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CAREERS - YOUR NEXT MOVE

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Stroud DC is looking for a marketing officer to help get its message across, says Adrian O'Dowd...
Stroud DC is looking for a marketing officer to help get its message across, says Adrian O'Dowd

Stroud DC is on the look out for a corporate principal marketing officer to raise the profile of the authority and its achievements.

The post is a new one and was created with extra resources allocated by the authority after a restructure.

The successful candidate will work alongside another marketing officer as part of an immediate team of four but within an overall team of 18 people in the council's policy and communications section. They will report to Tina Kitchener, head of that section.

'We have split marketing into two,' says Ms Kitchener. 'We have got somebody out there marketing our services - our front-line service

person. This post is more corporate marketing, so they will be promoting the authority as a whole - our brand, reputation, and doing some of the internal marketing.'

Whoever gets the job will work with people throughout the authority. Ms Kitchener says: 'It is a key role right at the heart of the organisation and the successful candidate will work closely with the chief executive, the strategic team members and members of the council.'

Why such a person is needed is clear, she adds, saying: 'We do a lot of good work at Stroud, but we probably don't get our message across to everyone as clearly as we should - and we need somebody to really focus on

doing that.'

The kind of person required does not necessarily have to have a council background but needs at least two years' experience.

The high-profile job is highly anticipated. She explains: 'The officer will have lots of people wanting their time. We've got this extra resource because we need it, so we have people queuing up waiting for somebody to come in.'

Local developments include some large regeneration projects and a£24m restoration of the canal that has just begun.

Stroud, which is within the Cotswolds, is also an incentive for the job, she adds, saying: 'Our building is

in a converted wool mill. It is a beautiful setting, a couple of miles outside Stroud itself with a free parking area.

'We have good transport links. The eastern half of the district is designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty.'

The authority has a CPA rating of 'good and improving' and boasts Investors in People certification.

Facts and figures

demographics

Population107,898

Males 52,908

Females 54,990

Aged 0 to 15 20.1%

Aged 16 to 74 71.2%

Aged 75 and over8.7%

Born in the UK 95.6%

Work

Percentage of people aged 16-74

Employed 55.1%

Self-employed 11.2%

Unemployed 2.4%

Student 5.2%

Retired 14.6%

Looking after family 6.1%

Sick/disabled 3.3%

Other 2.2%

Ethnic groups

White British98.7%

Mixed race0.5%

Asian or Asian British 0.3%

Black or black British 0.2%

Other ethnic group0.3%

Average house price (£)

Detached 320,848

Semidetached 182,585

Terraced 159,058

Flat/maisonette 111,692

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