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Track Record

Interim Service Delivery Manager – Children’s Services
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
NL/14718
Location:
Midlands
Salary:
£400 - £500 per day
Duration:
6 months

The Client
Our client, a Local Authority in the West Midlands, is looking to appoint an Interim Service Delivery Manager - Children’s Services for a period of six months whilst they recruit permanently.

The Interim Assignment
Reporting to the Assistant Director of Children’s Services, the successful interim Service Delivery Manager - Children’s Services will be responsible for managing the following service areas:

• Child Protection Plans
• Children and Family Assessments (including complex assessments)
• Care Proceedings
• Section 47 Investigations

The Interim Manager
The team comprises of 40 staff. It is essential that the interim Service Delivery Manager - Children’s Services has recent experience of managing all four of the above areas, preferably in the context of improving services and social work practice as well as inspection preparation.  

Interim Head of Performance and Information Management (Children and Adult Services)
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
NL14685
Location:
London
Salary:
£450 - £500 per day
Duration:
6 months

The Client
Our client is looking to hire an interim Head of Performance and Information Management for Children’s Services.

The Interim Assignment
The Interim Head of Performance and Information Management will support the Strategic Directors for Children and Young People and for Adults Services and their Management Teams to drive continuous improvement across all the Departments’ activities through the development and management of the Departments’ performance framework and processes to ensure service performance can be challenged and tested. The primary role is to: 1. Lead the development of performance and management information in the Department, with particular emphasis on managers’ use and understanding of the information in relation to policy development, decision-making, budget planning, operational delivery and effectiveness. 2. Ensure the Department meets all its statutory, regulatory, partnership and Council information reporting requirements, including external and internal quality and audit standards. In addition: 1. Support and advise the Executive Director and Management Team in regularly reviewing, assessing and improving performance across all the Department’s activities, through developing and leading a service which delivers the following: •   The analysis, presentation and understanding of needs data, linking data across partners as appropriate •   Collection, reporting, presentation and analysis of high quality children’s and adults services data, meeting timetables for statutory returns •   the scrutiny, analysis and interpretation of performance data, trends and comparative benchmarking information; •   making a contribution to safeguarding of children and young people through excellent recording and tracking plus high standards of data management •   monitoring the outcomes of service provision, including equalities; •   identifying potential performance challenges, related causes and any wider implications at an early stage; •   undertaking in-depth reviews, as commissioned by the Strategic Directors and Management Team; •   keeping abreast of relevant good practice and performance across the public, private, voluntary and community sectors; •   leading or supporting the development and implementation of departmental improvement projects and programmes. 2. Lead the development and operation of the Department’s performance management systems and processes to ensure they are fit for purpose, including Frameworki. 3. Lead on the collection and analysis of schools data and support to schools in data use and data systems.

The Interim Manager
It is critical that candidates applying for this role have previously run this same function within a Local Authority Children’s Services Directorate. We will not be able to accept applications from candidates who do not meet the above criteria due to the high risk nature of the work. 

Interim Project Manager, Waste Infrastructure
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
NL/14709
Location:
South of England
Salary:
£600 - £800 per day
Duration:
18 months

The Client
Our client is a Local Authority.

The Interim Assignment
Our client has progressed a procurement process for a £100m 10 year waste disposal and recycling programme to preferred bidder stage. As the procurement process is now complete, they are entering a phase of high level negotiations with the preferred bidder to agree all aspects of the contract. Once that phase is complete, they move into the contract mobilisation phase. An interim project manager is therefore required to work client side with the Authority as the lead negotiator with the preferred bidder and as the overall manager of the contract mobilisation. This is a lengthy phase which will involve the construction of a new waste transfer station, a materials recovery facility and a third recycling facility. The role covers all aspects of commercial negotiations, contract mobilisation and all client side aspects of managing, inter alia, the legal, planning, environmental, community, political and construction implications of this major programme.

The Interim Manager
The Interim Project Manager, Waste Infrastructure, will possess the following skill set:

• Prior expertise of leading all technical aspects of the construction of waste and recycling facilities. This experience would preferably have been gained working client side as the lead programme manager within an individual Local Authority or group of Local Authorities. Alternatively candidates may have led all the technical aspects of waste facility construction from the contractor side.

• Either way it is critical that candidates have detailed technical knowledge in order to lead and manage all aspects of the mobilisation and early phases of this contract in the interests of the Local Authority. This will most likely have been gained as a programme manager, programme director, assistant director or director.

• Experience of managing high level negotiations with bidders and contractors.

• Experience of leading waste facility builds.

• Experience of working with or preferably in the Public Sector.

Due to the highly specialised nature of this role we are only able to progress applications for candidates who have this background. Please be advised that this is not a procurement job. The ITT and PQQ are complete and they are at preferred bidder stage. The critical skill set is contract management, high level commercial negotiations and then the management of waste infrastructure developments.

