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Strategic Commissioning Manager

Gateshead Council
Gateshead, Tyne and Wear
£51,515 - £54,771 + 15% recruitment and retention (pay award pending for 2024/25).
Closing date
30 Jun 2024

Are you an experienced commissioner with knowledge in children social care and education? Are you looking for a new challenge in management and strategic commissioning? This is an exciting time to join a growing all age commissioning service in a council with an excellent employee offer and working environment.

The role

You will lead an experienced and busy team, with a diverse portfolio of strategic commissioning projects for children and young people, spanning children’s social care, education and SEND. You will have a key role in instigating service review and design, contract management, quality assurance and improvement, working with partners across the council and externally.

About you

You will have significant experience of commissioning, contract management or quality assurance and knowledge around the needs of children and young people. You will be a team player with the ambition and commitment to achieve the best outcomes for local residents. You will use appropriate evidence and commissioning processes to optimise impact and make best use of resources in challenging times. See the job profile for more detail.

About the Service

The Commissioning, Performance and Service Development Service manages design, commissioning, market shaping, performance, and quality assurance to meet the needs of vulnerable local people and families. It works across adult social care, children’s social care and education, in conjunction with operational services and corporate support services across the council. The service works in partnership with the NHS, local voluntary and community organisations and other public bodies.

A bit about Gateshead Council…


We’re truly committed to ensuring local residents are able to access a range of good quality services to support them to live as independently as possible and we need like-minded people who can help us deliver a high-quality service.   We need people who want to make a difference, who are talented, possess the right knowledge and skills and who want the chance to demonstrate how good they are.


What’s in it for you?  Well, there’s so much on offer and here’s just a few of the highlights!

You’ll be paid a competitive salary £51,515 - £54,771 + 15% recruitment and retention allowance. Pay award pending for 2024/25.
You can save for your future by enrolling in our generous pension scheme
You’ll have access to great health and wellbeing support, including discounted membership to GO Gateshead Leisure Services and ability to use our cycle to work scheme
A generous annual leave package of 26 days increasing to 30 days following 5 years’ service. You will also have the opportunity to purchase up to 10 days extra leave via our Annual Leave Salary Sacrifice Scheme.
We’ll give you access to a Co Wheels vehicle for work use, saving your petrol costs and wear to your vehicle.
We’ll give you the chance to take advantage of various offers and discounts on shopping and household spend, including O2, Virgin Media and Dell
Access to generous flexi time system with the opportunity to take 2 flexi days per 4-week flexi period, depending on the needs of the service.
We offer hybrid working, allowing colleagues to work remotely where appropriate if they wish to do so.
A robust Workforce Development offer with loads of opportunities for learning to progress your career and to enhance your knowledge in specific areas.

It’s time to apply!

We’re delighted that you want to come and work with us. Please take a look at the full job profile via the link below for the full list of essential criteria for the post. 


To arrange an informal discussion, please contact Michelle Turnbull at

To apply click the 'Apply' button below.

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