Here at West Sussex County Council (WSCC) we have an exciting new opportunity to join the commissioning team on a 2 year Fixed Term Contract as a Commissioning Officer. As Commissioning Officer you will work to transform Adults' Services, through a partnership-based approach to develop and influence the local market of services for people with learning disabilities, mental health conditions, autism, and physical disabilities. As a valued member of the adult commissioning team you will work proactively with independent providers of social care services to deliver a market that develops independence, prepares people for adulthood, and fully involves our customers & their support networks.
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Salary: £40,876 - £43,857per annum Working Pattern: Full-time (37 hours per week)
Contract: Fixed-Term (until 01/12/2023) Location: Worthing
As part of a centrally managed learning disabilities and mental health commissioning and contracts team, your key responsibility will be to work to develop and implement commissioning plans to improve quality and outcomes for individuals, achieve value for money and ensure the best use of resources.
You will build positive relationships with a wide range of stakeholders and partners. You will lead on strategic & operational co-production from people with lived experience. You will support locally managed systems & processes for identifying needs and gaps in local provision and support the local Learning Disability and Autism (Transforming Care) program.
Experience and Skills
You will need to excel at working collaboratively, building effective relationships with a range of independent providers and locality health & social care staff to deliver ambitious outcomes for West Sussex customers. You will have to demonstrate effective communication skills, including the ability to challenge and have difficult conversations.
In addition, you will also be able to demonstrate the following relevant skills and experience:
- Ability to anticipate problems and resolve issues independently, planning solutions and making sound pragmatic decisions which will have a direct impact on the business / service, and meet deadlines and objectives. Ability to forward plan over the long term, making effective judgements in order to continuously develop and review the effectiveness of services for people with a learning disability, mental health conditions, and / or autism.
- Developed communication and interpersonal skills in order to work within a relationship-based approach with independent providers, Adult Services teams, and other key stakeholders. Including the ability to persuade, advise, and explain technical information sometimes as part of complex or contentious issues.
- Ability to influence others to make decisions they would otherwise not make, to promote understanding of technical procurement contract / commissioning and financial information and to successfully advise and guide managers to make sound procurement / contractual decisions which could have significant impact.
- Advanced literary and analytical skills in order to interpret and manipulate very varied and complex contract / tender / budgetary information in relation to services and supplies (e.g. specialist policies, legislation and complex contracts assessments), and develop practical, effective solutions. Strong numeracy and IT skills in order to interpret, report and advise on complex commissioning, contract and financial information and work with an understanding of finance and legal issues.
- Effective people management skills including performance management skills and the ability to provide direction and support to individuals and teams including those working across different disciplines or locations.
Qualifications and/or experience:
- Degree or equivalent qualification or experience in procurement / contract management, demonstrating that level of applied knowledge and experience through monitoring and / or managing complex contracts effectively to ensure they meet customer's requirements and business need.
- Relevant advanced theoretical or organisational knowledge of systems, procedures and policies associated with operating a demanding procurement, commissioning and contract management service.
- Experience working in contract management, commissioning or procurement within the adult social care sector, particularly having experienced the perspectives of people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities, autism and/or mental health conditions, with knowledge of appropriate legislation including the Care Act 2014.
Rewards and Benefits
In addition to 29 days annual leave and a generous pension scheme as an employer we recognise that it is our employees that are central to everything we do. We aim to create a supportive and dynamic working environment where employees can achieve their full potential, achieve a healthy work-life balance and are rewarded for the work they do.
For a full list of the benefits offered to you as a West Sussex County Council employee you can find them on our Rewards and Benefits page.
The reference number for this role is CAFHE03354.