Care Purchasing Team Leader

£36,984 - £38,881 yearly
  • Buckinghamshire Council
  • Aylesbury, UK
  • 16 Nov, 2020
Full time Public Sector and Government Purchasing and Procurement

Job Description


An exciting opportunity has arisen in the Care Purchasing Team as the Team Leader.

Managing a team of placement officers, you will be responsible for the sourcing and administration of external placements for children and young people requiring a placement. 

You will ensure that placements meet the needs of the children and young people by having knowledge of care providers in and out of county and the services they offer.

You will coordinate the day to day service delivery of the team, liaise with all stakeholders and provide reports and updates to the senior management team when required.

The Care Purchasing team is very busy and you must be able to remain calm under pressure, ensure team productivity and coordinate an integrated approach to sourcing the most suitable placements.

About us

In April 2020 Buckinghamshire Council became the UK’s newest council and the residents of Buckinghamshire will be served by a single, unitary council.

Buckinghamshire is an ambitious, rapidly growing county, and our economy is one of the strongest in the country. It is an area of outstanding natural beauty and ranks as one of the top rural areas to live in the UK and yet it is incredibly well connected– only an hour from London on the train. The county has a rich history and heritage and is the birthplace of the international Paralympic movement.

We are looking for motivated, ambitious and inspiring people to join us on our journey. Not only will you be an integral part of the unique and exciting transition through the unitary process, you will also be entitled to a range of different benefits to make sure you are happy both at work and at home.

About the role

Main responsibilities and duties:

  • To manage the day to day service delivery of the Care Purchasing Team
  • To keep the unique and individual needs of the young person at the centre of everything when sourcing suitable placement options for them
  • To effectively manage referrals and ensure completion of tasks allocated to Placement Officers
  • To line manage a team of Placement Officers through supervision, performance management and ensure appropriate training is identified and completed in line with individuals DSPs
  • To lead on the ongoing development of the service to provide an effective and sustainable service
  • To negotiate placement costs whilst ensuring the quality and safety of placements and value for money is not compromised
  • To lead on sourcing complex placement needs ensuring they meet the needs of the young people requiring a safe and secure placement
  • To communicate appropriately with stakeholders, responding to requests in timely manner in line with service quality standards

For full details, please see the job summary attached.

About you


  • Degree level qualification or equivalent professional experience
  • Relevant professional qualification or equivalent experience
  • Comprehensive knowledge and experience of the market place within Buckinghamshire
  • Understanding of roles and responsibilities of partners in the identification of eligible needs and the most cost effective way to meet these
  • Excellent negotiation skills
  • Experience of line managing a staff team
  • Ability to work in partnership with others
  • Excellent organisational skills

For full details, please see the job summary attached.

Other information

This role is mostly office based from Walton Street Offices, however, there will be occasions when the post holder will be required from another office location such as Wycombe Area Office or Amersham Area Office. The willingness and ability to travel, either using own vehicle or public transport is essential.
Closing date: Wednesday 2 December
We reserve the right to close the vacancy once we have received sufficient applications,
so please be advised to submit your application as early as possible. Previous applicants need not apply.

Our values

We have a set of values, which our employees have chosen, that represent what we are – Proud, Ambitious, Collaborative and Trustworthy.

By joining Buckinghamshire Council, you can expect:

  • a fair and inclusive culture
  • the chance to really make a difference to those around you
  • health and well-being initiatives including an Employee Assistance Programme, Mental Health First Aiders and mindfulness workshops
  • a unified voice through our Employee Representative Group
  • ongoing support, and the opportunity to develop and progress in your career with us
  • opportunities to take part in fun activities such as fundraising and social events

About the Business Unit

We are looking for talented and driven individuals to help us achieve the best outcomes for our children, young people and families in Buckinghamshire. Our key priorities include continuing to protect vulnerable children and young people harm, whilst sustaining an environment where social work practice can thrive. Through our vital work with our partners, including The Buckinghamshire Safeguarding Children’s Partnership, we continue to improve our collective response to children and young people who have been exposed to domestic abuse, exploitation, substance misuse and mental health issues.

No matter what role you take on in our Children’s services, you will be part of a team who is dedicated to supporting children and their families to achieve their full potential.

We recognise and reward you

Hard work and success deserves recognition. That’s why we pride ourselves on the benefits we give our people. We actively encourage a good work-life balance and promote flexible and agile working arrangements. We provide discounts on various Cafés, restaurants, shops and auto enrolment onto our generous Pension Scheme. We also offer a salary sacrifice personal car lease scheme and the opportunity to gain membership to Costco. We have discounted gym memberships, Travel discounts with Arriva and Chiltern Railways and much more.