Interim Director of Strategic Commissioning - Adult Social Care Chelms

Essex County Council
14 Mar 2018
15 Mar 2018
Job Type

Interim Director of Strategic Commissioning - Adult Social Care


GBP650 per day

Temporary - 6 month contract

Full Time

Essex County Council (ECC) is not only one of the largest, but it is one of the most dynamic, with a strong reputation for innovation and is a GBP2 billion organisation positively embracing change. By 2020, given Local Government reforms, we aim to be both self-financing and self-sufficient. This will require significant change and will be a huge challenge, but this is a challenge we are committed to meet. We're committed to becoming a place where individuals, partners and communities feel proud to play their role and genuinely want to belong. We don't just want to make Essex County Council the best it can be, but make Essex the best it can be.

Essex has a growing demand for Adult Social Care and our operational services have recently been restructured to signal a strong shift in focus towards prevention and early intervention.

About you

In terms of your skills and experience, it's vital that you have a strong background in commissioning social care services. Having a full understanding of the adult health and social care outcomes legal framework and the Care Act is also very important.

You will be expected to work closely with the director of adult social care, leading the way in implementing and embedding the new structure, and commissioning teams and ensuring that staff members have full awareness of what ECC are trying to achieve.

Previous experience in a similar role within local government, a not-for-profit organisation, the NHS or a clinical commissioning group is essential, as you will be building a business plan and ensuring that ECC finances meet this. Alongside social care commissioning you will have a high commercial acumen and a high-level knowledge of the procurement process. You'll have strong project management and commercial expertise and be able to develop and commission solutions which focus on value for money, innovation and results, with a strong sense of what good looks like and understanding what best practice looks like within the sector. Ability to communicate effectively and you have or demonstrate experience of working with and being able to influence both internal and external stakeholders and developing these relationships. You will be a proactive leader, with a track record of inspiring and motivating people to embrace change and seek new opportunities. Leading by example, you will ensure an atmosphere of trust and openness so that your team feels able to innovate and able to challenge the status quo.

About us

At Essex County Council we have a vision to be a county where innovation brings prosperity and we are dedicated to improving the lives of our residents. With a total workforce of around 7,500, Essex County Council is one of the largest county councils in the country, and we truly believe our greatest asset is our people. They are fundamental to our current and future success.

Knowledge, skills and experience

As part of employment with Essex County Council should your role require a DBS check you will be required to register with the DBS update service. The DBS update service ensures all registered DBS certificates are kept up to date and allows authorised parties to view the status of your certificate. This is an annual subscription and you will be responsible for ensuring this is maintained. For further information on the DBS update service please visit:

Please note that Essex County Council has determined that the off-payroll working rules will apply to this assignment and where a worker elects to provide their services through an intermediary (such as a personal services company) then income tax and primary national insurance contributions will be deducted at source from any payments made to the intermediary.

Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

We seek the best talent from the widest pool of people as diversity is key to our success.

If you have any queries regarding this role, or require anything further, please contact Katie Pattrick, on