Commissioning Officer

Lloyd House, Colmore Circus Queensway, Birmingham,
£27,795- £38,925 (Band D)
19 Nov 2018
17 Dec 2018
Job Ref
Commissioning Officer
Contract Type
Working Pattern
Flexible hours

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner has an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic Commissioning Officer to join our dynamic team.  This permanent position is well suited to an individual that is looking to advance their career and has the ability to lead the implementation of commissioning activity.  

Our commissioning requirements are diverse and include a broad range of activities to assist in preventing crime across the West Midlands.

We are looking for an experienced and well-motivated commissioning officer to lead for the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner on a range of commissioning projects and policy areas while providing advice to the PCC and colleagues on designated portfolios. This role is well suited to an individual who wants to make a difference to society, work in a dynamic and fast-paced environment, and has excellent research, analytical and communication skills. 

The prospective candidates will need to demonstrate ability to priorities their own workload in accordance with ever changing demands, meet deadlines, write detailed reports and have the confidence and ability to make sound judgements.  The ability to work partners and providers of services is also key.

The West Midlands is a vibrant and diverse part of the country and the Police and Crime Commissioner is committed to equality and diversity and welcomes applications from individuals of all backgrounds. Applicants must be able to demonstrate a good understanding of diversity and human rights, and a personal commitment to promoting diversity and racial equality.

If you have a disability or are an internal applicants on the at risk register we guarantee to interview you if you meet the essential criteria of the role.

Please note this is a politically restricted post.

Main duties and responsibilities:

  • To act as lead commissioner for a range of OPCC commissioned services, as allocated
  • Support formal procurement processes and ensure work is in compliance with appropriate procurement law, developing close links with the West Midlands Police Procurement department.
  • Provide support in all procurement activities including tender preparation, award of contracts and all related processes.
  • To support and advise on other commissioning activity as required to meet the aims and objectives of the PCC 
  • Support the strategic planning and commissioning of PCC outcomes by working with policy team
  • Monitor and gather outcome data from contracts and provide some analysis to inform future commissioning decisions.
  • Monitor and gather OPCC, force and additional stakeholder data to form a picture of need and impact, whilst complimenting this with intelligence to support commissioning decisions
  • Investigate and research successful service models to help provide the evidence base for effective commissioning in relation to the budgets of the OPCC
  • Develop positive working relationships with a wide range of stakeholders and policy leads making them aware of the strategic direction of service development.
  • Provide feedback from providers and stakeholders to assist in the development and implementation of commissioning strategies.
  • Support the work of associated Boards designed to support the commissioning process.
  • Assist in the provision of information in respect of new guidance and policies that are likely to have an impact on the provision of services.
  • To disseminate information to stakeholders and track/monitor required actions on Project Plans for each area of commissioned activity.
  • Assist with ensuring good communication with service providers and stakeholders making them aware of good practice and changing requirements.
  • To be responsible for ensuring that where remedial action plans are agreed with service providers / stakeholders, that these are monitored and improvement targets (where appropriate) are monitored to agreed timescales
  • Deputise for the Chief Finance Officer and / or Head of Commissioning and Policy at meetings and conferences.
  • To be responsible for relationships with relevant partners, including West Midlands Police, Community Safety Partnerships, Clinical Commissioning Groups, Directors of Public Health, etc.
  • To represent the PCC on strategic partnerships as required, including Community Safety Partnerships, Health and Wellbeing Boards and Joint Commissioning Groups etc
  • To lead liaison, to include monitoring and evaluation with voluntary sector organisations within designated portfolio areas
  • To be responsible for effective liaison with national bodies, such as the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, Local Government Association in relevant portfolio areas and supporting national work streams as required;
  • To undertake policy development, and provide advice/briefing on matters within portfolio (or as directed) to support the Head of Commissioning and Policy Team/CEO/PCC in developing /delivering the business of the OPCC;
  • To support the strategic planning and performance monitoring activity of the OPCC;
  • Safeguarding Champion – responsible for ensuring the implementation, consistent monitoring and improvements to the OPCC Safeguarding policy and related procedures.
  • Develop, produce and present briefing papers, reports, spreadsheets and presentations in a range of different settings 
  • Keep abreast of developments, policies, legislation and best practice etc to inform OPCC policy and practice Attend regional groups and networks as agreed with the Head of Policy and Commissioning.

Other responsibilities:

  • Support the Police and Crime Commissioner, Assistant Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC) and Chief Executive in raising awareness of and actively promoting the role of the PCC with political leaders and decision makers across the West Midlands
  • Build, maintain and manage effective and influential relationships with a wide range of colleagues in other organisations locally, regionally and nationally
  • Ensure compliance with the framework for knowledge management to support effective decision making
  • Represent the PCC, APCCs and office to contribute to discussions at multiagency meetings/conferences/events
  • Support the delivery of ad hoc projects that contribute to achieving the priorities of the PCC and APCCs
  • Support the development of programmes and projects and initiatives and ensure the delivery of required outputs and outcomes
  • Support the implementation of change programmes
  • Take responsibility for personal and professional development and maximise own resources in a way with reflects the values of the OPCC
  • Work closely with the other colleagues to improve operational practices and effectiveness 
  • Comply with the framework for knowledge management to support effective decision making
  • Ensure compliance with all OPCC policies, procedures and practices
  • Undertake such additional duties as are reasonably commensurate with the level of the post