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Children's Service Managers- Commissioning- Kingston Upon Thames

  • Reference:orbis/TP/480/773
  • Positions:3
  • Salary:£60,258- £68,151
  • Category:Commissioning & Prevention
  • Contract type:Permanent
  • Working hours:36
  • Posted on:5 April 2019
  • Closing date:5 May 2019
  • Directorate:Children, Families & Learning
  • Location:Kingston Upon Thames


£60,258- £68,151 per annum for working 36 hours per week based at County Hall, Penrhyn Kingston-Upon Thames, KT1 2DW. While County Hall will be your office base you will be expected to travel around the county to meet the demands of the role. This position is based inside one of our main area offices, click HERE to see a 360 degree view of the building and surrounding area along with a view of the reception. 

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 if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 24 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 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.

About the role

As a Service Manager within Commissioning you will be joining the division at a time of significant change, as we transform our Children's Services. With new management, innovative approaches and considerable energy and determination to deliver our vision. We have made a great start, and are now looking for 3 Service Managers to join and strengthen the Commissioning management team.

We would love to hear from you if you….

  • Have the ability to motivate and inspire others
  • Hold specialist skills, knowledge and expertise
  • Have a proven track record of delivering meaningful change
  • Can suggest and implement creative solutions
  • Are able to build and maintain purposeful strategic relationships
  • Have experience of working collaboratively with partners to support the delivery of great services
  • Uphold Surrey's values and behaviors

As a Service Manager you will be responsible for leading on all aspects of commissioning for children and young people. The division will be at the centre of children's services in Surrey, driving change and innovation with a relentless focus on improving outcomes. At the heart of what we aim to achieve is the ambition to develop a deeper understanding of our communities, and the challenges they face – but also recognise their strengths, assets and aspirations – and look to work with them to improve the outcomes for children.

Whilst providing a high quality service that offers good value for money, we look to commission evidence based models of support and innovative approaches to achieve our objectives. We want to work in a co-productive relationship with partners, providers, children and young people, delivering change through the use of available resources, to provide services that are fit for the future generations. 

You will need communication skills, the ability to influence and negotiate and lead commissioners and commissioning teams for populations of children and families. You will ensure that we uphold best practice and deliver value for money.

Your detailed understanding and experience of the commissioning cycle will be invaluable to ensure we undertake and manage the process effectively to agreed standards, whilst including needs analyses; development of service specifications; procurement of services, monitoring and evaluation, service/market development and a service user voice throughout.

You will have the ability to manage complex change programmes and be comfortable working within a fast paced environment. Your commitment to work collaboratively with partners and service users, will allow you to lead market shaping activities within designated specialisms and undertake analysis to ensure that we are aligned with our needs, resources and outcomes.

Alongside all of this you will be a leader in developing a positive culture within the commissioning service, where high quality supervision of staff allows them to reflect, improve and develop their practice and the support we offer to children, young people and their families.

Please ensure you refer to the role person specification requirements in the attached job description for further information.

We look forward to hearing from you if you have the skills, passion and ambition that matches ours!

Additional information

For an informal discussion contact Elaina Quesada on 07989 698216 or by e-mail at

We look forward to receiving your application. 

Additional information

The job advert closes at 23:59 on 5th May 2019

Interviews dates are to be confirmed.


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  • Updated: 07 Jul 2020