Senior Commissioning Officer - Adults with Disabilities - Working for Essex
Salary: Up to £35,728 per annum
Closing date: 05 Feb 2023
Location: Chelmsford
Hours: Full-time
Req ID: 10460
Role: Social Care
About the role

Senior Commissioning Officer - Adults with Disabilities

Permanent, Full Time

Up to £35,728 per annum

Location: Chelmsford

Working Style: Anywhere worker

We are looking for a Senior Commissioning Officer to join our team. If you have good organisation and communication skills, are pro-active and creative, then this role could be for you. We are particularly interested in hearing from people who have the relevant experience or educational qualifications that align with public sector services and those who have a passion for making a difference to people’s lives.

Commissioning is the planning, designing and monitoring of services to meet need and as such is a key capability of ECC. The post-holder will work across the Council to deliver results and bring about significant change to manage future challenges as well as succeed in meeting ECC strategic objectives.

The Role

 This role is in the Adults with Disabilities commissioning team and will initially lead on partnership working to deliver strategic ambitions and specific health focussed projects. There is the opportunity for the role to develop in time – our team looks after provision for adults with a learning disability, physical or sensory impairment as well as autistic adults.

Working closely with the Commissioning Manager, this role is focused on providing support, insight and capacity to enable the collaborative delivery of outcomes for citizens, using relevant subject matter expertise. You will also be responsible for working with providers to ensure and evaluate effective service delivery.

Utilising project management, stakeholder engagement and creative skills, this role will be responsible for the effective delivery of commissioning activity. You will be working collaboratively across the wider Council with stakeholders and external partners to deliver a more flexible and agile approach to delivering outcomes.

The role will include…

  • Working with Commissioning Managers and Heads of Strategic Commissioning and Policy, to provide commissioning capability and capacity within the Adult and Children and Families Strategic Commissioning and Policy Teams and work with teams from across the Council and with partners, for specific programmed pieces of commissioning activity to deliver improved outcomes for citizens.
  • 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.
  • Providing subject matter expert advice and guidance as required for thematic programmes and projects to ensure exemplary outcomes.
  • 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.
  • Supporting 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-designing solutions, drawing on good data and insight, expertise methods and approaches.
  • Innovatively responding to new challenges and opportunities ensuring that risks are mitigated and managed, meeting all compliance with internal regulation.

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.

Please note that the job role requires you to be mobile throughout an operational area. Therefore, the post holder will need to have a driving licence and access to a vehicle, or the ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means.

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.

As part of employment with Essex County Council (ECC) should your role require a DBS check you will be required to register with the DBS update service. The DBS update service ensures all registered DBS certificates are kept up to date and allows authorised parties to view the status of your certificate. This is an annual subscription, and you will be responsible for ensuring this is maintained. For further information on the DBS update service please go to

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