- Location: Coventry, England
- Salary: £200 - £200 per day
- Type: Temporary / Full Time
- Contact: Alistair Guite
Seven Resourcing is working with Coventry City Council to recruit a Children’s Commissioning Officer within their children’s services.
Initial 3 month contract.
£200 per day.
To work as part of the Children’s Strategic Commissioning Team, and in partnership with stakeholders, to lead on the delivery of a range of commissioning projects for looked after children which meet identified needs and deliver value for money. To ensure robust systems for the effective implementation and delivery of commissioned services and ensure that services meet the required quality standards.
1. Take a lead responsibility for managing and facilitating the commissioning of a wide range of services for children and young people in accordance with national standards, legislation and relevant policy.
2. Implement sustainable contracting arrangements and ensure services meet the required quality standards and deliver outcomes for children and young people.
3. Work with key stakeholders and service users to analyse need and demand, understand market trends, identify gaps and develop innovative and cost-effective service models which meet identified needs.
4. Lead on the development of strategies, including options appraisals, which lead to the provision of efficient and cost-effective services reflecting best practice and de-commissioning existing services where appropriate.
5. Liaise with operational staff, health professionals, service users and providers to draw up service specifications to meet need, defining best value and measurable quality outcomes and ensuring services are provided in an efficient and cost-effective manner that is consistent with good practice.
6. Ensure that the voice of children, young people and families/carers are at the heart of the commissioning and review of services through effective mechanisms for involvement and consultation.
7. Manage and ensure contract compliance across contracts through effective communication with contract officers, operational staff, procurement, legal and other internal and external agencies.
8. Lead on the evaluation and review of contract arrangements and on negotiations and communications with providers relating to fees, contractual terms and conditions and quality outcomes.
9. Work within relevant commissioning and procurement processes, working closely with procurement and legal services and preparing or overseeing the production of relevant reports to ensure compliance with governance arrangements and other statutory/legislative requirements.
10. Have specialist and up to date knowledge of national and local policy initiatives, legislation, regulations, guidance and best practice issues including safeguarding in respect of services for looked after children and use this information to help inform and develop services.
11. Work proactively with providers to develop effective working relationships and manage the market to ensure a robust, flexible and sustainable economy of services and support.
12. Provide senior officers, elected members and other relevant stakeholders with information to enable them to make informed decisions regarding the development and improvement of services.
13. Prepare high quality reports to inform decision making and attend and where required chair working groups, committees and other internal or external meetings.
14. Provide support and lead where required in the preparation, management and monitoring of budgets.
15. Any other duties and responsibilities within the range of the salary grade.
16. The post holder must comply with Coventry City Council’s health and safety policy and in particular is required
– Qualifications: Educational: – O Level / GCSE equivalent – Maths and English at a minimum of Grade C/equivalent
– Graduate/evidence of continuing professional development, e.g. Diploma, Masters/other studies, etc.
– Evidence of continuing personal development and commitment to learning.
– Experience: Experience: – Of working within a health or social care environment with children and young people or other vulnerable people in an operational, commissioning or contract management role.
– Of successfully managing change in service delivery to achieve improved outcomes and value for money.
– Of analysing data and interpreting complex information, developing proposals and delivering clear messages in both written and verbal form.
– Of responding to quality concerns in services, including risk assessment and safeguarding procedures.
– Of writing complex reports and presenting information to a range of audiences including senior managers.
– Of policy analysis, development and implementation.
– Of successfully using a range of methods to influence and negotiate, including with suppliers and contractors to improving quality and value for money
– Of managing a project to deliver agreed outcomes to time, quality and budget.
– Of partnership working and building successful relationships across a range of different agencies and sectors
– Of consulting with children and young people or other vulnerable people to develop and improve services.
– Compliance: Up to date Passport and DBS.
– Travel: Clean UK driving license with the ability to commute to and from work independently.
– Hours: 37 hours p/w.
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