Director of Policy and Change

Sandbach, Cheshire
Up to £88,000 per annum
24 Jun 2021
21 Jul 2021
Job role
Contract Type
Full time

In Cheshire East, we’re rewriting our future. With clear direction, a new corporate plan and close working with elected members, we’re bringing significant positive change to the borough. At the heart of this, is our ambition to create a more open, fairer and greener future for all our residents. Our leadership team is devoted to improvement, driven by ambition and eager to explore new opportunities in how we can make Cheshire East the best place to live, work and visit. We’re confident about our offer, we know what we need to deliver and we have the resources to make it happen.

About the Role

It’s not often you get to take control of such an ambitious change programme. This newly created position of Director of Policy and Change will be fundamental to Cheshire East Council’s change programme and will play a strategic and enabling role in realising the vision of an open, fairer and greener Cheshire East.  

You will put in place the policies and strategies, frameworks, mechanisms, and the projects and programmes which will drive performance improvement across the Council. Working closely with the Chief Executive and Corporate Leadership Team, delivering the Corporate Plan 2021-2025 will be a key area of focus, providing leadership, structure, accountability and transformational action to draw the corporate thread throughout the Council. You will bring cohesion, purpose and direction through building excellent relationships and providing structure and process.  

Reporting into the Executive Director, Corporate Services, your key responsibilities will include:    

  • Driving the Brighter Futures change programme, as well as the design and delivery of organisational improvement and change.    
  • Optimising the use of the Programme Management Office, research and consultation and business improvement functions to support the delivery of the Corporate Plan.   
  • Promoting continuous improvement, transformation, productivity, innovation and evidence-based decision making, all of which will ultimately support the Council in delivering our Corporate Plan.  

You will oversee our highly skilled resource team that researches and horizon scans for intelligence and insight on best practice, policy and strategy development, opportunities for innovation and transformation, and benchmarking and productivity metrics. Our response to Covid-19 was very data-driven and we will want you to build on this success.  

About you  

We are looking for an individual with the confidence and creativity to challenge our thinking about we can do things differently and deliver better. Striking a balance between theoretical and practical, you will add ideas and bring momentum to our plans.  

A focus on delivery will be key. We will want you to evidence that you’ve followed through and delivered in previous roles, and that you are keen to up our game around achieving outcomes.  

Through our focus on cross-Council working, we have instilled good behaviours across all services and truly work as one. We are proud to have developed a positive reputation for communications and for delivery, working well with our sub-regional partners. You will bring an approach which will help to enhance these strong relationships with partners and with people across our own organisation. You’ll need experience of operating effectively within the democratic processes, with the political acumen and skills to develop productive working relationships with our Council members that can help to achieve results that are beyond the ordinary. If you have what it takes as part of a new leadership team, to challenge our thinking and to help us to deliver better for all of our Cheshire East’s businesses and residents, then we’d love to hear from you.

To apply

We are working with Tile Hill on this important appointment. To find out more and to apply please click below. For a confidential discussion, please contact Clare Connor on 0161 408 0703 or Greg Hayes on 07423 243415.

Closing date: 5pm, Wednesday 21st July 2021