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Senior Contract Manager

Posted 15 September by Office for National Statistics Ended

About ONS

Never has there been a more exciting time to join the Office for National Statistics as a Senior Contract Manager. Its "Better Statistics, Better Decisions" strategy is driving a transformational change throughout the organisation and the Office has already taken huge strides forward to becoming a modern, technically focused, data-driven organisation. As part of that, ONS will deliver the first digital Census in 2021 and be a leading producer of online surveys across government and beyond.

Why Join ONS?

At ONS we believe that people deserve the best support and are given the best opportunities. Career development is extremely important to us. This is a reflection on what a great organisation you will be joining and the culture that you will be part of. As well as career support you will also enjoy excellent civil service benefits, including flexible working and pension plan. Onsite facilities include free parking, children’s nursery, gym, fitness classes, coffee shop and restaurant which demonstrates ONS’ commitment to work/life balance.

About the Job

The Senior Contracts Manager will play a key role in the planning, implementation and management of the main contracts with suppliers for the delivery of the Census Transformation Programme (CTP). This will involve ensuring the efficient and effective delivery of robust contract management plans. Management and delivery of procurement actions and commercial risk associated with the sourcing of goods/works/services required to deliver the CTP may be required.

The Senior Contracts Manager will assist the Head / Deputy Head of Contracts /Category Management with providing commercial assurance and professional support to the ONS Chief Procurement Officer, Programme Head of Commercial and Programme Executive and Leadership Team, so as to ensure that the contracts and commercial activities are being managed effectively and the risks to ONS are mitigated accordingly. The Senior Contracts Manager will report to the Head/Deputy Head of Contracts/Category Management.

Person specification


Membership of Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply and qualification or equivalent experience

  • Good IT skills to include not only Microsoft Office products but also procurement/contract management systems
  • Experience of successful management of a contract including negotiation and performance management techniques
  • Strong influencing skills at a senior level to influence new ways of working
  • Ability to work under pressure in a busy working environment and able to multi-task.


  • Experience of a range of indirect procurement categories (Recruitment, Professional Services, Marketing etc)
  • Project Management qualification

Required skills

  • Contract Management
  • Management
  • Procurement
  • Professional Support
  • Risk Assessments

Reference: 33321987

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