Senior Commissioning Officer
The starting salary for this position is £41,931 per annum based on a 36 hour working week. The role is offered on a 12 month secondment basis.
This role is open to remote working meaning that although some office time and site visits will be required you aren't required in the office 5 days a week. In support of our people and our greener futures strategies, we'd welcome a conversation with the successful candidate on what remote working may look like for you.
Do you have the passion to improve outcomes and services for children, young people and their families?
Could you use your business or commissioning experience to ensure that Surrey's children have the best opportunity to fulfil their potential?
The Early Years Commissioning Team works closely with Early Years settings and schools to fulfil our statutory duty in ensuring we have sufficient Early Years provision in Surrey. The team provides business advice to support providers to be financially sustainable, whilst delivering the best quality childcare and education to our youngest children.
The team also has a focus on market management of the childcare sector in Surrey to secure sufficient, good quality early education and childcare places for families, with a particular focus on children with special educational needs and disabilities, or those experiencing barriers to learning. Our aim is to improve outcomes for children and families and to achieve excellence for all Surrey residents.
An important part of what we do is providing information, support and guidance on business planning, financial forecasting and governance to support sustainability within the sector. This includes supporting the delivery of the Early Years Funded Entitlement for 2,3 and 4 year olds. We monitor and manage the market to ensure our mixed model of delivery meets the needs of each community and achieves sufficiency.
We make sure that children with special educational needs and disabilities or other barriers to learning are at the heart of all we do, and are always included. We achieve this through engaging with families and providers to ensure we create opportunities for early identification and intervention. Our aim is that all children can reach their full potential and that the early years sector continues to meet the needs of Surrey residents.
We are looking for enthusiastic, highly motivated people who have knowledge, understanding and experience of the Early Years sector or other similar relevant experience. Working closely with a wide variety of teams, you will thrive in a fast-paced environment and working to deadlines.
We are looking for candidates who …
- Have an understanding of current trends and challenges within the Early Years sector, including Early Years Funded Entitlements
- Have an understanding of relevant legislation, statutory guidance and funding arrangements such as: The Disability Act 2014, Children and Families Act 2014, SEND Code of Practice 2014, and Early Education and Childcare Statutory Guidance for Local Authorities 2018
- Have business and financial management or commissioning experience
- Have knowledge and experience of working independently at a senior level in the Early Years or schools sector, or have other similar relevant experience at a senior level
- Have excellent communication skills with the ability to influence, negotiate and take the initiative to lead on projects
- Can demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively with teams both within the council and external partners
Importantly, you must have a passion for improving outcomes and services for children, young people and their families!
This role will require travel throughout the county, therefore you will need to hold a valid driving licence and have access to a vehicle.
The job advert closes at 23:59 on 28th May 2023 with interviews to follow.
An enhanced DBS 'Disclosure and Barring Service' check for regulated activity (formerly known as CRB) and the Children's Barred List checks will be required for this role.
We look forward to receiving your application, please click on the apply online button below to submit.
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 26 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 the advert on the employer site.
Surrey County Council is proud to be a Disability Confident Employer. A guaranteed interview will be offered to all disabled applications where:
- The candidate has evidenced the minimum criteria for the role through their application
- The candidate has chosen to share that they have a disability on the application form
Our application form and onboarding process will provide an opportunity to request any reasonable adjustments for the interview and/or the role.
We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all underrepresented groups.