£27,099 per annum for 36 hours per week based at County Hall, Penrhyn Road, Kingston, KT1 2DJ. This position is based inside one of our main area offices, click HERE to see a 360 degree view of the building and surrounding area along with a view of the reception.
We are looking to relocate back into the county by 2020. Agile and flexible working are welcomed and supported; we care about the job you do, not where you do it.
From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 24 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years' service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.
Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.
About the role
Children's Services at Surrey County Council have recently undergone significant changes in order to meet the needs of children and families across the county. The newly created Children's Commissioning Service has been introduced to radically transform our approach to commissioning service provision and to ensure children and young people are at the heart of everything we do.
The Children's Commissioning Service is made up of three teams:
- Gateway to Resources - commissioning individual services for children and young people looked after by Surrey County Council and those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.
- Early Years, Family Resilience and Health - strategic commissioning services for very young children and services to support families with Early Help requirements and Health provision.
- SEND, Education and Corporate Parenting - strategic commissioning of services for children and young people in the care of Surrey County Council and those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.
The service has a responsibility to deliver sufficient, good quality provision to meet the needs of Surrey residents against an innovative outcome based model, achieving excellence and value for money.
Examples of our work include:
- Using data to ascertain need and plan future services to ensure sufficient provision.
- Market Engagement events with key providers across Surrey, ensuring provision is developed in the right place and at the right time to meet the needs of our residents.
- Working in partnership with Health and Social Care to ensure commissioned services deliver opportunities for children to secure the best outcomes.
- Developing new innovative services such as the new school-aged Speech & Language Service.
- Developing new and exciting post-16 support offers for young people.
- Negotiating, monitoring and evaluating contractual arrangements that ensure value for money.
We are looking for an ambitious, highly motivated, energetic person who is looking to learn and develop their commissioning knowledge, understanding and skills.
The ideal candidate will support the whole commissioning process, working alongside a team of Commissioners on a range of exciting projects, see examples listed above. Commissioning projects within the team take a variety of different forms so candidates must be comfortable working at pace, to strict deadlines and using their own initiative to support the wider team to champion the change required to improve the outcomes for our children and young people.
We welcome applications from individuals who:
- Are looking to develop their commissioning and project management skills by assisting Commissioning Officers with complex commissioning projects.
- Are proficient in Excel, with a keen interest for data input, dashboard monitoring and reporting to support project progress.
- Have strong analytical skills to support data interpretation.
- Have an interest in SEND Education or Social Care.
- Have excellent communication skills.
- Can demonstrate the ability to work as part of an extended team with both internal and external partners.
- Have a passion for improving outcomes and services for children, young people and their families.
- Have a keen understanding of value for money.
For more information, please see the attached job description below.
For an informal discussion contact James Atkins by e-mail at email@example.com.
We look forward to receiving your application.
This vacancy closes at 23:59 on 18th November 2019.