Senior Commissioning and Contracts Officer
A Rewarding Opportunity...
Brent is a tremendously vibrant London borough where the iconic arch of Wembley Stadium dominates the skyline. Spanning both inner and outer London, it is a borough of huge contrasts in terms of its economic, environmental, ethnic and social make up. Brent’s diversity is evident to all who visit our borough and our long history of ethnic and cultural diversity has created a place that is truly unique and valued by those who live and work here.
The council is pursuing a far-reaching transformation agenda that better meets the needs of our community so it is an exciting time to join us.
This senior role will take an operational lead for all commissioning, contracting and quality assurance of placements and services for children and young people aged 0-25 this will include children and young people in the care of Brent Council, children with disabilities and children with Special Educational needs.
The post holder will develop, shape and deliver an overarching programme of commissioning to meet the needs of children and young people ensuring the LA has access to sufficient and appropriate high quality placements and services to meet their needs.
The post holder will develop and deliver quality assurance programmes to ensure compliance with agreed processes and standards, ensuring that all safeguarding and quality assurance measures are taken to keep children and young people safe.
The post holder will develop strong relationships and partnerships with internal and external partners, stakeholders and suppliers on commissioning services to meet identified and emerging needs and act as an ambassador and advocate with external organisations.
The ideal candidate will be a self-reflective leader who can motivate a team to continually improve performance. You will hold or be working towards CQSW, or Diploma in Social Work or have substantial experience in commissioning children’s services (preferably in Social Care).
The ideal candidate will be an experienced commissioner with extensive knowledge of the social care gained in either a local authority or related environment and with a good knowledge of relevant legislative and statutory for looked after children.
You should be able to demonstrate the ability to build and maintain productive working relationships with a variety of colleagues and stakeholders and the ability to use creativity in finding solutions to complex issues. Excellent communication skills are essential.
Closing Date: 26 September 2021 (23:00)
Brent Council values the diversity of its community and aims to have a workforce that reflects this and therefore encourage applications from all sections of the community. We positively encourage all applicants to self-identify their characteristics in the diversity survey section in the application.
We are committed to safer recruitment and safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Applicants should be aware that posts working with children, young people and vulnerable adults are subject to an Enhanced DBS check as well as other employment clearances.
Brent has a positive approach to flexible working.
As a disability confident employer Brent welcomes applications from people with all disabilities, including hidden disabilities and mental health conditions. We will interview any disabled applicant who meets the essential criteria. If you require reasonable adjustments to be made to any part of the recruitment process due to your disability, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note CVs will not be considered as part of your application for this position.