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Service Director Strategic Commissioning and Procurement

Buckinghamshire Council
This is a personal contract with a salary of up to £128,588 per annum, depending on experience.
Closing date
12 May 2024

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This position provides a great opportunity to work at pace and scale to shape and lead a new commissioning and procurement hub to deliver for our residents.

Our vision for the new hub is that it will be a centre of excellence for the organisation on strategic commissioning and procurement. This will include developing a commissioning framework; training programmes; and enabling new ways of working to maximise impact for our residents and ensure robust value for money.

We are looking to appoint a colleague who shares our vision for the future of Buckinghamshire to work collaboratively across both our Council and partners.

If you join us, you will have the chance to shape how the Council works strategically to lead creative and sustainable market solutions. You will also have accountability for a large social care & health commissioning team that includes delivery on behalf of the ICB.

This is a personal contract with a salary of up to £128,588 per annum, depending on experience.

About us

Buckinghamshire Council is a relatively new organisation that combines the strengths and expertise of the previous five councils in the county to create positive change for local people, communities, and businesses. We are firmly focused on the future and have made a clear commitment to serve residents better and to provide stronger representation for Buckinghamshire, both locally and nationally. 

From supporting residents who are at the heart of what we do, to shaping our county for now and future generations, you will be part of something bigger. This role provides a tremendous opportunity to make a difference. If you are excited by this position and feel like you could play a key role in bringing our ambitions to fruition, then we would love to hear from you.

About the role

You will lead a new strategic commissioning and procurement service on behalf of the whole council. We are bringing together existing teams from procurement, integrated commissioning (covering a mixture of adults and all age children’s and health commissioning functions) alongside other areas such as strategic commissioning for children’s social care. You will shape and implement the new service vision and design.

The role is based in the Adults and Health Directorate and supports the whole organisation. It is a key strategic new service director post created to develop and drive forward our approach to commissioning and procurement.

Your role and the services under you will be varied. The hub will include accountability for social care and health commissioning which includes specific responsibilities for contract management, and significant associated quality and financial responsibilities.

If you want to be part of a forward-thinking Council and leadership team committed to pro-active solutions to make a difference, and have the relevant experience to make an impact, we would love to hear from you.

About you

We're looking for someone who is more than just a senior commissioning or procurement officer. You need to be strategically confident and have fresh, exciting ideas. An adaptable, transparent approach is a must for this role, and you will use your ability to influence and collaborate at scale, to develop the culture, achieve the aims, and deliver our aspirations for Buckinghamshire.

You will bring significant strategic leadership, and relevant professional experience, which might have been gained in local government, the public or private sector.

Other information

 Please click here to view the recruitment information pack for more information.

To arrange an informal conversation with Craig McArdle, Corporate Director please email

Job Summary SD Strategic CP (docx)

To apply please click the Apply Now link below.


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01296 395000
County Hall
Walton Street

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