Contract Management Officer

Job Category: Technical & Professional
Reference HQ00020065
Service Cambridgeshire County Council
Contract Type Temporary
Duration 13 weeks initially/covering vacant role
Location Cambridgeshire
Job Type Full-time
Start Date ASAP
Hours per week 37
Rate From £11.50 to £15.78 per hour

About the job:

As a Contract Management Officer for Cambridgeshire County Council through Opus Cambridgeshire, you will assist in the management, development, commissioning and maintenance of the County Council’s highways and transportation infrastructure.

Working from home/must be flexible to travel to CCC buildings based in Huntingdon, Swavesey, March, Witchford and Whittlesford

  • Deliver customer oriented services in order to ensure that highways and transport commissions meet the needs of local communities, businesses, colleagues and elected members as required by the Service Plan.
  • Implement strategies to assist and advise local communities and businesses in regard to the management, development, commissioning and maintenance of the County Council’s highways and transport commissions.
  • Organise and oversee the delivery of Highway and Transportation commissions/ contracts within the service in order to ensure customer focussed and cost-effective solutions.
  • Communicate clearly and appropriately with different audiences
  • Monitor and evaluate the performance of activities within the service and make recommendations to managers in relation to improvements required.
  • Provide professional expertise and capacity to the Highways and Transportation Commissions/contracts.
  • Take a lead on aspects of Highways or Transportation expertise related to specific commissions in order to be able to provide support and guidance to colleagues and to deal with enquiries, concerns or complaints that require specific knowledge and expertise.
  • Develop and maintain knowledge and contribute to regional and local developments relating to Highways and Transportation in order to ensure its continuing effectiveness.
  • Impart knowledge and expertise of Highways and Transportation commissions through mentoring and coaching other staff in order to develop a broad skills base amongst the team.
  • Identify future development and areas of concern relating to Highways and Transportation and work collaboratively with the management team and appropriate other officers to identify appropriate resolution or action.
  • Undertake effective monitoring to ensure that Highways and Transportation commissions/contracts and the delivery of the service meet the expectations and needs of the County Council and its communities, especially for those customers who are vulnerable or who have particular needs.
  • Monitor and advise responsible managers on whether all necessary measures are incorporated in the Highways and Transportation commissions to minimise and mitigate any adverse impact on the environment and local communities.
  • Liaise with colleagues across the directorate and the Council to ensure the Highways and Transportation service is delivered in the most efficient, effective and co-ordinated manner.
  • Develop and promote partnership working with a range of stakeholders in order to achieve service objective.
  • Develop effective internal and external partnerships and work with a range of stakeholders including other authorities and key organisations in Cambridgeshire in order to ensure that commissioning of Highways and Transportation services is delivered with the maximum effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Exchange relevant information with internal and external stakeholders and organisations in order to ensure a mutual awareness and understanding of key issues.
  • Liaise with colleagues to develop and implement effective systems to deliver Highways and Transportation services that meet the needs of our customers.
  • Support the planning, organisation and implementation of systems and processes for the delivery of effective project management of Highways and Transportation projects within the service.
  • Co-ordinate, support and/or lead projects, initiatives and events ensuring active engagement by identified participants and ensuring that objectives are delivered within required quality, time and budget targets.
  • Support and manage project work in order to ensure that the agreed objectives are delivered within required quality, time and budget targets.
  • Instruct and oversee Highways and Transportation commissioned works in order to ensure compliance with design standards and determine the value of any variations to the contract and the final agreed value.
  • Prioritise works, issue and manage orders using the Contracts in order to secure cost-effective outcomes.
  •  Assist in the review, development and writing of plans, policies, reports and user guides in order to ensure that they are current and fit for purpose.
  • Maintain and operate systems to ensure up to date information is collected and stored and identify areas where information is missing and report to the Manager with appropriate recommendations.
  • Supervise any Highways and Transportation services commissioned in order to ensure cost-effective outcomes in line with agreed specifications.
  • Assist, where required, with the preparation and implementation of new or updated processes or systems to ensure effective operation.

The successful candidate will ideally be educated to HNC/HND or equivalent qualification/experience and be working towards professional membership of ICE/ILE.  Previous knowledge and demonstrable experience of working in a service directly related to Highways or Transportation is an essential requirement.

  •  Holiday entitlement of up to 31 days per annum, pro-rata (including bank holidays) where applicable
  • Permanent equivalent council pay rates offered after 12 weeks
  •  Pension contribution from employer
  • Flexible working hours
  •  Opus candidates hear about jobs first
  •  Opportunity to apply for permanent positions as an ‘internal candidate’
  •  Gain experience to support permanent applications

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