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Commissioning Manager

  • Employer: Surrey County Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/18313/25049
  • Published: Wed 22/06/2022, 14:33 PM
  • Closing on: Mon 18/07/2022, 0:59 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36.0 hours per week
  • Salary: £45,734 - £51,725 per annum
  • DBS Check: Yes
  • Location: Woking

The starting salary for this role is £45,734 per annum for working 36 hours per week.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, motivated and knowledgeable leader with strong commissioning, Early Years knowledge to join a dynamic commissioning team within the wider Children’s Commissioning directorate.

About us

Surrey County Council is on an ambitious and exciting journey, and we are looking for people to join our Children’s Commissioning division within the Children, Schools and Families Directorate. The Commissioning division is at the centre of Children’s Services in Surrey, driving change and innovation with a relentless focus on improving outcomes. At the heart of what we aim to achieve is the ambition to develop a deeper understanding of our communities and the challenges they face, whilst also recognising their strengths, assets and aspirations. We look to work with them to improve the outcomes for children, young people and families.

Whilst providing a high-quality service that offers good value for money, we look to commission evidence-based models of support and innovative approaches to achieve our objectives. We want to work in a co-productive relationship with partners, providers, children and young people, delivering change to provide services that are fit for future generations.

About the role 

As a Commissioning Manager, you will have the opportunity to influence the wider Commissioning and Transformation agenda and take decisions at a senior level. You will be working with friendly and supportive colleagues who are committed to delivering excellent outcomes.

Woking closely with finance teams, you will contribute towards financial reporting and analysis, which feeds in to forecasting.

You will have responsibility for ensuring there are sufficient, good quality Early Years Education and Childcare places and for managing the Early Years market consisting of maintained, private, voluntary, and independent settings and schools. You will also manage a team of commissioning officers who provide advice, support and information resources to our Surrey Early Years sector and ensure compliance with DfE statutory requirements

About you

We are looking for an experienced Children’s and Families Commissioning Manager, with extensive knowledge and experience in Early Years and Education Services as well as an understanding of the interaction with Health, in order to help shape a systemwide approach to integrated commissioning.

You will bring extensive knowledge and experience of national practice and legislation relating to the Early Years sector. As well as this, you will have a commitment to inclusion and addressing the impacts of deprivation. You must be passionate about commissioning public services and have knowledge and experience of operating within a complex environment.

This role includes membership of the Early Years Governance Panel so the successful candidate will need to evidence their commitment to inclusion and to supporting children to be able to access their education in their local community. You will need to bring knowledge of early identification and intervention in order to participate in the allocation of funding to support children experiencing barriers to their education.

You must be knowledgeable and experienced in the area of Early Years commissioning including:

  • Early Years Census requirements and returns
  • Administration of the Early Years Funded Entitlements for 2, 3 and 4 year olds including the Early Years Foundation Stage and statutory requirements
  • Understanding market management and sufficiency planning
  • In-depth knowledge of relevant legislation
  • Knowledge of allocation and distribution of capital funding
  • Understanding of business planning and financial management
  • Managing system change

At Surrey, our values and behaviours are just as important as our skills and abilities. They shape who we are as an organisation. Find out more about the values we follow.

For more information please find the full job description below and refer to this before submitting your application. We also invite you to read our Life at Surrey handbook to see insights of the culture at Surrey and how as a valued employee, you can help shape our Council.

Additional Information

The job advert closes at 23:59 on 17th July 2022 with interviews to follow.

An enhanced DBS ‘Disclosure and Barring Service’ check for regulated activity (formerly known as CRB) and the Children’s and Adults’ Barred List checks will be required for this role.

Contact Details

For an informal discussion please contact Carol Savedra by e-mail at carol.savedra@surreycc.gov.uk.

We look forward to receiving your application, please click on the apply online button below to submit.

Benefits

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 MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.

Our Commitment

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.

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  • Employer: Surrey County Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/18313/25049
  • Published: Wed 22/06/2022, 14:33 PM
  • Closing on: Mon 18/07/2022, 0:59 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36.0 hours per week
  • Salary: £45,734 - £51,725 per annum
  • DBS Check: Yes
  • Location: Woking

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