Salary: Circa £64,000 per annum based on experience
Hours: 37 hours per week
Do you have the skills and experience to design and manage high quality and effective commissioning and purchasing strategies, understand the aspects of children’s needs and behaviours and interpret that into business need, track record of developing commercially viable initiatives and business opportunities, develop strategic plans, negotiate with providers, draft complex reports, manage a multi skilled and multi disciplined workforce?
Slough Children First is seeking a Commissioning Lead to lead and advise on business opportunities, create and direct commissioning and purchasing strategies using a business and project management approach and hold responsibility for developing and managing SCF’s commissioning function and its business activities.
The ideal candidate will have experience of working within the statutory, commercial or private enterprise service sectors. You will need to possess strong leadership skills and a commitment to improving performance and building achievement, confidence and skills in others. You will provide business acumen and understanding of the principles that inform enterprise, market management and commercial decision making. You will be able to lead, develop and manage a small but dynamic commissioning function that incorporates the development of an internal and external business interface to ensure the best possible outcomes for children, young people and their families.
You will manage and oversee the strategic and operational commissioning functions including procurement, child and young person placements, contract monitoring and management. You will create and direct commissioning and purchasing strategies using a business and project management approach, enabling Slough children First to meet its statutory duties and commercial and business interests. You will take the lead role in identifying, promoting and managing joint and collaborate commissioning opportunities. Act as Slough Children First’s representative when interfacing with external business interests and internal stakeholders.
Moreover, you will protect the business and financial interests of Slough children First through the generation of accountable commissioning and contracting processes that protect the financial, legal and reputation of Slough Children First and contribute towards savings or efficiency targets.
- To lead and advise Slough Children First on business opportunities, develop commercially viable initiatives following corporate governance procedures and cultivate a culture of enterprise and opportunity,
- Be accountable, and hold responsibility for leading, developing and managing Slough Children First’s Commissioning function and its business activities, developing the commissioning framework as required.
- Responsible for the development and implementation of both the sufficiency and commissioning strategies to meet the future demands on children’s services in Slough.
- Ensure Slough Children First’s financial requirements and statutory duties form the core of all commissioning activities. Balancing quality and price with an identifiable need and demand on services.
- Lead commissioning and work activities, coordinate staff, drive commissioning projects through to completion and supervise staff on a day-to-day basis.
- Responsible for delivery of commissioning advice and market intelligence to enable Slough Children First to achieve the best service outcomes for children at the most economically advantageous price achievable whilst meeting their social care needs.
- Develop, build upon and maintain a commissioning work plan that links with the strategic direction of Slough Children First and the aims and objectives of the commissioning strategy.
- Safeguard the voice of the child, ensuring children and families are included and consulted in the commissioning process, conducting direct work with individuals as required to inform commissioning and sufficiency activity.
- Work collaboratively and communicate effectively with colleagues across Slough Children First, Slough Borough Council, Health and all external agencies.
- Develop strategies with partner agencies for joint commissioning opportunities, with a focus on mental health and children with disabilities.
- Chair meetings including internal multi disciplinary, external and stakeholder meetings that may include NHS Trust’s (Continuing Health Care), Clinical Commissioning Groups (CHC), Slough Borough Council and other statutory agencies.
- Develop relationships with providers, creating a community resource to help provide cost effective services, developing strong communication channels to understand supply in the market, shape the market and consideration of preferential partnerships to drive supply at more cost effective rates.
- ensure all commissioned services are person-centred, promote end user choice and are compliant with the standards and requirements set by the inspectorate.
- Work flexible and be willing to travel to meetings when required.
- Undertake a range of other duties commensurate with the role of a Commissioning Lead.
Education, Training & Experience
- Degree level or equivalent professional qualifications or expertise is essential (Essential)
- Evidence of continuous personal and professional development (Essential)
- Experience of working within Children’s statutory services, understanding the dynamics of children’s needs and behaviours and interpreting that into business need whilst adhering to local government financial management and budget regulations (Essential)
- Track record of developing commercially viable initiatives and business opportunities in either a public or commercial work environment with evidenced success that has improved outcomes for individuals (Essential)
- Experience of designing and managing high quality and effective commissioning and purchasing strategies (Essential)
- Experience of holding suppliers to account, deliver on expected outcomes and driving value for money whilst developing and maintaining positive working relationships that can meet the needs of children and young people (Essential)
- Proficient in the drafting of complex reports, development of business case analysis including evidential demand analysis and project management documentation (Essential)
- Track record of working collaboratively and co-operatively with an internal and external stakeholder market (Essential)
- Competent and experienced in the management of a multi skilled, multi disciplined workforce (Essential)
- Be able to work with children and vulnerable people and their families, when called upon, to ensure equality of opportunity and culturally appropriate services are commissioned against an identified need (Essential)
General & Specific Knowledge
- Ability to develop strategic plans (Essential)
- Ability to negotiate with providers (Essential)
- Ability to hold stakeholders and suppliers to account (Essential)
- Ability to communicate effectively with staff at all levels as well as families, children and young people (Essential)
- Ability to manage staff (Essential)
If you would like to apply for this post, please use the application form to submit your CV and apply online. Once submitted we will be in touch shortly to discuss your application. if you have any questions, please email email@example.com. The deadline for submitted applications is 11pm on Sunday 21 August 2022.