37.0 Hours per Week
We have a great opportunity for a motivated and innovative Contract Manager who can help us design, establish and maintain a Contract Management Framework and Market Engagement Strategy to ensure we achieve better outcomes for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.
As Contract Manager you will be responsible for monitoring and reviewing the performance of a portfolio of contracts including those for children in care in independent schools and college placements. You will join us at an exciting time as we embark on a 5-year improvement journey, which will focus on responding to and addressing quality assurance and performance of our contracts to ensure that we use our high needs funding in the most effective way to provide the right support to children, in the right place and at the right time.
To be successful in the role you will have:
- A degree or able to demonstrate specialist skills and knowledge gained from relevant experiential learning
- Experience of contract management and working knowledge of its practices, regulatory frameworks and techniques.
- Experience in the planning, management and delivery of projects
- The ability to engage and build relationships with providers and stakeholder at all levels using effective interpersonal and communication skills
- A commercial awareness of managing external suppliers and assessing market requirements
In return, you will be working as part of a friendly team, and have the opportunity to shape and develop a contract management strategy that improves the educational outcomes for our children and young people, and ensures that our independent school and college placements deliver best value for the citizens of Solihull.
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 24 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
We are currently implementing our Smarter Ways of Working as we recognise that work is what you do and not necessarily where you go. Our aim is to balance the needs of our employees with service delivery and, for the majority of our roles, to enable our people to be able to work remotely wherever possible.
To apply, please click on the link below. If you have a specific question regarding this post, please contact Darren Jakeways, Senior Commissioning Officer, on 0121 704 8293.
Interviews will take place on 17th May or 20th May 2021 using a secure video conferencing platform.
Please note we do not accept CVs.
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 Not Required .
This post requires the following Disclosure and Barring check: Not required .
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.
Solihull Council has a responsibility for, and a commitment to, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk and requires all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
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