Senior Commissioning Officer

One Friargate, Coventry CV1 2GN
£36,876 - £43,662 per annum
03 Oct 2019
26 Oct 2019
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An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced and motivated Senior Commissioning Officer to join the Children’s Strategic Commissioning Team to lead on the commissioning of a range of services for looked after children and take overall responsibility for the quality assurance of services and commissioning SEND residential and day educational independent specialist placements.

The role

The role involves working in partnership with stakeholders to develop, commission and implement a variety of outcome-based services for looked after children which are high quality, meet identified needs and deliver value for money. You will lead on the delivery of a range of commissioning projects and have specific responsibility for commissioning SEND residential and day educational independent specialist placements. You will manage a team of contract officers and develop and implement robust quality assurance processes across all commissioned services to ensure services deliver the best outcomes for children and young people.

About you

You will need to be a motivated and experienced commissioner with significant experience of leading and managing a range of complex commissioning processes and working in a fast-paced and challenging environment. With strong communication and organisational skills you will have a commitment to improving the quality of provision and outcomes for children and young people and be experienced at leading, managing and supervising staff.

About Us

We are a small team of commissioners and contract officers responsible for commissioning provision for looked after children including residential, fostering and supported accommodation placements and additional support services including  advocacy and return home interviews. The services we commission play a vital role in improving the lives of children in care and the work is rewarding and challenging.

You will be joining Coventry City Council at an exciting time and working in our prestigious new Friargate offices within Children’s Services, which is part of the People Directorate.

For further information about the role or an informal conversation please contact Penny Kay, Team Manager on 024 7697 6879 or email

Working Hours:  37.0 Hours per Week

Interview Date:  08/11/2019


In return, we can offer you an excellent pension scheme, 'MyCar' scheme, flexible working, interest-free loans on annual travel cards, discounts at a number of city centre restaurants, shops and other establishments.

Coventry City Council is committed to delivering the best possible services and improving the quality of life for Coventry people. In order to do this effectively we aim to have a workforce that represents the diverse communities we serve, embracing and utilising the broad range of skills, experiences and perspectives this brings.

We are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for all. This includes making adjustments or changes for people who have a disability or long-term health condition.

Key Requirements

This Authority is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

This post is covered by the Code of Practice on the English language fluency for public sector workers.

Please note we will communicate any interview arrangements with you via email, so please check your email and WMJobs account on a regular basis after submitting your application.

This vacancy and advert will be closed as soon as sufficient applications are received. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and return your application as soon as possible.

When recruiting, we review candidates against our Behaviour Framework . To find out more information about the Behaviour Framework please click here.

This post is exempted under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and as such appointment to this post will be conditional upon the receipt of a satisfactory response to a check of police records via Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Need help with your application?

If you would like support in completing your application, then help is available at the Job Shop. 

Coventry City Council’s Job Shop is a free service for all Coventry residents. Come in and see one of our dedicated advisers and receive 1 to 1 support.

We are open Monday-Friday 9.15-4.30pm (Thursday 10.30)

Address: 1 Bull Yard, Coventry, CV1 1LH

Phone: 024 7678 5740



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Job Description and Person Specification.pdf

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