Group Head of Finance & Section 151 Officer

Arun District Council
Littlehampton, West Sussex
£78,465 to £81,634 per annum
Closing date
22 Aug 2022

Arun District Council is situated on the South Coast boasting some of the most picturesque locations in West Sussex.  We have recently adopted a new Vision for the Council which recognises the need to protect our impressive natural environment by considering climate change and sustainability in everything we do, as well as improving the wellbeing of our communities, continuing to make Arun a desirable place to live and work.

Having recently been successful in a bid for the Levelling Up Fund, our ambition is to put our two main coastal towns back on the map, investing to ensure that our district is first choice for tourism and business. 

With a genuine desire to fulfil Arun’s economic potential and to ensure our aspirations become a reality, Arun is looking to recruit a Group Head of Finance who can work creatively and collaboratively as part of the senior management team to deliver change and improvement across the Council.  

In addition to the duties and responsibilities associated with the role of the S151 Officer you will advise the Corporate Management Team and Members on finance matters (this will include attendance at full Council) and lead on special projects, as well as focusing on the most effective utilisation of the Council’s assets and resources.

This is a broad role offering significant career development opportunity, having management responsibility for a portfolio of services including our Customer Services department, you will play a key role in developing a culture that is customer led.    

For this important role we are looking for a stand-out candidate. Not just someone with experience of Local Government finance (existing Section 151 or a deputy), and tangible experience of working effectively with Members, but someone with a real ambition to make things better - to look at systems and ways of working and thinking “how can I change this to benefit residents?”  We will also need so see how you have developed and motivated staff, helping to build an open and supportive culture showing staff they are truly valued as a key asset.

If you think this is you, please contact our advisors HAYS to find out more. 

Mark Bearn T 07872 672290

Andrew Timlin T 07887 777735

The Council is currently operating a hybrid working arrangement which is subject to review. The Council operates a flexible working policy. 


Arun has a commitment to equality in employment. Equality and diversity is important to us and we are committed to making sure that people are treated fairly and with dignity. Our aim is to remove unnecessary barriers for everyone who works for us or uses our services.


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