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Contract Consultant

Date: 07-Jun-2021

Location: Manchester, UKM, GB Edinburgh, UKM, GB Belfast, UKM, GB London, UKM, GB Cardiff, UKM, GB

Company: British Council

The British Council builds connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and other countries through arts and culture, education and the English language. 
We work in two ways – directly with individuals to transform their lives, and with governments and partners to make a bigger difference for the longer term, creating benefit for millions of people all over the world. We help young people to gain the skills, confidence and connections they are looking for to realise their potential and to participate in strong and inclusive communities. We support them to learn English, to get a high-quality education and to gain internationally recognised qualifications. Our work in arts and culture stimulates creative expression and exchange and nurtures creative enterprise. We connect the best of the UK with the world and the best of the world with the UK. 
These connections lead to an understanding of each other's strengths and of the challenges and values that we share. This builds trust between people in the UK and other nations which endures even when official relations may be strained. We work on the ground in more than 100 countries. In 2019-20 we connected with 80 million people directly and with 791 million overall, including online and through our broadcasts and publications.



The Contract Management team sits within the Global Consultancy and Business Services group in Cultural Engagement. The purpose of the team is to provide essential contract management services to support the ambitions of the British Council and to empower informed decision-making, risk management & compliance at all stages of the programme/project lifecycle. This is done for commercial & non- commercial contracts & paid services across Cultural Engagement and E&E globally


To provide the following:

  • training and capacity building in Contract Management 
  • supply guidance and advice on contract management
  • supply guidance and advice on standard British Council templates and Funder/Client contracts / procurement requirements
  • input into policy setting and development of tools, templates and guidance
  • management and development of the Global Model Contracts Portal

The Contract Consultant is responsible for managing a number of contract enquiries. The role provides essential level skills, knowledge and technical expertise in contract management, procurement and capability building.


The role’s purpose is to provide contract management advice and guidance to Cultural Engagement and English & Exams (E&E) globally, in order to support the pursuit and delivery of business opportunities that maximise benefits to the British Council and minimise risks. This will be undertaken in accordance with agreed policies and procedures, whilst supporting the development of the organisations’ capability in contract management.


The role will support the Senior Contract Consultants with growing internal capability, knowledge and the portfolio through supporting risk management in the contracting that is undertaken.


Main Accountablities:


Contracting and risk management services

  • Provide a responsive, professional and customer-focused contract management advisory services to a range of internal clients/stakeholders (from Cultural Engagement, the regions and other SBUs), to support the effective pursuit and ongoing management of commercial and other opportunities in accordance with best practice standards.
  • Contribute to the delivery of high quality procurement and contract management policies, protocols, systems and processes (aligned to wider corporate frameworks), to ensure that the organisation’s approach to product/programme development, contractual negotiations and business delivery are managed to maximise benefits and minimise risks to the organisation.
  • Personally provide advice, guidance and challenge to colleagues on, enquiries to ensure the business receives the support it requires on a range of compliance and contracting issues

Strategy and Planning

  • Contribute to the implementation of the Contract Management Team Plan and priorities
  • Contribute to specific initiatives and projects across Cultural Engagement, as required

Business Management, Development and Delivery

  • Leads on a number of contract enquiries, applying technical knowledge to change, transform and deliver outcomes.
  • Manages team members (where applicable) and work plans to deliver impact to ensure global standards are met. This includes compliance with the project management standards, contractual obligations and alignment to corporate policies
  • Provides contract management technical input into projects and programmes in the UK and overseas
  • Produces business performance reports and management information
  • Undertakes financial tasks including reconciling budgets, reporting and raising POs where appropriate
  • Responsible for following the processes and procedures that are in place for storage and filing of contractual enquiries and documentation, in order to ensure an audit trail and compliance with contract retention policy.
  • Works as part of a proposal team, advising on contract risks and reviewing pre- bid agreements and NDAs etc.

Capacity/Capability Building

  • Advances the knowledge regarding contract management through identification of current business needs, trends, opportunities and challenges
  • Contributes to the delivery of training and capacity building to develop organisational capability in contract management 
  • Applying areas of knowledge to build capability, share good practice and support improved performance

People Management

  • Supports the professional development of team members
  • Effectively supporting the creation of a positive, inclusive and customer focused work environment, acting as a role model by applying British Council policies and principles as appropriate and actively managing performance and engagement
  • Supports commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion

Key Stakeholder and Account Management

  • Actively builds relationships with internal stakeholders, customers, partners, clients and suppliers to promote the organisations impact and interests
  • Actively participates in project/programme/team meetings

Continuous Improvement

  • Applying areas of expertise to build capability, share good practice and support improved performance
  • Using evidence and learning to inform future practice
  • Participates in Communities of practice


  • Representing Contract Management, Cultural Engagement, and the British Council, through meetings with Internal/external clients, stakeholders, customers, partners and suppliers
  • Articulates and escalates key messages, risks and issues to the Senior Contract Consultant and relevant stakeholders.




  • Experience of contracting, contract management and related legal areas in international contexts.
  • Understanding of UK contract law and statutory requirements and how these are applied in a programme / project management context.
  • Competent across the range of IT systems and packages used by the business (SAP, Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, database design and maintenance).
  • Project Management Experience
  • Knowledge and understanding of the procurement principles


What you will receive:
Outstanding Civil Service Pension Scheme
32 Days Holiday
Annual Travel Season Ticket Loan
Annual Performance related bonus


Pay Band  7
Contract type: Two Year Fixed Term Contract
Location:  Manchester,  Belfast, Cardiff. Edinburgh and London


If you feel that you are suitable and would like to be considered for this role, please apply before 27th June by 23:59 UK time .

A connected and trusted UK in a more connected and trusted world.


Equality Statement


The British Council is committed to a policy of equality and to valuing diversity and is keen to reflect the diversity of the societies in which we work at every level within the organisation. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. We aim to abide by and promote equality legislation by following both the letter and the spirit of it to avoid unjustified discrimination, recognising discrimination as a barrier to equality of opportunity, inclusion and human rights. All staff worldwide are required to ensure their behaviour is consistent with our policies. 
The British Council has Disability Confident Employer Status. We offer a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the role. Applicants are encouraged to highlight any specific requirements or adjustments needed to enable participation in the recruitment process.

The British Council is committed to safeguarding children, young people and adults who we work with.


We believe that all children and adults everywhere in the world deserve to live in safe environments and have the right to be protected from all forms of abuse, maltreatment and exploitation as set out in article 19, UNCRC (United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child) 1989.


Appointment to positions where there is direct involvement with vulnerable groups will be dependent on thorough checks being completed; these will include qualification checks, reference checks, identity & criminal record checks in line with legal requirements and with the British Council’s Safeguarding policies for Adults and Children.


  If you have any problems with your application please email askhr@britishcouncil.org

Please note: Applications to this role can only be considered when made through the Apply section of our careers website. Our ‘ASK HR’ email is only to be used in case of a technical issue encountered when applying through the careers website. Emails with supporting statements and CV/Resumes sent to this email address will not be reviewed and will be deleted.