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Strategic Director and Assistant Director Recruitment

Foreword by Simon Geraghty, Leader of the Council

Worcestershire has one of the fastest growing economies in the country. Our ambition as the County Council is to continue to drive growth by working with partners and showcasing the county as an excellent place to live, visit, work and invest

Simon Geraghty, Leader of the Council

Worcestershire is home to over half a million people and covers 672 square miles. Stretching from the edge of Birmingham in the north, to the Cotswolds in the south.

Much of the county is rural providing easy access to the countryside with stunning scenery. This enables those who live in the County to achieve a great work life balance that is hard to achieve elsewhere.

Worcestershire has particular strengths in advanced manufacturing, agri-tech and IT. It is home to the biggest cluster of cyber security businesses outside of London.

Nationally and internationally recognised companies base themselves here including: Worcester Bosch, Halfords, Morgan Motors, Yamazaki Mazak, QinetiQ, Specsavers and GTech.

Worcestershire is recognised as one of the best places in the UK to start up a new business.

The county has low unemployment and a skilled and well-motivated work force. The University of Worcester was ranked the top in the UK this year for the quality of education that it provides.

We are making sure that record investment is being delivered into the county’s roads, rail and digital infrastructure. Worcestershire Parkway will open up access to Cross Country services as well as providing better connectivity to Oxford and London. Road schemes including the Worcester Southern Link Road and the A38 improvements in Bromsgrove are enabling growth.

The County Council has an annual net budget of more than £330 million. We oversee around £1bn of public expenditure every year.

Our priorities are clearly set out in our plan for the county, Shaping Worcestershire’s Future:

  • championing open for business
  • supporting children and families
  • protecting the environment
  • promoting health and wellbeing

Our aim is to work proactively with partners to act and speak as “One Worcestershire”, as an outward facing and self-confident county that plays an active role in the Midlands and beyond.

Our role as a Council is changing to improving Worcestershire as a place and helping people find the solutions they require to the problems they face. We are constantly looking to improve the way we achieve better outcomes and positively shape the county’s future.

We shape our decisions around those areas that our residents and businesses tell us are most important to them. We are an innovative council that looks for new and more efficient and effective ways of doing things. In everything we do we seek to deliver excellent value for your money.

Foreword by Paul Robinson, Chief Executive

We’re on the cusp of far-reaching change. We’ve locked down an ambitious, commercially-driven corporate strategic plan, and now we’re creating a Chief Officer Group of leaders to deliver a wide-ranging organisational redesign that will improve lives across the county long into the future.

Paul Robinson Chief Executive

The Strategic Director for People will play a critical role in the county’s future success by taking the lead on adult social care and public health and by being lead commissioner of Worcestershire Children First, the new company launched by the Council in October to deliver children’s services. The Strategic Director for People will help to shape the workforce of the future across adult social care and public health and drive greater alignment with NHS partners.

We want someone with experience of running social care who can manage adult social care and the demand issues it brings, lead on innovation and look at how we can do things differently and work with the NHS through the long-term national plan. Children’s services are well advanced along an improvement journey and the Strategic Director – through Worcestershire Children First – will be expected to oversee the continued progress.

The Strategic Director for People will work closely with the new Director of Public Health, who will take forward an approach very much driven by community engagement and working with communities to improve population health and aligning services with the NHS.

At the heart of the Council’s redesign is a transformation programme that will modernise working practices and create even more effective local services.

The Assistant Director for Transformation and Commercial will be someone with first-hand experience of successful delivery. We really need somebody who has done transformation from beginning to end – someone who has lived it. They will understand the commercial agenda and procurement but it’s the transformation element that is most important.

Digital transformation runs to the heart of the Council’s agenda and the Assistant Director for IT and Digital will require a combination of technical expertise around technology and an understanding of how IT can drive an organisation to be different and better.

They will work closely with the Assistant Director for Transformation and Commercial. They will be able to develop our digital front end and provide insight into what’s available on the market that meets our needs and is within budget.

With the Council adopting an increasingly innovative and commercial approach, the new Assistant Director for Legal and Governance must be able to balance pragmatism with the confidence and knowledge to ‘hold the line’ around legal requirements. Legally qualified, they will be strong under pressure and be an enabler who is willing to work with elected members to explore different solutions.

Successful candidates for all five roles will discover the County Council provides the ideal environment for self-starters who are eager to rethink what local government can be and do things you want to do, rather than things you have to do.

Worcestershire is a fantastic place to live and work, we have a great natural environment, good schools and great connectivity. Although we have issues and problems to solve, no single thing is over-dominant or overwhelming like it can be in some places.

What I’d say to candidates is this is a chance to join a relatively new management team that’s fundamentally about making things better by working in a cohesive way. There will be opportunities for change and to do things you have always wanted to do in local government.

Good luck.

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