Assistant Director Strategy, Commissioning and Transformation

Birmingham City Council


  • Location


  • Job type


  • Sector

    Local Government

  • Salary/Remuneration

    £103,975 - £127,371

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    23 January 2022

  • Client

    Birmingham City Council

Ref: GSe81928

‘Everyone is a leader, and everyone is a learner’

Birmingham City Council is looking for their new (Assistant) Director of Strategy, Commissioning & Transformation. This is an influential role in one of the biggest local authorities in Europe, working at pace to be a 21st Century Council. For this directorate, it means delivering and achieving the best possible outcomes for children and young people in Birmingham so that they are enabled to thrive and achieve their full potential.

Reporting to the Executive Director of Children Services, Sue Harrison, you will be part of the Leadership of Children’s Services, working together with young people, parents, and key stakeholders to reshape and improve our directorate. You will also be a system leader, working with our partners across Birmingham to reshape and improve our local system for supporting your children and young people and enabling them to thrive.

This is a broad portfolio with the responsibility for all children and young people living in Birmingham. This role offers the opportunity to deliver improved outcomes for children across education, health, and care. It also comes with the responsibility for and management of a large team with associated budgets. Key deliverables include improving the quality, experience and outcomes for children and their families and mobilizing the whole system in Birmingham to do this effectively.

To succeed in this role, you will need to be somebody who has children and young people at the very heart of your values and professional practice. You will be comfortable as a true systems and inclusive leader working across the organisation and with both strategic local partnerships. You will be driven to deliver quality services to support the education and skills development of the young people and children of Birmingham enabling them to access opportunities, meet their potential, and thrive.

The development and implementation of a five-year strategic plan will be central to delivering on this ambition. A strong track record of strategy development and implementation, supported by evidence of transformation and cultural change will be essential. You will be an outcomes focused people manager skilled at managing diversity and operating in a complex environment.

As the Directorate’s Commissioning lead, a working knowledge and understanding of commissioning in the social care, education and health space is essential, ensuring quality, value for money and social value is delivered across all services. You will be driven by data, monitoring, and assessing performance, and use this in collaboration with others to shape best practice.

This is an important role with huge responsibilities. One where you can shape a service which has the potential to make the biggest impact in and across the lives of children and young people both now and in the future.

In return, you will be able to join and shape a committed and values driven team. Working under the direction and support of Sue Harrison you will be joining the directorate as we begin our transformation journey and have the opportunity to shape our vision and strategic plans which will deliver improved outcomes for children.

With new Chief Executive Officer, Corporate Leadership team, and committed members pulling in the same direction, this is an exciting time to be joining Birmingham.

Birmingham is looking for someone with the ambition, drive, tenacity and resilience to see this incredible opportunity through. If you are someone who understands the children’s, education and commissioning landscape, are keen to push boundaries, to find innovative solutions that meet the needs of today and the challenges of tomorrow and are keen to lead one of the biggest transformational projects in local government, we would like to hear from you.

To find out more please view our Cohesion statement at Birmingham Community Cohesion Statement | Birmingham City Council

For further information please contact one of our advising consultants at GatenbySanderson, Charlotte Croffie on 07551 566195 or Sian Roberts

Recruitment Timetable

Closing date
23rd January 2022

Long listing
26th January 2022

Preliminary interviews
2nd February 2022

Short listing
10th February 2022

Final panel
21st February 2022

How to Apply

  • Please submit your CV along with a Supporting Statement addressing the person specification criteria, evidencing how you meet the criteria.
  • Detail any employment or education gaps.
  • Be ready to provide the names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees; one should be your current or most recent employer. Referees will be contacted for those proceeding to final stages. We will always gain your permission before we contact referees.
  • Let us know any difficulty you may have with the indicative timetable.
  • Check that your contact details are correct before you submit.

Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email confirmation. If you do not receive, please email


Charlotte Croffie: 07551 566 195