Service Director Strategic Commissioning and Procurement

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Up to £128,588 per annum
Job Type
Full Time


This position provides a great opportunity to work at pace and scale to shape and lead a new commissioning and procurement hub to deliver for our residents.

Our vision for the new hub is that it will be a centre of excellence for the organisation on strategic commissioning and procurement. This will include developing a commissioning framework; training programmes; and enabling new ways of working to maximise impact for our residents and ensure robust value for money.

We are looking to appoint a colleague who shares our vision for the future of Buckinghamshire to work collaboratively across both our Council and partners.

If you join us, you will have the chance to shape how the Council works strategically to lead creative and sustainable market solutions. You will also have accountability for a large social care & health commissioning team that includes delivery on behalf of the ICB.

This is a Professional Technical Managerial Group (PTMG) contract with a salary of up to £128,588 per annum, depending on experience.

About us

Buckinghamshire Council is a relatively new organisation that combines the strengths and expertise of the previous five councils in the county to create positive change for local people, communities, and businesses. We are firmly focused on the future and have made a clear commitment to serve residents better and to provide stronger representation for Buckinghamshire, both locally and nationally.

From supporting residents who are at the heart of what we do, to shaping our county for now and future generations, you will be part of something bigger. This role provides a tremendous opportunity to make a difference. If you are excited by this position and feel like you could play a key role in bringing our ambitions to fruition, then we would love to hear from you.

About the role

You will lead a new strategic commissioning and procurement service on behalf of the whole council. We are bringing together existing teams from procurement, integrated commissioning (covering a mixture of adults and all age children’s and health commissioning functions) alongside other areas such as strategic commissioning for children’s social care. You will shape and implement the new service vision and design.

The role is based in the Adults and Health Directorate and supports the whole organisation. It is a key strategic new service director post created to develop and drive forward our approach to commissioning and procurement.

Your role and the services under you will be varied. The hub will include accountability for social care and health commissioning which includes specific responsibilities for contract management, and significant associated quality and financial responsibilities.

If you want to be part of a forward-thinking Council and leadership team committed to pro-active solutions to make a difference, and have the relevant experience to make an impact, we would love to hear from you.

About you

We're looking for someone who is more than just a senior commissioning or procurement officer. You need to be strategically confident and have fresh, exciting ideas. An adaptable, transparent approach is a must for this role, and you will use your ability to influence and collaborate at scale, to develop the culture, achieve the aims, and deliver our aspirations for Buckinghamshire.

You will bring significant strategic leadership, and relevant professional experience, which might have been gained in local government, the public or private sector.

Other information

 Please click here to view the recruitment information pack for more information.

To arrange an informal conversation with Craig McArdle, Corporate Director please email

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and therefore applicants are required to declare:

  • All unspent cautions and convictions cautions
  • All adult cautions and spent convictions that are not protected (i.e. that are not filtered out) as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended in 2020). For further information on filtering please refer to Nacro guidance, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) guidance or Ministry of Justice (MOJ) guidance (see, in particular, the section titled ‘Exceptions Order’).

We reserve the right to close the vacancy once we have received sufficient applications, so please be advised to submit your application as early as possible.

Buckinghamshire Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk.

Our values and culture

We have a set of values, which our employees have chosen, that represent what we are – Proud, Ambitious, Collaborative and Trustworthy.

By joining us, you can expect:

  • a fair and inclusive culture
  • the chance to really make a difference to those around you
  • health and well-being initiatives including an Employee Assistance Programme, Mental Health First Aiders and mindfulness workshops
  • a unified voice through our Employee Representative Group
  • ongoing support, and the opportunity to develop and progress in your career with us
  • opportunities to take part in fun activities such as fundraising and social events

We know that our biggest strength comes from the people that work for us, and that’s why we’re working hard to ensure we continue to be an accessible and inclusive organisation.

From dedicated staff networks overseen by our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Steering Group, to proudly standing as a Disability Confident employer, it’s important to us that all our colleagues feel engaged, listened to, and valued. Our offer of flexible working empowers a productive and happy workforce and allows employees to combine work with other responsibilities and commitments.

We believe our workforce should reflect the diverse communities we service in Buckinghamshire, and are looking for like-minded individuals to join us in promoting equality, fairness, and inclusion for everyone.

About the Service Area

Buckinghamshire Council’s Integrated Commissioning Service plays a vital role in our Adults and Health directorate. Working collaboratively with partners across a wide range of public, private and voluntary sectors, our aim is to align strategic commissioning activities to support service improvement, value for money and improved resident and service user outcomes.

We commission a diverse range of services. These include domiciliary care, residential and nursing care, day opportunities and support living, direct payments, and carers support for unpaid carers. We also commission several NHS services, including all strands of mental health provision. This integrated commissioning between adult social care and health services has enabled us to improve the efficiency of services we provide to our residents.

To ensure sustainability and resilience for the future, we identify the need for and procure new services and contracts for both health and social care. This involves building strong relationships with staff at all levels within these services, discovering and supporting areas for development, and monitoring the quality of the services we provide to our residents. If you are committed to making a difference and enjoy working in a fast-paced but friendly environment, we want to hear from you.  

We recognise and reward you

Hard work and success deserves recognition. That’s why we pride ourselves on the benefits we give our people. We actively encourage a good work-life balance and promote flexible and agile working arrangements. We provide discounts on various Cafés, restaurants, shops and auto enrolment onto our generous Pension Scheme. We also offer a salary sacrifice personal car lease scheme to those who are eligible and have passed their probation period. In addition to the opportunity to gain membership to Costco, we have discounted gym memberships, travel discounts with Arriva and much more.

To apply please click the Apply Now link below.

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This role expires 12/05/2024.
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