Commissioning at the council
Somerset County Council is a commissioning-led organisation. As a council, we’re increasingly focusing on early intervention rather than treating the outcome. We’re working hard to help people before they even need help – whether it’s financial, infrastructure, highways or schools. We’re a progressive authority. We’re taking a forward-thinking approach to commissioning, and we’ve learned a lot in a short space of time. We give our commissioners the freedom to experiment and grow. Because doing things differently, thinking creatively and innovatively, can deliver incredible results and save money.
While the approach to commissioning is broadly the same across all of the council’s service areas, it does become nuanced and personalised – to best reflect a service area’s specific needs and wants. One size never fits all, and that’s part of the challenge, and the reward, of working in commissioning.
Would you make a great commissioner?
Make a difference to your community. Enjoy the freedom to explore new ideas and ways of working. Set the direction for key services. Make big strategic decisions. Decisions that will affect tens of thousands of people in Somerset. It’s all part and parcel of working as a commissioner.
But don’t worry, you don’t have to be an expert in a particular service area. We look for people who can take in new information (and lots of it) and quickly get to the heart of the matter. People who are inquisitive, curious and want to dig deeper. Our commissioners come from many different work backgrounds. Some have worked in project management, for example, or in clinical commissioning.
Developing your career As a commissioner
If you take professional and personal pride in delivering services that work for people, if you love receiving positive feedback from members of the public, then you’re perfectly suited to a career in commissioning. And it’s not just the big, large-scale projects that are rewarding to work on. Seeing smaller, on-the-ground projects make a real difference to communities – nothing beats that.
If you want a job where you’re encouraged to innovative and think differently, then you should explore commissioning further. We want you to trial things. To deliver pilot schemes. To see if it works better – for us as a commissioning function and for the people of Somerset.
If you want a challenging, ever-evolving career, then just look at how we’re developing our people. We’ve established internal mini-academies. We’ve put them on bespoke, individual training courses. We’ve encouraged them to take up professional training from respected industry bodies. We’ll enable you to specialise in the area that you’re most interested in. Then again, maybe you want to move around to gain more experience and broaden your knowledge. It’s your career, your career path. We’ll help you take it in the direction that works for you.
Get in touch
We're always pleased to hear from talented people. So if you've got any questions about the opportunities that we have available in Commissioning, or if there's anything else you'd like to know before you apply (or even during the application process), please get in touch with us.Email the team
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