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Please also expect that advert closing dates and interview dates may change as required. We still continue to welcome applications for our current roles and wish you the best of luck with your application.

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Service Manager Place Planning and Commissioning - Surreywide

  • Reference:orbis/TP/9499/2982
  • Positions:1
  • Salary:£60,258 per annum
  • Category:Education & Learning
  • Contract type:Permanent
  • Working hours:36
  • Posted on:8 July 2019
  • Closing date:23 July 2019
  • Directorate:Children, Families & Learning
  • Location:Surreywide


£60,258 per annum for 36 hours per week (pro-rata for part time), covering Surrey wide

From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied, and you will benefit from 24 days annual leave (rising to 28 days after two years' service), a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.

Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under-represented groups.

An enhanced DBS 'Disclosure and Barring Service' check for regulated activity (formerly known as CRB) and the children's and adults' barred list checks will be required for this role.

A valid driving licence and the availability of an insured vehicle for the performance of work related duties is an essential requirement of the role. Applications from those who do not meet this requirement will not be considered.

About the role

We are seeking a manager who has worked at a senior level in a school organisation and place-planning role, with commensurate knowledge, skills and experience of this complex and fast-moving area. .

The successful applicant will manage and lead the place planning team responsible for commissioning and organising the provision of sufficient good quality school and educational places across the county now and in the future. 

This includes the:

  • commissioning of our maintained nursery provision in conjunction with the dIrectorate's commissioning team;
  • expansion, reduction and closure (where necessary) of maintained schools including special schools, sixth form and further education;
  • work required to ensure the council works effectively with the department of education and the Education and Skills Funding Agency in the planning of the opening, expansion, reduction and closure of academy and free schools

The post holder will report to the Assistant Director, Education Effectiveness and will liaise with the service managers for admissions and transport and early years to ensure that the right capacity is available to promote diversity and choice for parents living in Surrey.

Additional information

For an informal discussion contact Chris Kiernan by e-mail at We look forward to receiving your application.

Additional information

The job advert closes at 23:59 on 23 July 2019

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  • Updated: 09 Jul 2020