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Meet Sarah Crooks, our Commercial Officer

Meet Sarah Crooks, our Commercial Officer

Today we meet: Sarah Crooks

 

Role at ESPO: Commercial Officer

 

How long have you been part of the ESPO family?

Coming up to six years in September!

 

Tell us a bit about you and your background before joining us here at ESPO:

For 18 years I worked for TSB and Lloyds bank, progressing through various roles starting with Cashiering, Team Leader/Sales and ending as a Customer Service Manager. After deciding I needed a new challenge I applied for the Commercial Officer role at ESPO.

What does your current role involve?

As the Commercial Officer I draft, manage and maintain commercial and collaborative agreements with a range of Commercial Partners. I monitor the performance against contractual obligations and track rebate. I provide Management information for the ESPO Balance Scorecard and provide data and statistical returns when required.

I also have a small team which includes the Technologies Officer and Contract Support Officer who work with me and deal with the tenders and portal as well as the suppliers after award of procurements.

How did/what made you get into procurement?

I wanted a new challenge to get stuck into and thought working for the public sector would certainly provide this. The role sounded interesting and different from working in a bank – flexibility of working was also an incentive.

 

What plans do you and/or the team have for the future?

New transparency rules and the green paper should keep the team busy for a while!

Favourite motto or quote:

 

You can choose to live in the front row, or the third row...

 

What do you like to do when you’re not working?

I love to socialise with friends and family – and have a cheeky cocktail or two especially on holiday in the sunshine.

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