Commissioning Manager Early Years - Funding & Policy - Leatherhead

Surrey County Council
10 Feb 2018
15 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

You will earn £38,888 per annum for 36 hours per week based at Fairmount House, Bull Hill, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 7AH. This position is based inside one of our main area offices, click HEREto see a 360 degree view of the building and surrounding area along with a view of the reception.

Flexible working supported where possible, laptop and mobile supplied. 24 days annual leave, local government salary-related pension offered, discounted child care vouchers as well as the option to join the car lease scheme. For more information, please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.

An enhanced DBS ‘Disclosure and Barring Service’ check for regulated activity (formerly known as CRB) and the Children’s and Adults’ Barred List checks will be required for this role.

About the Role

The Market Strategy Team works with Insight and Innovation and Quality and Experience staff creating the commissioning function within the Children’s Schools and Families directorate. Market Strategy shapes markets and delivers commissioning intentions that improve value for money and outcomes for children. This involves developing outcome focused commissioning plans for key market sectors and developing positive working relationships with internal and external partners to support joint commissioning e.g. Public Health and the CCGs. The team work closely with partners and Insight and Innovation and Quality and Experience to develop joint commissioning priorities for the Children & Young People’s Commissioning Plan, led by the Assistant Director for Commissioning & Prevention. Responding to needs analyses to address gaps in provision, the team stimulates new entrants to markets and innovative approaches to managing demand and commissioning.

The Early Years Commissioning Team is responsible for fulfilling the Council’s statutory duty to ensure there is sufficient early education and childcare provision in Surrey to meet the needs of children and families. In fulfilling this duty we are passionate about improving outcomes for children and families, in particular narrowing the gap for disadvantaged groups. To achieve this the team manages and develops the breadth of the early years market in Surrey by: making decisions based on a robust understanding of need and demand for early years provision; employing a graduated range of commissioning responses to increase capacity in local communities; delivering clear funding policies and processes; ensuring compliance of settings with their legal responsibilities; promoting sustainable and well governed business models; and individual commissioning of provision for families in need.

The Commissioning Manager is responsible for leading one strand of Surrey County Council’s approach to fulfilling its statutory duty to ensure there is sufficient early education and childcare provision in the county to meet the needs of children and families – funding and policy.

Working as part of an integrated team, they will shape, plan and manage the implementation of Surrey’s funding policy, other strategic policies and the early years provider agreement. They will coordinate the development of Surrey’s early years payment and data collection processes and systems, so that they are efficient, effective, integrated and generate the information that we need to commission sufficient early years and childcare provision. They will ensure the Council effectively delivers the Early Years census and collects the sufficiency planning data needed to enable the Council to make good decisions.

To be shortlisted to interview for this position your application will clearly evidence:

  • Experience of commissioning Early Years and Childcare provision
  • An ability to coordinate the development and improvement of IT systems
  • A comprehensive understanding of the legal and statutory requirements on early years settings and the County Council in relation to early years provision
  • An ability to manage complex projects, influencing colleagues outside of direct line management to achieve aims and objectives
  • A proven track-record of communicating clearly and assertively with partners, in sometimes challenging circumstances.

For more information please find attached to the bottom of this advert a full job description and person specification. We look forward to receiving your application.

Additional Information

The job advert closes at 23:59 on 25 February 2018.

Interviews are planned to take place during the week commencing 12th March 2018.

Equal Opportunity, Values and Behaviours

Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.

The values below will be crucial in delivering our corporate strategy, and are what we draw on to make a difference for Surrey residents.

  • Listen - We actively listen to others and expect to be listened to.
  • Responsibility - We take responsibility in all that we do at work.
  • Trust - We work to inspire trust and we trust in others.
  • Respect - We are supportive and inclusive and committed to learning from others.

Our behaviours are what people experience when they interact. They encompass how we do our work and how we treat other.

  • Be customer focussed - We put the customer at the heart of our work and take responsibility to uphold the customer promise in all that we do.
  • Work as one team - We collaborate with and involve our partners, customers and colleagues, and build strong and lasting relationships based on listening, trust and mutual respect.
  • Make things happen - We plan and deliver our work on time and effectively, making sure we understand the needs and priorities and considering all our options and risks.
  • Communicate with purpose - We communicate clearly to all our stakeholders, making sure that we listen, understand and inform in the process.
  • Be the best we can be - We embrace the need for change and innovation, taking responsibility to improve our services and processes in the right way.
  • Develop ourselves and others - We learn continually, we seek feedback about our own performance and support others to learn.

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