Head of Children & Adults Placement & Brokerage
We are reshaping Croydon Council to deliver our bold new Corporate Plan and to capture all of the opportunities growth and investment are bringing to the Borough. Our Commissioning and Procurement division is at the heart of this transformation and we are investing heavily in staff and resources.
As Head of Children & Adults Placement & Brokerage, you will lead and develop excellent micro commissioning of services for children and adults, ensuring the development and delivery of appropriate and value for money packages of care. You will lead the establishment and ongoing management of a key commissioning service for the Council, which has a strong interface into Children and Adults Services. .
Croydon Council is an exciting and dynamic organisation which presents significant opportunity for talented leaders.
About the role
We are looking for an exceptional candidate who will lead and develop a service that for the first time in Croydon will deliver placements and brokerage for both children and adults and managing budgets in excess of £120m+ per annum. You will:
- Lead and manage the service, developing excellent micro-commissioning, ensuring the provision of high quality services at the appropriate cost.
- Secure effective, value for money commissioning of quality placements and packages of care across children and adults services, ensuring tight financial control on commissioned spend;
- Development of new commercial approaches, development and implementation of different buying solutions and robust contract management;
- Develop strong relationships with relevant departments, divisions and services, ensuring alignment of services to corporate priorities and frameworks.
Our integration agenda is well advanced; you will play an important role in securing successful integration outcomes, as well as supporting One Croydon, our ground breaking and award winning alliance of health and social care providers and commissioners.
As Head of Children & Adults Placement & Brokerage, you will ultimately be responsible for shaping, commissioning and procuring services that are fit for the future to support all of our residents. Our services will be multi-disciplinary, provided to meet local community needs, build resilience and provide seamless care.
Croydon is a city in all but name, with a population approaching 400,000. We are proud to be London’s youngest borough and proud to be place where we celebrate our diversity. Economic growth and investment is creating huge opportunities and we are determined to ensure everyone benefits, with no one left behind.
Croydon hasn’t seen expansion like we are currently experiencing since the 1960s. We’re already well underway with some £5bn of investment that will be completed over the next few years. New offices, new retail, and new homes will provide well-paid jobs and high-quality accommodation for our rapidly growing population.
Croydon is a naturally ambitious council – so we’re looking for inspirational leaders who share our passion.
Strong partnerships are the foundation for the future. That’s why we’re constantly looking forward. We need to find creative new ways of working together with other agencies and the private sector to deal with the financial challenges ahead. Because with growth comes increased demand – but also huge opportunity. Chances like this only come along once in a generation, and our task, and maybe yours, is to shape a positive future for Croydon’s residents and businesses alike.
This is a role for a leader with a track record of building teams. Credible and effective when partnering with Chief Officers and Elected Members, you will have outstanding stakeholder and relationship management skills and significant experience of working in public services. With excellent understanding of the policy and strategic framework for both children and adults services, you will have significant experience of working in and managing the placement / brokerage functions including SEND, looked after children and adults. You will also be experienced in the management of a portfolio of contract and provider relationships. Ambitious both for yourself and the residents you serve, you will recognise Croydon as a place where you can learn and progress in an environment that is innovative, ambitious and has a good appetite for risk.
How to apply
Please contact Mark Bearn at HAYS Executive on 0207 259 8743 or 07872 672290 to find out more.
Application is by CV and a covering letter. Your covering letter, which should be no longer than 2 pages of A4, should explain both your interest and why you feel you would be the right candidate for Croydon.
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