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  • Assistant Director of Economy & Place - Shropshire Council - Closing Date: 9.00am 28th August 2020 - West Midlands

    Delivering our future vision

     

    Assistant Director Economy and Place

     

    £ Competitive

     

    We’re using words such as original and surprising when describing our ambitious agenda for Shropshire.  This Assistant Director role is a key appointment to the team helping us to achieve our vision and to drive the organisation forward.

     

    Our corporate strapline is ‘Innovate to Thrive’ and we need people with the drive, creativity, passion and ambition to ensure that we have the right plans, resources and processes in place to deliver them. If you are ‘can do’ and have an outcome focused approach carry on reading…

     

    We are looking for a corporate player who can create energy around the wider place based agenda, and draw upon a strong track record of achievement, as well as working with and influencing the partnerships we have with the business, public, and voluntary and community sectors to bring partners and our communities with us on the journey and to ensure that our collective vision is realised.

     

    You will be responsible for some key place services and a range of truly big and high-profile projects that will influence the county’s social and physical infrastructure.  This is a highly strategic role with a big focus on delivery. You will be responsible and accountable for the driving continuous improvement, performance management in your services and maximising opportunities for Shropshire across the county and surrounding areas.

     

    For more information, please visit www.futureshropshire.com

     

    If you would like a confidential discussion with a Penna consultant, please contact either:

     

    David Slatter on 07500 828610 or via david.slatter@penna.com or

    Carol Coyle on 07500 887849 or via carol.coyle@penna.com  

     

    Closing Date for Applications: Friday 28th August 2020 at 9.00am

    Apply now
  • Senior Specialist Officer, Revenue Jersey - Closing Date 5pm Monday 24th August (FF/10179) -

    Reference Number: SoJ09308

     

    We are continuing to build a new future for Jersey that is more modern, sustainable and prosperous for all. It’s a future that will see people business and government come together to collaborate in a way they’ve never done before.

     

    Revenue Jersey, part of the Government’s Treasury and Exchequer Department is at the forefront of revolutionising the tax system in Jersey raising over £800 million in revenues to support the modernisation and improvement of public services for those who live, work and visit the Island. From introducing a modern digital approach to tax collection to ensuring the jurisdiction becomes an exemplar in meeting international standards we are on a mission to become best in class.

     

    We have an exciting opportunity for a senior specialist role in our Tax Policy & Technical Unit to join a small, talented and committed technical team. The role is a pivotal one in supporting the Treasury Ministerial team, Council of Ministers, Treasurer of the Government of Jersey and the Comptroller of Revenue in making informed decisions about taxation policy for the Government of Jersey. You will help support strategic initiatives and legislative changes in relation to the Island’s tax policy and provide technical advice and research assistance to the Deputy Comptroller of Revenue.

     

    You will be a qualified tax specialist with a strong focus on supporting changes to tax policy, complex technical work and law drafting. You will be accustomed to dealing with domestic and international tax affairs and will have deep knowledge of relevant revenue laws and income tax principles and jurisprudence from a common law jurisdiction.

     

    A credible, confident individual you will be able to represent Revenue Jersey internally and externally, at a domestic and International level. Your communication skills will be exceptional, and you will have the resilience and ability to deliver competing priorities with pace and precision.

     

    For further information on the roles go to www.oneteamjersey.gov.je. For an informal and confidential discussion, please speak with our advisors at Penna; Roger Russell on +44 (0)7710 701570 and Claudia Sousa on 44 (0)7763 580368

     

    Closing Date: 5pm 24th August 2020

    Apply now
  • Director, Regeneration & Economy, Walsall Council (Close date: W/C 21st September) (FF/10177) -

    £81,647 - £94,208 + benefits

    Relocation Scheme

     

    Put your all into Walsall

     

    When it comes to regeneration, we operate in a competitive field. You’ll strengthen our plans and business cases to attract greater support and investment. It’s a complex role that’s not just about physical regeneration. You will lead our Planning Services and will be challenged to revive our high streets, post-Covid-19. At the same time, you’ll provide strategic direction for a range of services that cover Housing, Cultural Assets and Economic Growth. With highly supportive Members and an ambitious region, there’s much to look forward to – including the task of bringing our PROUD transformation Programme to life.

     

    We are building for the future and our new management team will bring and develop their experience across a range of corporate work. You will need proven strategic, operational and commercial skills and importantly you will be ready for the challenge.

     

    Degree-educated (or equivalent), analytical and a strategic thinker, you have already delivered relevant strategies, combining short-term reactive work with shrewd long-term planning. All this combined with strong Programme management experience you will have the credibility to lead teams and influence, build on and further develop strategic partnerships at regional and national level.

     

    Join us in giving our all, and put your all into Walsall.

