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This is an exciting opportunity to join Warrington Borough Council as we move forward with the development of local special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) services. In this role you will work closely key stakeholders (families, young people, schools and professionals) to manage implementation, monitoring and evaluation of commissioned services for children and young people with SEND, ensuring that these arrangements deliver value for money and improved outcomes for young people.

You will work within the SEND team at Warrington Borough Council and report directly to the SEND service manager.

The role

We are looking for a dynamic and proactive SEND Commissioning Manager who will manage procurement and contract arrangements for external SEND services and have oversight of commissioned placements with independent education providers. You will manage a small SEND commissioning team ensuring commissioned services provide value for money. You will develop positive working relationships with a number of external education providers to ensure positive outcomes for learners with SEND in Warrington.

Key information

This role is 37 hours per week. You will be located at 1 Time Square

What's needed?

The successful candidate will:

  • Have experience of inter-agency working
  • Have good interpersonal skills
  • Have experience of developing specifications and managing contracts
  • Have experience of managing budgets and ensuring value for money
  • Be able to evaluate options and find effective solutions
  • Have the ability to write and present reports to a range of audiences
  • Demonstrate the ability to work under pressure and achieve deadlines
  • Have experience of procurement and the commissioning of external services
  • Have a good working knowledge of the Microsoft Office suite including Microsoft Excel


As well as a competitive salary, working for us means you get:

  • 26 days annual holiday - raising to 31 after 5 years of service (pro-rata)
  • Access to our attractive and competitive benefits package
  • Access to our Health & Wellbeing Programme

Key dates & further information

The closing date for application is 06 June 2024.

For a discussion about this opportunity, please contact Chrissy Skermer by email.

DBS clearance is required.

The ability to converse at ease with customers and provide advice in accurate spoken English is essential for the post.

If you are a permanent WBC employee you will need to apply for this fixed term position as an internal secondment opportunity and will need to discuss this with your current line manager prior to applying.

DBS clearance is required.

Warrington Borough Council is a Disability Confident employer