Executive Director - Place

Blaby Permanent £84,452 - £95,764 per year
  • Enhance your career, by leading on pioneering place shaping schemes
  • Join an ambitious, cohesive and effective Senior Leadership Team

About Our Client

Blaby is a Council committed to continually improving the Blaby District making it a great place to live, work and visit.

Blaby District Council are committed to building a Council that is not only in tune with the rapidly changing times but also possesses the creative adaptability necessary to overcome the challenges the Council will face.

Blaby's future holds immense promise.

Blaby is focused on bringing about meaningful change that improves the lives of real people in practical ways. Whether it's addressing climate change, improving digital accessibility to our services, promoting health and well-being, fostering economic development, or nurturing both our rural and urban treasures, they will tackle these challenges simultaneously, making Blaby District a thriving and harmonious community.

In the coming years, Blaby District is set to undergo significant change. Its population will grow, commuting patterns will shift, and businesses will evolve. To ensure that these changes are positive and that our communities continue to flourish, proactive and effective planning is crucial. The Council acknowledge that due to the financial challenges ahead they will need to make some difficult decisions, but each decision they make will be aligned with the vision outlined in their Plan.

Their Plan lays the foundation for the Council to shape a prosperous and sustainable future, preserving the character of Blaby District and maximising opportunities for everyone. Together, they will create a better tomorrow for Blaby District, building on the shared vision and commitment of our community.

Job Description

The Executive Director - Place will have responsibility in their directorate for services including, Planning, Assets, Leisure, Community Development and Economic Development. The Blaby District needs their Executive Director of Place to have commercial acumen, so as to gain best use and value from the Council's assets. The responsibilities of this exciting role will include the following.

  • To lead a group of services and group managers - setting direction, establishing priorities, building capacity, maintaining focus, delivering value for money and continuous improvement.
  • As a member of the Senior Leadership Team to demonstrate and promote a culture of ambition, excellence, responsibility and high standards across the council.
  • To act as an external champion for the Council to partners, businesses and the community so that the district thrives and grows sustainably.
  • To work in partnership with other agencies to develop and deliver efficiencies and service improvements and attract inward investment.
  • To lead of the delivery of our major projects.
  • To work closely with the chief executive, the executive directors and group managers to deliver a single team approach to leading staff, governance and delivering priorities.
  • To support and advise members of the Council, Cabinet, Planning, Scrutiny and other meetings on relevant matters.
  • To deputise for the Chief Executive as required.
  • To drive a system of performance management and improvement across the Council.
  • Identify and lead, alongside all Directors, the Council's transformational priorities including commercial opportunities to make the Council more financially resilient.
  • Ensure that all statutory duties and roles within the remit of the Directorate are fulfilled including those that relate to housing safety, environmental and regulatory services.
  • Ensure the Council continue to 'punch above its weight' nationally, regionally and locally through its economic, regeneration and strategic priorities.
  • Take on a full and active, cross-cutting role in leadership of the Council acting to maintain the corporate wellbeing of the organisation.
  • Work closely with Elected Members to drive forward opportunities and developments and actively engage Elected Members in shaping excellent services.
  • To ensure equality of opportunity and fairness in terms of Access to Services and employment and to support the delivery of the equality standards.
  • To develop and implement governance protocols to facilitate the consistency and effectiveness of shared service delivery.
  • To engage in Strategic Partnerships and associated forums to ensure the District Council's commitment to the Blaby District Council's Corporate Plan is delivered.
  • To lead on the development of policies, training, procedures and guidance which support the delivery of good safeguarding practice within the Council.
  • Appraising and advising on commercial opportunities and financial targets, which safeguarding public money.
  • Challenging and supporting decision makers by ensuring policy and operational proposals with financial and procurement implications are affordable and provide value for money.

The Successful Applicant

We are looking for a positive, motivated and passionate leader to drive the Place function forward. Someone who can help realise the potential of the council's assets. There are really exciting projects to grasp and drive forward as the Executive Director - Place.

We don't have strong views around your professional background but you will already be operating at a senior level and be able to demonstrate your ability to lead teams, deliver complex projects, appreciate the needs of our communities and have business acumen.

What is essential with this post is that the applicants has an in-depth understanding of local government and the challenges ahead and an in-depth understanding of the public sector operating environment and the challenges ahead.

We need someone who has proven delivery at a senior level, leading and managing major change in a complex service delivery environment. This leader will need to able to evidence that they have managed significant resources, delivered transformational chance and via partnerships have achieved change and improvement.

The Executive Director needs be highly skilled at negotiation, influencing and communicating. We need a proven leader, who is a completer and finisher. A passion for getting the best out of your team, providing high quality customer focussed services and have excellent interpersonal skills to engage with members, officers and the public alike are all essential skills.

We need someone who has delivered effective long term corporate strategies in a complex organisation and can react and make the right decisions in a timely manner, whilst maintain the highest standards of corporate governance and ethical behaviour.

The successful applicant will be able to evidence continual professional and managerial development, including a management qualification.

You would need to be able to drive and have your own vehicle for work related travel and when required have the ability to work outside of normal office hours, usually on a planned basis.

What's on Offer

The Executive Director - Place opportunity offers an individual the opportunity to join an organisation that is truly making a difference to the entire community of Blaby, but particularly the most vulnerable.

It is a council that champions innovation, a positive can do attitude and best practise.

This role is a salary brand 13-14, £84,452 to £95,764.

The package includes:

  • Essential Car User Allowance = up to £1,239 per annum
  • Mobile
  • One professional subscription
  • Annual leave = 26 days rising to 31 days after 5 years continuous service
  • Benefits package including, Employee Assistance Programme/Local Government Pension Scheme. Further details available on our Blaby website.
  • Hybrid working available
  • Flexitime
  • Local Government Pension Scheme

If you feel that you have the skills to make a difference and lead this incredible service area, please apply today.

Blaby District Council is committed to equality of opportunity for all, and we welcome applications from all diversities. We are committed to the employment and career development of disabled people and those in the Armed Forces, and therefore as a Disability Confident Employer and to show that we commit to the Armed Forces Covenant, we offer a Guaranteed Interview Scheme. Further information can be found on our jobs page.

The closing date for this role is the 4th December.

Assessment centre's will be held on the 18th & 19th December in person at the Blaby District Council Head Office.

Applicants are required to also submit a cover letter with their CV to address the following "Why are you interested in working for Blaby, why are you interested in this role and what will you bring to this role?"

Cover letters can be submitted with your CV as a single document or emailed to [email protected] at the point of application.

If this role is of interest, please reach out on the details provided below.

Contact: Joe Glendon - 07467000056

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