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Head of Service: Commissioning and Strategy

Full time

Permanent

Salary from £73,000 to £82,000

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We are looking for an outstanding individual with excellent leadership and people skills and a proven ability to create, inspire and motivate a high functioning team. Alongside this, our Head of Service needs to have exceptional strategic and influencing skills, be able to command authority, and have the personal credibility necessary to successfully lead and embed the commissioning of a diverse range of high quality and value for money services for children, young people and their families.  Critical to this role is developing relationships with key partners including the clinical commissioning group to ensure a joint approach to support the improvement of children’s outcomes.

Providing strategic direction, you will be comfortable developing a new approach to commissioning and strategy development that means we secure high quality services – both in-house and externally commissioned - with a rigorous focus on achieving value for money to meet the needs of children, young people and their families. You understand the critical role of insight and analysis and can engage stakeholders, especially reluctant ones, in the commissioning process and the development of strategy and policy.  Yet you are comfortable with effective challenge that nevertheless maintains good relationships. You are keen to innovate if that delivers improved services at a better value.

In this role, you will need to be comfortable with high levels of autonomy and be able to manage your own and others’ workloads in a fast-paced environment. You will need strong partnership working and you will have experience of working in a political organisation and understand the challenges this can bring. Your staff management skills are well-honed and you are able to bring out the best in staff but are not afraid to deal with under-performance efficiently and effectively.

In short, you will need to be great at lots of different things – people, influencing, strategy and policy development, innovation, developing partnerships, analysis and lots more besides – but in return you will have the chance to really make your mark by creating and shaping a new approach to the commissioning and strategy function for children’s services in London’s largest borough and to making a real difference to the lives of the children and young people we serve.

Closing date 23 September.

Commissioning Officer (Contracts)

Full time

Permanent

Salary from £30,108 to £33,282

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We are looking for a highly motivated and committed self-starter to take up the role of Commissioning Officer (Contracts) in Barnet Family Services. The role is located within the Commissioning Team and you will be supporting, and supported by, the Senior Commissioners.

With excellent communication and partnership working skills, and a strong attention to detail, you will engage managers across Family Services and collaborate with service users, providers, and colleagues to ensure that our commissioning work and contracts meet the needs of our children, young people and families whilst providing excellent value for money. The ability to challenge effectively to achieve change whilst maintaining excellent relationships is essential. Excellent data analysis skills (preferably using Excel) to understand, track and report on performance is also a vital part of the role.

The work is often fast-paced and the Commissioning Officer needs to be as comfortable taking the initiative as they are working to others’ requirements. Flexible in approach and able to prioritise and manage own work, the role will suit someone wanting to make a positive difference. Much of the work will be ensuring that some of our most important contracts and providers are delivering what they should. This is not just a contract management role.  The post holder will be expected to be proactive in looking for opportunities to innovate, achieve efficiencies and ensure that we maximise services for our children and young people whilst minimising costs. Designing and maintaining important documents such as contract registers and performance dashboards will be an important feature.

You will need to be a team player, willing to work with others and not afraid to roll your sleeves up when circumstances demand it.  Good people skills, whether influencing team managers, chairing meetings, or presenting your spend analysis to the senior management team, are critical.

Closing date 23 September.

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