Lead Commissioning Officer - Working for Essex
Salary: Up to £44,165 per annum
Closing date: 03 Jul 2022
Location: Countywide
Hours: Full-time
Req ID: 8076
Role: Strategy and Policy
About the role

Lead Commissioning Officer

12 Month Fixed Term, Full Time 37 hours a week

Up to £44,165 per annum

Location: Countywide

Working Style: Anywhere worker

Job Purpose

Commissioning activity is a key capability function within ECC, to work across the Council to deliver results and bring about significant change, to manage future challenges, providing expertise and capability to enable a more flexible and agile environment to succeed in meeting ECC strategic objectives.

Working closely with Heads of Commissioning, Lead Commissioning Officers play an important part in leading the Strategic Commissioning and Policy Function across the Adults and Children's and Families portfolios and the wider Essex County Council structures to the Council’s approach to outcome focused and evidence- based commissioning.

Responsible for the delivery of professional and expert support to the Heads of Strategic and Commissioning Policy Teams by managing a range of programme projects and activities through a flexible and collaborative approach.


Service/Functional Accountabilities

Work with Heads of Strategic Commissioning from across ECC and with partners and stakeholders, to define requirements and deliver activity ensuring best value for money and sustainable outcomes.

Deliver specific projects and activities that further the continuous improvement of high performing, sustainable and cost-effective services or place shaping activities and develop cross functional links.

Enable Heads of Commissioning to ensure the effective planning of prioritized projects and activity and that they are met in terms of capacity and capability and delivered to a high standard.

Respond quickly to new challenges and opportunities ensuring that risks and opportunities are identified and managed and comply with all external and internal regulation; support responses to calls for contributions to consultation responses.

Build relationships and work in collaboration (for example with, but not limited to, CCGs and District/Borough/City Councils) not only to deliver levels of integrated activity, but also to identify any further opportunities and efficiencies across organisations.

Provide subject matter expert advice and guidance as required for thematic programmes and projects which will change dependent on strategic priorities.

Work as part of the Adults and Children’s and Families Strategic Commissioning and Policy Function to support a flexible and agile approach to resourcing. The postholder will be able to work autonomously to balance a demanding work load.

Ensure effective support as part of a matrix managed team for specific programme activity both planned and reactive; ensuring appropriate governance is complete.

Support the development of, and use, a range of tools and techniques that ensure activity is consistent, effective and efficient and that an audit trail is maintained.

Work within the team and individually to achieve shared targets and objectives defined annually with the team.


Skills, Knowledge and Experience

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent by experience, with excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Previous experience of excellent relationship management,engaging, collaborating with and developing projects and programmes with statutory and non-statutory stakeholders
  • Experience of managing or delivering commissioning projects and activities.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development and expert knowledge in relevant professional areas.
  • Subject Matter Expert (SME) in adult social care, or related activity service/function area, and programme/project management expertise, in support of senior leaders. Note the roles being advertised will be supporting the programme of work in the Older Peoples Commissioning team.
  • Knowledge and experience of all aspects of the commissioning cycle, project life-cycle and related activities gained within a commissioning environment.
  • Evidence of successfully delivering outcomes and demonstrating breadth of thinking
  • Experience of delivery of public services and managing change in a complex, multi-stakeholder environment.
  • Experience of working in a political environment, working effectively with members and senior officers across the council and partner agencies.


To read more about us please visit: https://www.workingforessex.com/role/adult-social-care/ 

Why Essex? Essex County Council has a location to be proud of. Our 1,300 square miles stretch from Constable Country to the Thames Estuary, from the dynamic M11 corridor to the traditional seaside resorts of Clacton and Walton. England’s oldest town, Colchester, and two of its newest – Basildon and Harlow – are right here. Along with the City of Chelmsford, the county town, they form our major population centres. It means real choice and makes Essex the ideal place for your career. Read more about us here.

Essex County Council is proud to offer an excellent benefits package to all its employees. More information can be found here pay and reward

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What you should do next

If you are interested in finding out more about this role, we would love to hear from you. Please apply via the Working for Essex website. 

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If you have queries on this role or require anything further, please email dean.millard@essex.gov.uk