Commissioning Manager – Education (SEND)

Client: Brighter Futures for Children

Location: Reading

Salary: £ 42,821 to £48,847

Closing date: Monday, 31 May 2021 00:00


Brighter Futures for Children
Commissioning Manager – Education (SEND)
£ 42,821 to £48,847
Full – Time, Permanent
Closing date: 31st May 2021

About BFFC

Brighter Futures for Children is improving outcomes for Reading's children, young people and families.

We are an independent, not-for-profit-company, wholly owned by Reading Borough Council. Our responsibility is to deliver quality children's services, early help, education and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) services in the borough.

·         We protect and enhance the lives of the children of Reading.

·         We help families find long-term solutions to ensure children lead happy, healthy, and successful lives.

·         We embrace new and proven ways of working, including; Trauma Informed practice, Restorative approaches, Strong partnership working, Quick and appropriate decision-making.

The Team/Role

Commissioning Manager for Education and SEND will ensure there is high quality, responsive and efficient services are in place ensuring the highest standard of provision is available to children, young people and their families within allocated and reducing resources. Increase sufficiency of placements; undertake procurements which achieve savings and service quality objectives; lead service reviews; contract management of providers and market.

Role Responsibilities:

·         To be the strategic lead for Education and SEND commissioning within the company, taking responsibility for this remit internally and with external partners.

·         To lead the development and implementation of long-term strategic plans including sufficiency.

·         To work with colleagues in health (where appropriate) to support development of jointly commission services and processes, through development of joint funding, targets and monitoring.

·         To maintain effective working relationships with operational managers in education, providing advice and expertise on commissioning and contracts.

·         To build positive relationships with relevant colleagues across Berkshire and other neighbouring authorities in order to identify opportunities to collaborate, share best practice and learn lessons.

·         To collaborate on ensuring effective co-production with service user (and carer) takes place and the voice of children, young people and their families routinely informs the team’s work.

·         To develop business cases; service reviews; option papers and regular reports for senior leaders and Board members as required.

·         To deputise for the Head of Commissioning, Contracts and Procurement when required.

·         To contribute to company or external initiatives in relation to commissioning and contracts.

·         To be up to date with the latest demographic data and statistics on the relevant client groups, with an informed view on the future implications of this.

·         To be up to date with the latest developments in the care and support market in Reading and Berkshire, including benchmarking of costs, quality and performance.

·         To lead on the education and SEND commissioning team’s contribution to the JSNA and any similar local analyses and data collection in Reading or beyond.

·         Responsible for researching models of best practice to shape innovative models of care, evolving specification and service design, analysis of demand and throughput, resource analysis in terms of staff and assets, to improve efficiency.

·         Lead and undertake work to analyse needs, gaps in provision, market trends and make recommendations to implement strategic change to improve the availability, range, quality and value for money of services.

Essential Qualifications:

·         GCSE/GSE grade C in Maths and English.

·         Educated to degree level or equivalent academic ability in relevant field.

·         Evidence of continuing professional and personal development.

Essential knowledge, skills and experience:

·         Proven experience of working within and delivering excellent outcomes within a children services, social care, education or health setting, ideally within a Commissioning function

·         Commercial skills - experience of working in a fast-paced environment with a cost focused service

·         Problem solving and analytical skills to interpret statistical and written information and to produce planning documents and determine a range of informed and imaginative solutions

·         Leadership and management skills to lead a team and motivate staff and stakeholders

·         Highly developed communication skills to present information clearly, both written and verbal to varied audiences

·         Organisational skills to prioritise and plan workload for self and the team

·         Has a specialist knowledge and understanding of the full commissioning cycle including needs assessment and market appraisal

·         Specialist knowledge of the current trends and issues affecting the commissioning and delivery of education and SEND based services for children, young people and their families

·         Experience of managing a placement team function

·         Has a specialist knowledge and understanding of the full commissioning cycle including needs assessment and market appraisal

For more information and a confidential discussion please contact Matthew Lees on 0203 849 2792 or .

Please follow the link below for the Job Description & Person Specification.