SCAPE is one of the UK’s leading public sector procurement authorities, dedicated to creating spaces, places and experiences that leave a sustainable legacy within the community, but we are far more than just a procurement organisation. As a team we seek to “create a world everyone deserves” and our purpose drives every single one of our activities, services, and strategies.

This approach is borne from our local government heritage and is deeply rooted in our commitment to ensure that everyone that is involved in a procurement, gains from it.

By adopting this approach, we look to ensure that our clients, shareholders, delivery partners, their supply chain, social enterprises, and the wider community benefits from the outcomes derived from each SCAPE project.

Whilst the public sector heart has remained embedded across SCAPE Group, continuing to secure significant contributions to social value, SCAPE Frameworks now has singular accountability for the management and operational delivery of the built environment services and processes through the Framework Agreements, as well as being the commissioner of procurement as the Contracting Authority.

The Role

Due to the ongoing growth and development of the organisation, SCAPE is looking to recruit a person with the right experience, knowledge, and abilities to make a difference to the SCAPE Team.

SCAPE is a dynamic organisation and in joining us you will contribute to a team with real passion, knowledge, experience and integrity.

We are proud of the organisation that we have created, underpinned by a culture where we support, challenge, and continually develop our people to make a significant impact and contribution.

The Managing Director position will be a demanding job, but the rewards and sense of achievement will be high. SCAPE has developed a reputation for facilitating the highest standards of collaboration, efficiency, and successful outcomes for both the public and private sector. The successful applicant will continue this work and act as a strong ambassador for SCAPE.

Our delivery partners are strong, commercially astute organisations, so robust negotiation skills and a high attention to detail will be required to get the best return from them, as well as ensuring that the SCAPE Team are operating to a high and efficient standard.

SCAPE Frameworks operate with almost 700 active clients across the UK and there is still a significant opportunity to develop and grow the business, whilst still providing first-class services. You will need to ensure that we have the right team and processes to ensure that high client retention and new business growth are simultaneously achieved.

The team you will become part of have developed SCAPE Frameworks into a market-leading proposition – they are driven, creative and intelligent. You will need to successfully integrate, influence and be able to bring new ideas to the debate and the forward strategy.

You will report directly to the Group Chief Executive and take a leadership role in developing proactive relationships with the ELT, in a way that enables cross-functional collaboration, business process improvement and commercial growth across the SCAPE service suite. Leading SCAPE Frameworks and delivering the targets set in the business plan will be your main responsibility.

As a critical component of SCAPE’s Executive Leadership Team, you will play a central role in developing the wider SCAPE Group, its subsidiaries, and joint ventures to fulfill their objectives, realise their commercial & public service potential, and enable each subsidiary to be a leading business in their respective fields.

The Candidate

As Managing Director, you will lead three subsidiaries of SCAPE group which include Public Sector Frameworks EWNI (SCAPE Procure Ltd), Public Sector Frameworks Scotland (SCAPE Scotland Ltd) and beyond the Public Sector Frameworks (SCAPE Venture Ltd).

The successful applicant must possess a balanced combination of commercial acumen, passion, gravitas, and charisma required to excite all stakeholders involved, make efficiencies, and have the drive and ambition to succeed in a competitive marketplace.

The Managing Director will strategically lead the products and service streams including the management teams within the SCAPE Frameworks portfolio to achieve SCAPE Group’s strategic objectives.

This will be a highly visible role, with a national and potentially international remit and requires the ability to balance flair and innovation alongside a strong commercial imperative. The position calls for significant and strong relationship development skills, both internally and externally.

We are open to candidates’ backgrounds and keen to speak with candidates in particular who have worked across the public and private sector interface, and who are able to point to a demonstrable track record of successful leadership, building diverse and high performing teams, and managing operational functions.

Given the nature of our work, experience of strategic procurement arrangements such as frameworks either as a client, delivery partner or procurer would also be of value alongside extensive experience of building relationships with a range of stakeholders and influencing decision-makers at a senior level.

For an informal and confidential discussion, please speak with our advisors at Berwick Partners.