Governance Manager & Monitoring Officer

Taunton, Somerset
Grade K £49,432 - £50,896 per annum
02 Jan 2019
18 Jan 2019
Job role
Contract Type
Full time

Somerset West and Taunton Council

Governance Manager & Monitoring Officer

Locality base, Taunton or Williton

Salary Grade K £49,432 - £50,896 per annum

(plus statutory allowance £5,000)

37 hours per week (varied working pattern)

Job Ref No: TRS012

We aim to become a world changing organisation that delivers exceptional customer experiences and lifts our ambitions. We are undergoing a Transformational programme of change at the same time as creating one new council, named Somerset West & Taunton, which will cover the area currently administered by Taunton Deane Borough Council and West Somerset Council. With this change comes the unique opportunity to wholeheartedly transform our ways of working and we are recruiting to a leadership team that will help us move from a traditional service-based structure to a borderless and flexible way of working that is fundamentally aligned to our priorities of people, place and prosperity.

We are seeking a strategic leader with the expertise, skills and desire to shape and deliver our ambitions in our Governance function.

In this newly created role you will be responsible for leading our Governance team, which includes support for elections, democratic services and executive support, as well as the newly established PMO authority. You will develop and implement new ways of working in your team as well as across the Council. Working closely with the Strategic Board (which includes members and senior leaders), you will drive the implementation of a new governance framework that connects everything we do with our purpose. You will manage the workflow across the team to help smooth the peaks and troughs of work throughout the year, ensuring that risks around work such as elections are mitigated.  You will play a key role in helping develop the excellence of our members and explore what is possible in a new Council. You will also act as monitoring officer, with support from our legal advisors to ensure that the Council operates within the law. Your leadership will ensure that the Governance function is aligned to our new approach and ambitions.

We are excited to hear from individuals who have experience in governance, possibly gained in a local government environment, and have a track record of providing strong leadership to a team and delivering business improvements. This is a strategic and influential role that will facilitate the safe functioning of the new Somerset West and Taunton Council and will share good practice in corporate governance across the organisation.

If you have the innovative leadership, drive, expertise and vision required to transform and improve our organisation, we would like to hear from you.

For an informal chat about this opportunity please contact Christine Fraser, Head of Performance and Governance, on 01823 219724

How to apply:

Please visit to see further details of the role and to download the Application form.

Download and complete the Application form and Recruitment Monitoring forms with the Job Description. Completed Application Forms and Recruitment Monitoring forms should be emailed to or posted to HR, The Deane House, Belvedere Road, Taunton, TA1 1HE, quoting the job reference number.

Please note we do not accept CVs.

Closing date for application forms: Friday 18th January 2019 12:00pm

Interview date: w/c 28 January 2019