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Achieving for Children - Placement Commissioning Officer

Achieving for Children - Placement Commissioning Officer

  • Location

    Kingston upon Thames, London

  • Sector:

    Social Care

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  • Salary:

    £35496 - £38385 per annum

  • Contact:

    Lorna Burner

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    2 months ago

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About the service

The Commissioning and Partnership Directorate is a recent addition to the structure of Achieving for Children (AfC) with a remit to drive the commissioning framework and its strategic intentions to support the delivery of positive outcomes for all the children and young people.

A key part of this is to ensure outcomes remain strategically relevant to the needs of children and young people. The Directorate will achieve these strategic intentions through supporting and implementing programmes centred around children and young people and driven by cost efficiencies and strong partnership networks across the statutory and non-statutory sectors.

About the role

You will contribute to the delivery of strategic commissioning intentions identified as part of the commissioning service. This will include supporting the establishment of relationships with internal and external suppliers and organisations that deliver services and support that meets the needs and outcomes of children and young people. Working closely with the Strategic Commissioning Manager, you will deliver delegated activities or products in relation to commissioning, contract management, policy and planning activities as identified.

As a Placement Commissioning Officer you will assist in the delivery of jointly commissioned services across the health, housing and social care economy in the most efficient and cost-effective ways to ensure value for money. You will also support the Strategic Commissioning Manager in developing and implementing action plans to deliver agreed strategies and key priorities. 1 About you: our role specification


● Educated to a degree level with a relevant professional qualification for this role.

Skills and experience

● Experience of building strong partnerships, maintaining relationships and co-producing solutions to challenges across a diverse set of stakeholders, including children, young people and their families. Advocating the voices of those we are working with.

● Proven ability to effectively use data, intelligence and evidence to create meaningful insight and to inform own decision making.

● Experience of keeping and maintaining records (in accordance with local policy) and producing accurate reports, presentations and written updates to a range of stakeholders (which may include families, children or young people).

● Knowledge of statutory legislation (for example Children's Act) and national policy drivers that will affect children's services and your role.

● Experience of addressing specific equality or diversity issues within your practice with colleagues/service users and taking action to solve them. Personal attributes

● A passion for Achieving for Children's vision, mission and values (trust, value. respect) to support children and young people to live safe, happy, healthy and successful lives.

● Able to use a range of digital hardware or software to support your work effectively i.e. microsoft or Google software.

● 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 achieve challenging objectives, celebrate success and deliver excellent outcomes for children using a strength based approach.

● Commitment to resource-sharing and collaborative working within Achieving for Children and across organisational boundaries in the best interests of children and families.

● Good communication and interpersonal skills that are open, honest, persuasive and pragmatic, including excellent negotiation and influencing skills.

If you are interested in this role please send your updated CV in the first instance.