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Brokerage and Purchasing Service Manager (Dorchester)

Salary details: £49590 - £55138

Dorset Council
Dorchester, United Kingdom
Occupational group
Health and Social Care - Adults
Salary details
£49,590 - £55,138
Job term
Full Time
Appointment type
Tanya Dawson-Sheehan
Contact email
Contact telephone
01305 221251
Closing Date
24 September 2023 11:30 PM
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Brokerage and Purchasing, Service Manager  

37 Hours (flexible working considered)

Salary: £49,590 to £55,138 per annum

Dorchester, County Hall, combined with home-working


Are you ready to make a meaningful impact on the lives of residents in the breathtaking landscapes of Dorset? Join us in our pursuit of ‘A Better Life’ for our community, where we've crafted our adult social care commissioning strategies with a vision that places individual support at the heart of our mission. 

What’s in it for you:

Dorset is a stunning corner of the UK, regularly featuring amongst the most beautiful of counties. We have a population, on average, much older than the rest of the country: a fantastic body of energy for vibrant community activities across our towns, villages, coastline and countryside. But of course, that’s a population that also needs support with ageing. Together with a significant population of adults of working age with support needs, Dorset is a place where getting the right support, at the right time, and in the right place, is absolutely fundamental to helping all of our people to live their idea of “A Better Life” – and that’s why we built our adult social care strategies on that vision.

In Dorset, adult social care commissioning is big business: more than £100m is spent in the local care market, providing support to all adults who need it, including one of the largest proportions of older people in the country. Working with the local care market, the NHS, our operational colleagues: all of these relationships are critical to our success in commissioning the right support to meet these needs.

Our Adult Commissioning and Improvement team has undergone a dynamic restructure, in which additional investment was made into the team, and we reorganised to better align ourselves to deliver our plans and strategies. Whether in strategy development, project management, engagement, strategic commissioning, contract management or brokerage, Dorset is the kind of place where you will be able to see your contribution to commissioning really changing lives for local people.

Following our investment we have a number of vacancies, and we are seeking dedicated colleagues with a passion for working with local providers to develop high quality care services for the residents of Dorset.

What you can expect to be doing:

The Brokerage and Purchasing team are pivotal to us in delivering the right outcomes for people and achieving financial stability. We have recently re-shaped and re-energised our plans to create an innovative and high performing Brokerage Service.

As the Brokerage and Purchasing Service Manager you will work closely with Heads of Service and Senior Managers across the Directorate, and also the Integrated Care System to ensure that the delivery of the service links in with our commissioning and contract management approaches. Your strong grasp of working across complex systems and previous experience in working in partnership arenas, will enable building positive and impactful relationships with a wide range of stakeholders across the Health and Social Care landscape.

You will lead three teams whose primary function is to commission care and support for people, residing either in the community or being discharged from a health setting,  for support in their home, their community or in commissioned bedded service; ensuring a seamless transition that is person focussed and best-value irrespective of funding stream.

Your instinct for collaboration and commitment to high quality care and support services for our residents will ensure that we achieve positive outcomes for individuals.

About You:

In our Brokerage roles, we are seeking colleagues who are dynamic and hard working with a passion for making a difference.

As a Service Manager you will have experience at a senior level in a management role with a sound knowledge of brokerage activity and importance of having market and contract oversight. You will be experienced in partnership working and carving positive relationships, with experience in; designing and leading teams, managing complex projects and navigating change with success at achieving your agreed outcomes.

You will be commercially minded and able to demonstrate a good understanding of business acumen and utilise your skills to ensure that your teams are able to secure best quality and best value care and support, whilst keeping tight control of contractual relationships and agreed performance as commissioned through the contracts.

You must have demonstrable experience and knowledge in relation to Adult Social Care and the importance of the Brokerage function and tools that are necessary to support a high performing service.

Contact details: 

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Tanya Dawson-Sheehan, Head of Quality Assurance, Contracts and Purchasing (Brokerage). Telephone; 01305 221251 or email; tanya.dawson-sheehan@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk

This post involves working with children and/or vulnerable adults and/or having access to significant information about them. It will be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service check. See our policy on the employment of ex-offenders

See our adult safeguarding policy

Dorset Council: A great place to work 

We’re passionate about making Dorset a great place to live, work and visit. Working for us should be no exception. 

At Dorset Council we: 

  • provide more than 450 services to over 300,000 residents 
  • have ambitious aspirations  
  • are excited about our future 
  • care about Dorset and all the people who live here 
  • know that all roles make a difference and that our employees are key to our success 

You will: 

  • have access to a range of employee benefits
  • be part of an organisation that supports each other to grow and succeed 
  • have access to range of training opportunities which will help with your personal development and career progression 

We are challenging ourselves to become a more diverse and inclusive organisation. We recognise that recruitment and inclusion of individuals with diverse skills, perspectives and backgrounds will bring real strength to the council and our communities. We have a commitment to equality and welcome applications from everyone. 

We are proud to be a Disability Confident Employer. We offer an interview to everyone who declares a disability and meets the essential criteria for the role. 

We are keen to make our interviews accessible. Let us know on your job application if you have a disability and need any reasonable adjustments. 

We also look for applicants who share our commitment to our behaviours. We will ask you to evidence when you have demonstrated them as part of the selection process. 

If appointed, the personal information we collect from you will be shared with Cifas who will use it to prevent fraud, other unlawful or dishonest conduct, malpractice, and other seriously improper conduct. If any of these are detected, you could be refused certain services or employment. Your personal information will also be used to verify your identity. Further details of how your information will be used by us and Cifas, and your data protection rights, can be found at https://www.cifas.org.uk/fpn

This role is UK based and we will need to establish your Right to Work as part of the appointment process. 

We use generic job descriptions and person specifications. This means the job title on any attachments may differ from the job title in the advert. We may provide specific information in a context statement if relevant. 

We cannot accept CVs in the place of an application form as we need the same range of information from all our candidates. 

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