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Strategic Commissioning Manager - Children's Social Care

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council
Corbyn Road, Dudley
£48,474.00 to £51,515.00 per annum
Closing date
21 Jul 2024

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Strategic Commissioning Manager - Children's Social Care

Hours: 37 hours per week

Salary: Grade 12

We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced commissioning manager to join the Children's Commissioning Team in Dudley as the Strategic Commissioning Manager for Social Care.

Commissioning is a critical part of ensuring the best possible outcomes for children and young people whilst at the same time delivering value for money. Our mission statement is 'Children first and at the heart of all we do' and there can be no better job satisfaction than working as part of a team who are improving outcomes for children.

The Children's Commissioning Team is looking for an experienced commissioning manager that will lead our commissioning arrangements across children’s social care. Leading a team of skilled commissioning, quality and placements staff, you will be responsible for the delivery of a number of diverse projects and key activities including:

  • Implementing commissioning models that improve outcomes for children and young people
  • leading on the development and delivery of social care sufficiency strategies and arrangements
  • developing quality assurance and contract management arrangements for commissioned children's services
  • securing outcome-focused social care placements that meet the needs of children
  • ensuring there is a sustainable, diverse and skilled market
  • delivering plans to ensure demand and market development meets the needs and ambitions of people in Dudley, with a particular focus on children and families.

If you are have a strong drive to improve outcomes for children and young people and enjoy working in a busy environment, then this role is for you.

 The successful candidate will be :

  • an experienced commissioner and experienced manager who has extensive knowledge of commissioning for children
  • a dynamic leader, able to manage change and motivate staff
  • ensure projects are delivered with success on time and within budget within a challenging social care landscape.  

The post holder will report to the Service Manager for Children's Commissioning and will be responsible for leading programmes that actively contribute to the Children's Directorate outcomes and vision. Commissioning and Management experience is essential. See Person Specification and Job Description for further details. If you require any further information regarding this post please contact Ayesha McKechnie on 01384 817084 or email

‘The Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable groups and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.’

Children’s Enhanced DBS Check

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children; therefore, the post is subject to medical clearance and an enhanced DBS check.

So that we can demonstrate Dudley’s commitment to diversity and inclusion and to improve bias in the recruitment process that could create barriers for candidates. Your personal data will be anonymised when you apply, to ensure that you comply with our anonymisation process, please ensure you have removed your name and date of birth from any attachments prior to uploading them to your application.  

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N.B. We reserve the right to close this vacancy prior to the advertised date should we receive a large number of applications


Attached documents
Strategic Commissioning Manager Children's Social Care PS_May 2024.doc
Strategic Commissioning Manager Children's Social Care - JD_May 2024.doc
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About Dudley Council

It’s an incredibly exciting time to work in Dudley Council as we embark on numerous multi-million pound regeneration schemes which will be real game-changers for the borough. In addition to the exciting schemes such as the Midland Metro we also have the ongoing and very serious challenges of ensuring vulnerable people across the borough receive the services they deserve.

At Dudley Council we have a ‘one council’ ethos that builds an effective and dynamic organisation which grows the economy and creates jobs, creating a cleaner and greener place and supports stronger and safer communities.

We are rightly proud to be the historic capital of the Black Country and, working with our partners, Dudley Council is also committed to looking forward and helping to deliver our borough vision of ‘Forge a Future for all’

We ensure communities influence council decisions and are committed to delivering services in partnership with communities.  We provide flexible and responsive service in partnership and help communities help themselves.

In joining a local authority that serves 320,000 residents you will become an integral part of a council that:

• is ready to embrace change, providing an environment in which you will be encouraged to make your mark

• is aware of its key challenges and the need for a new energy to innovate the council, in order to find cost effective ways of delivering services

• has aligned its political and managerial leadership structures and is committed to protecting, securing and transforming the lives of children, families, the vulnerable and older people

• wants borough residents to have their say through our community forums

• dedicates time to meaningful consultation and listen to the views of our residents

• is working with the community to encourage active involvement of our residents

We want to leave a legacy of a better future for the borough that reflects Dudley borough’s potential and harnesses the ambitions of the people we serve. For more information see our Council Plan, Dudley Borough Vision for 2030, Forging a Future for All and key information about the borough and its communities at All about Dudley Borough

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Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council
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West Midlands
United Kingdom

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