Countywide Operations Manager

£57,024 - £59,621
28 Sep 2020
18 Oct 2020
Job role
Contract Type
Full time

Salary: £57,024 - £59,621

The advertised salary includes a supplement (JWC) to the base grade of the post. JWC supplements are conditional on the physical demands and /or working conditions of the role

Hours: 37 hours per week

Workbase: Countywide, to be agreed

Contract: Permanent contract

Cumbria County Council are looking for an experienced, inspirational and motivated individual to join us Countywide Operations Manager. This is an exciting opportunity for the right person to lead the delivery of the Council’s Highways Operations Teams and to drive the service transformation.

It's a great time to work in Cumbria. Across the county we're working in new ways with partners to support Cumbria's communities to thrive and fundamentally change the way we work as an organisation. It's our drive to build fresh relationships, which look across organisational boundaries, emphasise our strengths, and focus on what makes a difference for people, which makes Cumbria such a stimulating and dynamic place to work.

The Role

As Countywide Operations Manager, you will lead the Council’s multi-disciplinary Highways Operations Teams; programming and delivering agreed programmes of highway maintenance in line with the Highway Strategy. You will develop the formulation of short-term and longer-term plans for the Service, considering and supporting the annual business plans and budgets for this area.

You will providing expert professional advice on behalf of the Council, as well as developing and implementing relevant Highways and Transport strategy, determining compliance of Council policy and regulatory frameworks. You will liaise with both our external and internal stakeholders, and provide guidance to Senior Managers, Members and other officers as required. This will include producing reports, presentations and briefings.

The Service

We are a top performing local highways authority, and we have been successful in securing additional funding this year for Highways Delivery which means for 2020/21 we have:

*Pothole Fund  £17.9m

*Highway Maintenance Block £21.7m

*Highway Maintenance Block Incentive £4.5m

*Resilient Roads £5m

*Integrated Transport Block £2.5m

In addition to this, we have been working with the District Councils to secure public realm and highways related funding through the Town Deals and High Street Funds, along with the recent Cycling and Walking Funding, with more funding announcements expected.

Who we are looking for:

The ideal candidate for this role will have worked at a senior level in operational management, demonstrable experience of leading a multi-disciplinary team, and a comprehensive knowledge of all relevant Highways and Transport issues and services. We are looking for someone with substantial experience working with partners and external agencies, as well as political awareness and the ability to communicate and influence effectively.

A relevant degree or NVQ level 5 in an appropriate discipline is essential, as is experience of managing complex issues, programmes and contracts.

Interview Information

Closing date: Sunday 18th October 2020

Interview date: w/c  26th October 2020

Due to the coronavirus, we are operating both in-person and virtual interviews. Virtual interviews will preferably be undertaken using the Microsoft Teams software which, is currently free for new users, however if there are any issues with accessing this technology, we are happy to discuss alternative arrangements prior to the interviews.

Options will be discussed with candidates once they have been invited to the interview stage of the process, and if you have any concerns or adjustments are needed, we are happy to discuss.

What we can offer you

Cumbria County Council is a modern, vibrant place to work offering a range of staff benefits, including:

*Excellent training and development offers

*Flexible working opportunities

*Opportunity to join the Local Government Pension Scheme

*Various perks and discounts scheme including money off your phone contract and local gyms

*Competitive rates of pay

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