Assistant Chief Fire Officer - Director Of Service Delivery

East Sussex
Up to £116,000 plus benefits
25 Feb 2021
26 Mar 2021
Contract Type
Full time

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is seeking to appoint an Assistant Chief  Fire Officer – Director of Service Delivery, with the skills, energy and innovative approach to deliver a high quality, affordable, modern and sustainable service to the people of East Sussex and the City of Brighton and Hove.

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service serves over 800,000 people and covers an area of nearly 180,000 hectares. Approximately a third of the population served is within the heavily urbanised City of Brighton & Hove. In addition, we work within a large and diverse area on the south coast of England, covering rural locations as well as a busy city centre and urban seaside towns.  East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is an organisation that is helping to define what a modern Fire & Rescue Service looks like.  We are creating a high-performance culture where diverse talents are able to flourish and thrive.   We are committed to making our communities safer by delivering high performing services, educating our communities, developing a multi-skilled, safe and valued workforce and making effective use of our resources. 

Operating as a member of our Senior Leadership Team, the successful candidate will ensure the delivery of an effective and efficient Fire and Rescue Service to all of the diverse communities of East Sussex and the City of Brighton & Hove, making the region a safer place to live, work and visit.  You will contribute to the development, planning and delivery of organisational objectives and strategy and provide strategic leadership to resolve emergency operations and incidents.

We know that outstanding leadership and incident command experience can be developed in different settings. That is why we think our next ACFO might be working in a forward-thinking Fire & Rescue Service, or in another emergency setting or a public service setting such as defence or perhaps in industry.  A resourceful individual who demonstrates drive and ambition, you will possess excellent communication skills, strong political awareness, an authentic style, a commitment to equalities and inclusion and with a proven track record of leading transformational change, at pace.  You will have the ability to balance conflicting demands, the confidence to innovate and be creative and the resilience and character to deal with the pressures that come with an executive role.   Your ability to demonstrate inspirational leadership, motivating and developing others and making effective decisions with successful outcomes is essential.  We are an inclusive organisation and expect candidates to have highly developed interpersonal skills and key qualities such as openness, honesty and integrity to build positive relationships both within and outside the organisation. 

We are keen to work with exceptional individuals who have the experience, energy, ideas and ambition to make our communities safer and is able to maximise their impact through working collaboratively with a wide range of partners.  To find out more about the role and to apply, visit

For a confidential discussion speak to our consultants at Faerfield

Dawn Faulkner on 0121 312 3755 or Martin Tucker on 0113 532 5900

Closing date: Friday 26 March 2021