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Commissioning Officer

Birmingham City Council
Closing date
16 Jul 2024

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Commissioning Officer

Grade 4- £32,076 - £39,186 Consultation grade - subject to formal evaluation under the Pay Equity Review


Full-time, 36.5 hours per week. The role is largely remote/home-based however the post holder would be required to work from Birmingham City Council buildings as business needs dictate. 

About us

Do you want to make a difference for children, young people and families in Birmingham? Do you have a passion for co-production and involving citizens in decision making on local services?

Birmingham’s Children and Families Directorate are recruiting motivated professionals to support the Council’s long-term commitment to children, young people and their families. We are looking for bold professionals who want to join us in creating meaningful impact, with a number of permanent roles being created across the Directorate to support our vision for Birmingham as a city where children thrive. 

If you are looking to work across a large, diverse city through an exciting, yet challenging time of transformation and improvement and have the passion to secure the very best opportunities for children and young people, join us, and lead a compassionate and dedicated team advocating for children and families across Birmingham. 

About the role

As a key member of the commissioning team, you will contribute to the delivery of strategic commissioning intentions and assist in the delivery of jointly commissioned services across Birmingham City Council and our partners including the NHS, Birmingham Children’s Trust and the voluntary and community sector. You will be comfortable in collecting and analysing high volumes of data and information in order to inform commissioning activity, to complete statutory returns and support performance management. You will assist, support and coordinate relationships with internal stakeholders, suppliers and organisations that deliver services and otherwise work with the Council to deliver our priorities for children and families.  

Putting children, young people and families across Birmingham first at all times, you’ll support us in managing and optimising resources, operate within financial priorities to deliver value for money for the Council and our strategic partners while ensuring the best possible service and outcomes for children, young people and families. 

Ask anyone who works at Birmingham City Council what its like working here and the most likely response you will get is “challenging, fast paced yet rewarding”. “I have worked at Birmingham City Council for close to a year now and the ambition of our staff to do the very best for children and families every day despite current difficulties never ceases to amaze me! There is excellent support from leadership to design and transform services that are innovative and informed by evidence of what works for children and young people of Birmingham. There is never a dull moment at work, occasional curveballs and lots to keep you occupied, but there is also a phenomenal support system to get you through the toughest of days. They have also been supportive of work life balance and flexible working and I have found the environment nurturing of career growth and progression”. Debdatta Dobe, Head of Strategic Commissioning.

About you 

You will have a good understanding of commissioning priorities that are outcome-focused and are based on City Council priorities, market intelligence and resource availability. You will be experienced in the development of service specifications with a range of stakeholders, including children, young people and families and have a good understanding of the requirement for commercial awareness that support development and implementation of commissioning plans and business cases. 

In return, we’ll match your commitment to us with opportunities to grow and develop your knowledge and experience in Commissioning as well as other rewarding career progression routes. We also offer competitive salaries and annual leave, membership of the local government pension scheme, and access to a variety of employee assistance programmes, to support the well-being of our workforce.

You must upload a Supporting Statement via the attachments part of your application. This is required for shortlisting; you need to describe how your experience and skills fit the essential criteria for the role as specified in the Person Specification. If you do not attach your Supporting Statement, your application will not be considered. 

Closing date 15th July 2024 at 23.59  

Interviews for this post will take place in person. Shortlisted candidates will be provided with further information

To learn more about this role or for an informal discussion, contact the hiring mangers Debdatta Dobe at or Tina Hemingway at

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We want to ensure your recruitment journey with us is a positive and equitable one, so please let us know if there are any reasonable adjustments, additional support, accessibility needs, or if there is any way in which we can support you through your application.

Birmingham City Council is an accredited Disability Confident Leader employer, and we are committed to employing, retaining and developing all of our people

We welcome applications from people with caring responsibilities and flexible working options will be considered.

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be undertaken

Proof of Right to work in the UK will be required for all applicants in accordance with UK Home Office requirements, before any employment offer can be confirmed.

Non-UK applicants (excluding Ireland) would be required to hold a relevant Visa from the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI).

Job Description and Person Specification

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Working for Birmingham City Council is more than just a job; it's about making life better for the 1 million plus people who live and work in the city.

We welcome people from diverse and underrepresented communities and encourage applications from, those with caring responsibilities, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic, neurodivergent, disabled and LGBT+ people. As part of our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, we are committed to promoting and supporting the physical and mental health of all our staff and removing barriers to improve inclusion.   We are making significant strides to understand and continuously improve our employees’ experience and we are committed to implementing progressive diversity talent management.

Information for applicants with a disability

We are a proud Disability Confident Employer.  We encourage applicants to disclose disabilities, so we can support them fully during our recruitment process and make any necessary reasonable adjustments. Please contact: 0121 675 7070 option 3 (lines open between 8.45am to 5.15pm Monday to Friday).

If you require an application in an alternative format, such as Braille or you are unable to complete an application form via WMJOBS, please contact When you have completed your application form this can be returned to or for Braille applications these can be posted to, Recruitment Team, 2nd Floor, 10 Woodcock Street, B7 4BG.

The Council is a fantastic place to work. You will find an organisation that is both challenging and supportive; with a leadership impatiently adventurous in its pursuit of excellence. 

There is a clear vision which is ensuring that the Council is working for communities today and building for tomorrow, we focus our resources on five key priorities:

  • A Prosperous Birmingham: through a focus on inclusive economic growth, tackling unemployment, attracting inward investment, and maximising the benefits of the Commonwealth Games.
  • An Inclusive Birmingham: through a focus on tackling poverty and inequality, empowering citizens, promoting diversity and civic pride, and supporting and enabling all children and young people to thrive.
  • A Safe Birmingham: through a focus on making the city safer, safeguarding vulnerable citizens, increasing affordable housing, and tackling homelessness.
  • A Healthy Birmingham: through a focus on tackling health inequalities, encouraging physical activity and healthy living, supporting mental health, and improving outcomes for adults with disabilities and older people.
  • A Green Birmingham: through a focus on street cleanliness, improving air quality, continuing the route to net zero, and becoming a city of nature.

We see the Council’s role as providing strategic leadership – that’s being able to visualise a new future for the city and equipping others to share our vision. We want to ensure the provision of services for all, so we can support those least able to support themselves by working with partners and putting citizens and neighbourhoods at the heart of our decision-making.

We are always looking for people who put the customer at the centre of their approach, with a commitment to excellence to help us achieve our vision.  We will support you to develop and thrive in your role, building a pathway for long-term success, with lots of development opportunities, such as apprenticeships.

In return, we offer you excellent terms and conditions, generous annual leave, a great pension scheme, well-being support, annual travel passes and discounts at a number of city centre establishments.

Birmingham City Council is a Foundation Living wage employer - known as the Birmingham Living Wage. The Birmingham Living Wage, is determined by the Living Wage Foundation on an annual basis by the Centre of Research in Society Polity at Loughborough University. The current rate can be found at:   

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0121 675 7070
Birmingham City Council
West Midlands
B2 2XU

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