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Commissioning Officer

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

About the role

We have an exciting opportunity to join the Children’s Commissioning Team, for a fixed term contract, for two years, as a Commissioning Officer, supporting the commissioning of services for children in care.

This is an exciting time for the Commissioning Directorate in Cambridgeshire where we have the rare opportunity to establish the service in a new and innovative manner. 

This role will be focused on commissioning, contract monitoring and quality assurance of Supported Accommodation and Residential Services, improving the outcomes for the children and young people in care, living within these services.  

For more information or to chat about this opportunity please contact Chris Howard

What will you be doing?

You will support work the children’s commissioning team, but your primary focus will be on working with, Supported Accommodation and Residential Services commission by the team. Your key responsibilities will include: 

·         Quality assurance of these services. 

·         Contract management of these Services. 

·         To work with the market to improve Ofsted judgments

·         To work with partners to develop integrated pathways to improve outcomes and service delivery models for a range of vulnerable individuals who need care and support

·         To be accountable for all spending being in line with budgets set, and ensure efficiencies are achieved as required

About you

You will ideally have some experience of commissioning services in social care or education. You will have some understanding of the commissioning cycle and will have some experience of managing contracts. 


You will ideally have some existing knowledge of and will have a passion for improving outcomes for children and young people. 


You will have excellent communication and interpersonal skills and will have experience of multi-agency working. You will be skilled in report writing


You will be able to work on your own initiative and will be confident managing your time and setting your own priorities. 

Our benefits

We value our colleagues in Cambridgeshire County Council and have developed a number of benefits:

  • Flexible working
  • Flexible Bank Holidays
  • A comprehensive wellbeing package
  • Our Cambs Rewards employee discounts
  • A comprehensive pension scheme.
  • IDEAL staff equality, diversity and inclusion network.
  • Camweb our staff intranet helping to keep you informed
  • An employee recognition scheme

About us

Cambridgeshire is a great place to work and live with a diverse population, an urban centre in Cambridge, historic Isle of Ely, Huntingdon and St Ives as well as more rural landscapes.

Our four values are central to our culture, driving everything we do.

We are proud to serve the diverse communities of Cambridgeshire and want our workforce to be reflective of this diversity, which we firmly believe benefits our colleagues, the organisation and our communities. If you don’t meet every single requirement in the job role but think this could be you, please don’t be put off.   We are committed to building a workplace that is compassionate and inclusive as well as diverse, so if you think you could be a good candidate for this role please consider applying and speak to the recruiting manager if you have any questions.

Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy, along with our employee network 'IDEAL' and self-organised peer support groups help us to foster an inclusive, supportive and safe working environment where people feel valued, respected, and empowered.  We collect relevant diversity data for monitoring as part of the recruitment process to understand the diversity of our applicants and monitor any trends throughout the recruitment processes so that we can take meaningful action.

We are proud to be a Disability Confident Employer. We fully support providing reasonable adjustments throughout our recruitment process, as well as when you join us, and we encourage candidates to contact the Hiring Manager, whose details can be found in the advert, to discuss any adjustment needs. Some examples of adjustments could include additional time to complete an assessment or printing a document on pastel coloured paper with larger font size and line spacing. We would value talking about what might be possible to enable you to join us and thrive, so if there is something that would help you to do your best during your journey with us, please get in touch.

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