Three new posts are to be created to run the region’s new Regional Commissioning Hub and help transform services for children in the West Midlands.
The Hub has been designed as an innovative, proactive solution to providing fit for purpose services for children, young people and families.
The aim is to increase efficiency and reduce pressures on spend, and over the next two years, the Hub will work with local authorities and children’s trusts to deliver a number of new initiatives, including improved quality assurance and market management and regional framework contracts.
Three posts have now been announced to lead that work and deliver the key outcomes. They are:
West Midlands Commissioning Hub Manager: Responsible for the effective and efficient operation of the Hub. This post will bring significant commissioning expertise and an ability to facilitate and co-ordinate joint working across and between local authorities and children’s trusts. The post will be key in identifying, defining and delivering vital programmes of work in collaboration with stakeholders, including Directors of Children’s Services.
West Midlands Commissioner: This post will lead, facilitate and co-ordinate effective regional commissioning. The role will create and capitalise on partnerships with councils and children’s trusts. This great opportunity is ideal for an organised, motivated, outcome-focused, and self-sufficient commissioning professional with great skills in relationship building.
West Midlands Contracts Officer: This role will support the Hub Manager and West Midlands Commissioner by providing procurement, contracting and performance management of services commissioned at regional or sub-regional level and will drive and implement cost-effective services This is an ideal role for an organised, self-motivated individual with a real commitment to quality and outcomes for children.
Together, the three roles will proactively engage with service providers on behalf of the region’s 14 councils and three children’s trusts to create the right conditions for suppliers to provide an excellent service, while looking for regional efficiencies.
The Hub Manager role is currently out to advert, and the other jobs will be advertised soon. All three posts will initially be offered on a two-year temporary contract. Interviews will be held between mid-November and early December 2019.
Secondments from councils, trusts and related public sector organisations will be considered if support from the candidate’s home authority is secured.