Lead Commissioning Officer

England, Essex, Chelmsford
Up to £43299 per annum
25 Jun 2021
23 Jul 2021
Job role
Project Manager
Contract Type
Full time

Lead Commissioning Officer

Permanent, Full Time

Up to £43,299 per annum

Location: Chelmsford

Closing date: 11th July 2021

Commissioning activity is a key capability function within Essex County Council (ECC), to work across the Council to deliver results and bring about significant change to manage future challenges, leveraging expertise and capability to enable a more flexible and agile environment to succeed in meeting ECC strategic objectives.

The role

Working closely with Heads of Commissioning, this role plays a very important part within Strategic Commissioning and Policy across Children, families and adult portfolios and the wider Essex County Council structures to the Council's approach to outcome focused and evidence- based commissioning.

Responsible for the delivery of professional and expert support to the Heads of Strategic and Commissioning Policy Teams by managing a range of programme projects and activities through a flexible and collaborative approach.

The role will be critical to leading on a range of smaller projects and activities of large and ambitious programmes of work. The role will involve some complexity in working to support a number of specific agendas and support Heads of Commissioning on any number and combination of internal and external strategic partnerships and stakeholders.

You will

  • Work with a Heads of Strategic Commissioning from across ECC and with partners and stakeholders, to define requirements and deliver activity ensuring best value for money and sustainable outcomes.
  • Deliver specific projects and activities that further the continuous improvement of high performing, sustainable and cost-effective services or place shaping activities and develop cross functional links.
  • Enable Heads of Commissioning to ensure the effective planning of prioritized projects and activity and that they are met in terms of capacity and capability and delivered to a high standard.
  • Respond quickly to new challenges and opportunities ensuring that risks and opportunities are identified and managed and comply with all external and internal regulation; support responses to calls for contributions to consultation responses.
  • Build relationships and work in collaboration (for example with, but not limited to, CCGs and District/Borough/City Councils) not only to deliver levels of integrated activity, but also to identify any further opportunities and efficiencies across organisations.
  • Provide subject matter expert advice and guidance as required for thematic programmes and projects which will change dependent on strategic priorities.
  • Work as part of the Children, Families and Adults Strategic Commissioning and Policy teams to support a flexible and agile approach to resourcing.
  • Ensure effective support as part of a matrix managed team for specific programme activity both planned and reactive; ensuring appropriate governance is complete.
  • Support the development of, and use, a range of tools and techniques that ensure activity is consistent, effective and efficient and that an audit trail is maintained.
  • Specific individual and shared targets and objectives defined annually with the team.

What you will need

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent by experience, with excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Previous experience of engaging, collaborating with and developing projects and programmes with statutory and non-statutory stakeholders.
  • Experience of managing or delivering commissioning projects and activities.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development and expert knowledge in relevant professional areas.
  • Subject Matter Expert (SME) in a children and families or adults or both, or related activity service/function area, and programme/project management expertise, in support of senior leaders.
  • Knowledge and experience of all aspects of the commissioning cycle, project life-cycle and related activities gained within a commissioning environment.
  • Evidence of successfully delivering outcomes and demonstrating breadth of thinking.
  • Experience of delivery of public services and managing change in a complex, multi-stakeholder environment.
  • Experience of working in a political environment, working effectively with members and senior officers across the council and partner agencies.

As part of employment with Essex County Council should your role require a DBS check you will be required to register with the DBS update service. The DBS update service ensures all registered DBS certificates are kept up to date and allows authorised parties to view the status of your certificate. This is an annual subscription and you will be responsible for ensuring this is maintained. For further information on the DBS update service please visit: https://www.gov.uk/dbs-update-service

Essex County Council is proud to offer an excellent benefits package to all its employees. For more information please use the following link: https://www.workingforessex.com/working-here/pay-reward/

Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

We seek the best talent from the widest pool of people as diversity is key to our success.

If you have queries on this role or require anything further, please email or call us on 0333 013 5888. Lines are open Monday to Friday between 08:30 - 16:30.