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Placement Commissioning Officer

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Organisation:Leicestershire County Council 

Working Hours: Full Time , Hours per week - 37 


Appointment Type:Permanent 

Location:County Hall, Glenfield, Leicestershire, LE3 8RF 


Closing date:22 May 2019 at midnight 

Please note: There are 3 vacancies, 2 full time (37 hrs) permanent posts and one part-time (18.5 hrs) temporary post to cover maternity leave, with a potential end date in Spring 2020.  
  • To support the Placements Commissioning team to source fostering, residential, 16+ supported accommodation and Special Education Needs, Independent Schools Day & Residential placements on behalf of service users, managers and partners in accordance with assessed needs.
  • To co-ordinate and negotiate the purchase of Children's Placements having an overview of the internal and external market.
  • To undertake quality assurance monitoring visits to external providers.
  • To record and review placements information and ensure data is collected in relation to placement requests and placements sourced to inform future commissioning intentions.
  • To support the Council to maximise value for money, improve outcomes for Children in Care and Children with SEND in line with the Council's vision and operating model.
  • NVQ Level 4 Qualification in relevant subject or relevant experience
  • A working knowledge of relevant theoretical, practical and procedural systems and processes that help improve the lives of children and young people in care and demonstrate an improvement in their outcomes
  • Knowledge of the triggers, factors and barriers faced by children and young people in care
  • A working knowledge of relevant national legislation and regulation requirements including safeguarding policies and procedures
  • Experience in commissioning/contracting or providing social care services to children and young people in a statutory, private or voluntary organisation
  • Self-motivated with the ability to prioritize and work to agreed objectives
  • Experience of working in a team to maintain, develop and improve outcomes for children and young people
  • Experience of working with partners in collaboration, sharing a vision in the delivery of services
  • Ability to motivate others
  • Effective influencing and negotiation skills
  • Ability to manage conflict
  • Ability to write clear well-presented reports and draft service specifications
  • Meeting performance objectives and making improvements through clear, outcome-based assessment which is specific and time limited
  • Using monitoring and evaluation to inform planning, including data systems to track performance
  • Ability to demonstrate improved outcomes for children and families
  • Demonstrate an understand of and commitment to delivering excellence through informed decision making, sound judgement and the achievement of agreed aims and objectives.  Having a solution focused approach to decision making
  • Experience of budget, resource and contract management including procurement of services
  • Experience of working in accordance with relevant statutory and relevant local policies and procedures for safeguarding
  • A good use of I.T. to fulfil the job role
  • Ability to identify and manage risk, including that for staff and service users
  • Demonstrate the ability to influence and shape the environment in which you operate to achieve high quality outcomes for the people of Leicestershire
  • Demonstrate the ability to connect with customers and localities through listening, dialogue and understanding community's needs.
  • Demonstrate the ability to build powerful relationships across stakeholders, peers and partners creating open and transparent relationships based on trust
  • Demonstrate the ability to lead and deliver sustainable, collective high performance through inspirational leadership of people, setting clear priorities, and a strong approach to performance management
  • Follow relevant health and safety policies, procedures and legislation
  • Must be able to perform all duties and tasks with reasonable adjustment, where appropriate, in accordance with the provisions of the Equality Act 2010
  • Willing to work outside normal hours as and when required
  • Full driving license and car owner  
Please see the Job Description / Person Specification which are attached further down on this page    
For informal enquiries please contact Maria Treanor Tel: 0116 305 6895  
We particularly 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.  
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