The starting salary for this role is £45,734 per annum for working 36 hours per week.
Are you solution-focused, innovative, and driven by enabling the best possible outcomes for children and young people?
At Surrey County Council we are all about creating Surrey homes for Surrey children. Our ambitious vision is to enable every child who is looked after to have the choice to remain in the county, close to their community. This requires us to transform the way we do things for the better, exploring new ideas and innovative solutions in collaboration with our operational colleagues in key Surrey County Council services and external provider partners. We are committed to working in genuine co-production wherever possible, developing an in-depth understanding of children and young people’s lived experiences. We are strength-based and want to focus on the assets that young people bring and that exist within our local communities and the wider system. We value the courage to take action to make a difference.
We are looking for a high-calibre and experienced Commissioning Manager to be at the heart of our Corporate Parenting Commissioning Team, within the Children, Families and Lifelong Learning directorate. As a team we want to be defined by high aspirations; empathy; taking real action; and not giving up on children and young people. We want to appoint someone who brings a relentless focus on enabling the best outcomes for children and young people, backed up by strong experience of commissioning and/or delivery in children’s social care or a related practice area, such as special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), early help, health or adult social care. We need you to have the professional confidence to take a lead within your areas of responsibility as part of a complex system and work collaboratively with colleagues and partners at all levels from across Surrey.
In the role, you will have the opportunity to influence the wider direction of the Commissioning Division and support high-profile transformation programmes at the Council. You will also be working with friendly and supportive colleagues who are committed to delivering excellent outcomes.
Some of the key market areas linked to this role will include:
- Ofsted regulated provision delivered by Children’s Homes and Independent Fostering Agencies
- Supported accommodation for young people
- A range of statutory and non-statutory support and enabling services, including forensic testing; translation; independent assessments; children and young people’s advocacy; Reg 44 visitors; and kinship support services.
The Commissioning Manager will also have a key role in shaping and implementing our Looked After Children and Care Leaver Sufficiency Strategy.
If you have the skills, experience and passion to help us on our ambitious journey to change things for the better for looked after children and care leavers in Surrey, we’d love to hear from you.
At Surrey, our values and behaviours are just as important as our skills and abilities. They shape who we are as an organisation. Find out more about the values we follow.Additional Information
The job advert closes at 23:59 on 10/07/2022.
Interviews will take place during the week commencing 18/07/2022.
A Basic DBS ‘Disclosure and Barring Service’ check for regulated activity (formerly known as CRB) will be required for this role.
For an informal discussion please contact Chris Tisdall (Head of Commissioning – Corporate Parenting) by e-mail at email@example.com.
We look forward to receiving your application, please click on the apply online button below to submit.
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.