Commissioning Manager - Learning Disabilities and Autism

Essex County Council
05 Feb 2019
12 Feb 2019
Job Type

Job Purpose

Commissioning is a key function within ECC, working across the system to improve outcomes for Essex residents and bring about significant change to manage future challenges. This role leverages expertise and capability to enable a more flexible and agile commissioning environment to succeed in delivering the organisations strategic objectives. This leader will work collaboratively, promoting long term thinking and innovation to foster the conditions in which outcomes can be delivered.

The role is focused on and responsible for leading and delivering a range of programmes, working collaboratively across the system, to support the delivery of ECCs strategic objectives from within the Adults and Children and Families Strategic Commissioning and Policy Teams.

The role will lead on strategic engagement with stakeholders and external partners, exerting influence in a complex and political environment to achieve agreed outcomes, aligned to both corporate and functional strategic objectives.

Organisational Accountabilities

Roles at this level will be focused on delivering results in a specific functional area. They will hold expertise on the application of policy and improvement of service delivery. These roles have clear team budgets and targets set within the overall service requirements.

The role is accountable for:
  • Operational planning and performance review to maintain exceptional service delivery and ensures the political objectives and priorities of the council are met.

  • Working collaboratively within and across functions and thinking commercially to support the delivery of best possible outcomes for our citizens on a financially sustainable basis

  • Maintain and nurture collaborative relationships with other teams in the function and external organisations that support the delivery of annual plans.

  • Implementing changes and continually evaluating service to improve the area of work, while maintaining the highest possible levels of service quality are continually delivered

  • Managing complex issues and resources to meet the needs of customers and deliver the best possible outcomes

  • Effective utilisation of digital technologies and innovation across the function

  • Equality and Diversity is celebrated and considered as part of all decisions taken

  • Using professional expertise to translate goals and plans into ways of working that comply with relevant legislation and statutory requirements and manages a level of appropriate risk

  • Deliver exemplar customer interactions to individuals and communities which support strong relationships and a reputation for achieving outcomes and resolving issues

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent by experience.

  • Evidence of continuing professional development and expert knowledge in relevant business, process or professional area.

  • Evidence of ability to influence key decision makers with a clear understanding of the vision and strategy to inspire others.

  • Knowledge and proficient experience of the commissioning cycle together with mastery of programme and project management.

  • Curiosity and learning from other innovative and inspirational organisations, evidence of ability to create a compelling case for change.

  • Experience of working within a political and complex environment, working effectively with a range of stakeholder and partner agencies at all levels.

  • Evidence of creativity in delivering results and managing change alongside leadership capability.

  • Evidence of commercial awareness and creativity in developing business opportunities.

Leadership Behaviours/Professional Competence

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Leadership behaviours

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