Careers in the Adults Commissioning Service

At West Sussex we want every adult to have the opportunity to live a good life in the place they call home, with the people that they have grown to appreciate and enjoy.

About us

The Adults Commissioning Service is a key part of the Adults Services Directorate in West Sussex County Council. It helps to ensure that people can access appropriate and good quality services which enables them to live their lives as independently as possible. Our service is split into three areas:

  • Older People Services - commissioning services and solutions that support people at home where possible. It also includes residential services for people with complex needs who are no longer able to live in their own home and a range of services that support people when they are discharged from hospital.
  • Lifelong and Working Age Mental Health Services - ensures people with lifelong conditions or disabilities and those with mental health issues are supported in home-based and residential services.
  • Enablement and Independence Services - supports people to remain independent and include areas such as carers support, reablement and equipment, as well as providing quality assurance and support for the care provider market.

As a service, we proactively engage with people and organisations to improve the services and solutions available. We think creatively to develop innovative solutions and respond to challenging circumstances. We listen and do not exclude or treat people unfairly. We reflect on our practice and we are constantly learning.

We have recently reorganised our Adults Commissioning Service to ensure that we have the right structure and people to deliver our strategy and ambitions, which is why we currently have exciting opportunities to come and join our dedicated and passionate teams.

Our roles and benefits



We have the following opportunities across the Adults Commissioning Service:

  • Commissioning Lead (Grade 12) £43,516 - £46,549
  • Senior Commissioning and Contract Officer (Grade 10) £35,411 - £38,296
  • Quality Assurance and Market Support Officer (Grade 9) £32,020 - £34,723
  • Commissioning and Contract Officer (Grade 8)
    £28,371 - £31,099

Some of the key responsibilities of these roles include:

  • analysing data and information to creatively plan services that meet our current and future needs for adult social care services
  • build trusted relationships with a range of stakeholders, including the NHS
  • design customer and outcome focused services ensuring the voice of our customers is heard throughout
  • source and procure services to deliver effective arrangements that represent value for money
  • work alongside and support our contracted providers to continuously improve how services are delivered so that people are supported in the most effective way
  • work with providers to support them to grow and develop to provide sustainable and good quality services across the county.

For more details on our roles, select the View and apply link below.



We offer an extensive range of wider benefits which include:

  • annual leave of up to 31 days, depending on job title and length of service, plus the ability to buy additional annual leave
  • an excellent local government pension scheme - life insurance is equal to three times your salary for those in the pension scheme
  • flexible and mobile working opportunities supported by our technology
  • access to our high quality training and continuous professional development opportunities which can be tailored to your needs
  • fantastic support for you and your family, including a tax-free childcare scheme, career breaks and access to health and financial wellbeing schemes and benefits
  • a range of commuting and business travel discounts and initiatives, including car leasing.

Further information can be found on our Rewards and benefits page.

About you

We are looking for people who have a real focus on developing customer centred services that support people to remain as independent as possible and to live the lives they want to lead.

You will be solution-focused with the ability to think creatively. With highly developed communication skills, you will also be excellent at working collaboratively and in partnership with others to be able to achieve the best outcomes.

A message from our Assistant Director

“My name is Catherine Galvin and I lead the Adults Commissioning service in West Sussex County Council along with our three Heads of Service.

I am very proud of my teams, particularly of what they have achieved during the pandemic. Commissioning is a unique service and is at the forefront of developing how we ensure we have the right support available for people at the right time. We have excellent relationships with our partners across West Sussex and together we embrace a culture of collaboration and person-centred practice.

As we move into our next phase of development, it’s really important that our workforce has the skills and abilities to deliver a great commissioning service. Good quality practice underpins our success along with a constant desire to learn and improve the services that we offer to the residents of West Sussex.

Please do get in touch if you want to know more about what we do and the career opportunities we have available, we would love to hear from you.”

Catherine Galvin, Assistant Director, Adults and Health

View and apply

For more information on the requirements of our roles, select the ‘View and apply’ button below.

View and apply (external link)


Find out more

For an informal conversation about our opportunities, please contact Matt Birch, Head of Commissioning.

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