Head of Strategy

Kensington and Chelsea, London (Greater)
£53,600 - £72,600 per annum
21 Jan 2021
04 Feb 2021
Job role
Head of Service
Contract Type
Full time

About Us:

Connect our performance to the priorities of our communities.

In Kensington and Chelsea, we have an ambitious Council Plan which sets out our priorities for the next four years. It is directly shaped by the Council’s biggest ever ‘conversation’ with residents and puts community involvement at its heart. Our brand new Corporate Strategy team is drawing together expertise and experience from across the organisation to ensure a strong collective response. Embedding lessons learnt and recovering from the pandemic will be top priorities.

We’ll do this by gathering evidence and intelligence, and strengthening performance management across the Council. We will also co-ordinate delivery of the Council Plan through effective programme management, and ensure the Council achieves its ambitions on equality, diversity and inclusion. It’s work that will potentially set the course of the Council for many years to come.

The Role:

These are uniquely challenging times, from which we want Kensington and Chelsea to emerge stronger and better. You can make it happen. With a focus on social value as much as business performance, you’ll not only identify where we need change, you’ll help to make it happen. Working across the organisation, you will guide and support the planning, long-term development and effective delivery of our strategic ambitions. Expect to champion the use of evidence and insight from across our diverse communities, to lead and manage priority projects and programmes, and to develop local partnerships to assist in delivery.  

Success will depend on your ability to understand the borough’s specific issues and the complexity of the multi-faceted organisation that will deliver to them. You’ll also need to build the profile of the new Corporate Strategy team and help to establish its credibility with colleagues, council members, partner organisations and local communities.

Please refer to the Job Description for more information. 

About You:

Both energy and experience will be essential to fulfil the demands of this key leadership role and drive our organisation forward. You will have demonstrable experience of developing and delivering cross-organisational strategic objectives, most likely in a public sector context. This will be supported by proven experience of collaborative working with a range of different people, both inside and outside the organisation. Along with the ability to manage large-scale transformation programmes, you’ll have the capacity to mentor and motivate a small team. 

Comfortable balancing a range of different priorities and working at pace, you will be capable of providing trusted support, critical challenge, advice, and insight.  A strategic thinker and a strong communicator you will be ready to exert influence at the most senior levels.

In return, you can look forward to a package that includes a competitive salary, a high-quality pension scheme and generous annual leave plus bank holidays.

Role Requirements:

•    Overseeing effective performance and reporting framework for monitoring the Council Plan. This is so that key meetings and stakeholders receive high quality and timely management information to support decision-making as well as looking at evidence and insight to identify what we want to do differently 
•    Establishing and developing strong and effective working relationships at all levels of the organisation, with the ability to successfully challenge and effectively support the delivery of complex, multi-faceted programmes of work.
•    Supporting a local strategic partnership to work alongside internal and external partners. 
•    Leading a team of Senior Project Managers, Policy and Project Officers and Senior Data Analysts. 

We work in partnership with Hampshire County Council (HCC) who deliver many transactional services on our behalf. Although most communications will be from HCC, all selection and appointment decisions will be made by RBKC. Certain services are shared across more than one Council area to nearby neighbouring Authorities. This enhances delivery and reduces costs. Your recruitment information will advise if your remit extends beyond RBKC.

We will primarily contact candidates by e-mail throughout the recruitment process, please monitor your email junk / spam folder as our system generated emails may be allocated to these folders by your email settings.

We engage our staff with a variety of learning types including face-to-face and virtual learning because we want to ensure our staff understand our values and behaviours, grow their skills and develop their careers.

Additional information

RBKC is currently inclusively reviewing its pay, reward and benefits framework.

This post is covered by the Fluency Duty, as outlined in the Code of Practice on the English language requirements for public sector workers.

We are committed to promoting equality and respecting diversity and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

We are a Disability Confident Employer – committed to ensuring that our recruitment and selection process is inclusive and accessible.