Are you solution-focused, ambitious and ready for a challenge?
Surrey County Council is on an ambitious and exciting journey, and we are looking for people to join our Children’s commissioning division, within the Children, Schools and Families Directorate. The commissioning division is at the centre of children’s services in Surrey, driving change and innovation with a relentless focus on improving outcomes At the heart of what we aim to achieve is the ambition to develop a deeper understanding of our communities, and the challenges they face – but also recognise their strengths, assets and aspirations – and look to work with them to improve the outcomes for children, young people and families.
We are looking for passionate people with strong commissioning, SEND, health and Children’s and Families experience to join a dynamic commissioning department. To this role, you will bring extensive knowledge of SEND and the Independent Special School market.
You will have the opportunity to influence the wider Commissioning and Transformation agenda and take decisions at a senior level. You will also be working with friendly and supportive colleagues who are committed to delivering excellent outcomes.
Whilst providing a high-quality service that offers good value for money, we look to commission evidence-based models of support and innovative approaches to achieve our objectives. We want to work in a co-productive relationship with partners, providers, children and young people, delivering change to provide services that are fit for the future generations.
We are looking for an experienced Children’s and Families Commissioning Manager, ideally with project management experience, with extensive knowledge and experience in transitions, Adults Services and/or Children's Social Care as well as an understanding of the processes within the area of health, corporate parenting and SEND, in order to help shape a systemwide approach to commissioning and utilising key stakeholders in this area.
- You will be knowledgeable and experienced in the area of SEND specialist placements
- You will be passionate about commissioning public services and have knowledge and experience of operating within a complex environment
- You will lead on managing the Independent Special School Market Management working closely with colleagues in Corporate Parenting, SEND and Health
- You will contribute towards financial reporting and analysis, which feeds in to forecasting, working closely with finance teams
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For more information please find the full job description attached below. Please ensure you refer to this before you submit your application.
For an informal discussion contact Nick King by e-mail at email@example.com.
We look forward to receiving your application.
The job advert closes at 23:59 on 11th April 2021.
Interview date TBD.
This is a 24 month secondment/fixed term contract.
From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 26 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years’ service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.
Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.
An enhanced DBS ‘Disclosure and Barring Service’ check for regulated activity (formerly known as CRB) and the Children’s and Adults’ Barred List checks will be required for this role.
Our values are what support our vision, shape the culture and are crucial in delivering our corporate strategy.