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Head of Commissioning
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Head of Commissioning
Salary range: £61,929 - £65,637 | Commissioning | Based in Kingston Guildhall 2 | Permanent

Achieving for Children recognise these are unprecedented times, but we continue to build capacity to support our most vulnerable groups.  To do this we are continuing to attract talented professionals to join us as we continue to provide OUTSTANDING (Kingston ILACS Ofsted 2019) services.

If you have the skills that will enable us to continue to enhance our practice and improve outcomes for children further,  we want to hear from you.  We are looking for bright, enthusiastic people who have the passion and the drive to make a positive difference to children’s lives. By recognising and championing strengths we know we can make a real difference. It’s a genuine team effort in AfC. That’s why we want talented people, like you, to join us and help create a brighter future for children and families.

About the role
We are looking to appoint a dynamic and driven individual who has a passion for supporting children and young people through commissioning practices, to join the commissioning and partnerships directorate as the Head of Service Commissioning.

This newly created post is an exciting opportunity for an experienced strategic commissioner to support shaping and developing our commissioning practices across AFC. This is a pivotal role working alongside the Director of Commissioning and Partnerships to develop practical and innovative commissioning responses to our key strategic challenges.

Responsibilities will include supporting the Head of Service to:
  • Leading the strategic programmes of commissioning for children and families, driving innovation to deliver better outcomes and financial efficiencies. The role will involve commissioning across the whole system.
  • Build engaging and productive working relationships with all sectors of the market, supporting the involvement of children, parents and the voluntary sector in planning and delivery of services.
  • Supporting the Director of Commissioning and Partnerships to implement an integrated commissioning strategy to improve outcomes for children and familie in the most efficient and cost-effective ways.
  • Manage the effective function of the commissioning practices and boards.
  • Develop business plans to implement the agreed strategies for AFC and its Councils which are focused on delivering the key priorities.
This job description and person specification are only an outline of the task responsibilities and outcomes required of the role. The job holder will carry out any other duties as may reasonably be required by their line manager.

About us
We are a not-for-profit social enterprise owned by three local authorities (Kingston, Richmond and Windsor & Maidenhead), we offer the freedoms of a social enterprise with the employment benefits of local government. To find out more about us click here.

Achieving for Children have recently formed a new Commissioning and Partnerships Directorate, this directorate will lead on setting the commissioning framework and strategic commissioning intentions to improve the outcomes for our children and young people. Through the commissioning process this directorate will support the organisation and our colleagues achieve efficiencies, improve partnership working and delivery; while ensuring our children, young people and their families/ cares remain at the centre of what we do. This post will be based in our newly formed Commissioning and Partnerships Directorate.

About you
To be Head of Commissioning for AfC, you will be passionate about making a positive difference to the lives of children and young people as well as demonstrating the following points:
  • A passion for Achieving for Children’s vision, mission and values to support children and young people to live safe, happy, healthy and successful lives.
  • Strong organisational abilities including: time management, creative-thinking, problem-solving and multitasking.
  • Able to work flexibly and independently with limited management oversight.
  • Personal determination, drive, energy and ambition to overcome obstacles, achieve challenging objectives, celebrate success and deliver excellent outcomes for children. Taking a strength
  • based approach to managing situations.
  • Commitment to resource-sharing and collaborative working within Achieving for Children and across organisational boundaries in the best interests of children and families.
  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills that are open, honest, persuasive and pragmatic, including excellent negotiation and influencing skills.
About our benefits
When you join AfC you will have access to:
  • Positive and supportive working environments - We have a highly supportive working environment in which managers are challenging and supporting in equal measures. 
  • Positive work-life balance - Access to employee benefits and support forms part of our health and wellbeing offer.
  • A competitive salary and access to LA pension scheme - Our salaries are benchmarked against other local authorities.
  • A range of staff benefits and discounts managed via your own app - Staff can enjoy a wide range of discounts on sports and leisure activities and everyday shopping through AfC My Place.
  • Professional reflective supervision - Regular, high-quality reflective supervision which helps to build confidence is available to all. 
  • Strong Management - A strong performance management culture, with an equally strong focus on practice learning is embedded across the organisation. 
  • A fantastic learning and development offer - A clearly set out and accessible learning and development pathway, offering an extensive range of training and learning opportunities is accessible for all. This includes funding for post qualifying courses.
To find out about all of the breadth of benefits of working for Achieving for Children click here.  

Start dates

Achieving for Children have fixed start dates, candidates are advised to prepare for this should a job offer be accepted to ensure eligible continuous service is not affected.

To apply
If you would like more information about this role please see our role profile.

Please apply online including a supporting statement addressing how you meet the criteria for this post detailing what skills, knowledge, experience and abilities you can bring to the role, as outlined in the Role Profile.

Achieving for Children is an equal opportunities employer, this extends to welcoming candidates from BAME backgrounds. We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. 

Closing date: 30th June 2020 
Interview date: 7th July 2020
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