Specialist Commissioning Officer

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Specialist Commissioning Officer
Contract / Temporary

Gloucestershire 5243933

Posted: 22nd January 2024 09:26
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  • Pay Rate:

    £18.06 per hour PAYE

  • Hours per Week:

    37 Monday – Friday, 09:00-17:20

  • This opening assignment is for 5-6 months


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What's involved with this role:

Temporary Specialist Commissioning Officer

Reference no: Gloucestershire 5243933

Pay rate: £18.06 per hour PAYE

Hours per week: 37 Monday – Friday, 09:00-17:20

This opening assignment is for 6 months


Hybrid working. Candidates need to be local to Gloucestershire as role is 50% site/office and 50% home working

Enhanced DBS required for this role

A Commissioning Officer is required to support to the Specialist Commissioning Manager in securing appropriate placements to meet the particular needs of Children and Young People with additional needs including SEND.  To provide the council with access to a range of effective commissioning options with appropriate control mechanisms to ensure they provide the best outcomes for these children and young people.  The role will involve working closely and building relationships with schools in Gloucestershire to review and improve accuracy of current tailored provision lists. The successful candidate will be an experienced commissioning officer with strong SEND knowledge including the Code of Practice, school experience etc.

Key responsibilities:

  • Support the Specialist Commissioning Manager in creating and developing relationships with a range of institutions and establishments capable of meeting the needs of all children and young people 0 – 25 with additional needs and SEND in Gloucestershire.
  • Monitor the Education Funding Agency’s High Needs place allocations.
  • Create bespoke packages of support for individuals to ensure that all children and young people are supported in their most appropriate setting, including identifying opportunities for employment links (e.g. supported internships).
  • Management of procurement processes for educational placements where needed.
  • Support the Specialist Commissioning Manager to ensure high quality, appropriate options are available to meet the needs of children and young people with additional needs including SEND.
  • Management of relevant data for commissioning provision including High Needs place allocations with the Education Funding Agency.
  • Management of reviews of commissioning briefs/agreements for specialist and alternative in county provision, 0 – 25, and commissioning placements accordingly.
  • Produce contracts/Individual Placement Agreements as necessary at all settings including Independent Specialist Placements and Non Maintained Special Schools.
  • Contribute to a joint working protocol for the commissioning requirements across SEND and CYPS commissioning teams.
  • Project management of SEND re- organisations including implementation of relevant statutory processes.


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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:


  • Excellent levels of literacy and numeracy evidenced by GCSEs Grade A-C, NVQ Level 4 or equivalent experience.



  • An experienced commissioning officer with strong SEND knowledge including the Code of Practice, school experience etc. is essential for this role. Experience of working in a commissioning environment as a commissioner or provider.
  • Experience of assisting with commissioning and procurement activity including high risk and complex projects requiring innovative solutions.
  • Successful experience of multi-agency working.
  • Experience of working with stakeholders and partners.
  • Project support, planning and reporting experience.
  • Development of communication and engagement plans experience. Experience of working in areas where policy and legislation are subject to change.
  • Experience of analysing and producing written and verbal summaries of available evidence.



  • Excellent knowledge of Special Educational Needs legislation and processes.
  • Knowledge of procurement and commissioning legislation, policy and processes.


Skills & Abilities:

  • Ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Ability to complete options appraisals.
  • Ability to compile detailed specifications which reflect evidenced need and customer feedback/preference to commission service.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills.
  • Able to work effectively with people at all levels within, and external to the council and able to build effective relationships.
  • Emotionally resilient, flexible, creative and self motivated.
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team.
  • Flexible with a “can do” attitude to work.
  • Strong IT skills including Microsoft packages or equivalent (e.g. G Suite).


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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.



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Specialist Commissioning Officer
Client Category: Local Authority

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