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Commissioning Manager - Policy and Governance
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Commissioning Manager - Policy and Governance 
Grade: J - £44,790 - £49,827 per annum 
Hours: Full-time, 36 hours per week 
Contract: Permanent
Location: Kingston

At Kingston, we are passionate about our Royal Borough and want to be known as a Council that is an exemplar for citizen engagement. This is a new era for the Council, with a new Liberal Democrat administration in place, and we are redefining the relationships we have with our residents, community groups, businesses, voluntary sector, central government and other partners.

About the role
To help us achieve our ambitions we’ve set up a new Commissioning, Commercial and Contracts Department, a team that brings together these related skills to work together more effectively. The team will enable us to focus our resources on delivering the Council’s priorities in the most effective and efficient way, develop new partnerships and work in new ways.

We are an ambitious, forward thinking London Borough with a substantial growth and regeneration agenda. The ambition is matched by the recognition to preserve and enhance our historical buildings, parks and gardens; improve our association with the Thames; and continue to be one of the best shopping destinations to visit in the UK. Our offices are located in the town centre just a few steps from the ancient market, thriving town centre and the waterfront.

We offer the chance to join a forward thinking organisation that is committed to transforming its business and improving outcomes for residents and driving improved value for money. We have a modern working environment for our staff allowing you to work flexibly whilst on the move from your mobile or Chromebook, and at home following the introduction of Google Mail and Apps which have acted as a key enabler for collaborative and streamlined working.

The role reports directly to the Corporate Head of Service for Commissioning and Procurement and is a key role in ensuring governance, compliance and good practice within both the commissioning community and wider Council. You will responsible for driving commissioning and procurement practices that deliver better value for Kingston's communities and support the development of an 'enterprising' culture across the Council.

You will develop effective networks, internal and external to the Council, to lead on the design and implementation of the key Council's commissioning policies including social value, modern slavery and ethical sourcing. RBK is a Living Wage Employer, so there is an expectation to continue building on our success and support providers who have made future commitments, as well as our local businesses, to become Living Wage employers. You will also identify opportunities to do things differently and support the organisation's continuous improvements. 

About you
We are looking for someone with experience and a proven track record of achievement in commissioning governance, procurement and policy development in local government with strong leadership skills, modelling a performance culture and constructively building achievement, confidence and skills in others. You will be someone who can work successfully with key stakeholders including Members, residents, businesses, communities, partner organisations and other public services to achieve better outcomes for our communities. You will also have excellent knowledge of the end to end commissioning cycle with proven commercial skills and evidence of delivering significant efficiencies in a public sector organisation. 

Ideally you will have a degree or relevant professional qualification, preferably Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) - although we are willing to support staff through professional qualifications to become level 4 CIPS qualified, be politically astute and able to build high levels of credibility, and make an impact quickly.

Benefits we offer

Kingston Council has good access to central London and our offices are a short walk from the station based in the middle of the historic and vibrant high street next to the open spaces of the river Thames, offering a wide range of shops, restaurants and leisure facilities; all making for a desirable place to live and work. 

You will also have access to a wide range of staff benefits, some of which include:
  • 29 days annual leave - in addition you will receive 8 statutory bank holidays
  • Local government pension scheme
  • Interest free season loan ticket
  • Car parking scheme
  • Cycle to work and Zip Car Scheme
  • Discounts on a range of local shops, restaurants, gyms and leisure centres
  • Comprehensive Learning and Development programme
  • A forward thinking and networked organisation where employee’s views are valued
  • Modern and flexible working environment allowing employees to benefit from agile working practices and technologies which enables streamlined, collaborative and flexible working.
We also offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, staff engagement forums, and inclusive staff networks who help drive our diversity agenda.

How to apply
For more information about us, our commissioning plans and what it’s like to work for us, please visit our recruitment website

Please apply online by uploading your current CV and a supporting statement outlining what skills, abilities and experience you can bring which makes you an ideal candidate for this role. Please ensure you refer to the job profile when completing your supporting statement.

Royal Borough of Kingston is now an accredited London Living Wage Employer

Our Living Wage commitment means that everyone working at the Royal Borough of Kingston, regardless of whether they are permanent employees or third-party contractors and suppliers receive the London Living Wage.The real Living Wage is higher than the government’s minimum, or National Living Wage, and is an independently calculated hourly rate of pay that is based on the actual cost of living.

t is our policy to ensure that all employees are recruited, trained and promoted on the basis of ability, the requirements of the job and similar, objective criteria. All employees are equally encouraged to take advantage of the opportunities for training and career development. It is also our policy to ensure that no employee or job applicant should receive more or less favourable treatment on the grounds of race, nationality, colour, ethnic or national origin, age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, religion, or disability in any matters to do with employment. 

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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