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Commissioning Officer

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Job Summary

Employment Term:
Full Time, Limited Term
Working Pattern:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 20/08/2018 23:59
£28,221 - £30,756
Hours per week:
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Employment Location:
Council Offices, Badminton Road, Yate, Bristol, BS37 5AF
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Job details 

Closing date:
20 Aug

Please note

This job is closed for applications.

Further information

Summary of Post

This role is a temporary full-time position in the Adults Commissioning Team until 30 September 2019. This team sits in the wider Partnerships and Commissioning Team. The vacancy has arisen as a result of the internal secondment of the previous post holder.

The Adults Commissioning team is responsible for commissioning and overseeing the provision of services for adults who require care and support. This includes people with learning difficulties, mental health needs, autism, dementia, those with physical and or sensory impairments, people in prison and refugees. Services include residential or nursing care, reablement support, respite or short breaks and/ or community based support.

The role will involve working on individual commissioning projects as well as supporting wider commissioning work. A key aspect of will be reviewing a number of current contracts, as well as supporting the learning difficulties partnership board, the learning difficulties provider forum and the allocation, administration and monitoring of the learning difficulties development fund. The post holder will also be involved in the review and recommissioning of respite and short stay services. The post holder may also be required to assist in individual and institutional safeguarding investigations.

To undertake this role you will need to be able to review existing contract documentation and service specifications and to make recommendations for future arrangements. You will need to be able to quickly form good working relationships with service providers and work confidently to agree and implement service provision.

Another attractive aspect of this role is supporting the work of the wider social work teams. You will be involved in reviewing existing high cost care provision and making recommendations for changes to packages, based on required outcomes for service users and alternative available provision. You will need to be able to work confidently with professionals and service users across a wide range of stakeholders and settings.

We are therefore looking for someone who is a results orientated, self-starter, who has excellent personal and time management skills. A good track record of contract administration and a strong person-centred, equalities focused, approach are essential, and a good sense of humour will be a distinct advantage. The right person will be able to work independently, respond to priorities within the context of a larger team and demonstrate commitment to co-production and the delivery of outcomes. You will need to be able to communicate effectively with a wide range of stakeholders and build networks. Your fine attention to detail will be complemented by a good grasp of the bigger commissioning picture in the context of health and social care integration.

If you think this describes you or the person you know you can quickly develop to become, we really want to hear from you. One of the greatest successes of our team has been to provide a supportive working environment which allows people to develop and bring out the best in themselves. To do this we support people to gain experience, train and study and, equally importantly, work flexibly to balance their home and work lives.

Interviews are due to be held on the 29th August 2018 at Badminton Road, Yate.

South Gloucestershire Council is committed to treating everyone fairly, to challenging inequalities and to promoting equality of opportunity for all. We welcome applications from everyone and value diversity in our workforce.

Main Duties

Research, analyse and evaluate information which may include legislative and regulatory areas to enhance decision making and good commissioning and contracts management.

Ensure customers are well informed and that information provided is useful, relevant and given on time, including demonstrating good knowledge of the Council’s contracting procedures, EU procurement rules and national and local health and social care industry standards.

Negotiate with care and support providers to put in place arrangements to meet commissioning outcomes and also the outcomes of individual service users.

Contribute to the monitoring of projects and reporting on cost effectiveness and quality standards by establishing, implementing and reviewing service standards and performance measures.

Undertake work as directed in connection with the future commissioning strategies to meet the needs of adults living in South Gloucestershire.

Establish good working relationships with colleagues and customers which will lead to strong standards being established and developed at all levels.

Communicate changes in policy and working practice to keep colleagues and customers up to date and ensure all procedures and systems are updated accordingly

Maintain high quality and consistent services to colleagues and customers. Ownership is taken for responding to and/or resolving queries, complaints and requests from initial contact with the customer

Provide an effective administration service ensuring that documents are prepared and issued and where appropriate returns are received and analysed.

Accurately and efficiently record, monitor and maintain budgets/financial information/resources and ensure that accounts are reconciled and variances are reported.

Selection Criteria

To enable us to shortlist in a fair and unbiased way it is absolutely vital that you provide us with sufficient information to demonstrate how you meet or exceed the criteria outlined in the vacancy description. Please include this information in the knowledge, skills and experience section of the application form.


Relevant knowledge and experience of working in an organisation that commissions and contracts services in social care or similar services

Good interpersonal skills to establish a positive relationship with a wide variety of stakeholders, contacts and customers.

Experience of working as part of a team to effectively deliver a commissioning and contract function for social care services and able to demonstrate a flexible approach to working across different areas.

Proven IT skills in using spreadsheets, word processing and e-mail and the ability to use computerised databases, performance and quality monitoring systems as well as being able to use Excel and PowerPoint and other media to analyse data, communicate effectively and present information to a wide range of audiences.

Good literacy and numeracy skills to be able to undertake effective market analysis, research and present findings in a clear, concise format. The ability to present information confidently in team, individual and group settings.

The ability to demonstrate clear and logical thinking in assessing challenges and problem solving.

Good demonstrable experience of meeting service standards, targets and deadlines and be well organised with excellent time management skills able to cope with competing demands.

A commitment to the Council’s values and behaviours with a demonstrable commitment to equalities and diversity.


A degree or professional qualification in social care, health care or business studies or equivalent experience gained in a working environment.

Experience or qualification in commissioning, procurement or project management.

Knowledge of and commitment to co-production.

Additional Information

For an informal discussion, once you have read the job summary, please contact Kirsty Eastham, Commissioning Manager on 01454 865908

Salary: £28,221 - £30,756

Hours: 37

Vacancy Ref: SA51003

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Our Values

As an employee of South Gloucestershire Council you will be expected to have a ‘can-do’ attitude and adapt to the fast pace of change. You will strive to work well with others to reach a common goal and embrace a partnership and inclusive approach to delivering efficient and effective services. You will use your initiative to deliver and take responsibility for your performance to help the team, department and council to achieve its goals and make the best use of available knowledge, expertise and capacity in order to continuously improve the quality of services.

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