Lead Commissioning Officer (Older People’s Commissioning Team) - Working for Essex
Salary: Up to £44,165 per annum (FTE)
Closing date: 06 Dec 2022
Location: Countywide
Hours: Full-time
Req ID: 9897
Role: Social Care
About the role

Lead Commissioning Officer (Older People’s Commissioning Team)

Fixed Term/Secondment

Full Time or Part Time

Up to £44,165 per annum (FTE)

Location: Countywide

Working Style: Anywhere worker

This is a 12 month fixed term contract or secondment opportunity. Full time,part time and job share applications can be considered. We can also consider secondments from other public sector bodies, subject to the agreement of both parties

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, leveraging expertise and capability to enable a more flexible and agile environment to succeed in meeting ECC strategic objectives.

Working closely with Heads of Commissioning, this role plays a very important part within Strategic Commissioning and Policy particularly in the older people’s portfolio and with wider Essex County Council structures to support the Council’s approach to outcome focused and evidence- based commissioning.

The role will be critical to leading on a range of smaller projects and activities of large and ambitious programmes of work. The role will involve some complexity in working to support a number of specific agendas and support Heads of Commissioning on any number and combination of internal and external strategic partnerships and stakeholders.


  • 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, ICBs 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 Children, Families and Adults Strategic Commissioning and Policy teams to support a flexible and agile approach to resourcing. (note this post reports within the Older People’s commissioning team)
  • 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.

About You

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent by experience, with excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Previous experience of 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 a social care, health, housing or combination those things, or related activity service/function area, and programme/project management expertise, in support of senior leaders
  • 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:

Adult Social Care: https://www.workingforessex.com/role/adult-social-care/

For an informal discussion about the role please contact Abbie.Mollison@essex.gov.uk

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.

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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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