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Commissioning Manager

  • Employer: Lambeth Council
  • Reference: 1603
  • Published: Thu 16/05/2024, 16:40 PM
  • Closing on: Tue 04/06/2024, 16:40 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: FULLTIME
  • Salary: £50,000 - £74,999
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: 6 Brixton Hill

Commissioning Manager UASC / Youth and Play - Vulnerable Children's Team Ref 1603

PO6, £53,109 per annum, rising in annual increments to £56,151 (dependent on experience)

Hybrid - Fixed Term for a 1 year term/ Full Time

About Us:

It is an exciting time to join Lambeth Council, we have bold ambitions for the future of Lambeth’s communities and residents through our Lambeth 2030 Plan ‘Our Future, Our Lambeth. To deliver on these ambitions, we have embarked our transformational One Lambeth Programme ensuring we are ‘connected by purpose,’ in everything we do to deliver excellence. We are proud to have recently developed a refreshed set of One Lambeth Values and Behaviours that were develop for staff by staff; Equity, Ambition, Kindness, and Accountability. For more information, please have a look at our dedicated One Lambeth Values and Behaviours page.  

About the Borough:

Located in the heart of South London, Lambeth Borough is a vibrant community of over 317,600 residents. Stretching from the dynamic neighbourhood of Streatham in the South to the iconic landmarks of Waterloo in the North, we are proud to be the 9th largest borough in London. Our diversity is our strength, with more than 130 languages spoken, making Lambeth the home of the Windrush generation, London's largest LGBTQ+ community, and a thriving Portuguese-speaking community. 
With exceptional schools, lush green spaces including Brockwell Park, cultural gems like the Black Cultural Archives, and world-renowned institutions such as St Thomas's Hospital, Lambeth offers an enriching and dynamic environment.

About the Team:

The Vulnerable Children’s team leads on Youth and Play services, Children's engagement and participation, the Holiday, Activities and Food Programme (HAF), UASC mentoring Programme,  and services for Children Looked After (CLA). We are an inclusive team who support each other to be solution focused placing children and young people at the heart of what we do.   

About the role

The post holder will be expected to have knowledge and experience of working with Sanctuary seeking children and young people, youth and play services, community engagement and stakeholder management. They will lead on the implementation and delivery of UASC mentoring Programme, and lead on the commissioning of Youth and Play services in a politically sensitive environment.

The post holder will lead all phases of the development and commissioning cycle for children’s services, creatively drawing on a wide range of resources and assets across the partnership, organisation, and community to ensure that both the council and the CCG’s strategic priorities as set out in the Children and Young People’s Plan are delivered.

About You

If you have passion and drive for improving the lives of children and young people have knowledge of the challenges facing Lambeth’s young population whilst having strong experience of commissioning, this could be the role for you. 

You will be able to hit the ground running and work at pace whilst being flexible and adaptable within a small but busy team.  You will also have excellent communication, organisational and time management skills to effectively manage the day-to-day demands of this challenging but rewarding role.

To be considered for interview, your CV and supporting statement will clearly evidence:

  1. Educated to a minimum of Degree Level or equivalent standard or evidence of continuing professional development.
  2. Awareness and understanding challenges facing local government
  3. Awareness and understanding of issues, challenges and opportunities children and young people are facing in Lambeth.
  4. Experience of Commissioning.
  5. Experience of Community engagement and stakehholder management.
  6. Ability to lead on complex projects, write reports and manage finances.

Benefits: -

  • Participation in our 5 Staff Networks: Black, Asian, and Multi-Ethnic, LGBTQ+, Disability, Young Professionals, and Women's.
  • Generous annual leave entitlement starting from 27 days, increasing to up to 35 days depending on length of service.
  • Membership in the Local Government Pension Scheme.
  • Hybrid Working / flexible working.
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Discounts at local restaurants.
  • Discount at our Active Lambeth Gyms.
  • Learning and Development opportunities, including Apprenticeships.
  • Cycle to Work Scheme.
  • Secure Bike Storage facilities at our Town Hall and Civic Centre.
  • Trade Union Membership.
  • Fantastic, modern working environment in the award-winning Lambeth Town Hall and Civic Centre buildings
  • 5 Minutes from London Underground and excellent transport links into the centre of London

At Lambeth, we are dedicated to providing quality services and equal opportunities for all. We are committed to safer recruitment and are proud to be a Stonewall diversity champion, a Living Wage Employer, and to guarantee interviews for all disabled candidates who meet the minimum criteria of the role. For a full list of our accreditations, please click here.

Contact Information:

If you would like an informal discussion about the roles, please contact:

Melissa McArthur - Lead Commissioner Vulnerable Children’s Team for the Fixed position in the Vulnerable Children’s Team - MMcArthur@lambeth.gov.uk 

Tanita Pennycook - Commissioning Manager (CLA) Vulnerable Children's Team for the Fixed position in the Vulnerable Children’s Team TPennycook@lambeth.gov.uk 

Successful candidates will be asked to apply for an Enhanced DBS Certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Further information about the DBS can be found at www.homeoffice.gov.uk/agencies-public-bodies/dbs 

You will also be required to undertake a Cifas check. Further information about Cifas can be found here Cifas

How to Apply:

We operate an anonymised application process, therefore, please remove personal details when uploading your CV or personal statement.

If you're interested in this opportunity, click on the apply button and complete an online application. 

In your supporting statement, please clearly demonstrate how you meet the shortlist criteria marked with an 'A' at shortlist stage.

Job Description and Specification

Recruitment Timelines:

Closing Date: Sunday 2nd June 2024 at midnight

Lambeth aims for quality services and equal opportunities for all and is committed to safer recruitment.

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  • Employer: Lambeth Council
  • Reference: 1603
  • Published: Thu 16/05/2024, 16:40 PM
  • Closing on: Tue 04/06/2024, 16:40 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: FULLTIME
  • Salary: £50,000 - £74,999
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: 6 Brixton Hill

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