     

    For further information, please visit: http://www.proudwalsall.co.uk/

     

     

     

    Apply now
  • Director, Place & Environment, Walsall Council (Close date: W/C 21st September) (FF/10176) -

    £81,647 - £94,208 + benefits

    Relocation Scheme

     

    Put your all into Walsall

     

    This is a great opportunity for you to apply your expertise in a wide-ranging, far reaching role.

     

    Leading a large team of frontline staff, you’ll head up everything from Clean & Green Services to Traffic Management, Highways Maintenance and Leisure. There are major projects ahead too including the re-opening of rail links, plus key responsibilities such as Emergency Planning and Carbon Reduction. And then there’s our PROUD transformation Programme and PROUD methodology, which you’ll embed across your services.

     

    We are building a new management team in the directorate. To be successful you will need proven strategic and operational experience at a senior level. You will be able to demonstrate highly developed commissioning and commercial skills but you will also be keen to develop them more.

     

    Degree-educated (or equivalent) and an analytical thinker, you will have delivered Place, Environment or Leisure strategies, combining short-term reactive work with shrewd long-term planning. With this background, you will have the credibility to lead large teams and influence our partners. You will also need an understanding of our PROUD transformation Programme. This is vital and we will be testing what you know about our new ways of working, our culture and our corporate values.

     

    Join us in giving our all, and put your all into Walsall.

     

    For further information, please visit: http://www.proudwalsall.co.uk/

     

     

     

    Apply now
  • Director of HR, Organisational Development and Administration, Walsall Council (Close date: W/C 21st September) (FF/10175) -

    £81,647 - £94,208 + benefits

    Relocation Scheme

     

    Put your all into Walsall

     

    As Director of HR, OD & Administration, your skill and experience in a similar role will be critical to lead on our new ways of working, thinking and delivering. You will strategically lead and advocate change across the workplace, you will re-envisage our HR structure, drive change and shift culture. You will need to understand cloud based electronic system capability and will help further embed our new cloud based Oracle ERP/HCM system aligning this to our PROUD transformation Programme and methodology. At the same time, you’ll modernise services and direct the Council’s Administration function – while winning the trust and respect of elected members, employees and partners.

     

    As the strategic HR lead, you will be used to managing large scale projects that span organisational boundaries, delivering fundamental transformation. You will be CIPD-qualified at diploma level and have proven specialist HR knowledge. Your expertise will cover HR policy, employment law, organisational culture, equality, diversity and inclusion however, it’s your resilience and people skills that really set you apart. Able to inspire teams and connect with Members, you’ll understand the political landscape and instill the highest standards.

     

    Join us in giving our all, and put your all into Walsall.

     

    For further information, please visit: http://www.proudwalsall.co.uk/

     

     

     

     

    Apply now
  • Director of Finance, Corporate Performance & Corporate Landlord, Walsall Council (Close date: W/C 21st September) (FF/10174) -

    £81,647 - £94,208 + benefits

    Relocation Scheme

     

    Put your all into Walsall

     

    As our organisation changes, Finance must change too. You will lead the PROUD transformation Programme across finance and ensure our teams are able and ready to support a revitalized, highly focused Council.

     

    There’s plenty to build on. Stable systems for payroll, pensions and accounting supported by new technology such as our recently launched Oracle Cloud based ERP finance system “OneSource”. Some areas within finance need more attention including strategic financial planning, estates and asset management.

     

    As Deputy S151 Officer, you’ll need technical expertise, commercial acumen and a developed understanding of what is required when working in a political environment.

     

    You will need to be a current senior finance manager with tried and tested skills to succeed in this role and you must be prepared for the challenge ahead. You will understand complex strategy, be able to provide corporate financial advice and you will lead our teams to perform at their very best. You’ll also be a member of a professional accountancy body, with developed knowledge of local government finances, income and expenditure.

     

    Join us in giving our all, and put your all into Walsall.

     

    For further information, please visit: http://www.proudwalsall.co.uk/

     

     

     

    Apply now
  • Director of Customer Engagement, Walsall Council (Close date: W/C 21st September) (FF/10173) -

    £81,647 - £94,208 + benefits

    Relocation Scheme

     

    Put your all into Walsall

     

    This service is ultimately the external face of the Council. Our customers are our residents and their experience when accessing our services on a day to day basis is how we are judged. Their experience is our reputation.

     

    Our new Director of Customer Engagement will lead our teams and ensure the services we provide get it right, are fit for purpose, that we go the extra mile and can be accessed by all. The model you create will be mirrored and embedded across the Council and will be our template for the future.

     

    You will design, promote, align and implement the model using our PROUD transformation Programme and PROUD methodology to introduce a new customer access and management model starting with our Customer Experience Centre. With vision, innovation and some impressive influencing skills, you’ll take the model Council-wide, enabling customer-facing teams to adopt our thinking.

     

    You’ll have more than proven experience – you’ll have insight into what customers want. And you’ll have the drive to provide it by inspiring colleagues and Council partners. Collaborative, creative and ready to do things differently, you’ll see the bigger picture and excel at matrix management.

