Graduate Commissioner (People and Place)
We’re looking for talented Graduates to join our new two-year Graduate scheme at Somerset County Council. If you’re looking for an impactful career, join us, and we’ll give you a wealth of experience and support – as you take on challenging real-world projects that improve the lives of our residents, communities and businesses in the beautiful county of Somerset.
What we can offer you
You’ll have access to a comprehensive learning and development programme that will support the development of your professional and personal competences and skills. This will include coaching, online and blended learning, using our people attributes framework, alongside wider management and leadership training.
We recognise the importance of a good work life balance and do everything we can to accommodate flexible working, including some working from home, compressed hours and other arrangements. Please just let us know in your application or at any stage throughout the process (and beyond) if these are options you’d like to explore.
Here’s what you can expect to be doing
Are you a motivated and enthusiastic graduate with an interest in shaping communities and changing people’s lives? An excellent opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic graduate to join Somerset County Council’s Commissioning Development team. You will work across commissioning teams in Adults Social Care, Children’s Social Care, Public Health and Economic and Community Infrastructure. You will be at the heart of our cross council (and increasingly system) work to develop resilient communities and services that help people to live their lives and thrive.
This is a new role within SCC that will give you a wealth of experience in local government and increasingly the local system.
We are evolving our commissioning approach so that we are more efficient and effective in the way we commission activities that cross a range of service areas. We encourage innovation and creativity.
The role will involve supporting Senior Commissioners from different services in developing and delivering commissioning activities. This will include working on projects which could change the way we deliver our services to increase equity and fairness, promote prevention, reflect carefully what people and communities tell us helps them to live the lives well.
You will also get involved with supporting the evolution of our system commissioning approach working on the development of the Integrated Care System in partnership with the NHS.
You will be supported and mentored by managers within the Commissioning Development team who will help with your ongoing professional development. There will be plenty of opportunities to learn and work with colleagues at all levels of the council and to be part of shaping the full range of services that councils offer to communities and residents.
You will be part of a wider graduate development programme which will offer you training, support and opportunities to grow. We hope to enable you to become a great commissioner with the full range of knowledge and skills to start your career in the public sector. If a relevant post becomes available when you are with us, we’d love you to stay.
A few things about you
You will be a graduate (Degree, HND or Higher Apprenticeship) and have graduated within the last 3 years.
You will be committed to a career in the public sector.
You will have research skills and be able to gather, collate and interpret data.
You will be highly literate and numerate and able to present information in a variety of ways to ensure that it is accessible to a wide range of audiences.
You will be a strong communicator and able to do this through a variety of mediums.
You will be able to demonstrate the ability to manage conflicting deadlines.
You will be familiar with Microsoft Office applications and able to use the internet effectively for research.
Salary progression details: £22,183 – starting salary
£23,541 – after 6 months
£24,982 – after 12 months
£25,991 – after 18 months
For an informal discussion regarding the role, please contact Sunita Mills, Strategic Manager: Commissioning Development, via email@example.com.
The recruitment process for the Somerset County Council Graduate Scheme will be structured into 3 stages, explained below:
• CV submission by 4th August 2021 – sifted based on entry criteria.
• Presentation: you will be asked to present on the following topic – “What do you consider to be the main challenges Somerset County Council will face in the next 3 years?” – the presentation should last no more than 20 minutes and will then be followed by up to 5 minutes of follow up questions. Presentations will be carried out over MS Teams.
• Service specific formal interview – if successful at the presentation stage, you will then be invited to attend a formal interview with the specific service you have applied to.
Dates for these interviews will be between 1st August – 15th August and will be carried out over MS Teams.
Why choose Somerset County Council
We are proud to offer an environment that is supportive and rewarding, working as part of a team who are passionate about the work they do to improve the lives of people in Somerset. We offer great training and development opportunities, with supportive management. As well as this, we have some fantastic employee benefits available:
• We promote a healthy work-life balance and offer flexible working arrangements wherever possible, including working from home.
• Generous annual leave allowance, with the opportunity to purchase additional leave.
• Staff discounts in gyms.
• Employee Assistance for the times you may need some support and a variety of employee wellbeing services.
• Auto enrolment onto our generous Pension Scheme and optional pension enhancement through our Additional Voluntary Contribution scheme.
• A Flexible Benefits Scheme via salary sacrifice to obtain a cycle for work and health screenings.
• My Staff Shop offering discounts in shops, online shopping, restaurants, cinema tickets, insurance benefits and more.
If this role is customer facing you will need to speak fluent English.