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Commissioning Officer – Service Development

The Role

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils have an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic Commissioning Officer to join the Commissioning Team in the Adult Social Services Directorate. This permanent position is well suited to an individual who is interested in working in and shaping the adult social care agenda at a local level.

At the heart of our work is promoting independence, choice, health and wellbeing of the local populations through strengths based approaches. We work with all vulnerable adults including older people, those with a learning disability, mental health issues, autism, physical and sensory disabilities, and carers. 

In this role you will support development and delivery of commissioning activity within the Adult Social Care Commissioning Unit, ensuring services commissioned are needs led, represent value for money, and to work in partnership with other agencies to maximise good outcomes for adults with support needs through effective commissioning.

You will be a flexible thinker, enjoy new challenges, have good analytical and communication skills, be equally able to work individually and as part of a team. You will be able to gather, analyse and present complex data and information from a range of sources to a varied audience. You will have an ability to prioritise your own work, taking into account both team and organisational requirements and be able to negotiate and resolve complex problems. In addition the ability to manage change well is a necessity.

The post holder will be required to work on a variety of projects across portfolios, supporting Commissioning Managers across the team on projects that reflect departmental priorities.

The Commissioning Team is an extremely supportive, collaborative team where effective communication is essential, commitment to providing a quality service is expected and new ideas for improvements are welcomed.

For a discussion on this post please contact the Commissioning Team:

Preeti Virk, Commissioning Manager Telephone: 0208 871 7638

Hana Alipour, Senior Commissioning Manager Telephone: 0208 871 7229.

In return, we can offer you working arrangements that will enhance your work-life balance.  These include home working (dependent on service need) and a generous holiday allowance of 31 days plus bank holidays. 

In addition, we offer a range of staff benefits such as membership of the Local Government contributory pension scheme, childcare vouchers, new technology scheme, interest-free loans on annual travel cards, discounts at many leisure activities, restaurants, shops and other establishments. A wide range of developmental opportunities is also offered.

(COVID-19) - information for job applicants

Given the ongoing situation, we have not set a closing date for this job vacancy. We are unable to currently advise when interviews will be arranged. We feel that this is the correct and responsible decision to make in these exceptional circumstances in view of:

· increased demand on the time of the council staff in response to the pandemic

· the need to support more vigilant public health measures.

We appreciate that applicants will want further information. However, as this is an unprecedented situation, arrangements for undertaking these interviews will require careful consideration.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and return your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences, recognising that employees from a variety of backgrounds bring important and positive contributions to the Councils and can improve the way we deliver services. We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer.

Important Information

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). The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA)

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