Commissioning Director: Regeneration, Housing and Investment

As outlined above, the Council has been developing a completely new way of working over the past 2 years, involving the separation of strategy/commissioning from delivery, giving delivery units the freedom and focus to deliver commissioned work efficiently and effectively more like an external company than an internal function.

A Growth and Homes Commissioning Unit is being set up under the Strategic Director, Growth and Homes to manage the interface between the council and the delivery units.  The role we are seeking to fill covers strategy, commissioning and monitoring in the areas of Housing, Regeneration and Investment.

This is a big opportunity to define the strategies and policies that will shape the future look and feel of the borough.  As well as leading the Council investment programme, the person who is selected for this role will have direct accountability for developing strategies and commissioning plans in social and physical regeneration, housing investment and renewal, employment and skills and asset management. He or she will also provide professional expertise in regeneration, housing and economic development, and assurance to the Leadership Team and Members that Council resources are being used effectively.

Barking & Dagenham is at the forefront of local government thinking in regeneration, and has recently launched Be First, a wholly-owned limited company subsidiary of the council, to drive forward the holistic regeneration of the borough.  In addition, the council has established My Place, a delivery unit of the council to undertake asset management services, and Community Solutions, which will take an early intervention approach to social issues in the borough.  This role is pivotal to ensuring that these delivery units will deliver in accordance with their agreed specifications but also act in concert with each other in the best interests of the community and the council.