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IT and Digital Commercial and Partnering Manager

Bristol City Council
Based at City Hall, College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TR / Hybrid
BG15 £52,495 - £54,721
Closing date
19 Feb 2024

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Specialist Area
Contracts Manager, Procurement, Commercial
Public Sector, Government
Contract Type
Full Time

Bristol City Council

IT and Digital Commercial and Partnering Manager

Salary: BG15 £52,495 - £54,721

Basis: Permanent, Full Time

Location: Based at City Hall, College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TR

Get the best deal for Bristol and make the most of partnership working

Bristol City Council has exciting digital ambitions as part of its Digital Strategy 2022 – 2027, and in this brand new role you will be responsible for forming, managing and maintaining strong partnerships and commercial relationships that benefit our colleagues and citizens.

Working as part of the Digital Strategy and Transformation management team, you will lead a small team responsible for developing commercial and partnership strategies, maintaining great relationships with our commercial partners, overseeing a wide range of contracts and managing some directly and planning and delivering best-practice procurement activities. You’ll also play a key role in identifying and carefully prioritising innovation, funding and partnership opportunities across multiple business sectors.

With many financial pressures facing the council, you and your team will be part of a newly established service which helps us achieve our aims with less.

There is much exciting and challenging work to do. We have an £18m multi-year Digital Transformation Programme to deliver, a £25m commercial partnering arrangement, a complex and dispersed approach to third-party spend in need of taming, and a reputation for innovation and delivery to uphold.

We have major ambitions to drive and contribute to change across the council and its partners, including participating in large regional partnerships across public and health sectors. You’ll be at the heart of this, working alongside the Head of Digital Strategy and Transformation to help make it all happen.

To be effective in this role you will need as much ability and emphasis on softer skills - including communications, stakeholder management, negotiation, and effective influencing - as you will on technical knowledge.

You will need experience of leading a team as an inclusive and values-led manager. You will be well versed in procuring and managing IT and digital services, commercial negotiation, delivering large-scale procurement activity, and high-value contract management. This will require an eye for detail and highly tuned commercial skills, including the ability to act as an intelligent client to suppliers.

You will also need a head for strategy and to be able to see the big picture for the council and its partners beyond the day-to-day activities of your own team or department.

Why Bristol City Council?

At Bristol City Council, we go that extra mile for our people; we offer a work environment which is fast moving and supportive, giving you the chance to use your skills and develop new ones within a high-profile organisation. For the majority of our roles hybrid working arrangements are available, giving teams the opportunity to work in a way that suits them, balancing service need and individual choice - mixing both home and office working.

Join us and you’ll receive an excellent rewards package including flexible working and flexitime, membership of the Local Government Pension scheme, and a generous annual leave allowance. In addition, you’ll be working in a supportive environment where you’ll have the chance to make Bristol a better place and contribute to its future.

How do I apply?

If you share our values and are ready to be part of our exciting journey please select the apply button below.

To be shortlisted for interview you’ll need to demonstrate how you meet each of the essential criteria in the Person Specification within the Further Information section of your application. On occasion we will receive high numbers of applications, we may then shortlist against the desirable criteria along with the essential criteria, so if you can, please demonstrate how you meet this in your application.

If this sounds like the right opportunity for you, applications are open until 19 February 2024 and interviews are pencilled-in for 6 March 2024 but subject to confirmation.

If you’d like to have an informal conversation about the role, please contact to arrange a conversation with the Head of Digital Strategy and Transformation.

At Bristol City Council, we value having a workforce as diverse as the city we serve. We therefore welcome, develop and promote people from all sections of the community. We particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic, Disabled, LGBTQ+ and Female who are currently under-represented within this Service of Bristol City Council. Appointments will be made on merit.

Closing date: 19 February 2024.

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