SEND Lead Commissioning Manager
 

SEND Commissioning Manager
Salary - £44,790 - £47,841 per annum | Based in Kingston | Permanent | Full time 36-39

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 and 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 in a unique position compared with many other places as we have received significant investment in the Special Educational Needs and Disability Team; which has meant that we can now enhance and grow the team to create the specialisms it needs. The team is well established with a clear vision to support Children and Young People with SEND. The SEND Futures Plan is extremely ambitious and drives forward the activity amongst the statutory duties. This role is pivotal to that success and we would welcome the opportunity to discuss this with you.

As the SEND Lead Commissioning Manager for Achieving for Children, you will be responsible for:
  • Leading on market shaping and management for SEND provision, needs analysis, development of sustainable commissioning strategies/intentions and stake-holder engagement/consultations
  • Linking with social care and health sectors to ensure integrated procurement and commissioning processes are implemented that will lead to learners’ holistic outcomes
  • Supporting the delivery of outcomes based commissioning, initially focussing on managing aspects of delivery in relevant areas.
  • Effectively managing providers to ensure cost effective working relationships and maximising opportunities to enhance service provision.
  • Developing innovative contracting approaches and taking remedial action when required to achieve positive outcomes for service users, carers and communities, including optimising the use of new/enhanced technologies that are proven to improve outcomes
  • Over time, line managing members of the SEND Commissioning team
About AfC
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.

About you

To be a Commissioning Manager 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 proven track record as a successful strategic leader within the public sector, with direct experience of leading the commissioning of services
  • Experience of building strong partnerships, maintaining relationships and co-producing solutions to challenges across a diverse set of stakeholders.
  • Significant proven experience of market shaping and management, needs analysis, development of sustainable commissioning strategies/intentions, stake-holder engagement/consultation, contract management and performance of placements for SEND.
  • Significant experience of working with providers to promote cost effective working relationships and maximize the opportunities to enhance service provision, customer experience and positive outcomes for service users
  • Advanced knowledge of delivering commissioned services/placements within and to budget and meeting identified and agreed savings targets.
  • Strong awareness of ensuring commissioned service provision is appropriately contract monitored, including the monitoring of the financial performance of services and the early identification of financial risk/pressures.
  • Commitment to resource-sharing and collaborative working within Achieving for Children and across organisational boundaries in the best interests of children and families.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills that are open, honest, persuasive and pragmatic, including excellent negotiation and influencing skills.
  • A commitment to supervising and managing colleagues using a supportive but inspirational approach to help them meet business objectives and their own personal development goals
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.

How 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.

To request an informal discussion about this exciting opportunity, please contact Ann Mason at ann.mason@achievingforchildren.org.uk

Closing Date: 3rd August 2021

Achieving for Children is an equal opportunities employer, this extends to welcoming candidates from black, Asian and minority ethnic 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.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and return your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
Area
Kingston, Richmond, Twickenham and Chessington
Working Hours
Full-time
Contract Type
Permanent
Salary From
£44,790
Salary To
£47,841
 
SEND Commissioning Manager
Salary - £44,790 - £47,841 per annum | Based in Kingston | Permanent | Full time 36-39

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 and 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 in a unique position compared with many other places as we have received significant investment in the Special Educational Needs and Disability Team; which has meant that we can now enhance and grow the team to create the specialisms it needs. The team is well established with a clear vision to support Children and Young People with SEND. The SEND Futures Plan is extremely ambitious and drives forward the activity amongst the statutory duties. This role is pivotal to that success and we would welcome the opportunity to discuss this with you.

As the SEND Lead Commissioning Manager for Achieving for Children, you will be responsible for:
  • Leading on market shaping and management for SEND provision, needs analysis, development of sustainable commissioning strategies/intentions and stake-holder engagement/consultations
  • Linking with social care and health sectors to ensure integrated procurement and commissioning processes are implemented that will lead to learners’ holistic outcomes
  • Supporting the delivery of outcomes based commissioning, initially focussing on managing aspects of delivery in relevant areas.
  • Effectively managing providers to ensure cost effective working relationships and maximising opportunities to enhance service provision.
  • Developing innovative contracting approaches and taking remedial action when required to achieve positive outcomes for service users, carers and communities, including optimising the use of new/enhanced technologies that are proven to improve outcomes
  • Over time, line managing members of the SEND Commissioning team
About AfC
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.

About you

To be a Commissioning Manager 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 proven track record as a successful strategic leader within the public sector, with direct experience of leading the commissioning of services
  • Experience of building strong partnerships, maintaining relationships and co-producing solutions to challenges across a diverse set of stakeholders.
  • Significant proven experience of market shaping and management, needs analysis, development of sustainable commissioning strategies/intentions, stake-holder engagement/consultation, contract management and performance of placements for SEND.
  • Significant experience of working with providers to promote cost effective working relationships and maximize the opportunities to enhance service provision, customer experience and positive outcomes for service users
  • Advanced knowledge of delivering commissioned services/placements within and to budget and meeting identified and agreed savings targets.
  • Strong awareness of ensuring commissioned service provision is appropriately contract monitored, including the monitoring of the financial performance of services and the early identification of financial risk/pressures.
  • Commitment to resource-sharing and collaborative working within Achieving for Children and across organisational boundaries in the best interests of children and families.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills that are open, honest, persuasive and pragmatic, including excellent negotiation and influencing skills.
  • A commitment to supervising and managing colleagues using a supportive but inspirational approach to help them meet business objectives and their own personal development goals
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.

How 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.

To request an informal discussion about this exciting opportunity, please contact Ann Mason at ann.mason@achievingforchildren.org.uk

Closing Date: 3rd August 2021

Achieving for Children is an equal opportunities employer, this extends to welcoming candidates from black, Asian and minority ethnic 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.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and return your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.