Achieving for Children is an award-winning social enterprise created by Kingston and Richmond Councils in 2014, expanding into the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead in 2017. We are responsible for delivering the entirety of children’s services in all three local authorities.
Achieving for Children has been up and running for four years, and in that time, we have established a reputation as one of the leading children’s services providers in the country. We are one of the Department for Education’s eight ‘Partners in Practice’, tasked with leading improvement across the sector.
The Placement Commissioning Officer will contribute to the delivery of strategic commissioning intentions identified as part of the commissioning service. This will include supporting the establishment of relationships with internal and external suppliers and organisations that deliver services and support that meet the needs and outcomes of children and young people.
The post holder will be involved in the sourcing of children’s and young people placements that are safe, secure and consistent with their identified needs ensuring all such placements are sufficiently resourced and have the capacity to deliver positive outcomes that support the personal, social and cultural development as well as the health and wellbeing of the child and young person.
Working closely with the Strategic Commissioning Manager, you will deliver delegated activities or products in relation to commissioning, contract management, policy and planning activities as identified. This will include market engagement and the development of effective partnership arrangements with placement providers.
You will assist in the delivery of jointly commissioned services across the health, housing and social care economy in the most efficient and cost-effective ways to ensure value for money. and support the Strategic Commissioning Manager in developing and implementing action plans to deliver agreed strategies and key priorities.
The post holder will be expected to have strong interpersonal and communication skills, the personal attributes required include:
- A passion for Achieving for Children’s vision, mission and values to support children and young people to live safe, happy, healthy and successful lives.
- Strong organisational abilities including time management, creative-thinking, problem-solving and multitasking.
- Able to work flexibly and independently with limited management oversight.
- Commitment to resource-sharing and collaborative working across Achieving for Children.
- Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills that are open, honest, persuasive and pragmatic, including excellent negotiation and influencing skills.
- Champion of continual review and improvement to achieve value for money.
- Confident to challenge the way things have always been done and influence others
Commitment to an organisational culture and the development of services that value equality and diversity.
For further information about this position please contact Andrew Kyei on 07754858886 or email email@example.com
As a social enterprise owned by three local authorities, we offer the freedoms of a social enterprise with the employment benefits of local government. We offer a range of excellent staff benefits, including generous annual leave entitlements, cycle to work scheme, annual season ticket loan, childcare vouchers, and discounts on a range of local shops, restaurants, gyms and leisure centres and much more.
The successful candidate will have access to:
- Excellent learning and development opportunities and schemes of support.
- A competitive and desirable retention package (to include a generous local government pension scheme).
- Retention of continuous service benefits, for those moving from a local government post.
- A clear progression path when key qualification milestones are reached.
- Tools and models to support practice, including Signs of Safety.
- Reflective supervision from an experienced management team.
You will find out more about our organisation at https://www.achievingforchildren.org.uk/
Before applying please refer to the role profile and ensure you meet the essential criteria. You will then need to complete the online application, adding a supporting statement addressing how you meet the criteria outlined on the role profile.
Achieving for Children have Fixed Start Dates, candidates are advised to prepare for this should a job offer be accepted to ensure eligible continuous service is not affected.
Achieving for Children is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All candidates will be required to undertake a Criminal Record Check. The possession of a criminal record will not necessarily prevent an applicant from obtaining this post, as all cases are judged individually according to the nature of the role and information provided. However, should you not declare an offence that is subsequently revealed, e.g. through the DBS check, then this may place your appointment in jeopardy.