An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Business Manager to provide expert, professional consultancy for older people and people with physical and sensory disabilities, managing and progressing complex, high risk cases. Lead in partnership working to ensure the necessary co-ordination and integration required to develop, improve and deliver the service.
Our vision is simple. To make a real difference to the people and communities we serve. Now, and for the future. This means safeguarding the vulnerable, creating opportunities, building self-reliance and keeping Buckinghamshire thriving and attractive. All whilst ensuring that we’re delivering value for money.
Our local communities are at the heart of everything we do and they really rely on the work we do. Whether it’s new roads being built, helping parents get their children a school place or providing essential support to vulnerable children or elderly residents, what we do touches the lives of everyone in Buckinghamshire. Take a look at our Strategic Plan which sets out our aims and priorities until 2020.
About the role
As a Business Manager you will be managing a busy team of social workers and social work assistants supporting them with the day to day function of complex casework for older people and people with physical and sensory disabilities. You will be responsible for supervising senior social workers and support them with chairing case conferences, professional meetings and legal work/attending court.
You will manage a staffing budget and have responsibility for managing the day to day financial processes within your teams.
You can be expected to manage individual projects, e.g. within the review teams and our new operational model/framework which will support the strength/asset based approach.
To deliver expert, professional consultancy and research services which inform strategic decision making by the council and partner organisations in relation to the area of expertise.
As professional lead, you will co-ordinate all relevant initiatives, including statutory and non-statutory service responses to government policy and direction. Council / national strategies are delivered.
Oversee the assessment and management of risk within the area of responsibility. Any hazards that exist or that may develop are determined.
Provide expert advice, guidance and support to colleagues, partner agencies and others on high risk cases and complex professional or politically sensitive issues . Co-ordinate and chair strategy discussions and case conferences.
Proactively build good working relationships, communicate and consult effectively with all stakeholders. Professionally represent and make decisions on behalf of the service area. Represent BCC at partnership, public and other high profile events.
Please see the job description for further information.
The successful candidate with be educated to degree standard preferably with a Social work or Social care background or equivalent with extensive relevant experience with older people and people with physical and sensory disabilities service area.
With in depth knowledge of the authority, partnership agencies and the political agendas impacting on them.
Expert knowledge of the full range of procedural and legislative frameworks, systems and initiatives. Good knowledge of emerging developments and understanding of their impact on the specialist area.
Experience of leading in multi-disciplinary and partnership working and awareness of the issues involved. Experience in chairing case conferences / partnership events.
Excellent planning, workload and project management skills.
Extensive experience of managing change effectively in the development of the speacialist service.
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