Strategy & Insight Officer
About Barnet Council
Barnet is a borough with much to be proud of. Our excellent schools, vibrant town centres, vast green spaces and diverse communities all help make it a great place to live and work. As a council we want to build on these strengths as we move into the future. We are growing and developing as an organisation to meet the challenges facing our borough, and we are committed to working with partner organisations and residents to make Barnet even better.
As an organisation, our staff are committed to Our Values – We Care, We Can Be Trusted, We Work Together, We Value Diversity, We Embrace Change and Innovation – which drive everything we do.
In Barnet, putting children, young people and families first is at the heart of our Family Friendly vision. We are committed to supporting our staff to make a difference to the lives of children using resilience based approaches that support them, their families and the communities they live in to thrive and achieve.
We are looking for skilled, dynamic and motivated professionals who are aspirational for children and young people with the ability to drive change in the professional systems they work within. If you can thrive in a fast paced environment and want to be part of our high energy team – Barnet could be for you.
In addition to excellent development and career opportunities we have generous employee benefits.
About the role
The role of Strategy & Insight Officer sits within the Commissioning, Performance & Improvement Service which brings together expert commissioners, performance analysts and project managers in supporting a culture of continuous improvement in Family Services. Strategy & Insight Officers work in collaboration with colleagues across Family Services to support an evidence based approach to identifying and prioritising opportunities for the enhancement of services, and to developing new and innovative ways of working.
We are looking for a candidate who will lead, design, develop and manage projects with strategic implications which evaluate needs, services and costs, and use the findings to inform strategies, plans and financial planning. Make recommendations and take a lead on developing and implementing future options around budget savings.
Drawing on significant expertise, you will lead on providing support to strategic leads (including Heads of service and directors) and operational leads on the business and budget planning process, including the development and review of service plan and strategies, scheme of delegation, coordination of Committee reports and DPRs, and consultation.
The postholder will provide high quality data analysis and make recommendations for change, ensuring insight informs strategy development, policy decisions and service improvement to enhance and maximise the efficiency and effectiveness of the service. The role will be complex, challenging and outward facing working across teams internally, with local partners and resident groups. The post holder will display excellent judgment, political astuteness and have confidence in working closely with – and advising – senior officers.
- Extensive knowledge, experience and understanding of undertaking research and delivering highly valued and relevant reports and recommendations
- Successful experience and knowledge of working within a local authority, or in an equivalent Children's Service organisation
- Proven ability to develop and maintain effective professional working relationships and networks with stakeholders and use these relationships to improve the effectiveness of the services
- Extensive written and verbal communication skills. Ability to communicate effectively and appropriately with members of the public, senior management and elected Councillors
What we offer
- 30 days annual leave, plus public and bank holidays
- Work-life balance options may include flexitime, job share, home working, part-time
- Generous Local Government Pension Scheme
- Cycle to work scheme and season ticket loan
- Excellent training and development opportunities
- Employee well- being training programs
How to apply
Click on the apply button on our website where you will find the job listed. Please read through job description and person specification and complete the online application form. If you would like any further information about the role before applying please contact Grace Walker, Head of Service, email@example.com.
Barnet is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people, and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Barnet operates stringent safer recruitment procedures.
If shortlisted you will be required to bring photographic ID to your interview to prove your identity.