Strategic Director of Place

Ebley, Stroud
c £80,000
01 Aug 2019
06 Sep 2019
Job role
Contract Type
Full time

Imagine the possibilities

Here in Stroud district, we’re achieving more each day. We’re the best performing council for recycling in the South West and have just won a National Recycling Award for sending the least amount of waste to landfill of any local authority. We are adding to our council housing stock and delivering around 120 affordable homes every year. We were the first carbon neutral council in Europe and have committed to achieving a carbon neutral district by 2030. Our award winning canal restoration scheme is breaking new ground. Ambitious projects are enhancing a beautiful region with a rich heritage. Just imagine what we could do if we improved and built an even stronger team... We’ve got plenty of ambitions – and you can make them happen. Join us as a Strategic Director to shape the future of an amazing district.

We’ve set out clear priorities for the future in our Corporate Delivery Plan and are working on an action plan to respond to our recent LGA Corporate Peer Challenge, which identified the Council’s potential as an exemplar leader of place. You’ll help deliver our priorities and actions by working as part of a strong corporate team to lead the Council, working closely with the Chief Executive and elected Members.

You’ll also lead vital services. These will include Environmental Health, Planning  and Building Control, as well as rethinking what the Council needs to do to promote Tourism and Economic Development. You will lead on improving local prosperity and working towards achieving a carbon neutral district by 2030. There are some fantastic projects in the pipeline – canal-focused regeneration for one – but you’ll need to think strategically to make the most of the opportunities.

The key is to build and shape the Directorate so it can perform at its very best. Naturally, you’ll need to use your excellent people skills to inspire and lead your teams. In fact, communication and collaboration will be key to your success as you work Council-wide, while engaging with partners, communities and businesses outside the organisation.

There’s so much potential in our area and you’ll see all the possibilities. A skilled senior manager, you’ll have impressive strategic vision and motivation to match. You’ve built your expertise working in at least two of your service areas and developed good knowledge of budgets, programme delivery and driving economic growth. Now you’re ready to make your mark – and you’ll do it through collaboration and by championing a One Team culture.

We’ve got so much to be proud of. And so many exciting things to come. Help make Stroud district a better place to live, work and visit.

For a confidential discussion please contact our consultants at Penna, Anthony Hopkin on 07500 042272 or Ed Harper on 07540 706307

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Closing date for receipt of applications: 9am, 6th September 2019.