We aim to achieve positive outcomes for children and young people by commissioning an effective range of services for children, young people, and their families.
As a Commissioning Officer you will be working within Children's Social Care dealing with residential provisions.
On 01 November 2018, it was announced by the government that the five councils in Buckinghamshire will become a single unitary authority in April 2020. This is an exciting opportunity for all the councils in the county to come together to build a brand new council for Buckinghamshire, building on the best experience and expertise of the five current councils. We are developing plans with our District Council colleagues to build a new Unitary Council that is ambitious in its outlook, provides Buckinghamshire residents with simpler ways to access services that they need, and makes best use of public money. Any changes made to the structure of local authorities in the county may affect council employees in the future. Therefore, the five councils have agreed to restrict applications to this position to current employees of the five councils for a period of 2 weeks from 5th August to the 19th August. External candidates are welcome to submit their application at any point; however, if a current employee applies during this 2 week period, their application will be assessed prior to the council considering applications from external candidates.
About the role
The post holder should have an understanding of Children's Social Care, knowledge of the commissioning cycle, which includes procurement and performance management and ability to analyse if the service is value for money and delivers on quality.
The purpose of this role is:
- To ensure that commissioned services are effectively monitored and contract managed.
- To achieve positive outcomes for children and young people by commissioning an effective range of services for children, young people, and their families
- To commission services required based on evidenced need
- To ensure that commissioned activity is evidence-based and outcome focussed, and procured in line with Council policies
- To ensure that, wherever possible, commissioning activity is joint with partner agencies
- To ensure that the services provided are in line with statutory requirement, local need and of a suitable standard
- Have Relevant professional qualifications or demonstrate relevant experience of children and young people's services
- Analyse problems, devise solutions and make recommendations for actions
- Communicate verbally and in writing, ideas, decisions and information to all stakeholders
- Write clear and concise reports, agreements and specifications
- Be able to use IT systems to develop and monitor information
- Negotiate of difficult situations
- Manage challenging situations
- Be able to supervise staff
- Be able to travel to meetings and meet providers across Buckinghamshire and nationwide
- This post is exempt under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. Due to the sensitive nature of the duties the post holder will be expected to undertake a criminal record check as part of the recruitment process.
Our values are what make our culture at BCC unique. We expect all our people to live them in their approach.
Ambitious; we want people with a strong desire and determination to succeed. Accountable; Our people take pride in owning actions and decisions. It’s all about using our resources wisely and recognising that the public money we use is all going towards a better future. Caring; we’re people, working for people. Being caring, kind and supportive is intrinsic. Collaborative; Working in a team, sharing ideas and knowledge only means positive things.
About the business unit
Significant progress has been made to improve our Children’s Services in Buckinghamshire. A new, permanent Senior Management Team arrived in April 2018 and is making the right changes to ensure we improve outcomes for vulnerable children and young people across the County.
OFSTED said during their last monitoring visit that
‘The senior leadership team has a sound understanding of the improvements that are needed in children’s services and is steadfastly determined to improve the quality of services for children’
Read the Ofsted Monitoring Visit feedback letter
We recognise and reward you
You’ll also be entitled to a wide range of bcc benefits, including a generous pension scheme with an employer contribution of 26%, discount in shops / restaurants and 1/3 off local trains and buses. Find out more here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lv_VqOEqO_k&feature=youtu.be
- Commissioning Officer JD (PDF Document)