Assistant Director for Economy career opportunity
Salary: up to £94,978 per annum
At Worcestershire County Council, our main goal is to ensure that Worcestershire is a fantastic place in which to live and work. Our philosophy is based around our People Values, which focus on putting our customers at the heart of everything we do, being proactive to achieve excellence, and having the courage to make constructive change. This philosophy and way of working is at the heart of everything we do, and shapes our aspirational and ambitious Corporate Strategic Plan.
About the role
When you join us in this high profile role, you’ll be a key member of our Chief Officer Group, and take operational responsibility for a number of functional areas. Inspiring and influencing leaders and decision makers across our organisation, as well as partners and other stakeholders, you’ll lead, generate and nurture innovative solutions within a reducing budget. We’ll also expect you to deliver sustainable transformational improvements across the Council, and commission services that result in the implementation of positive outcomes.
You’ll have a wide range of corporate responsibilities, including leading the development and implementation of policies and strategies that support efficiency savings, flexibility and continuous improvement, and delivering outcomes within available resources. You’ll also act as an expert adviser on people-related issues, and ensure we maintain an outcome-focused approach to managing our providers and developing new markets. You’ll also have a number of specific accountabilities, including advising the Council on economic strategies. You’ll also lead our net-zero programme, work on digital connectivity and grant-funded economic development initiatives, and on our future skills strategy.
With a Level 6 qualification such as an Honours degree or its equivalent in a relevant subject or technical discipline, you’ll have plenty of senior strategic leadership experience in a similar organisation to ours, and a track record of leading, improving and transforming major service areas. With a good understanding of the challenges of operating as an Assistant Director in a large, democratically led organisation, you’ll be ready to support major cultural change, possess high level political awareness, and be capable of handling significant budgets.
Skilled at securing funding and developing partnership arrangements, you’ll have the ability to manage mutually beneficial relationships while motivating and developing individuals and teams to deliver positive outcomes. A highly visible leader with the vision to inspire our organisation to improve and achieve its key objectives, you’ll have a clear customer focus and understand our overall approach to delivery. Calm under pressure, and able to balance conflicting priorities while managing your time efficiently, we’ll expect you to be comfortable with the pressures, responsibilities and high level of accountability that come with this role. You’ll also demonstrate the highest standards of personal integrity, show respect for others at all times, and support our equalities agenda.
What we can offer
At Worcestershire County Council you’ll enjoy a fascinating career with an organisation that always strives for excellence, both for our local residents and our staff. As such, we can offer you plenty of professional support and development opportunities, underpinned by a great work-life balance and a highly competitive benefits package. We’re an equal opportunities employer, and welcome applications from all suitable candidates, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability or age.
Closing date: midnight Sunday 1 October 2023
Interview: 12 October 2023
Assessment: If you are successful at first interviews you will be required to complete personality questionnaires and attend a 75 minute video call with a Business Psychologist. Timings to be confirmed.
Final Interview: 26 October 2023
To apply please send your CV along with a covering statement to firstname.lastname@example.org