Lead Commissioner, Grade 17 (£60,402 - £62,595)

Childrens Social Care
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Job title:              Lead Commissioner

Department:      Children, Young People and Education and Health

Location:             Croydon Council (CR0)

Grade / Salary: Grade 17 £60,402 - £62,595

Hours of work:  36 per week / Monday – Friday

Contract type:   Permanent   


Do you have a passion for improving outcomes for children and young people and their families?


We are looking for a strong strategic commissioning lead to join a small and dynamic team of commissioners.  To this role you will bring strong leadership skills, specialist commissioning knowledge and the gravitas to take forward large complex and transformational programmes of work.


Croydon is a unique place with the highest aged 0-17 population of children and young people in the London.  The role of commissioning is vital in delivering good quality provision for children, young people, and their families across an integrated care system.


The team cover portfolio areas such as maternity, community health provision, early years, mental health, early help, education, children’s social care and SEND.


The Opportunity

To make a difference to the lives of children, young people and their families. 


The role will deliver a commissioning expertise across a range of children and young people portfolio areas with a particular emphasis on children with disabilities, Education, and SEND (subject to change to meet service needs) across the Croydon Place (Health and Council).


To improve the strategic commissioning, procurement and contract management practice.


To identify and deliver robust and innovative commissioning solutions for the portfolio, understanding the wider strategic vision and plans for residents, delivering best value for the Croydon pound.


To work alongside procurement colleagues and service teams (Health, Education and SEND) to co-design and transform service provision for Croydon.  


To provide strategic contract management oversight and ensure effective contract compliance for a given portfolio.


Forward planning of all strategic (£100k+) commissioning and contracting with the relevant service teams.


Why Join Us

  • A pension scheme with an average employer contribution of 20%
  • 31 days’ annual leave in addition to Bank Holidays
  • Investment into your staff well-being with a hybrid working policy
  • Good management support for colleagues and regular supervision
  • Fantastic team spirit
  • The ethos at Croydon is very much about working together to make positive change
  • You will join an established team who can help you settle in and offer their expertise
  • Will have the opportunity to work from home and work flexibly which provides you with more of a work-life balance.


About You

The suitable candidate will have the following:

  • Experience of managing complex contracts to deliver service improvements and ensure value for money
  • Excellent skills in developing strategic relationships and the ability to work with and through others in partnerships
  • Experience of strategy development and service redesign through all stages of the project lifecycle (development of needs analysis, vision, business case, options development and implementation, performance monitoring)
  • Experience of engaging with services to drive and manage change and deliver the strategic priorities of an organisation / partnership
  • Track record of creativity and innovation - applying strong analytical skills and lateral thinking to develop service solutions and transformation 


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Recruitment and Selection Timeline

The closing date for applications is 23:59 on 8 January 2023

Shortlisting will take place 10 January 2023

Interviews will take place on 18 January 2023

If you are interested in discussing the role further with the Head of Children’s Integrated Commissioning & Procurement, please email Di Kenny at Di.kenny@croydon.gov.uk  to arrange a telephone conversation.


Croydon Council is an inclusive employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. We will be pleased to consider applications from candidates seeking flexible working arrangements. As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the advertised role.

Croydon council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all staff to share this commitment.  The successful candidate will be subject to an Enhanced DBS check which allows them to work with children.


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