Interim Head of Procurement
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
NL14633
Location:
Midlands
Salary:
£600 - £800 per day
Duration:
6 months

The Client
Our client is a large Local Authority looking to recruit an interim Head of Procurement.

The Interim Assignment
As the most senior procurement officer in the Council you will be responsible for a large procurement function covering all areas of the Council. This is in the context of the most significant cuts in Government funding that the sector has ever faced, and whilst the service is a good one, it is widely recognised that there is still further to go with supply chain management, category management, smarter commissioning and ensuring that the service plays its part in delivering major, sustainable savings for the Council.

The Interim Manager
Candidates will without doubt have held the top procurement role in large, complex Local Authorities and will be able to evidence delivering major sustainable savings in their roles. Ideally candidates will be experienced career interim managers and they will without doubt hold an MCIPS qualification. This is an outstanding opportunity to join a high profile organisation. 

Interim Procurement Manager
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
NL14729
Location:
London
Salary:
£375 - £500 per day
Duration:
6 months

The Client
Our client is a London Borough.

The Interim Assignment
Our client is looking to hire an interim Procurement Manager to lead on a major energy procurement with the following brief: Provide procurement advice on:

• Relevant template forms of contract to be used for procurement
• Variations required to template contract forms
• Content of procurement packages Manage the procurement of the following in line with Council procurement guidelines and OJEU requirements:
• Early Works Services Contractor
• Term Contractor for the design, build, operate and maintenance of the facilities
• Framework for facility operation and maintenance

In addition:

• Manage the team’s delivery of component parts for each procurement contract/package
• Be the single point of contact for tenderers
• Manage the tender process of each package, including setting up meetings, collating all questions and managing a unified team response, and managing tender evaluations by the team
• Manage the production of contract documentation for each procurement package
• To work collaboratively with other participating authorities on joint procurement initiatives

The Interim Manager
The Interim Procurement Manager should possess the following key skills and experience:

• Practical and up to date knowledge of local authority procurement and category management;
• Letting a wide range of contracts delivering savings;
• Working with the UK Public Contracts Regulations;
• The entire contract cycle from developing options through to tendering, awarding and managing the contracts;
• Practical experience of managing supplier relationships and negotiating contract changes;
• The ability to flexibly manage a number of tenders at one time;
• Strong communication and influencing skills;
• Able to act on own initiative, plan personal workloads and manage conflicting priorities and to deliver to deadlines;
• Experience of working with e-procurement and e-tendering systems;
• Strong customer service skills;
CIPS Qualified with strong Local Government experience

Interim Traded Services Manager, School Improvement
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
NL14612
Location:
South East
Salary:
£500 - £600 per day
Duration:
6 - 9 months

The Client
Our client is a large Local Authority in the south east.

The Interim Assignment
As part of a wider transformation and restructuring of Children’s Services, our client is redesigning their model of school improvement delivery. This is moving from a fairly traditional but lean school improvement structure to one where the Authority takes on the role of strategic commissioner and broker to enable school to school support as well as support from external providers to tackle poor performance. This traded service needs to be established to go live in April 2015 and will likely also include Governor Services. The Authority already trades other services successfully and this will be a standalone traded service.The interim manager will have 360 degree responsibility to establish the service from concept to go live.

The Interim Manager
It is crucial therefore that the interim manager has experience of having set up other traded services in a Local Authority context, ideally including services to schools. A detailed background in school improvement is not required, but candidates must be able to evidence:

•   Prior experience of leading the establishment of a Local Authority traded service from start to finish
•   Understanding of cost models, business planning, budgeting and income generation
•   Marketing, PR and communications experience in the context of establishing a traded service
•   Strong stakeholder engagement experience – both internal Local Authority stakeholders and external partners, for example commissioned service providers and customers

This is an interesting and challenging opportunity because of the tight timescales and number of schools involved. We would ask that you only apply for this role if you are confident you meet all of the above criteria. 

Interim Head of Joint Commissioning – Learning Disability Services
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
NL14435
Location:
London
Salary:
£500 per day
Duration:
6 months

The Client

Our client, a leading London Borough, is looking to recruit an interim Head of Joint Commissioning for their Learning Disability Service for a period for 6 months.

The Interim Assignment

The Interim Head of Joint Commissioning is responsible for jointly leading the Strategy and Commissioning service for the CCG and the Council, reporting to the Assistant Director of Commissioning.

The Interim Manager

The successful Interim Head of Joint Commissioning will be able to demonstrate clear evidence of delivering a successful strategic commissioning service specifically in Learning Disability Services. You will have extensive experience in providing leadership and direction, and have a strong ability to gain the trust and support of Members, senior managers and service users / family groups.

To be considered for this role you must have at least five years’ experience at Head of Service or AD level, delivering commissioning services for Learning Disability Services in a Local Authority setting. Candidates who can evidence a track record of joint commissioning with health partners would be preferred. It is imperative that candidates demonstrate extensive knowledge and understanding of the trends, developments, political and legislative issues currently relevant to Learning Disability Services. It is important to point out that Mental Health Service commissioning is not in the scope of this role.