     

    Join us in giving our all, and put your all into Walsall.

     

    For further information, please visit: http://www.proudwalsall.co.uk/

     

     

     

    Apply now
  • Director of Communications & Brand Marketing, Walsall Council (Close date: W/C 21st September) (FF/10172) -

    £81,647 - £94,208 + benefits

    Relocation Scheme

     

    Put your all into Walsall

     

    Our Plan is in place. Our PROUD transformation Programme is ready for action and now we need someone to join our management team who will champion the cause.

     

    You will lead a highly experienced and knowledgeable service and “mastermind” our communications strategy. You will be culturally aware, ensuring we connect appropriately with all service users, our diverse local communities and local businesses, enhancing our brand at every opportunity. At the same time, you’ll reach out across the Council through compelling internal communications and ensure our workforce are engaged and informed.

     

    With a wide range of experience in a similar role, you will lead on communication strategy and be someone who will roll up their sleeves to ensure our message is delivered.

     

    Logical and analytical, you will have the ability to shape the communications team and think creatively. You know how to exploit Council-wide resources through smart matrix management and superb internal engagement. And because you understand the local government landscape, you’ll be adept at building fantastic relationships. With attention to detail the hallmark of your communications, your high standards will create a consistent and compelling brand.

     

    Join us in giving our all, and put your all into Walsall.

     

    For further information, please visit: http://www.proudwalsall.co.uk/

     

     

    Apply now
  • Executive Director, Resources and Transformation, Walsall Council (Close date: W/C 21st September) (FF/10171) -

    £124,848 - £131,090 + benefits

    Relocation Scheme

     

    Put your all into Walsall

     

    We are looking for an Executive Director of Resources & Transformation who will be the Single Responsible Officer for our PROUD transformation Programme and who will put PROUD at the very heart of the Council. Working closely with colleagues across the Corporate Management Team, you will lead on culture and thinking, deliver wide ranging improvement and create high performing services. As our Section 151 Officer, you will be responsible for all things financial and a substantial, complex budget.

     

    A qualified accountant, educated to degree level or equivalent, you will know how to manage local government finances in a post-Covid-19 world. You’re highly developed financial planning and management skills will enable you to provide financial compliance and reassurance, your trusted robust financial advice will enable us to deliver the Councils objectives. You will understand assets, debts, reserves; the balance sheet and the bigger picture.

     

    A commercially astute professional with public sector knowledge, you’ll be more than up to the task.

     

    Your credibility as a leader with this background, will win the support of Members, partners and stakeholders across the organisation and beyond, leading change with one unified voice. Analytical and articulate, with excellent people skills, you’ll have a track record in public service delivery – and the drive to be part of something special.

     

    Join us in giving our all, and put your all into Walsall.

     

    For further information, please visit: http://www.proudwalsall.co.uk/

     

     

     

     

    Apply now
  • Executive Director - Adult Social Care, Walsall Council (Close Date: W/C 21st September) (FF/10161) -

    £124,848 - £131,090 + benefits

    Relocation Scheme

     

    Put your all into Walsall

     

    Working collaboratively with trusted colleagues across the corporate management team as one of four Executive Directors, you will be a key senior manager responsible for Adult Social Care, Public Health, Commissioning and Communications; modernising services and strengthening partnerships.

     

    You will lead and develop Adult Social Services and enable them to deliver the very best care for all in our local communities. You will have extensive knowledge of Adult Social Care and delivery models, with a sound insight and understanding of the challenges faced in the Public Sector and of the demographic change and impact of aging populations on social care strategy. Using your extensive knowledge and initiative you will lead the directorate on its PROUD transformation Programme journey and using PROUD methodology, you will lead our Council Hub, which develops Council policy, procurement, quality assurance and strategy.

     

    We expect you to have some impressive expertise and a track record of successful social care management at a senior level. You will need to show us your potential and be able to show the credibility, strategic vision and the leadership skills needed to win the trust of a range of partners, stakeholders, teams and colleagues.

     

    Join us in giving our all, and put your all into Walsall.

     

    For further information, please visit: http://www.proudwalsall.co.uk/

     

     

    Apply now
  • Director of Legal Services - Derbyshire County Council (Closing date: Monday 24th August) (FF-10122) -

    Pay Grade 18 £89,929pa to £98,924pa (pay award pending)

     

    Location: Derbyshire

     

    We’re truly ambitious about building on our success to date and becoming a much more modern and effective council. We are focused on delivering best in class services that help make opportunities for our residents and community as well as a great place to live and work.  We’re also committed to improve and reform both our services and our culture to meet our communities’ changing needs. Good governance is key to this and we now need a Director of Legal Services to support our transformation and help accelerate our progress.

     

    As Director of Legal Services you’ll be a key member of our leadership team. We need to make sure governance is of the highest standard as our Council responds to our residents and stakeholders and as wider local government change gathers pace. As our Monitoring Officer and qualified solicitor, you’ll be at the forefront of modernising legal services. You’ll play a key role in our drive to be recognised as an ‘enterprising council’, shaping the organisation to expand our range of delivery models, challenging any inefficiencies and being more commercial and proactive with our residents and communities.

