Are you passionate about improving outcomes for children, young people and their families?
Brent is a tremendously vibrant London borough where the iconic arch of Wembley Stadium dominates the skyline. Spanning both inner and outer London, it is a borough of huge contrasts in terms of its economic, environmental, ethnic and social make up. Brent’s diversity is evident to all who visit our borough and our long history of ethnic and cultural diversity has created a place that is truly unique and valued by those who live and work here.
The council is pursuing a far-reaching transformation agenda that better meets the needs of our community so it is an exciting time to join us.
This senior role will take a strategic lead for all commissioning activity for children and young people aged 0-25, including children and young people in the care of Brent Council, care leavers and children with disabilities or special educational needs.
The role will be responsible for shaping a strategic approach to commissioning across the Children and Young People’s Department and the effective commissioning of high quality services that meet strategic priorities and statutory duties within a best value framework.
The role will oversee service transformation and innovative service redesign that is driven by robust data analysis to deliver positive outcomes for children and young people across a range of service areas. The post holder will develop strong partnerships with internal and external partners, including health to progress joint commissioning opportunities. The post holder will lead co-production of commissioned services parents and children and young people and providers to ensure that services are designed to meet identified and emerging needs. Shaping the market to respond to Brent’s priorities is a key part of the role.
The ideal candidate will be a highly experienced commissioner with extensive knowledge and experience of children’s social care, gained in either a local authority or related environment and with a good knowledge of relevant legislative and statutory frameworks.
The ideal candidate will be a self-reflective leader who can motivate a team to continually improve performance. Candidates should be able to demonstrate the ability to build and maintain productive working relationships with a variety of colleagues and stakeholders and the ability to use creativity in finding solutions to complex issues. Candidates should have a successful track record of improving outcomes and delivering efficiencies. Excellent communication skills are essential for this role.
Brent Council values the diversity of its community and aims to have a workforce that reflects this and therefore encourage applications from all sections of the community. We positively encourage all applicants to self-identify their characteristics in the diversity survey section in the application.
We are committed to safer recruitment and safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Applicants should be aware that posts working with children, young people and vulnerable adults are subject to an Enhanced DBS check as well as other employment clearances.
Brent has a positive approach to flexible working.
As a disability confident employer Brent welcomes applications from people with all disabilities, including hidden disabilities and mental health conditions. We will interview any disabled applicant who meets the essential criteria. If you require reasonable adjustments to be made to any part of the recruitment process due to your disability, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note the information you provide will be treated fairly and confidentially.
Please note CVs will not be considered as part of your application for this position.