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The Role

Deputy Director: Neighbourhoods
c. £100k

This is a key role within the council, leading on a number of high profile, public-facing service areas, including:

  • Libraries & Communities
  • Leisure, Parks & Open Spaces
  • Environmental Services
  • Parking Enforcement (Shared Service with Bromley)
  • Highways, Traffic and Infrastructure

Therefore it’s essential that whoever takes on this role can demonstrate a proven understanding of the dynamics of leading frontline operational services, and the scrutiny and attention that is part of such a role. We have already commenced on the retendering of our Waste and Maintenance contract, and this will be an immediate priority for the new postholder. The ability to quickly bring yourself up to speed on this process, and to add value in the specification of a new contract as well as the evaluation and negotiation with bidders will identify you as a strong candidate. It’s highly likely that your own professional background will be in either Waste or Highways, but it’s equally important that you can present the wider leadership skills that will enable you to manage performance effectively outside of your own area of professional expertise.

As you’d expect, this portfolio of services comes with considerable interest and attention from a range of stakeholders. Proactive communication and engagement with elected members and other community representatives will be key to success.

You’ll be part of a management team that has been restructured to encourage devolved responsibility – so there is real scope for someone who is keen to grasp new opportunities and extend the breadth and diversity of their experience. We are a small team with much to do, and our capacity to deliver relies on a shared, can-do approach and an ability to quickly transform good ideas into action on the ground.

It’s important that you offer technical expertise and an adaptable leadership style. Previous experience of managing high value contracts, ideally in frontline operational service areas will be of real value. And you should bring an ambitious, collaborative working style that will help you to win the confidence and trust of others so that you can work collectively to meet high expectations.

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