     

    You’ll lead the strategic development and management of legal, democratic, administrative and governance services to the council, providing legal support on complex corporate and strategic issues. Your approach and style will be collaborative, innovative, commercial and you will bring an understanding of alternative service delivery models. A proactive approach to problem solving is a vital part of creating success in this role as is building trusting relationships with senior officers and members.

     

    Derbyshire is a wonderful place to live, visit and work. The post will be based at County Hall at Matlock in the heart of the Derbyshire Dales. It is anticipated that the successful applicant will play a guiding influence in the appointment of a new Assistant Director to report into this role as that process progresses too.

     

    Please click apply to download the JD.

     

    For an informal discussion about the role please contact our retained consultants at Penna: Rob Naylor on 07922 417550 or rob.naylor@penna.com or Pete John on 07701 305617 or pete.john@penna.com

     

    Closing date: Monday 24th August 2020

     

    Apply now
  • Director of Education and Skills - Telford & Wrekin Council (Close Date: Monday 28th September) (FF: 10039) -

    Salary scale: £89,097 - £98,000 per annum.

     

    Location: Telford, but the jobholder may be required to work at home or in any location within the Borough’s boundaries.

     

    The Council’s Children’s Services have become the first in the Midlands and the first outside of London to transform services from “requires improvement to be good” to “outstanding.  This is not the end of our journey, we will continue to innovate, develop and improve to ensure that children and young people are safe and have the best possible start in life.

     

    We have successfully worked with head teachers and school governors to promote education excellence for all children and young people and we are ambitious in tackling underperformance.  Over 90% of our primary schools are judged good or better by Ofsted and we hold the ambition that every child will have a sense of belonging in their school or setting and that there is the right support in place to enable them to succeed.

     

    We will improve their life chances as an adult by building safe and strong communities, access to housing, a strong economy with better jobs and quality apprenticeships.  We believe that we can improve peoples prospects through our ambitious plans.

    As a Director you will lead dedicated teams, you’ll inspire, influence and drive partnership working with new approaches and innovation to build on these foundations and achieve our plans.

     

    You will have proven experience of strategic and operational management and leadership of a range of education services in a complex and fast changing organisation focused on customers and the community.

     

    As you can see, we will have high expectations of the person we appoint to this post. Still interested? That’s great; we’ll look forward to hearing from you

     

    For more information please visit www.telford.gov.uk/newdirectors

     

    Please click apply to download the candidate briefing pack.

     

    For further information or confidential discussion, please contact David Slatter on 07500 828610, David.slatter@penna.com OR Carol Coyle on 07500 887 849, carol.coyle@penna.com

     

     

    Closing Date: Monday 28th September 2020

     

    Apply now
  • Chief Executive, Central Bedfordshire Council (Close Date: Friday 21st August 2020) (FF/10134) -

    Chief Executive

    Central Bedfordshire Council

    £Competitive Salary

     

    289,000 residents and 62 villages and towns.

    Ready to be our Chief Exec? It’s all in a day’s work.

     

    Yes, we’re a council, but we face the same challenges every business does - balancing costs and income, investing in the right places and delivering great results. Except it’s all about our 289,000 residents. We’re continually striving to improve their lives and to make Central Bedfordshire a great place to live and work. That’s where you come in.

     

    As our Chief Executive, we know you won’t settle for anything less than what’s right. That’s how you’ll realise our greatness - and your own. You’ll learn from what’s gone before, admire our resilient spirit and make the very best of Central Beds.

     

    With the desire to future-proof us, you’ll shape our 2050 vision. It’s something that everyone will be excited and inspired by. And with a commercial mindset, you’ll balance our costs and incomes and focus on our economic recovery.

     

    One of your main aims will be to generate inward investment, focusing on the growth and regeneration of our homes, schools, businesses and jobs. You’ll also review how services are delivered, maximise tech and apply the learnings from recent challenges. With your expertise, we’ll quickly invite business and investment to the area. Plus, you’ll make big changes that will put the customer first. This’ll see you leading the development of a new operating model.

     

    It’s a big job. But with your impressive background and great financial and commercial acumen, you’ll effectively lead Central Beds. A strategic visionary, you’ll articulate our ambition and passion – exciting everyone about our future. And with excellent leadership skills, you’ll truly inspire confidence and empower everyone. In short, you’ll be bold and challenging, while making sure we reach the very best outcomes.

     

    For you, being our next Chief Executive is all in a day’s work.

     

    To speak to our retained Penna consultants, please call Ben Cox on 07809 374692 or Julie Towers on 07764 791736.

