Senior Commissioning Officer - Working for Essex
Salary: Up to £35,728 per annum
Closing date: 14 Feb 2023
Location: Chelmsford
Hours: Part-time
Req ID: 10161
Role: Social Care
About the role

Senior Commissioning Officer

Fixed Term, Part Time

Up to £35,728 per annum

Location: Chelmsford

Working Style: Anywhere worker

Closing Date: 14th February 2023

Please note that this is a fixed term contract/secondment opportunity for a period of 18 months. The working hours for this position would be 18.5 hours per week. The pro rata salary would therefore be £17,864 per annum. Working patterns can be discussed at interview stage.

Essex County Council (ECC) is one of the largest and most dynamic local authorities in the UK, serving a population of 2 million residents, and has a very successful track record of delivering transformational change. ECC anticipated change was needed in the public sector and has worked to deliver better quality at lower cost. We have an ambitious transformation agenda – one with the scope to reach every part of the council. We are changing the way we think, the way we work, and the ways in which we deliver our services. We are committed to becoming a place where individuals, partners and communities feel proud to play their role and genuinely want to belong. We’re immensely proud of our flexible working options.

The Opportunity

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. This role is based within adult social care commissioning and will make sure that adults with a disability, older people and people who need support with their mental health have access to the right support at the right time from the right people. This is an opportunity to make a real difference to people’s lives at scale and on a n individual level.

You will bring your skills, passion and drive; providing support, insight and capacity to the Head of Strategic Commissioning and Policy, to redesign services, develop solutions and ensure that resources are used efficiently to help people live as independently as they can as part of supportive communities. The key focus of this role is to ensure people receive personalised support and have choices in terms of the support they receive. You will also be supporting the redesign of social care transport to ensure people can access support and services when they require them.

With a range of experience across programme delivery, stakeholder management and business processes, this role will be responsible for the effective delivery of commissioning activity. You will work collaboratively across the wider Council with stakeholders and external partners to deliver a more flexible and agile approach to delivering outcomes.


  • Work with Commissioning Managers and Heads of Strategic Commissioning and Policy, to provide commissioning capability and capacity within the Adult Strategic Commissioning and Policy Team and work with teams from across the Council and with partners, for specific programmed pieces of commissioning activity to deliver improved outcomes for citizens.
  • Responsible for engaging with partners, providers, and the citizens of Essex to gather information and insight to inform current and future programme developments and ensure these are incorporated into potential solutions and consider digital options in this context.
  • Provide subject matter expert advice and guidance on social care and transport.
  • Responsible for supporting managers to ensure that specific priorities are planned with an ability to deliver, based on capacity and capability to ensure outcomes and policies meet agreed service levels.
  • Support specific commissioning programmes and activities that drive further continuous improvement to ensure high performing, sustainable and cost-effective services, or place shaping activities.
  • Collaboratively co-design solutions, drawing on good data and insight, expertise methods and approaches.
  • Innovatively respond to new challenges and opportunities ensuring that risks are mitigated and managed, meeting all compliance with internal regulation.
  • Specific individual and shared targets and objectives are defined annually within the performance management framework.

The Experience You Will Bring

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent by experience.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development and knowledge in relevant business, process, or professional area.
  • Knowledge and experience of the commissioning cycle together with experience in using a project methodology approach.
  • Evidence of engaging local communities and citizens and incorporating such insights and intelligence into plans.
  • Proven ability of developing a learning culture based on best practice.
  • Experience of working within a political and complex environment, working effectively with a range of stakeholder and partner agencies at all levels.
  • Pro-active and innovative with a proven track record of delivery within timescales.

To read more about us please visit: 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 be a Disability Confident Leader. We’re committed to interview all disabled applicants who choose to apply under our Job Interview Scheme if they meet the minimum requirements of the job. Please speak to our Recruiters if you require any reasonable adjustments during the process.

We’re also committed to interview all veterans and care leavers, who meet the minimum requirements of the role for which they are applying.

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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