Senior Commissioning Officer – Children’s Services

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Senior Commissioning Officer - Children’s Services
Interim Position

CCC (HQ) 17500

Posted: 3rd April 2024 16:17
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  • Pay Rate:

    £307.69 per day PAYE

  • Hours per Week:

    37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 3 months


    PE28 4YE

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Interim Senior Commissioning Officer - Children’s Services

Reference no: CCC (HQ) 17500

Pay Rate: £307.69 per day PAYE

37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

This opening assignment is for up to 3 months


Hybrid working - negotiable and dependent on work/support needed but could be 1 or 2 days in office

The role exists to work with Commissioning Managers to develop and implement commissioning plans and strategies on behalf of Children’s Services and Education and, where possible, through an integrated approach to commissioning.

The role will provide additional support at a higher level than currently available from Commissioning Officers to enable the Commissioning Manager to successfully manage a much larger portfolio of Children’s commissioned provision and strategies than currently allocated. Not only does the role add capacity, but it also provides an enhanced skillset, allowing the Commissioning Manager to delegate more complex tasks to the P1 that they could not give to the Commissioning Officer.

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead and independently manage elements of commissioning activity and/or smaller projects within the portfolio as delegated by Commissioning Manager
  • Through research and analysis, independently identify and recommend areas for innovation, improvement, or collaboration within portfolio area to the Commissioning Manager
  • Plan and deliver engagement with providers, service users and other key stakeholders to develop market intelligence and inform the development of commissioning strategies. Take a lead role in coordinating various elements of this approach. Develop recommendations based on market intelligence gained for the Commissioning Manager
  • Contribute to preparation and running of complex procurement activity
  • Prepare and present a wide range of reports, strategies and influencing documents for both internal and external audiences including Joint Commissioning Board. Assist the Commissioning Manager in preparation of reports for Committee and democratic approval.
  • Plan and lead a task and finish group of internal and external stakeholders to successfully deliver a required outcome, with support from the Commissioning Manager
  • Ensure the strategic approach to commissioning delivers improvements in performance and measurable outcomes including reduced dependency, increased choice and control for service users and better value for money
  • Contribution to Financial Management Tasks
  • Contribute to the identification of any performance or organisational risk issues within commissioning projects /strategies and developing recommendations for risk mitigations
  • Contribution to the creation and maintenance of positive stakeholder and partner relationships, acting as the key contact for some partners and working collaboratively to achieve common goals
  • Delegation of straight forward tasks to Commissioning Officers

NB: Please feel free to apply to us direct via [email protected] by quoting the job reference and job title exactly.

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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:


  • Relevant professional qualification or education qualification or equivalent to NVQ level 4


  • Good knowledge and understanding of public sector commissioning cycle and its application
  • Awareness of local care and/or preventative provision and impact of market dynamics on the council


  • Experience of public sector commissioning or demonstrable experience of applying the commissioning cycle in a previous role
  • Experience of supporting or leading change or transformation in the workplace
  • Experience of identifying and/or implementing solutions that deliver innovation, improvement, or efficiency
  • Experience of establishing & maintaining effective working relationships with a range of internal & external stakeholders to commission services or reach a shared outcome.
  • Experience of negotiation, problem solving and having difficult conversations
  • Experience of forward planning a project or piece of work and ensuring successful delivery of project milestones.
  • Experience of successfully managing competing priorities.
  • Experience of collating, analysing and presentation of data in a variety of formats. Production of strategies and reports for consideration or decision making
  • Experience of working within health, social care, or local government sector

Skills & Abilities:

  • Skilled in successfully negotiating solutions and problem solving within the context of
    working relationships
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, able to tailor style to a wide range of audiences
  • Excellent interpersonal and facilitative skills in 1:1 and group settings
  • Good IT skills, proficiency in Microsoft Office, effective at data inputting, extraction and production of reports and presentations
  • Ability to problem solve on a wide range of issues and seek information & guidance to make an appropriate decision or recommend a course of action
  • Ability to develop project plans, drive and monitor progress and manage risk to ensure successful delivery of the end outcome
  • Ability to think strategically and consider impact of ideas on the wider system and over the long term


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Senior Commissioning Officer - Children’s Services
Client Category: Local Authority

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