     

    To find out more, please visit: findyourgreatness.co.uk

     

    Apply now
  • Executive Director Children and Young People - Bury Council - Closing Date: 17th August 2020 at 9:00am (FF: 10148) -

    Outstanding opportunity

     

    Executive Director Children and Young People

     

    Up to £126,989

     

    Bury Council is going through an exciting period of change. To support our strong political leadership we have developed a new senior leadership team that is setting the pace and the vision for the future for the benefit of all who live, work, learn and relax in the borough. For our Children and Young People’s Services, it means a journey to be outstanding. To do that we need stand out leadership – that’s where you come in.

     

    We are preparing for the next Ofsted inspection which will clarify what we need to do, recognise the work already done and build on this strong base to achieve high quality social care as standard practice; to work closely with all our partners and to make the most of our single commissioning structure with health. There’s work to do in some areas like SEND, children’s mental health and the skills agenda, but we have a strong reputation for the quality of our education offer and refocusing on these relationships will be paramount to achieve our ambition of strong integrated neighbourhood working across the system.

     

    This is a corporate role, so we want our leader in Children and Young people’s Services to be able to contribute as widely as possible with our neighbourhood focus and ensuring we have effective financial controls in place.

     

    If you are the person to lead us to outstanding and have a passion for the place as well as it’s people, we would like to hear from you.

    For a confidential discussion, please contact Helen Alwell on 07809 905467 or David Slatter on 07500 828610 at our recruitment partners Penna.

     

    For further information please visit www.leadingbury.co.uk

     

    Closing date: Monday 17th August 2020 at 9:00am  

     

    Apply now
  • Head of Street Scene - Hertsmere Borough Council Closing Date: 21st August 2020 (FF:10144) -

    Salary from £71K to £80K

    Based in Borehamwood

     

    At Hertsmere, we are passionate, ambitious and determined to deliver the best level of services for our residents. Reporting into the Executive Director, you will have a genuine opportunity to help us achieve our vision through shaping and implementing services that deliver our ambitions.

     

    To take on this rewarding challenge, it’s vital you have considerable waste management expertise at a senior level, clear strategic vision and commercial acumen. You will bring a strong track record of service improvement across waste, parks and parking services.  

     

    You will be a forward thinking inspiring leader, able to manage and develop services, working closely with elected Members, to deliver our key priorities.  We recognise and value commitment and hard work and are looking for a determined individual to drive forward our Street Scene Service, to help us deliver our ambitions for the borough.

     

    For more information please call Robert Naylor on 07922 417550 or Ben Cox on 07809 374692 for a confidential conversation.  

     

    To download the candidate briefing document please click apply below.

     

    Closing date 21st August 2020

     

    Apply now
  • Area Director Adult Social Care, Surrey County Council - Closing Date: Friday 28th August (FF/10140) -

    Area Director Adult Social Care (Mid Surrey)

    Salary: £80,977 - £92,278

     

    In Surrey, we’re embarking on a new and exciting devolved way of working. We are ambitious about improving the health and wellbeing of residents and building prevention and early intervention programmes to stop needs escalating. Reporting to the Executive Director of Health, Wellbeing & Adult Social Care, this role will be key to making this happen.

     

    Our strengths-based approach has already brought about significant improvements and we are more aligned than ever with our colleagues in health to drive forward positive change for some of the most vulnerable members of our community.  

     

    As an Area Director, you will be responsible for delivering a range of adult social care services to improve outcomes for adults with disabilities and older people. You will play a vital role in developing the new models of care and ways of working that will improve patient and service users experience.

     

    We are looking for someone who is innovative, forward thinking, steeped in Adult Social Care experience, and who shares our ambition for our communities. This is an ideal opportunity to bring about lasting change for the County as well as enhance your future development.

     

    Visit https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/areadirector to find out more or If you would like a confidential discussion with a Penna consultant, please contact Chris Barrow on 07500 888102 or Carol Coyle on 07500 887 849.

     

    Closing Date: Friday 28 August 2020

     

    Apply now
  • Director of the MRC Human Immunology Unit - University of Oxford - Closing Date: 12.00 midday, 31st August (FF/10139) -

    Director of the MRC Human Immunology Unit

    Investigative Medicine, Radcliffe Department of Medicine, MRC Human Immunology Unit, MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, John Radcliffe Hospital, Headington, Oxford

     

    Salary: Competitive

     

    The role of Director of the MRC Human Immunology Unit is an exciting opportunity for an inspiring academic leader to set the unit’s future scientific agenda and develop the excellent training environment that the unit already provides. The Unit Director will be expected to maintain their own internationally leading scientific programme within the unit whilst managing and motivating others to deliver outstanding research.

     

    Located within the MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine (MRC WIMM), with access to state-of-the-art research facilities including genomics, single cell analysis, genome engineering, imaging, computational biology and FACS, the MRC Human Immunology Unit is supported by a quinquennial award of some £20m over 5 years from the Medical Research Council.

