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Interim Children’s Service Manager

Location: Devon
Sector: Public Sector and Government
Salary: £500 - £550 per day
Type: Contract

Job Description

This is an exciting role as an interim Service Manager role a local authority in Devon. This position is perfect for an individual with procurement experience within a dedicated children’s service. The role is hybrid working.

Key Responsibilities:

  • All Age Commissioning: Jointly lead the All Age Commissioning program with the Service Manager (Adults) to ensure a seamless provider market aligned with the Borough’s All Age Disability model.

  • Strategic Development: Lead the development and delivery of commissioning, procurement, and contracting to achieve the best outcomes for children and young people, including those within the SEN arena.

  • Efficiency Enhancement: Develop and utilise commissioning, procurement, and contracting systems to increase the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of People Directorate commissioned services.

  • Budget Optimisation: Drive down service costs, reduce duplication, and minimise administration expenses to deliver a balanced budget and allocate resources effectively.

Your Accountability Includes:

  • Strategic Leadership: Develop a consistent approach across children’s services and support the development across adult social care and health and well-being.

  • Safeguarding Advocacy: Actively promote the authorities commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people, and vulnerable adults.

  • Stakeholder Collaboration: Work with key colleagues to develop and oversee the annual Children’s Sufficiency Strategy and commissioning plan.

  • Quality Provision: Ensure a range of high-quality provisions in the borough represent best value for money and meet statutory requirements.

  • Compliance: Ensure compliance with standing orders, procurement policy, and contracting rules and procedures.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Operational Leadership: Lead, manage, and coordinate a defined service area(s) with full operational responsibility.

  • Resource Management: Effectively manage human, financial, and technological resources to provide high-quality services.

  • Performance Management: Adopt a proactive, positive, and effective approach to performance management, ensuring service objectives are met.

  • Change Management: Ensure effective and efficient implementation and management of change across service areas.

  • Community Engagement: Embed the Council’s approach to community engagement and leadership into service delivery.

How to Apply:

If you’re interested in this exciting opportunity, please apply with an updated CV. I look forward to connecting with you soon!


  • This post is subject to the Enhanced DBS/CRB checking process.
  • Driving Licence will be subject to checking with the DVLA.

Vivid Resourcing are committed to equality of opportunity for all applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships or any other characteristic protected by law.

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