The government has begun recruiting for a new Crown Representative for the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector.
Crown representatives manage the procurement relationship between government and suppliers. In most cases the job of the crown representative is to get the best deal for the government, however the VCSE crown representative role is more focused on ensuring the relationship works effectively.
The government has begun advertising for a new Crown Representative for the charity sector seeking to replace the former representative Michael O’Toole who stepped down from the position in September 2014.
According to the job description on gov.uk website, Crown Representatives “help the government act as a single customer” and work “across departments to ensure a single and strategic view of the government’s needs is communicated to the market, identify areas for cost savings and act as a point of focus for cross-cutting issues”.
The statement said that “the government’s vision is to have a more engaged nation where we can take greater responsibility for ourselves and for our neighbours”.
The role has a salary of £500 a day and is part-time, with the successful candidate required to work two days per week. The Crown Representative would also be required to the Commercial Relationships Board when it meets every six weeks.
The successful applicant will “work closely with the officers in the Office for Civil Society and Innovation. They will also collaborate with other Crown Representatives working towards the same goal of operating more commercially”.
They will report to the Markets and Suppliers team, under the responsibility of Gareth Rhys Williams, chief commercial officer for the government.
The application period for the role closes on 17 February 2017.