     

    The successful candidate will be recognised as an internationally leading and innovative scientist of the highest calibre with exceptional leadership and management skills, whose ultimate research goal is to improve human health. They will further the development of translational research into human health and will contribute to the environment of academic excellence within the MRC WIMM and the Radcliffe Department of Medicine. The appointee will hold a PhD/DPhil, MD or equivalent with significant post-qualification research experience.

    Applications for this vacancy are to be made online.

     

    Please provide in your application details of three referees who are willing to provide a full assessment of your suitability for the post. Please note we will not request references until after shortlisting has taken place.

     

    When prompted, please provide details of three referees who are willing to provide a full assessment of your suitability for the post. Please note we will not request references until after shortlisting has taken place.

     

    In addition, please upload:

     

    A full CV and publications list;

    A supporting statement explaining how you meet the selection criteria for the post using examples of your skills and experience and a short statement setting out a vision for the Unit and its science.

     

    For a confidential discussion on the role and the recruitment process please contact: roger.russell@penna.com or call 07710 701 570.

     

    TO APPLY FOR THIS ROLE PLEASE EMAIL YOUR FULL APPLICATION TO roger.russell@penna.com.

     

    The closing date for this position is 12.00 midday on 31 August 2020.

     

    To download a copy of the candidate briefing pack, please click the apply link below.

     

    Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates who are under-represented in academic posts in Oxford.

     

     

    Apply now
  • Service Director Education, Participation & Skills - Plymouth City Council - Closing Date: 9am Friday 14th August (FF/10121) -

    Service Director Education, Participation & Skills

          

    Plymouth City Council

     

    Competitive salary, plus relocation

     

    This is an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic and customer focussed Council.

    In Plymouth we put our communities and residents first.  We value and promote innovation, and working together with partners and key stakeholders in the city. We are determined that all our children and young people will have the best start in life, and a bright future. As professional lead for Education, Participation and Skills you will have an opportunity to truly reshape the service and provide the leadership that will improve outcomes for Plymouth’s children and young people.

     

    We are focussed on working in collaboration with education leaders and schools to improve educational attainment for all children and young people, reducing the disadvantage gap, and ensuring high quality inclusive education for all. If you are a dynamic systems leader with a track record of improving educational attainment, and working with key strategic partners to affect change and improvement, we want to hear from you.

     

    For a confidential discussion about the role, please contact Rob Naylor on 07922 417550 or Ben Cox on 07809 374692. For more information about the role and to apply please visit www.proudofplymouth.com

     

    Closing date: 9am Friday 14th August 2020.

     

    Apply now
  • Service Director Finance - Plymouth City Council - Closing Date: 9am Friday 14th August (FF/10120) -

    Service Director Finance (S151)   

    Plymouth City Council

     

    Competitive salary, plus relocation

     

    Are you looking for your next challenge? Ready for a step up and an opportunity to work in one of the UK’s most sought after locations? If so, Plymouth, Britain’s Ocean City could be your next move. Not only does Plymouth offer an outstanding quality of life, we have a reputation for pushing the boundaries, driving growth and income, stimulating innovation, while making sure we put our residents and local economy first.

     

    Plymouth has a huge amount of offer but there are plenty of challenges. The implications of Covid-19 and the changing landscape of local government finances means we have to push the boundaries even further and continue to be creative with the way we work.  

     

    Working with the Strategic Director of Customer and Corporate Services, Chief Executive and elected members, you will have an opportunity to reshape the service. We are serious about modernising the way we work so we can respond to a challenging but exciting future.

     

    You will be professionally qualified, bring excellent technical capability and have an excellent track record in modernising finance functions and associated services. Whether currently in the public or private sector, you will be inspiring, driven and innovative and will be able to evidence a strong track record of leading and supporting organisational change.

     

    For a confidential discussion about the role, please contact Rob Naylor on 07922 417550 or Ben Cox on 07809 374692. For more information about the role please visit www.proudofplymouth.com

     

     

    Closing date: 9am Friday 14th August 2020.

     

     

     

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  • Service Director Regeneration & Culture - Barnsley MBC - Closing Date: 9:00am Monday 17th August 2020 (FF/10118) -

    Service Director Regeneration and Culture - Barnsley MBC

     

    Barnsley is a fantastic place in which to live, work, invest and visit. We’re an award-winning council working together with partners to improve economic, social and physical wellbeing across the borough. With exciting developments, such as the recently announced South Yorkshire devolution deal, we’re poised to deliver inclusive economic growth to benefit all our residents. And with the recently-opened Market Kitchen and the Glassworks development set for completion in 2021 we’re firmly on the cultural map.

     

    You’ll be responsible for a diverse portfolio of services which encompass the development and provision of the Council’s economic strategy, attracting external funding and support to maximise business opportunities and leading the council’s approach to tackle skills, enhance our cultural offer and address worklessness. You’ll also lead town centre delivery and regeneration including attracting new businesses, whilst managing our asset portfolio and ensuring a robust planning and development framework supports our ambitious agenda.

