Chief officer: finance, performance & change
While we recognise the need to continue to transform some services, overall we are in a good position. Our overall strategic aims for this role are to continue to bring in a balanced budget; to play a meaningful part in everything the council undertakes; and to ensure that investment is directed to our priorities to achieve our vision of one council working together to improve lives.
This newly redesignated role will report directly to our Chief Executive and the successful candidate, as the organisation’s s.151 officer, will be a key member of the Corporate Management Board. Assuming responsibility for aligning the council’s financial resources with its corporate change programme, the post-holder must be ready to take a leading role in responding to the challenges of the future.
A key early priority will be to ensure that the finance function – and a financial mindset – is increasingly held at the heart of the organisation. Finance is a key part of the engine that drives performance and change, so we’re looking for candidates who can influence effectively at all levels, in a way that persuades colleagues that you understand the detail of their services too.
Achieving rapid credibility with peers and members will be critical, so you must have first-class technical skills and the ability to advocate for change. Close experience and understanding of the pressures common to public service, as well as those which might be unique to a given service, are also essential. Positive, a problem-solver and adept at assessing risk, you’ll model an approach that maximises opportunity while maximising scarce resources.
While those with different backgrounds are encouraged to apply, it will be crucial that you understand how to operate within a democratic process: there will be a considerable amount of exposure to elected members, often on contentious issues, and you must be able to manage those relationships with skill and integrity.
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As the organisation’s s.151 officer, the successful candidate will be a key member of the Corporate Management Board.