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Norfolk County Council

Senior Commissioning Officers (2 posts) 70392 CESE

Job description

We are looking for Public Health professionals with strong commissioning experience to join the Public Health Commissioning Team here at Norfolk County Council and play a key role in a team focused on improving the health of everyone in Norfolk.

Norfolk County Council are the main local authority for Norfolk providing services countywide to Norfolk residents. We take a lead in critical policy areas, and we work in partnership with local businesses, voluntary organisations and other local authorities in order to provide the people of Norfolk with excellent services.

Our Public Health service is dedicated to helping the people of Norfolk to be able to live in healthy places, promote healthy lifestyles and preventing ill-health. Our transformation agenda is a key County Council priority focused on prevention, reducing health inequalities and influencing healthy public policy. 

The core focus of this role is to lead and support the commissioning of a range of services that support Public Health to meet its mandatory responsibilities and priorities, and in turn to improve the health of the wider Norfolk population. Your official job title will be “Advanced Public Health Officer – Commissioning”, but you will be the lead commissioner for a dedicated portfolio that will utilise all your skills across the commissioning cycle. You’ll work with complex data to monitor trends and identify issues, you’ll work closely with procurement to help deliver the commissioning of new services, and you will be leading service development and fully involved in contract monitoring. You’ll need to maximise value and effectiveness for all services in your portfolio and will need to build strong working relationships with partners both internally and externally to achieve this. You’ll also have an opportunity to contribute to strategy and policy decisions and will help to shape the future of the Public Health service as a whole.

To be considered for the role, you will need experience of commissioning services, and ideally, you’ll have a strong interest in drugs and alcohol, complex needs and/or services relating to children and young people. You’ll need proven exposure across the full commissioning cycle, and a solid knowledge of relevant policies and strategies. You might have studied for a degree in Public Health (or a related subject), or have a wealth of experience that you could bring to this role, but more importantly you will be motivated by the desire to make continuous improvements and contribute towards positive change.

We know we’re asking for a lot, but in return we think we have a lot to offer. There’s the role itself, which offers a chance to truly make a difference to the health outcomes of the people of Norfolk. You’ll have a broad range of responsibilities within a dedicated portfolio of work and will be working with a diverse and constantly evolving population. Then there’s the working environment at Norfolk County Council, where we put work life balance at the forefront and offer flexible, smarter working arrangements, all underpinned by leading edge technology. There’s also our physical environment in Norfolk, where you will be surrounded by a unique blend of beaches, broads, countryside and culture, and will be able to make a positive impact on people every day.


We might be biased, but we think it’s a great role in a great place. If you’re still reading, and you think you have what it takes, we would love to hear from you.

We currently have two vacancies that we are looking to recruit to; one is a permanent role and one is a fixed term contract for a maternity cover. We welcome applications for either role, and we’re happy to consider people for both.

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