     

    We’re looking for someone to create a sense of place and quickly understand the Barnsley context working with a variety of partners in a high-profile leadership role. You’ll need imagination and people skills to lead your own and other teams through the development and promotion of our vision and the strategy. Your political skills, commercial acumen and influence will be paramount in working to a hugely important agenda, critical to our success.

     

    You’ll find an excellent platform for your future career by providing strong leadership and political support, a One Council approach and a culture where innovation and forward-thinking is warmly welcomed. Are you ready to lead a team contributing to a better Barnsley?

     

    For more information, visit www.barnsley.gov.uk/jobs

     

    For a confidential discussion about this exciting role, please contact our consultants at Penna: Nick Raper on 07715 690463 or David Slatter on 07500 828610.

     

    Closing Date: Monday 17th August 2020

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  • Director of Corporate Services - Lancaster City Council - Close Date: 3rd August 2020 (FF/10069) -

    Director of Corporate Services

     

    Remuneration – c£81,000 to £89,000

     

    Lancaster City district is situated in the very heart of one of the most beautiful and geographically diverse parts of the country. Our district combines the urban centres of Lancaster, Carnforth and Morecambe, each with their own distinctive characters. Our region includes areas of outstanding natural beauty as well as encompassing the new and exciting Eden of the North. The district is culturally and historically rich, with a wealth of untapped potential, and two successful universities within its boundaries. We want to create social value through a programme of sustained community wealth building against the backdrop of countless competing pressures including climate change and ever-increasing financial constraints.

     

    We now need an innovative and strategic leader who will harness and engage the skills and experience of our people to implement our programme of change and become a key figure in our progressive leadership team. The role is multidimensional requiring significant skill in blending our key resources, people and finances to create better opportunity and enable all our residents and stakeholders through an improved, environment wellbeing, economy and neighbourhoods

     

    Applying your core financial and commercial expertise in a much broader role, you will be able to interpret our strategic aspirations translating them into effective, innovative actions across a range of activity, with a collaborative, collegiate and partnering approach demonstrating an inclusive and corporate leadership style in a complex organisational setting.

     

    We have an exciting and ambitious agenda; come and join us to enjoy playing a key role achieving success for our residents.

     

    For an informal discussion about the role contact our retained consultants at Penna: Zara Watson on 07784 038037, Pete John on 07701 305617 or Helen Alwell on 07809 905467.

     

    Please click apply if you would like to download the candidate briefing pack.

     

    Closing date: Monday 3rd August 2020 at 9:00am

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  • Chief Executive - Cotswold District Council - Closing Date: 9th August 2020 (FF/10113) -

    Spark transformation. Make change happen.

     

    Whatever you might think about the Cotswolds, think again! We are.

     

    Up to £110,000 p.a.

     

    We’re changing and modernising. Under new political leadership we’ve already begun driving forward innovation, tackling the climate emergency and putting the service back into Public Service.

     

    As Chief Executive, you’ll bring energy and strategic vision to help accelerate innovation, create responsive services and benefit our 90,000 residents.

     

    Our district is a wonderful area that deserves the best from us. That’s why we’re keen to modernise quickly, working with and for our local communities. Although you’ll join us in a challenging post-pandemic climate, you’ll have the energy and motivation to make exciting things happen, from digital transformation and improved efficiency through to smart place and community thinking.

     

    Currently, services are provided by a successful and innovative shared services company in partnership with neighbouring councils. This means your role is less about managing large teams and services, and more about shaping and commissioning effective services that make the right impact.

     

    You’ll also be tackling issues such as creating genuinely affordable housing amid the climate emergency, shaping public transport with an eye on the bigger picture and leading the charge to help stimulate economic growth in our District. Digital, cyber, big data and knowledge is at the heart of our economic strategy, and these concepts should be at the heart of the Council driving that program too. The key will be to influence, collaborate and bring fresh strategic thinking.

     

    Although you may not work in local government, you’ll understand the priorities for public services. And you’ll have the leadership skills to inspire others and make change happen. Be at the front of change in the heart of the beautiful Cotswolds.

     

    For further information please click here: https://jobs.localgov.co.uk/job/144099/chief-executive/

     

    To download a copy of the job description, please click the apply link below

     

    For a confidential discussion please call our retained consultants at Penna, Julie Towers on 07764 791736 or Josh Bembridge on 07739 985 331.

     

    Closing Date: 9th August 2020

     

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  • Director Strategic Services - Guildford Borough Council (Closing Date: 9am Friday 14th August 2020) (FF/10081) -

    Director of Strategic Services

    c£100,000

     

    Shaping a Future Guildford

     

    Guildford borough is a diverse mix of town and country and both elements are equally important. We are committed to ensuring residents continue to enjoy both a sustainable town and rural economy. Our role is to protect and enhance the environment and balance the needs of all residents and visitors with the desired outcome of improved overall wellbeing. Sustainability sits at the heart of this balancing process. It is crucial that the borough remains attractive to both residents and businesses.

