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Procurement Team

The Management Team

Steve Ede

Steve Ede - Head of Procurement 

I am responsible for:

  • Working collaboratively with providers and partners to deliver the long term procurement strategy of the council.
  • Providing professional procurement advice to the Council's Members and senior leaders.
  • Leading category and supplier management, working closely with commissioners to deliver the best outcomes for Essex residents.
  • Leading the Older People and Adults With Disabilities teams.
  • Promoting a culture of continuous improvement for all our interactions with the market.
  • Ensuring our Care Act responsibilities with regards to promoting a sustainable market of quality services is delivered


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Zoe Harriss - Category and Supplier Relationship Lead 


I am responsible for:

  • Overseeing procurement, contract management and supplier relationship activity and development of category plans for Older People.
  • Overall responsibility for spend activity within Residential, Nursing, Domiciliary Care, Day Care, Independent Living and Advocacy services for Older People.
  • Leading the Older People teams.
  • Line management responsibility 


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Tony Clissold - Category and Supplier Relationship Lead 

I am responsible for:

  • Leading and managing a team of category and contract managers across Adults With Disabilities, Families, Public Health and Mental Health categories.
  • Overseeing the development of category plans, generating best value proposal (quantitative and qualitative) and driving procurement activity within the categories, covering third party spend of circa £350m per annum.
  • Overseeing that the sourcing of contracts with third parties is delivered in a compliant, transparent and timely manner in line with Public Contract Regulations and ECC procurement policies.
  • Leading the Team to plan and manage contracts with suppliers with said categories, to drive contract maturity, facilitate communication between the provider base and the Authority, drive continuous improvement projects via coproduction and six sigma principles(drive quantitative and qualitative efficiency), manage risk within the supply chain, develop appropriate performance measures (KPIS) and to drive performance.


The Teams

Please click the below links for more information about each team as well as contact details


What the teams do

The teams work with providers and key stakeholders to:

  • Work with commissioners, operational colleagues and providers to develop category strategies that are aligned to business objectives with a strategic approach to maximise value and reduce risk.
  • Build solid, open and transparent business relationships.
  • Offer commercial guidance, support and advice when developing new and existing services.
  • Manage sourcing activity, ensuring full compliance with Public Contract Regulations.
  • Effectively implement new contracts.
  • Manage all strategic contracts and suppliers.
  • Offer guidance and advice on day to day management of contractual requirements and Care Act obligations.
  • Manage overall Market Risk.
  • Develop a culture of partnership working to drive continuous improvement, contractual clarity and to ensure suppliers have a voice in proposals for change.

Team Roles and Responsibilities

Category and Supplier Relationship Specialists are responsible for:

  • Working closely with the market developing opportunities for improvement.
  • Managing the relationship with a number of key suppliers, by facilitating efficient and effective communication between suppliers and Essex County Council.
  • Leading complex sourcing activity.
  • Providing direction in contract management strategy for the benefit of both Essex County Council and the market.
  • Promoting a joint approach to continuous improvement, encouraging innovation and seeking to safeguard Essex County Council's contractual and commercial risks.
  • Influencing senior stakeholders on the commercial and financial viability of differing options on projects to improve partnership and collaboration.

Category and Contract Managers are responsible for:

  • Building professional contractual relationships with providers.
  • Leading sourcing activity.
  • Taking the lead within their area for all supplier related actions including:
    • Managing contractual performance.
    • Stakeholder engagement.
    • Driving contract value.
  • Working closely with the market to find improvements and drive efficiency in a collaborative way.

Category and Contract Analysts are responsible for:

  • Monitoring and analysing supplier performance against Service Level Agreements and Key Performance Indicators.
  • Processing new suppliers wishing to do business with the Council. 
  • Managing the novation of contracts.
  • Supplier contact and general contractual support.
  • Providing commercial support to the Contract Management Team.

Last Updated:  17 May 2019

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