Corporate Services

Corporate Services covers Human Resources, Information Services, Strategic and Commercial Procurement, and Legal Services.

Strategic and Commercial Procurement

Who we are

Strategic and Commercial Procurement provides strategic leadership, strategic sourcing, policy and governance setting for all major procurement activity.

The team’s primary role is to guarantee that the procurement of goods and services achieves value for money, is compliant to EU Regulations and meets the functional needs of the council. The team members each have responsibility for different areas of the council and work with clients, delivery and commissioning units providing strategic leadership, sourcing

Westminster City Council has been recognised by the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply for its innovative use of technology in procurement and the system, now widely adopted by numerous London boroughs, has already delivered substantial benefits.

Key achievements

  • The team oversees the activity on third party spends of approximately £450million per year and, in collaboration with the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, a combined spend in excess of £1billion per year.
  • Supporting Parking to develop a new approach to encourage compliant parking and marshalling through better use of technology and resources.
  • Supporting an ambitious regeneration programme, including development of public spaces such as Leicester Square and social and private housing.

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The Procurement team, in collaboration with colleagues in other services, works across a diverse range of spend categories. By joining our team you can help us to deliver ambitious and innovative contracts.

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Information Services

Who we are

The shared ICT service comprises of the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster City Council, making it the largest and highest profile shared IT service in London Local Government. The team is the trusted partner and enabler of change supporting the 3 councils’ service departments, customers and stakeholders.

ICT’s ambitions include driving innovation in the councils, deploying the latest digital technologies, removing duplication and wasted costs. To undertake projects in a more agile way, the team explores opportunities that lead to a deeper understanding of users’ needs, then devising ways to satisfy these needs.

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The team offers a unique opportunity for ambitious IT professionals to help define the future shape of IT services in Local Government, as the eyes of London and the wider sector are upon them.

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Human Resources

Who we are

From attracting talent to developing the leaders of tomorrow, HR support the council to be an employer of choice.

Our Leadership Academy is breaking new ground in training every manager in the organisation in the Westminster Way to be more productive, ambitious, collaborative and enterprising. It also provides training to enable them to get the best from their teams too.

We also manage the council’s occupational health service, corporate health and safety, and the relationship with the council’s outsourced HR provider. Our approach focuses on finding practical and pragmatic solutions to people challenges whilst ensuring contribution to business performance.

We also help shape our future. Our innovative Tri-borough programme across Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea, and Hammersmith and Fulham pools resources and pioneers new ways of delivery as well as our recently launched, and ambitious, managed service for HR and Finance. 

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The education, experience and background within HR can vary greatly. This diversity helps us see and inform key decisions from multiple points of view.

A key example of this is our corporate support for supported employment, apprenticeships, internships and participation in the national graduate development programme. Not only do we run these schemes and help departments realise the benefits of fresh, new talent for their services, but we ensure we lead by example and host all of the above too.

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Legal Services

Who we are

We are a shared service which provides expert legal advice on all areas of Local Government law to Westminster City Council, the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, schools, Arms Length Management Organisations and Coroners.

The Tri-Borough legal service is one of the leading local authority practices in the country. Our work is often leading in its field and unique due to the social and economic complexity of the boroughs we serve.

The staff within the service are always striving towards innovative delivery to ensure we are efficient and cost effective for our clients. We collaborate and inspire trust from our clients by understanding the clients’ priorities and their challenges and pressures.

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Expectations placed upon the service are high - it is a given that our solicitors provide excellent legal advice. In addition, we foster a strong team environment where staff are expected to contribute to team goals and priorities to improve the service and systems we have in place. Staff are encouraged to be innovative and come up with fresh solutions to problems whilst being highly flexible and adaptable in a continuously changing environment and workplace.

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Last updated: 5 August 2016
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