Commissioning Manager – Education

Salary: Up to £50,000 per annum, car allowance of £4,800 plus benefit’s

Full time 40 hours per week

Location: Scotland

If you’ve got excellent interpersonal communication skills and strong commercial awareness gained in Education, Childcare or Residential setting, we can offer you a rewarding commissioning manager role with a difference.

The Cambian Group, part of the CareTech family of companies, is one of the largest providers of specialist Education and Care services for children and young people in the UK, delivering across Special Education Schools and Colleges

Our teams are fully committed to Cambian’s goals. They understand the challenges and rewards of working with our young people and know that every day they will achieve things that really matter.

Supporting our teams across the Scottish Local Authorities, you’ll spend most of your time out in the field, providing business information to position our high-quality services with LA’s robustly, in-line with best practice. Managing a busy caseload of LA’s, you’ll be accountable for building relationships that lead to new admissions and new service development across The Cambian Group Educational Services.

This is no ordinary role. The pace is fast. There’s lots of variety. And you’ll need to be able to build strong working relationships with Key stakeholders and colleagues across the Cambian Group. Offering lots of autonomy, your role will involve developing partnerships identifying, decisions makers and influencers with Local Authorities and writing regional framework agreements and contract tenders reports. Everything you do will be fair, consistent and thorough, so we can make the right decisions for our students and the young people in our care.

Main Purpose of the role

Building deep-rooted partnerships with Local Authorities/other purchasers to identify their needs and provide business information to position our services to meet such needs. To lead the referral and admissions of students to support exceeding occupancy targets in Cambian Specialist Education Schools and Colleges

Candidate Profile

Highly organised and a great communicator, resilient with a flexible approach. A real team player, you should also be:

  • Suitability qualified to a degree level within a similar environment
  • Proven track record for delivery of complex projects, working across organisational boundaries and service development.
  • An analytical mind, methodical approach and keen attention to detail
  • Good prioritisation skills and the ability to meet deadlines
  • The flexibility to travel across the location, staying overnight where needed
  • The ability to put people at ease, gather vital information and maintain confidentiality.

This post will require National travel, therefore a car driver is essential.

The successful candidate will have to meet the person specification in order to be offered this post.

About us:

We are the Cambian Group, the largest independent provider of care and education for children and young people. We believe that everyone has a personal best. Those we care for and those who care for them. You will find that you are part of a close, supportive team, all focused on achieving the best outcome for everyone.

Requirements for an Enhanced DBS and reference checking will be undertaken in line with government regulations and safer recruitment best practice. Whilst we endeavour to keep the recruitment process as short as possible due to the nature of these important checks it may extend the processing time.

All young people are equally entitled to have their needs met in a fair and balanced way. Cambian Group employees are responsible for promoting equal opportunities for all and for challenging any behaviour or practice which discriminates against any young person or colleague on the grounds of race, religion, disability, age, gender, sexual orientation or any other perceived difference.

We will conduct online searches of shortlisted candidates. This check will be part of a safeguarding check, and the search will purely be based on whether an individual is suitable to work with children. As care must be taken to avoid unconscious bias and any risk of discrimination a person who will not on the appointment panel will conduct the search and will only share information if and when findings are relevant and of concern.

If you’re pragmatic and self-motivated with undoubted integrity, make the most of this opportunity to enjoy a rewarding career.


Location: Paisley, PA1 2BH

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