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Contracts and Commissioning Manager

The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council
Kensington and Chelsea, London (Greater)
£44,370 - £50,964 per annum
Closing date
20 Feb 2022

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Corporate Services, Finance, Health and Social Care, Adult Services
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Contract Type
Full time
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About Us:

Delivering high quality learning opportunities to adults and families across the borough.

At the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea we believe that everyone across the borough should have a chance to fulfil their aspirations and achieve their potential. Our Adult Learning Service helps residents meet their learning needs and ambitions, to develop their skills and knowledge making a significant contribution to the Borough being a great place to Live, Work and Learn. The service is within the Council’s Economic Development function at the corporate centre, and works in partnership both internally and externally across Council services and policy areas supporting more residents to re-train and re-skill in order to progress with their ambitions.

Adult learning provides access to opportunities for residents wishing to make their first steps back into learning by providing a wide range of courses from basic skills, English for speakers of other languages, employability and vocational qualifications to courses for leisure and enjoyment that improve wellbeing and social interaction including arts, fitness, foreign languages, and creative writing. This is a well-established service, rated Good by OFSTED. 

The Role:

An opportunity has arisen within the Adult Learning team that develops and oversees the contracting and commissioning function for this service. 

Reporting directly to the Adult Learning Manager this is a pivotal role in our small team. Its purpose and overarching responsibilities are to lead, manage, develop and deliver on contracts, compliance and the commissioning of adult learning funding received from the Greater London Authority (GLA). Leading on the commissioning of provision from voluntary and community sector organisations you will help to shape future delivery and ensure that our budget is utilised in the most effective way providing equality of access to opportunity to local and other organisations for the benefit of learners across the borough. The role includes overseeing the compliance with our GLA contract, and of our delivery partners with our subcontracts. Monitoring the ongoing success of these contracts, you will advise and support learning providers to ensure they are meeting the expected standards, identify underperformance that requires action, and ensure that contracts are agreed, finalised and signed annually.

Please refer to the Job Description for more information

About You:

You are a highly diplomatic and influential individual who is able to conduct successful negotiations. With experience of managing processes for commissioning education or training provision, you will have an ability to work with a variety of organisations from across the voluntary, statutory and private sector. You will possess good awareness of government funding for further and adult learning and an understanding of the Ofsted inspection framework. A highly numerate individual with a keen eye for detail, you will be comfortable handling audit management and overseeing the specifics of contracts compliance. With experience of both analysing and interpreting complex data, you will be capable of translating your findings into succinct reports and briefings. You will have good verbal and written communication skills, with the capacity to communicate with a variety of audiences including elected members. 

Join us, and help us break down the barriers to learning, and integrate people into one cohesive community. We offer a competitive benefits package that includes access to the local government pension scheme and generous annual leave. 

Please apply online explaining how you meet the requirements set out in the person specification and job description. CV’s alone will not be considered for this role. 
We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we receive a high volume of suitable applicants.

Additional information

We are committed to promoting equality and respecting diversity and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

We are a Disability Confident Employer – committed to ensuring that our recruitment and selection process is inclusive and accessible.

We engage our staff with a variety of learning types including face-to-face and virtual learning because we want to ensure our staff understand our values and behaviours, grow their skills and develop their careers.

This post is covered by the Fluency Duty, as outlined in the Code of Practice on the English language requirements for public sector workers.

We do not accept speculative CVs from any source.

Please note, we will primarily contact candidates by e-mail throughout the recruitment process, please monitor your email junk / spam folder as our system generated emails may be allocated to these folders by your email settings.

If you experience difficulties with the recruitment application process, please contact the recruitment team by email:


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