• Fixed Term
  • Full Time
  • Temporary
  • Reading
  • £59,515 to £71,178 Per year £ / Year
  • 23 June 2024

Website Reading Borough Council

Full Time – Fixed term until January 2026 (Secondment opportunity available)


Commissioning is a key function at Reading Borough Council to help improve the opportunities and outcomes for Adult Social Care & Health service users.  Within the role of Head of Commissioning you will be providing operational and strategic leadership of the Directorate’s Commissioning Service.

We seek the best talent from the widest pool of people as diversity and inclusion is the key to our success. Reading Borough Council is a Disability Confident Employer and is committed to the recruitment and continued employment of people with disabilities.

We support hybrid working, it’s important to us that working arrangements are designed to enable our employees to excel and within this role you’ll have the opportunity to work in a way that suits your lifestyle.


About the role
We’re looking for an inspirational and proactive leader to head up the Commissioning Service.


You’ll provide leadership to a team of Commissioning Managers and support them to develop and deliver their workplan, thereby supporting the delivery of the Directorate’s strategic priorities. As such, we’re looking for someone who can develop strategy but also demonstrate a strong track record of delivery.


We’ll need you to oversee all aspects of the Service’s work – from needs analysis through to procurements, service re-design and contract management and quality – ensuring all are compliant with Directorate’s governance arrangements and business processes.

You will be aware of the challenges and opportunities that working within a Local Authority can bring. As such, beyond the “business as usual” aspects of running a successful service, you will have experience of joint commissioning / closer working with Health colleagues; delivering or supporting ambitious Transformation or Savings programmes; and rolling out new ways of working within a team or externally amongst Providers.

About You
As the Head of Commissioning you will have demonstrable experience of managing and developing teams and successfully delivering a service-wide portfolio of functions. An ability to navigate services through periods of change (understanding stakeholders’ priorities and balancing them against the needs of your service) will be key to successfully delivering the role.

Your technical knowledge will encompass all aspects of the commissioning cycle, best practice in commissioning and relevant regulations and legislation.

Your subject knowledge will include an understanding of the following markets and will help you to make an immediate impact – Supported Living; Homecare; Day Opportunities and Supported employment; Care Homes; Extra Care Housing; Voluntary Sector.

You’ll be part of a team that relies on each individual to play their part to the best of their ability. As well as the colleagues that you work closely with every day, you’ll also be part of Team Reading, playing your personal part in making Reading a successful and vibrant place.

Our vision is to ensure that Reading realises its potential as a great place to live, work and play, and that everyone shares the benefits of this success. Our values and behaviours guide how we will achieve this

Work Together as one team – champion and inspire a culture which ensures that all employees across the organisation work together to provide excellent outcomes for Reading
Drive Efficiency – create an environment in which resources are used efficiently and employees’ skills are developed and used effectively
Be Ambitious – aspire to deliver excellence and inspire and support others to reach their potential
Make a Difference to Reading – inspire a culture in which the customer is the focus and where change is welcomed as an opportunity

Our offer

A competitive salary alongside a range of benefits including:

Generous holiday entitlement – 30 days holiday each year plus bank holidays – rising to 33 days after 10 years’ service, with the option to buy additional leave.
Maternity, adoption, parental and sick pay
A wide range of flexible working opportunities.
Access to a range of training and learning opportunities to help you develop.
Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS)
Life Assurance – three times your annual salary (for members of the LGPS)
On-site day nursery (Kennet Day nursery)
Season Ticket Loan – a loan to help with the cost of your rail or bus journey, to and from work.
Lease car salary sacrifice scheme allowing you to lease a brand new, greener car for three years.  The monthly fee includes insurance, servicing and road tax.
Salary sacrifice scheme for Additional Voluntary Contributions (AVCs) to help you save for your retirement.
For an informal discussion please contact the Contract Teams – contracts.team@reading.gov.uk if you would like to know more about this role.


Closing date: Sunday 23rd June 2024
Interview date: To be confirmed


Please note that the closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and return your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

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