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Interim Director of Finance | Resources| London | £ Neg

Reports to the Chief Executive

  • provide strong, visible and long term strategic leadership and direction for the Council working as part of a single leadership team;
  • develop and agree the Council's corporate strategic plans and operational priorities;
  • determine corporate budget and resource allocation and priorities;
  • be accountable for the delivery of all service objectives in compliance with relevant legislation within the remit of the role driving changes/improvements where needed to ensure value for money;
  • act as a proactive ambassador for the Council by identifying, developing and managing appropriate stakeholder relationships (e.g. senior officers, Members, commissioning bodies and external agencies) to enable effective service delivery which meets the needs of customers;
  • motivate, lead and develop senior staff to support a culture of high quality performance and continuous improvements to achieve excellent outcomes that meet the needs of citizens within a fixed level of resources;
  • be responsible for maximising opportunities for the organisation to be the local democratic leader of public services and establish and maintain strong relationships in order to better manage public sector resources and ensure the delivery of major infrastructure projects and high quality, value for money services to citizens which fully meet their needs;
  • form strong strategic relationships with a broad range of external service providers in order to create opportunities that will help position the organisation as the market leading enabler of effective public services in the region;
  • lead and own the development of a customer insight/management strategy to ensure the Council is anticipating and meeting customer needs where appropriate.
  • lead and drive the Council's commercialisation strategy.

Statutory responsibilities:

  • S151Officer
  • Council's finances, its trading companies, investment strategy and capital programmes
  • council's pension fund
  • responsible for the strategic and effective leadership of support services, including, transformation, ICT and Procurement

Other responsibilities are to:

  • develop long term strategic plans and priorities for a complex service group to deliver upon agreed organisation strategy and objectives. Ensure that agreed service outcomes are achieved to meet the needs of internal and external customers.
  • act as a pro-active ambassador by identifying, developing and managing appropriate stakeholder relationships (e.g. senior officers, Members, commissioning bodies and external agencies) to enable effective service delivery which meets the needs of customers.
  • provide strong, visible and long term strategic leadership and direction to a Directorate  including working with the Chief Executive, Members, residents and other stakeholders to set the strategic priorities of the borough, balancing resource constraints against effective methods of meeting needs. Accountable for holding oversight of the needs of residents.
  • motivate, lead and develop senior staff to support a culture of high quality performance and continuous improvement to achieve excellent outcomes that meet the needs of citizens within a fixed level of resources. 
  • be responsible for maximising opportunities for the organisation to be the local democratic leader of public services. Establish and maintain strong relationships in order to better manage public sector resources and ensure the delivery of high quality, value for money services to citizens which fully meet their needs.
  • form strong strategic relationships with a broad range of external service providers in order to create opportunities that will help position the organisation as the market leading enabler of effective public services in the region.
  • lead and own the development of a customer insight/management strategy to ensure the organisation is anticipating and meeting customer needs where appropriate.  
  • maintain a strong overall oversight of the needs of residents, establishing strong relationships internally and externally in order to develop a full understanding of the current and future needs of local residents. 
  • have overall accountability for ensuring services operate in compliance with relevant legislation, statutory duties and council polices (e.g. procurement, health and safety, risk management), driving changes/improvements where needed.
  • lead delegated resources (people, financial etc) in order to demonstrate value for money and ensure services are delivered within agreed financial parameters.
  • where appropriate, provide leadership for the commercial development of services in order to demonstrate success in the market place and deliver service improvements to meet future service user needs.

Key skills and experience:

  • educated to degree level and qualified accountant and:
  • ability to scan long term horizon and understand implications of broader national, regional and public sector trends for the Council.
  • experience of working effectively within a political environment providing balanced advice and guidance on strategic and operational issues. 
  • ability to demonstrate successful achievement in context of leadership at an executive level in a large, diverse organisation. 
  • evidence of successfully managing the development and delivery of large-scale business plans.
  • evidence of leading sophisticated transformational change successfully in order to improve outcomes.
  • evidence of successful strategic and operational resource management including evidence of the resolution of conflicting priorities within tight financial constraints.
  • able to demonstrate success in forging partnerships with a wide range of internal and external bodies such as government, voluntary and  community sector, other public sector bodies, businesses, inspectorates and other stakeholders.

For the full job description please email Paul Carr at Bamberry or submit your CV here.

 

 


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