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Senior Commissioning Manager - CIC

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

About the role

Are you an ambitious and inspirational individual with the capability to lead the delivery of key commissioning priorities? 

Then we want to hear from you! 

Cambridgeshire County Council is looking for a Senior Commissioning Manager to join our Children’s Commissioning Service. We have an opportunity within Children in Care (CiC)  and this is a unique opportunity to be part of our high performing commissioning service. 

Can you rise to the challenge?

Cambridgeshire County Council is embarking on a new phase of service delivery; this brings exciting opportunities to work with us.  With a new Head of Service in Childrens Commissioning recently appointed, we will focus solely on services to the children & young people of Cambridgeshire; their families, and we have bold ambitions to achieve excellent standards.  If you have the passion for putting Cambridgeshire’s children, young people and families at the heart of everything you do and have the ambition to help shape the future, this could be the perfect next role for you. 

What will you be doing?

You will be part of a creative and forward-thinking management team, taking responsibility as lead for all elements of the commissioning cycle. This is your chance to influence and implement the strategic commissioning direction of the relevant portfolio area. Leading your team to support the delivery of our recently implemented Service and Forward Plan, paving the way for  future service delivery excellence.

You will have the opportunity to develop and maintain close working relationships with operational colleagues and Integrated Care Board colleagues as well as internal and external service providers driving contract management and maintaining strong partnership working.

For more information, please read the attached job description and person specification. 

If you are a highly motivated, proactive and innovative leader with a proven track record of delivery, apply today!  We will be reviewing applications as they come in so please do not delay.

For an informal chat about the role, contact our Head of Service for Children’s Commissioning –

Appointments to this post will be subject to the outcome of an Enhanced disclosure obtained through the Disclosure and Barring Service. The Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

About you

You will have:

  • Significant experience in commissioning within children's services.
  • Strong leadership skills with a focus on team collaboration and motivation
  • A proven track record in managing service providers
  • Extensive experience in strategy / policy development and service improvement
  • Commercial acumen to ensure value for money in service delivery
  • Demonstrable understanding of best practices in commissioning and project delivery.
  • Knowledge of early intervention, prevention services, and support for children in Care, Children with disabilities / SEND
  • The ability to lead on commissioning services across various specialist areas.
  • Strong analytical and interpretative skills for effective service evaluation.
  • Well-developed communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Proficiency in negotiating and influencing, with a variety of strategies and tactics.
  • Strong self-management and supervisory skills.

You will be:

  • A strategic thinker with the ability to drive transformation and innovation


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.

Visit our jobs and careers section to find out more about our wide range of learning and development opportunities; apprenticeships; our wellbeing package; staff benefits; our commitment to equality, diversity and Inclusion.

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