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Commissioning Service Manager

  • Employer: Surrey County Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/829/10149
  • Published: Fri 11/09/2020, 10:46 AM
  • Closing on: Sun 04/10/2020, 23:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36.0 hours per week
  • Salary: £61,463 - £69,514 per annum
  • DBS Check: Yes
  • Location: Kingston Upon Thames

"Here at Surrey we have a strong focus on transforming services for children and particularly those with SEND. This is an exciting opportunity to join our team and take a lead role in service innovations, redesign and making a real difference to our children and young people." - Hayley Connor - Director of Commissioning

We are looking for two innovative Commissioning Service Managers in Children and Families, where you will be responsible for leading on all aspects of commissioning and service design for children and young people. 

The division will be at the center of children’s services in Surrey, driving change and innovation with a relentless focus on improving outcomes. At the heart of what we aim to achieve is the ambition to develop a deeper understanding of our communities and the challenges they face but also recognise their strengths, assets and aspirations and look to work with them to improve outcomes for children. 

Whilst taking a leading role in a Commissioning Directorate with accountability for the full range of children's commission functions, these roles will have specific focus on Education and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. This is a critical priority for the County Council. The post holders will lead the partnership response to operationalising commissioning intentions set out in the Education Culture and Life Long Learning Directorate and the ambitious transformation plans we have to ensure all children and especially those with SEND can live, learn and reach their potential in Surrey.

We are looking for two Service Managers, who will take leading roles in ensuring that the County Council's services are designed with the voices of children, parents and carers, schools, FE partners, health organisations and the market, at the heart of the plans. You will therefore be confident in your collaboration skills ensuring that commissioning approaches maximise and nurture the expertise in the sector and by experience.

These roles will operate in a complex environment and will be coming in to a directorate embarking on integration plans with Health partners. The roles will work alongside other team members taking responsibility for Education and SEND commissioning in Early Years, School age and post 16 including transitions to adulthood and transport. You will have a strong back ground in commissioning, a track record in shaping internal provision and external markets to deliver more effectively, understanding the drivers and demands and how system-wide resources can be brought together in new and  innovative ways.

You will be a future-focused individual with the ability to influence and communicate effectively your ideas for short-term gains and new ways of working that will provide high-quality services, which offer good value for money and provide a long-lasting positive legacy. You will have the ability to work in partnership to commission evidence-based models of support and achieve our objectives.

Alongside your detailed understanding and experience of commissioning including a proven working knowledge of Education and SEND, you will also need a strong knowledge of service design, market analysis, procuring services and monitoring service/ market developments to name a few. You will also have a thorough working knowledge of your operating environment, which is both fast-paced and focused on continuous improvement, with a commitment to upholding best practice and standards. You will do this by providing effective leadership for the teams under your care that are supportive and innovative, developing their skills and abilities to be the best they can be.

If you are looking for an exciting and stimulating role within a division that is both ambitious and determined to make a real difference, then we would love to hear from you.

Please ensure you refer to the job profile requirements attached on this advert for further information.

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Contact Details

For an informal discussion please contact Hayley Connor by e-mail at hayley.connor@surreycc.gov.uk. We look forward to receiving your application. 

Additional Information

The job advert closes at 23:59 on 04/10/2020 with interviews taking place on 12/10/2020.

Please note that Surrey County Council’s headquarters, where this role is currently based, will be phasing a relocation back into Surrey to support our Community Vision 2030.

From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 26 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years’ service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.

Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.

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  • Employer: Surrey County Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/829/10149
  • Published: Fri 11/09/2020, 10:46 AM
  • Closing on: Sun 04/10/2020, 23:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36.0 hours per week
  • Salary: £61,463 - £69,514 per annum
  • DBS Check: Yes
  • Location: Kingston Upon Thames

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