     

    We are passionate, ambitious and determined to move forward and to future proof our Borough for our residents. Reporting into the Managing Director, you will join us at an exciting time as we look to unlock and deliver our ambitious plans for town centre regeneration, enhanced infrastructure and sustainable growth across the borough. You will bring a strong track record of place-shaping, planning, urban regeneration and excellent partnering capabilities. You will also be resilient, driven, commercial and entrepreneurial in outlook and share our passion for delivering our vision.

     

    If you are an inspirational and motivational leader who likes a challenge and wants to work for a forward thinking and ambitious organisation…we want to hear from you.

     

    For more information about this exciting opportunity please click the apply button below to download the candidate brieifing pack.

     

    For a confidential discussion, please contact Rob Naylor on 07922 417550 or Ben Cox on 07809 374692.  

     

    Closing date: 9am Friday 14th August 2020.

     

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  • Chief Executive - Northamptonshire Children's Trust - Closing Date: 14th August 2020 (FF/10109) -

    Serving our children and young people across two new unitary councils

     

    c£155k

     

    Location: Northampton

     

    It’s an exciting time to be working in Local Government and Children’s Services in Northamptonshire. In May 2019 the Secretary of State announced the creation of two new unitary authorities and the establishment of a standalone Children’s Trust, which will deliver children’s social care, targeted early help and young offending services to these new organisations in the North and West of Northamptonshire.

     

    The Children’s Trust will allow for a single focus on improving the outcomes of children and young people in Northamptonshire and will aim to develop a culture that allows the very highest quality of professional practice to flourish, aiming to deliver at the cutting edge of new innovation.

     

    We are pleased to announce that Ian Curryer has been appointed as our Chair. As a former Chief Executive and DCS he brings valuable leadership as well as children’s services experience which will help drive our vision for improved services for all of our children and young people. We have also recruited four Independent Non-Executive Directors to join the Trust Board which is now operating in shadow form.

    Wholly owned by the councils, the intention is to launch the Trust by 1st April 2021 with a remit to deliver all children’s social care, targeted early help and youth offending services.

     

    Supported by the DfE Commissioners, Andrew Christie and Clare Chamberlain, the Chair, Chief Executive and Independent Non-Executive Directors will be key to the establishment of the Trust, working with a number of key partners including Northamptonshire County Council’s Chief Executive, district councils and in due course the two new unitary authorities.

     

    We are now looking to recruit a new Chief Executive – an individual with strong leadership skills who can help us to drive and deliver transformation and sustained improvement in these challenging times.  You will offer a strong and current understanding of the challenges facing children’s services, good business acumen and an ability to work constructively with the new Board.

     

    For more info, please visit: www.northamptonshirechildrensTrust.co.uk

    For a confidential discussion please call our advising consultants at Penna: Maggie Hennessy 07877 004648 or Helen Alwell 07809 905467

     

    Closing Date: 14th August 2020

     

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  • Director of Finance and Resources - Northamptonshire Children's Trust - Closing Date: 14th August 2020 (FF/10112) -

    Salary up to £125k

    Location: Northampton

     

    It’s an exciting time to be working in Local Government and Children’s Services in Northamptonshire. In May 2019 the Secretary of State announced the creation of two new unitary authorities and the establishment of a standalone Children’s Trust, which will deliver children’s social care, targeted early help and young offending services to these new organisations in the North and West of Northamptonshire.

     

    The Children’s Trust will allow for a single focus on improving the outcomes of children and young people in Northamptonshire and will aim to develop a culture that allows the very highest quality of professional practice to flourish, aiming to deliver at the cutting edge of new innovation.

     

    We are pleased to announce that Ian Curryer has been appointed as our Chair. As a former Chief Executive and DCS he brings valuable leadership as well as children’s services experience which will help drive our vision for improved services for all of our children and young people. We have also recruited four Non-Executive Directors to join the Trust Board which is now operating in shadow form.

    Wholly owned by the councils, the intention is to launch the Trust by 1st April 2021 with a remit to deliver all children’s social care, targeted early help and youth offending services.

     

    Supported by the DfE Commissioners, Andrew Christie and Clare Chamberlain, the Chair, Chief Executive and Non-Executive Directors will be key to the establishment of the Trust, working with a number of key partners including Northamptonshire County Council’s Chief Executive, district councils and in due course the two new unitary authorities.

     

    We are now looking to recruit the Trust’s Director of Finance and Resources –  a key individual with strong financial and business acumen who can help ensure sound probity and that money is directed to the transformation and delivery of services which will change children and young people’s lives for the better.  

     

    For further information please visit: www.northamptonshirechildrensTrust.co.uk

    For a confidential discussion please call our advising consultants at Penna: Maggie Hennessy 07877 004648 or Helen Alwell 07809 905467

     

    Closing Date: 14th August 2020

     

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