our Contract Officers analyse data, tender and contract documents, presenting this information clearly and concisely. Alongside this work, you will be initiating, establishing, monitoring, and reviewing contracts with service providers. We are looking for someone who can advise and support Senior Managers, and Contract and Commissioning Officers through strategic reviews and national policy.

This will be a challenging, dynamic, and rewarding role and we are looking for individuals who have the appropriate aptitude and skills to make a difference for some of the most vulnerable residents in our society. We are particularly keen to hear from professionals who have excellent communication skills and proven experience of working in contracts and commissioning within an education and/or social care setting, or who can evidence that they have transferable skills.

You will join our exciting, incredibly supportive fast paced team who are always improving outcomes for children and young people. If you are innovative and like thinking outside the box, problem solving and being creative in your approach, then this could be the role for you. Find out more below.

Experience and Skills

Key Skills:

  1. Excellent literacy and numeracy skills in order to understand complex tender documents, contracts and to check statistical financial information and other documents.
  2. Ability to present information clearly, concisely, accurately and in ways that promote understanding, either verbally or in written/electronic form, i.e. when producing a tender.
  3. Good analytical skills in order to interpret complex tender/financial information, with the ability to organise, plan and meet set targets e.g. for timely distribution of tenders.
  4. Communication and interpersonal skills in order to interact effectively with a range of clients and create and maintain effective working relationships. Including the ability to advise and guide clients to make sound decisions.
  5. Good negotiation skills in order to work with providers to achieve improvements in contract terms.
  6. Sound and accurate IT skills for the integral use of word processing, analysing data, creating and developing workflows or electronic presentations.

Qualifications and/or experience:

  • BTEC/HNC/NVQ 3 level or equivalent experience demonstrating an appropriate level of numeracy, literacy and communication skills.
  • Experience of operating in the contract management arena, ensuring best value and maintaining optimum service levels.
  • Experience of working within Children's Social Care. Desirable
  • Experience and enthusiasm for work with and for people or customers to achieve quality services.
  • Experience of working within office systems/practices that provide support to children and young people.

Rewards and Benefits

In addition to working within a great team and a competitive salary you will have access to:

  • 26 days annual leave + bank holidays with the ability to buy additional leave annually
  • Access to a generous, defined benefit pension scheme
  • A range of flexible working options

For a full list of the benefits offered to you as a West Sussex County Council employee you can find them on our Rewards and Benefits page.

The reference number for this role is CAFHE03004.

For an informal conversation or for further information regarding the role, please contact Natalie Greene (Resourcing Advisor) at

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.

This post is subject to 5 years referencing and an occupational health check.

West Sussex County Council is an equal opportunities employer committed to promoting an environment that is inclusive and free from all forms of unlawful or unfair discrimination and values the diversity of its people. We actively welcome applications from people of all backgrounds and take every possible step to ensure that no individual will be disadvantaged.

For information regarding your eligibility to apply for this role under our Disability or Veteran's Guaranteed Interview Scheme, this can be found on our application help page.

Note for Recruitment Agencies: We prefer to hire people directly, but we do have a supplier list for when we need a helping hand. We'll be in touch directly if we need you!