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Commissioning Manager - Policy and Governance
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Commissioning Manager - Policy and Governance 
Location - Kingston
Working Hours - Full-time
Contract Type - Permanent
Salary - Grade J - £44,790 - £49,827 per annum

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. 

Kingston Council has an ambition to change its relationship with its communities; to be an Enabling Council. To do this it needs to reinvent itself and ensure that all its resources are used to best effect; rather than simply cutting costs and making savings. To be successful we need to transform into a high performing networked organisation with a highly constructive culture where people truly flourish and reach their full potential. Becoming an enabling council is a key principle that runs through our organisational development and is embedded in everything we do. 

About us
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.

About the role
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.

Our offer to you
Situated in Zone 6, Kingston is among the best-connected town centres in London. We are just 12 miles from central London, with direct train links from Kingston and Surbiton stations to Clapham Junction and London Waterloo, as well as Wimbledon for an interchange with the London Underground, Tramlink and Thameslink trains. The borough also has a string of road links being located close to the A3 and with easy access to the M3 and M25.

Our offices are located in the town centre just a few steps from the ancient market, thriving town centre and riverside, offering a wide range of shops, restaurants and leisure facilities; all making for a desirable place to live, work and socialise.

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.
Flexible working... With Google Suite
Flexible working has never been so important to us than it is right now due to the current public health pandemic. Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames expects all staff to continue to work from home and this has been confirmed that for the majority of staff they will continue to work from home until otherwise advertised.The Council has been working hard to put in supportive measure for all this staff to help with this from being flexible on working times, providing equipment for a better continued working from home environment, health and well-being sessions and reminding and encouraging staff to engage with colleagues so not to become isolated, taking breaks and team and service wide quiz's.Rather than being focused on staff ‘being here’, we provide staff solutions, using our Google suite of applications, to better meet organisational needs whilst providing improved individual work life balance. We want to support staff to work in the ways that get the best from them, producing high-quality and meaningful work. For some of our staff this means joining a meeting remotely via a Google hangout or having multiple people working on shared documents across various locations. This is vital for us in the current public health pandemic and so we have However, when you are in the offices at our Guildhall complex, you will find a newly refurbished modern working environment including height adjustable desks, break out meeting spaces, meeting pods, video conferencing facilities, quiet working spots as well as rest and eating spaces.

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 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. 

The Royal Borough of Kingston we pride ourself on being a diverse, tolerant and welcoming Borough and we aim to create a workforce which reflects the community we serve.  We are respectful of difference and realise the positive value of diversity in our workforce. 

We welcome and encourage job applications from people of all backgrounds.We particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates as this group are currently under-represented in our workforce.

The Royal Borough of Kingston is proud to be recognised as a Disability Confident employer, and are committed to thinking differently about disability and taking action to improve how we recruit, retain and develop disabled people.

We 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.

(COVID-19) - information for job applicants
Given the ongoing situation, we have not set a closing date for this job vacancy. We are unable to currently advise when interviews will be arranged. We feel that this is the correct and responsible decision to make in these exceptional circumstances in view of:
  • increased demand on the time of the council staff in response to the pandemic
  • the need to support more vigilant public health measures.
We appreciate that applicants will want further information. However, as this is an unprecedented situation, arrangements for undertaking these interviews will require careful consideration.

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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