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Contract Manager

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust
£45,753 to £52,067 per annum (Incl. HCAS)
Closing date
16 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Full Time
We are recruiting to a new and temporary (1 year) post within the Contracting Team which sits in the Finance Directorate with a focus on Income Contracts. Its primary purpose is to support the Associate Director of Contracting and Service Development in developing and implementing an improved and dynamic Contract Management vision within the Trust. The post holder will need to work with colleagues to continually evolve and communicate a strategic approach to contract management and manage a portfolio of contracts in line with this evolving strategy.

This is an opportunity to make a real difference to both the Contracting Team and the wider Trust and to positively influence the direction of this busy and progressive team. The successful candidate will need to have direct experience in Contract Management and negotiation and have a proven record of successfully implementing change.

While this job is based at our Head Office in Bracknell, the majority of time will be spent working from home. This is a full-time post for one year.

Main duties of the job

  • Contribute to support continuous improvement of the Contracting Team processes, with particular focus on building andmaintaining positive business relationships with a wide range of partners to ensure that the Trust is their first choice of service provider.
  • Support in providing assurance of Trust compliance with agreed contract terms across the portfolio of agreements managed by the Contracting Team. This will include:
  • Advising on contract performance measures for new opportunities/agreements based on lessons learned.
  • the development/negotiation of agreed contract performance measures against all relevant contract schedules e.g. nationally mandated requirements, quality, information.
  • Develop and facilitate improvements in the Trust contract monitoring & performance reporting for core contracts.
  • Understand the requirements of the Provider Selection Regime, Public Contract Regulations 2015 and the new Procurement Act 2023 in respect of contract performance measurement and support the development of systems/processes to demonstrate BHFT compliance.
  • Support risk management reporting and monitoring across contracts.
  • Contractual issues resolution, including timely escalation, working closely with senior managers from within the Mental Health, Community Physical Health, and Children, Family and All-age Directorates.
  • New business tender/bid workstreams support

About us

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is a specialist mental health and community health services trust. Rated 'outstanding' by the CQC, we're committed to providing the best possible care to people across Berkshire.

We value diversity and are proud to be a Stonewall Top 100 Employer.We work hard to create an inclusive environment where you'll be supported by friendly and professional colleagues to flourish.

Our values at Berkshire Healthcare:
  • Caring for and about you is our top priority
  • Committed to providing good quality, safe services
  • Working Together with you to develop innovative solutions

We welcome people who share these values to come and work for us.

Benefits of working for us include:
  • Flexible working options to support work-life balance
  • 27 days' annual leave rising with service + opportunity to buy and sell
  • Generous NHS pension scheme
  • Excellent learning and career development opportunities
  • 'Cycle to Work' and car leasing scheme including electric vehicles
  • Access to a range of wellbeing tools and services
  • Discounts at hundreds of popular retailers and restaurants
  • Staff networks for race, diversity, disabilities, the environment and armed forces community to support equality
  • Generous maternity, paternity, adoption and special leave
  • Free parking across Trust sites

If you share our values and would like to come and work for us, please submit your application as soon as possible as we'll occasionally close roles early that have a high number of applications.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The must haves for this role:

1. Educated to degree level or equivalent, or equivalent knowledge or experience

2. Significant relevant commercial and contracting experience

3. Portfolio / evidence of ongoing professional development, relevant professional qualifications and experience e.g. project management, leadership, contract law

4. Experience in leading and influencing contract negotiations

For further information about the role, please see attached job description and person specification. We strongly encourage you to review how you meet the criteria in the person specification and write about this point-by-point in your supporting statement for the best chance of being shortlisted. For further application tips see the help with your application document attached once you click apply.

If youre someone who shares our passion for excellence and care, you belong at Berkshire Healthcare!

We welcome a conversation about flexibility and any other questions you may have. Please dont hesitate to call: June Carmichael on 07770 443241 or by email ( wholl be delighted to help.

We are committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics. Reasonable adjustments will be made for disabled applicants where required.

Person Specification



  • Educated to degree level or equivalent, or equivalent knowledge or experience
  • Significant relevant commercial and contracting experience
  • Portfolio / evidence of ongoing professional development, relevant professional qualifications and experience e.g. project management, leadership, contract law

Previous Experience


  • 1 year previous experience in contracting and performance management
  • Experience in leading and influencing contract negotiations
  • Experience of implementing and delivering contract monitoring and performance reporting
  • Directly working with and advising senior managers
  • Solving contractual issues
  • Relationship management and development particularly with influential stakeholders
  • Experience of working in customer focused organisations


  • Solving complex business issues whilst maximising benefits and minimising risk for the organisation
  • Exposure to senior managers & executives on both the provider and commissioner side
  • Financial and Commercial experience (both private and public sector)
  • Acting as a subject matter expert, clearly defining issues and describing contractual situations in lay mans terms
  • Developing robust contract monitoring information and reporting

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


  • IT literate and highly competent in using MS packages Word, Excel and Powerpoint.
  • Ability to analyse highly complex and sensitive information (quantitative and qualitative) and appropriately communicate this to colleagues at all levels
  • Strong relationship building and communication / influencing skills, with ability to work within a complex multi-professional environment effectively
  • Ability to work with complex stakeholder groups (including clinical stakeholders), balancing multiple and sometimes competing priorities
  • Excellent analytical skills and ability to review complex contracts and to analyse complex and potentially sensitive and contentious data
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to manage own workload and meet deadlines
  • Ability to present complex information to non-specialists
  • High level of interpersonal, influencing and negotiating skills
  • Ability to work autonomously and follow established guidelines and protocols independently.


  • Practical knowledge of NHS contracting frameworks
  • Understanding of both the commissioning and provider business cycles
  • Capacity to gain confidence of other healthcare professionals
  • Ability to achieve objectives in an inclusive and collaborative manner and build purposeful and lasting relationships
  • Strong commitment to NHS principles and values
  • Evidence of project management skills
  • Knowledge of and ability to interpret and act on current national healthcare policy

Additional Requirements


  • Ability and willingness to work from different sites when required
  • Attention to detail, quality outputs and excellent organisational skills
  • Ability to show diplomacy when needed, even if the post holder does not agree with another party
  • Able to plan and prioritise workload in order to meet deadlines and deal effectively with conflicting priorities
  • Self-motivated, innovative, proactive, flexible, adaptable, energetic and tenacious
  • Good team player with well-developed interpersonal and listening skills

Employer details

Employer name

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust


London House

London Road


RG12 2UT

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