Lead Commissioning Officer – Barnsley Council – Barnsley

Barnsley Council

Salary : £42,503-£45,495

Working Arrangements : Monday to Friday including Agile working

Hours per week : 2 x 37 

Contract type: Fixed Term until 31/05/2026

Flexible working arrangement: Yes, and we’re happy to talk flexible working arrangements with you

Suitable for Secondment: Employees wishing to be considered for secondment should agree with their head of service before submitting an application form.

Closing date : 31/03/2023 at 23:59

The successful candidate will be required to speak English to an appropriate standard.

This post requires an Enhanced DBS Check

About the Post:

In Barnsley we have a strong vision to make Barnsley the place of possibilities for all children, young people and families. This means that our children can start their life well, have the opportunity to learn, develop new skills and achieve their personal potential.

We’re excited to be recruiting for 2 x Lead Commissioning Officers for SEND here in Barnsley, the place of possibilities.

Within the Childrens Commissioning team, we have opportunities for 2 talented individuals to help drive the commissioning of quality services to improve outcomes for Barnsley children and young people with SEND.

With a strong focus on improving outcomes for these children, young people & families, the post-holder will need to be comfortable working with vulnerable groups and should be able to operate effectively in a rapidly changing environment. Alongside a sound grasp of the commissioning cycle, experience in the planning and/or delivery of services to vulnerable groups is essential

To contribute to this vision, we are looking to recruit talented service commissioners who have the aptitude for understanding complex needs, the ability to take a whole system view and the creativity to improve services working with service users, and also the skills to encourage a strong provider market.

You will lead on a number of commissioning projects that are specifically related to Barnsley’s ‘Safety Valve’ programme and the implementation of the actions outlined as part of the SEND Strategy and SEND Sufficiency strategy.

You will be responsible for the commissioning, quality assurance and contract management of a range of services to improve outcomes for children, young people with SEND; including supporting the SEND Placements planning manager with the effective commissioning of high-quality education places, Short Breaks and specialist residential settings.

You will work with in collaboration with key internal and external stakeholders, including children and young people, health and social care colleagues and market providers to develop and improve the service offer for children and families with SEND.

To be successful, you will need to have previous experience in working with children services and an understanding of SEND, as well as a sound grasp of the commissioning cycle and be able to demonstrate your ability to work in partnership with senior managers across the system and highlight methods for measuring impact and outcomes.

This includes specific experience and knowledge in relation to children who need Local Authority Care. You will be experienced in partnership working, stakeholder engagement, and understand national policy and local need.

In Barnsley we value honesty, teamwork, excellent service and taking pride in what we do. If you believe you have the relevant skills, then we would like to hear from you!

For further details of what the role involves and a breakdown on the criteria for applicants can be found in the attached. If you would like to talk to discuss your application please do get in touch – Steve Harrison, Head of Service- Children’s Commissioning: 07810830897

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