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CAREERS - YOUR NEXT MOVE

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Fenland DC is seeking a can-do lawyer for a hands-on role, says Adrian O'Dowd...
Fenland DC is seeking a can-do lawyer for a hands-on role, says Adrian O'Dowd

Fenland DC is on the look out for an experienced lawyer to become its director of central services and is promising a busy and exciting job that will be hands-on.

The role is a new one, created as a result of a management review, and will be one of four service director posts sitting alongside service directors for housing and development, business and infrastructure, and environment and leisure.

As part of the nine-strong corporate management team, the successful candidate will report to the deputy chief executive in what is a diverse role crossing many areas of the authority.

He or she has to be a qualified lawyer and will act as the council's monitoring officer. Responsibilities will include leading on democratic services, legal services, and elections and licensing. He or she will also take a corporate lead for community safety and enforcement - two issues that are high on the local agenda.

Fenland chief executive Tim Pilsbury says: 'In a nutshell, we are looking for a 'can-do' lawyer. They must be a good people manager. It's a bit of a different brief for a lawyer - the community safety and enforcement elements are quite unusual and that might be an attraction for someone who wants to broaden out a bit.'

The successful candidate will need to have a local authority background to fulfil the monitoring role effectively, according to Mr Pilsbury, but he is willing to keep an open mind. He says: 'They will need to be very familiar with local government law. We want somebody who is one of the best and we will pay for that.'

The post is doubly attractive, Mr Pilsbury adds, because of the organisation itself which has improved its performance significantly.

'We need people to help consolidate the gains we've made over the last three years. One of the critical success factors has been that we've genuinely valued our staff. We've developed a range of ways to recognise ideas and celebrate success.'

Fenland is also looking for an executive director for people and performance. The postholder will manage four competent self-starters responsible, between them, for policy, performance, communications, marketing, HR, change and customer services.

The council has a fair comprehensive performance assessment rating and is confident it will go to excellent at the next round of ratings.

Facts and figures

Demographics

Population83,519

Males 40, 698

Females 42, 821

Aged 0 to 15 19.6%

Aged 16 to 74 71.6%

Aged 75 and over8.8%

Born in the UK 96.8%

Work

Percentage of people aged 16-74

Employed 53.1%

Self-employed 8.8%

Unemployed 2.7%

Student 3.9%

Retired 16.5%

Looking after family 7%

Sick/disabled 5.3%

Other 2.9%

Ethnic groups

White British98.6%

Mixed race0.6%

Asian or Asian British 0.4%

Black or black British 0.2%

Other ethnic group0.3%

Average house price (£)

Detached 175,725

Semidetached 123,220

Terraced 109,615

Flat/maisonette 71,199

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