Strategic Commissioning Manager/Children&Adults’ Services

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Strategic Commissioning Manager/Children&Adults’ Services
Interim Position

Darlington 6376014383538

Posted: 19th May 2023 15:38
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  • Pay Rate:

    £30.00 per hour PAYE

  • Hours per Week:

    35-37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 19 months

  • Darlington,


What's involved with this role:

Interim Strategic Commissioning Manage - Children & Adults’ Services

Reference no:  Darlington 6376014383538

Pay Rate: £30.00 per hour PAYE

This opening assignment is for 19 months

Hybrid working

Standard DBS disclosure is listed as a requirement for this role

The purpose of the role is to support the Children & Adults’ Service Management Team to commission effective services that improves outcomes for local people. To ensure that resources are used to commission services that make a positive impact, meet our statutory obligations, and contribute to the Council’s overall strategic objectives. To work collectively as part the Commissioning and Contracting Team.

Key responsibilities:

  • Support front line services to horizon-scan for ‘best practice’ and identify the most effective delivery models to modernise services
  • Ensure that all commissioning decisions are based on robust needs analyses that take into account demographics, financial pressures and national and regional policy drivers.
  • Manage the strategic direction for formal partnerships and joint commissioning projects.
  • Identify external funding opportunities and the lead the development of funding bids that help us secure extra resources to deliver key projects.
  • Improve the outcomes by overseeing and managing the planning, commissioning and implementation of relevant and related services. Identify need and realign provision where required to maintain high quality outcomes.
  • Contribute to the identification, review and monitoring of priorities. Develop and maintain effective working relationships, with all relevant providers. Monitor and review provider’s performance and work directly with colleagues from the Contracts Team on monitoring the quality assurance issues.
  • Ensure that the Council’s agreed strategic objectives are embedded in the systems and processes for the commissioning function
  • Work as part of the Council’s team to develop a robust Commissioning strategy for quality assurance and performance management across all provision, to inform planning & commissioning decisions.
  • Implement strategies to improve the performance of services with all providers. Monitor and review progress.
  • Work with key senior managers within DBC to determine local priorities reflecting the needs clients, identifying the correct mix and balance of support provision.
  • Manage stakeholder relationships appropriate to the work portfolio, including provider relationship management, Partnership Networks and work with users and carers, ensuring effective voice in development of new arrangements.
  • Lead negotiations to commission services with independent and private sector providers in relation to price and service requirements to meet local needs.


“Role Requirements” – to give yourself the maximum chance of success please try and ensure your CV addresses the following essential criteria:



  1. Professional qualification in Health or Social Care or equivalent.


Knowledge & Experience:

  1. Evidence of detailed specialist knowledge across the portfolio area
  2. Understanding of the contemporary health and social policy and legislative frameworks, procedures and practices.
  3. five years’ experience recent of commissioning and developing services.
  4. three years’ experience of managing change and modernisation across services in the portfolio area.
  5. five years’ experience of consulting and engaging with a range of stakeholders in the development of commissioning strategies and service development.
  6. Experience of managing people, including performance development, with approx. 2 years’ experience of working at a senior level.
  7. Track record of delivering outcomes related to specific projects.
  8. 5 years’ experience of effective budget management, income generation and enablement of efficiencies which lead to savings.
  9. Knowledge and experience of budget processes and practices.


Skills & Abilities:

  1. Evidence of effective leadership skills, and performance development.
  2. Demonstrable ability to plan, co-ordinate, analytical and organisational skills and experience of managing a range of complex programmes, plans and strategies.
  3. Analytical and interpretational skills using a range of information sources and research methodologies, including the analysis of complex demographic and patient trends and audit techniques.
  4. Ability to work collaboratively with both statutory and third sector organisations, users and carers.
  5. Demonstrable track record in supporting/delivering the delivery of complex targets and objectives to tight deadlines.
  6. Ability to communicate both orally and in writing to a wide range of audiences (including ability to write clear and concise reports & presentations), with a demonstrable ability to engage positively with individuals.
  7. Evidence of resilience in a range of complex and demanding situations.
  8. Ability to work to broad policy guidelines and use discretion and act on own initiative as required.
  9. ICT Skills: Strong IT skills including Microsoft packages or equivalent (e.g. G Suite).


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If you are successful in securing this role, please note that for the entire duration of this contract, regardless of extension you will be working this role at the PAYE rate that has been advertised. For absolute clarity, we only work on a PAYE basis, rather than entertaining umbrella pay terms, we do not offer Ltd/umbrella or outside IR35 rates. If you wish to understand PAYE vs Umbrella more, please let us know and we can send you some additional information for clarity.

Please quote the Job Title & Vacancy Reference No. in your application, or we will be unable to match your CV to the role being applied for.

Other “Essential Requirements” – Please check to ensure that your CV addresses the following items:

  1. Our clients are generally seeking applicants who are reasonably local, so on that basis we would ideally like you to supply us with your address (or at least your post code) and a telephone number so that we can reach you during working hours.
  2. Your recent UK working experience going back at least 5 years, or full employment history if you have been working for fewer years than this.
  3. Your availability to work either immediately, or at short notice.
  4. Unless the DBS requirement stated above is for a Basic Disclosure, your DBS must be either through us or be accompanied by a subscription to the DBS updating service.
  5. Please refer to the Role Requirements section above - your CV must address the requirements listed.


Other preferable/desirable details to include on your CV, if applicable:

  1. Any local authority/public sector experience
  2. Any relevant qualifications held or being studied for.


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Strategic Commissioning Manager/Children&Adults’ Services
Client Category: Local Authority

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