Head of Service – Commissioning and Contract Management

Job Type


Industry Sector



Up to £600 per day Per Hour



Job Description

LINKS Recruitment are currently looking for a Head of Service – Commissioning and Contract Manager to work on behalf of our respected client based in Walsall.

Job Description

· Lead the development, implementation, maintenance of the People Commissioning function. Reporting directly into director of CPCM, the HOS will oversee performance of the Commissioning service whilst driving consistency across People commissioning

· HOS People commissioning will work closely with Procurement & Contract Management Head of Service to ensure resources are deployed appropriately.

· Accountable for leading on all aspects of people commissioning activity, including effectively managing, administering and coordinating all activities associated with the commissioning cycle (except procurement & contract management)

· Defining “what good looks like” and developing procedures to implement as well as sharing policies, procedures and guidelines in relation to commissioning

· To work alongside Commissioning Leads to ensure commissioning activities are consistent and effective

· Provide support, direction and guidance as well as leadership and expert knowledge to the Commissioning Team

· Liaising with Procurement & Contract Manager HOD to ensure the efficient deployment of resources across the hub

· To act as a conduit for communication between hub areas

· Brokering a service – encourages a more consistent and informed way of brokering services for users, using market insight and knowledge about providers who can best meet their needs

· Creation of service design / specification documents

· Decommissioning existing services where applicable and identifying what needs to replace it (if anything)

· Assessing the needs of end users to understand requirements needed to meet desired outcomes.

· Analysis of the current product/service to understand any gaps or changes required to meet the defined outcomes

· Bringing creativity and innovation to the role and to the way the Council will work in future

· Developing and maintaining Walsall Councils strategic priorities to help Directorates balance competing strategies to inform and enable the achievement of outcomes.

· Operating an effective strategic review cycle, reviewing the Council’s aims and priorities periodically, developing and implementing a methodology to track performance against overall goals

· Ensuring all programmes align with the strategic priorities and core policies, and where appropriate leading cross-departmental teams to deliver high-quality outputs

· Scoping, leading and managing cross-cutting projects on complex and high-profile areas of strategic and partnership engagement working closely with teams across the Directorates as well as with regional and national stakeholders including the Integrated Care System.

· Developing an ‘all age’ whole of life outcome based approach to commissioning for Walsall.

· Developing priorities or new initiatives, presenting these to Cabinet, CMT, Elected Representatives and a wide range of other audiences

· Ensuring recommendations are fully informed by use of data, evidence and robust analysis

· Working with Cabinet and or portfolio sponsors in a politically balanced way to ensure areas and groups’ views are proportionately reflected in recommendations and are receiving of buy-in. Needing to include appropriate behavioural science aspects to support effective ways of working

· Responsible for managing a wide and varied specialist team that can lead different strands of work and able to think laterally about problem solving and encouraging continuous improvement.

· Deputise for the Director on matters of commissioning at internal and external meetings or events as required.

· Provide cover, when required, for other Heads of Service withing the Commissioning Procurement & Contract Management Function.

· Any other duties exigent with the role and the service.


37 hours per week. May sometimes be required to work outside normal working hours


Up to £600 per day

Please apply within and someone from the recruitment team will be in touch.

Job Types: Full-time, Temporary contract
Contract length: 6 months

Salary: Up to £600.00 per day




Work Location: Hybrid remote in Walsall

Apply Register As A Candidate