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Contract Manager - Children's Commissioning & Placements Team

Employer
Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council
Location
Council House
Salary
£35,745 - £41,418 per annum. Incremental progression is subject to performance.
Closing date
18 Feb 2024
Reference
SOL000005912

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Sector
Local Councils
Job Type
Commissioning, Management, Social Care – Children
Contract Type
Permanent
Working Pattern
Flexible hours
Hours
Full-Time

Job Details

Are you solution-focused, innovative, and driven to achieve the best possible outcomes for vulnerable children and young people, then read on to find out how you could be part of children’s commissioning in Solihull and help us deliver our strategic objectives and our agreed commissioning priorities.

As Contract Manager in the Childrens Commissioning and Placements Team, in accordance with contract terms and conditions, ensuring a focus on outcomes for Children, continuous improvement with regards to performance and value for money. You will be responsible for monitoring and reviewing the performance of a portfolio of contracts, including placements in Independent Schools and placements with other interventions to assist children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. You will develop collaborative relationships with providers and stakeholders ensuring Solihull children, receive the right help at the right time and achieve the best outcomes possible.

 

To be successful in the role you will be educated to degree level or will be able to demonstrate your extended relevant experience and training.

You will also be able to demonstrate the following;

  • Educated to degree level (or equivalent) or have the ability to demonstrate through extended experience and training, the necessary knowledge to carry out the full range of duties
  • Experience of working in a contract management environment.
  • Excellent working knowledge of the contract management regulatory frameworks, practices and techniques.
  • Experience of planning, management and the delivery of projects
  • Ability to successfully engage and negotiate with a range of stakeholders

 

In return, you will be working as part of a friendly and supportive team and will have the opportunity to work with a wide range of partners, to secure the best possible outcomes for our children and young people. You will also appreciate the importance of commissioning in the delivery of these services.

Working for Solihull we also offer employees:

  • Further opportunities for training and development.
  • Generous leave entitlement (which rises with continuous service) including the potential for flexi leave up to 25 days per year. The opportunity to buy up to 10 additional days’ annual leave per year.
  • Family and Carer friendly policies.
  • Access to our Employee Assistance Programme – a 24 hour independent, free and confidential advice and support service
  • Attractive staff discounts and benefits including access to the Local Government Pension Scheme

 

If you have a specific question regarding this post, please contact Darren Jakeways on djakeways@solihull.gov.uk

Closing Date – 18th February 2024

Interviews will take place on 26th February 2024

 

This is an essential car user post as the demands of the job make it operationally essential and there is a contractual requirement to make a suitable vehicle available to ensure the requirements of the job can be carried out effectively.

Applicants must be able to drive, have a driving licence and be a car owner/have access to a vehicle, however for disabled applicants, reasonable adjustments will be made where required.

The Fluency Duty is outlined in the Code of Practice on the English language requirements for public sector workers. The Fluency Duty for this role is required.

Solihull Council has a responsibility for, and is committed to, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk, and requires all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Solihull Council is proud to be an Equal Opportunities Employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees - a place where we can all be ourselves and succeed on merit.

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About Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council

Solihull

Solihull is regarded as a popular and vibrant place to live in the UK. As one of the most prosperous towns in the Midlands, almost two thirds of our borough is designated as green belt. We have over 1,500 acres of parks across the borough, with 16 Green Flag Awards. Solihull is very well connected, with great transport links such as the M40, M42 and M6 all close by, and an excellent rail network, plus, of course, an international airport. We are home to the award-winning Touchwood Shopping Centre, National Exhibition Centre, Resorts World Birmingham, and the Resorts World Arena.

It is an exciting time for Solihull, although we are a relatively small local authority (c. 6000 employees), we still have ambitious plans including the development of UK Central and HS2.

Here at Solihull Council, we want to ensure that all our citizens have an equal chance to share in Solihull’s success. We do this by putting our customers at the heart of everything we do.

We recognise that our employees are the key factor in achieving our vision and as such, we are always on the lookout for talented individuals, who want to make a real positive difference to people’s lives and can help us to continue building on our success.

Both Smarter Ways of Working and Employee Wellbeing are key Council Priorities.

The transition to Smarter Ways of Working has presented us with the opportunity to re-think how and where we work. With the option to access portable technology, dependent upon the requirements of the role, a lot of our people are not bound to a single workplace or traditional ways of working, with many choosing to spend a good proportion of their week working from home.

tomOur people told us that they value flexibility, and that choice enables them to have a better work-life balance, manage family responsibilities, enhance their personal wellbeing, and continue to deliver excellent outcomes for the residents of Solihull.

Our people are our number one asset, and our aim is to have a healthy, happy engaged and thriving workforce.

Wellbeing is at the heart of our employee offer and we are a bronze accredited West Midlands Combined Authority Thrive at Work employer.  This recognises our commitment and action in support of employee wellbeing; we are currently working towards silver accreditation.

Unpaid carers carry out a key role within our community and know that this can be challenging when combined with employment.  Our Carer’s Policy and the ongoing support we give to our employees has resulted in us winning Employer of the Year 2022 at the Carer Friendly Awards.

We will offer you:

  • A friendly, supportive and inclusive working environment;
  • Competitive salaries including, for those at the top of their scale, the opportunity to receive a non-consolidated lump sum;
  • A range of flexible working options;
  • Annual leave starting at 25 days and rising to 30 days after 5 years' service in addition to public holidays with an opportunity to purchase up to 10 additional days' holiday per year;
  • A generous flexitime scheme (available for most roles);
  • Access to the Local Government Pension Scheme;
  • A wide range of learning and development opportunities;
  • A range of family friendly policies;
  • Employee benefits including subsidised travel passes, Cycle 2 Work Scheme, confidential Employee Assistance Programme and staff discounts.

Solihull Council is proud to be an Equal Opportunities Employer.  We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees – a place where we can all be ourselves and succeed on merit.

As users of the Disability Confident Scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who demonstrate they meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

Solihull Council has a responsibility for, and is committed to, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk, and requires all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

For roles eligible for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check this will be indicated in the advert and supporting recruitment documents.  Where the post involves working with children, other vulnerable groups or in a position of trust it is exempt from the provisions of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.  Further guidance is available at https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/945449/rehabilitation-of-offenders-guidance.pdf

Please note, where sufficient numbers of applications are received, we reserve the right to close a vacancy before the advertised closing date. We therefore advise that you submit your application as soon as possible.

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Telephone
0121 704 6000
Location
Council House
Manor Square
Solihull
West Midlands
B91 3QB
United Kingdom

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