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Head of Service - Strategic Commissioning and Quality

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Organisation:Leicestershire County Council 

Working Hours: Full Time , per year - 37 


Appointment Type:Permanent 

Location:County Hall, Glenfield, Leicestrshire, LE3 8RL 


Closing date:15 October 2019 at midnight 

This is a Politically Restricted vacancy

Head of Service – Strategic Commissioning and Quality
Salary Details: £60,846 - £68,919 per annum
Our Adult Social Care strategy ‘Promoting Independence, Supporting Communities’ places the person at the heart of what we do - Helping people help themselves shapes how services are commissioned, and customers are able to influence decision making through varied coproduction, engagement opportunities and partnership boards.
As the lead for departmental strategy, strategic commissioning and market shaping, you’ll ensure the continued delivery of effective and value for money support, improving the outcomes for service users and carers in Leicestershire.
Your strategic Adult Social Care experience means you’ll anticipate national and local developments and change, develop medium and long-term strategies and successfully prioritise between competing service demands.
Key responsibilities:
• To be accountable for the effective strategic and operational performance management of the service and the team.
• Ensure improved customer focus, cost effectiveness and continuous improvement in the delivery of Council, departmental and service outcomes.
• Provide direction and clear leadership for the service area, developing strategy and shaping the market by anticipating and responding to national, regional and local drivers.
• To be accountable for strategic and technical advice to key stakeholders on policies, performance and budget matters to ensure the efficient delivery of services.
• Ensure through strong leadership that the service area promotes and develops personalised services, enabling citizens to identify and meet their own needs and risks.
• Act as Departmental and Corporate lead on your specialist area, providing professional leadership and sharing best practice with senior managers.
The ideal candidate:
• Substantial experience at a strategic, senior level in Adult Social Care
• Strong change management and partnership working skills
• Extensive and detailed knowledge of social care policy and best practice
• Proven experience in budget management and in delivering significant efficiency savings
• Ability to deal with a wide breath of strategy and policy issues and complex situations in a multidisciplinary and/or multi-agency setting
• Demonstrable positive leadership behaviours 
What you'll get in return:
Working at Leicestershire County Council, you can expect to receive a variety of benefits including a generous annual leave allowance, the option to buy additional annual leave, and membership of the national Local Government Pension Scheme.
We also offer employee discounts on products and retailers, a cycle to work scheme, and free access to a wellbeing service including professional counselling.
A relocation package is available for this role (subject to eligibility criteria).
To apply:
If you think you share our values and have the skills we are looking for, please see the Job Profile attached and then click apply.
Please apply using your CV and supporting statement, demonstrating how you meet the requirements of this post. The supporting statement should be incorporated into your CV and be no longer than 2 pages.
There are several essential requirements marked as assessed at application on the person specification attached. It is essential that in your supporting statement you respond to each of these, using examples of your skills, knowledge and experience.
Interviews are expected to be held on 28th and 29th October.
For an informal discussion about this role, please contact Sandy McMillan Tel: 0116 305 7320 Email: Sandy.McMillan@leics.gov.uk
We welcome applicants from black, minority, ethnic (BME) communities, disabled people and lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) communities, as they are currently under represented within our workforce.
About us:
Leicestershire County Council is one of the best performing councils in the country. We’ve achieved several decades of high performance, with our success recognised by national Government, industry awards and our residents.
It’s our people that drive the council’s success. Their day-to-day effort, creativity, determination and commitment to the people of Leicestershire to help us achieve our aims. We strive each day to make a real difference for people in Leicestershire. Whether we’re fixing the roads or protecting young people, supporting a carer or helping to boost the economy.
We are proud to have achieved the ‘excellent’ status for equality in local government.
We have appeared in the Stonewall top 100 employer list for the past ten years and we value the diversity that our staff can bring to making a real difference in the lives of people from Leicestershire.