Interim Performance & Business Intelligence Manager
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
NL14519
Location:
East of England
Salary:
Circa £500 per day depending on experience
Duration:
Circa 6 months

The Client

Our client is a large Local Authority in the East of England which has recognised that it needs to improve significantly the way it gathers, analyses, disseminates and exploits information to support decision making and to improve public services. Cabinet agreed recently to establish a business intelligence function, recognising that strong, effective and joined up intelligence systems and processes needed to be at the heart of the Council. Therefore the existing Performance, Planning and Partnership service is currently being restructured with, at the same time, the creation of this new Performance and Business Intelligence Service. There is a critical link between this new service and the Council’s ICT strategy for itself and the region.

The objectives of the service are to:

• Lead strategic analysis and research which supports decision making, helping the Council commission and monitor services now and for the future

• Sourcing, collation and analysis of data and evidence to support commissioning, performance management and improvement, change and transformation

• Work with service leads to forecast demand

• Significantly improve the Council’s understanding of its customer and user base through analysis of users and potential users of services

• Setting, monitoring and managing the council’s performance framework

The Interim Assignment

The Interim Performance & Business Intelligence Manager will be tasked with leading the implementation and embedding of the new service as the Council moves towards having a fully integrated business intelligence function. This will be a period of significant change for the existing staff group, through which you will need to demonstrate strong leadership ability. The link with ICT is crucial, and it is essential that the interim works closely with ICT colleagues to ensure that the new intelligence service is fit for purpose.

The Interim Manager

As a senior manager, the Interim Performance & Business Intelligence Manager will have strong leadership credentials and have a proven track record of leading a similar service through a significant period of change and transformation. You will have a background in performance and data analysis, and leading a business intelligence and performance function to support transformational change, accurate forecasting, service design, commissioning and improved performance. It is expected that you will have led a similar function in a large Local Authority setting.

Interim Assistant Director, Adult Services & Safeguarding
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
NL14488
Location:
London
Salary:
£600 per day
Duration:
6 - 9 months

The Client

Our client is a high performing London Borough with an ambitious agenda to drive through significant changes to deliver service improvements, address the Better Care Fund agenda and reducing spending in line with 2015 / 16 targets.

The Interim Assignment

As Interim Assistant Director of Adults, your primary focus will be on the day to day management of an £87m service area with approximately 1000 staff. Performance is strong, but there is an emphasis on delivering continuous improvement in front line service provision (particularly in learning disability services) and ensuring robust procedures are in place for adult safeguarding. Strong financial management expertise is a must.

The Interim Manager

The Interim Assistant Director of Adult Services & Safeguarding will without exception have significant second tier leadership experience in the management of high performing adult social care services. It is anticipated that candidates will have a social work qualification. Preference will be given to candidates who can be on site 5 days per week.

Interim Improvement Programme Manager - Looked After Children & Children Leaving Care (Local Government)
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
NL14518
Location:
South East
Salary:
£450 - £600 per day
Duration:
Up to 24 months

The Client

Our client is a Unitary Local Authority in the South East who - following an inadequate inspection outcome for looked after children and care leavers - is seeking a highly competent programme manager with a proven track record of developing and leading the effective delivery of transformational change and pathway redesign to achieve accelerated improvement in outcomes for children looked after and care leavers.

The Interim Assignment

The primary objective of the transformation programme is to ensure that looked after children and care leavers are provided with a consistent and high quality experience throughout their journey in the care system and into adulthood. The scope of the programme includes young people on the edge of care and the development of approaches to maintain young people in the community wherever it is safe to do so.

You will report to the ADs, Directors and the Transformation Programme Board, leading the programme management activity to identify, design and implement the projects within the programme and ensure effective and timely implementation. Key outputs include:

• Model and implement new service pathways, through effective analysis of activity, financial and outcome data.

• Make proposals to redesign the market are required achieve improved outcomes for customers within increasingly limited resources.

• Monitor programme progress and the achievement of expected outcomes, identifying risks and blockages to progress and actions to mitigate these.

• Manage, maintain and deliver the Programme Communications Plan

• Assist the Service to manage the relationship between the various stakeholders within and outside of the Council.

• Provide transparent and effective channels to allow stakeholders to raise programme issues and risks

• Compile and present reports to the Transformation Board, the Improvement Board and other governance boards of the council as required.

The Interim Manager

This is a critical role in the Council’s improvement of outcomes for children and candidates will therefore have a proven track record of transformation, service modelling, and programme management in children’s services. You will ideally have led similar transformation initiatives in other Local Authorities and will be fully familiar with Looked After Children and Care Leaving Services in the context of the current national agenda. The emphasis is on transformation and delivering a complex programme of change rather than operational management, but subject matter expertise is important. You do not need to hold a social work qualification, although it is likely that preference will be given to those who do. An offer of a contract will be subject to passing a DBS and references to include your most recent interim assignment or employment.

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