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WORK LIFE - YOUR NEXT MOVE?

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Claire Seneviratna looks at the post of financial manager at Boston BC ...
Claire Seneviratna looks at the post of financial manager at Boston BC

Boston BC, in Lincolnshire, is looking for an ambitious, high-flying financial manager to fill its director of resources post. The successful candidate will be expected to play a pivotal role in the council's dynamic change agenda.

Chief executive Nicola Bulbeck says: 'There is a lot going on in Boston at the moment - in particular our urban masterplan, which brings together all the main strands of council activity like housing, the economy, the environment and social renewal. The underlying aim is to make the east midlands one of the top 10 regions to live, in Europe, by 2010.

The masterplan is one of only a handful in the country and is unique in extending its provisions to rural areas.

Ms Bulbeck says: 'The new director of resources will be required to work closely with members and partners to use the masterplan as a vehicle for change. But at the same time, he or she will need to balance the books - we still have to make sure we can pay for street cleaning and refuse collection.'

The successful applicant will be part of a seven-strong corporate management board, with a reputation for being supportive and encouraging personal development.

Ms Bulbeck says: 'The board has a good track record of its members going onto greater things. I started off as head of corporate services and I have now been chief executive for the last two years.

'We are looking for an ambitious individual who sees this position as a building block in furthering their career.'

As well as having first-class financial management skills, the council is looking for someone who can lead change rather than simply manage it.

'We have lots of excellent operatives so I am looking for a visionary director - someone who commands respect and can communicate their ideas to colleagues,' says Ms Bulbeck.

She adds: 'Strong leadership skills are a must, as he or she will need to negotiate and overcome any resistance they might encounter, as well as empowering heads of service.'

Although the hung council is seeking someone with experience of working in a political arena, the chief executive is not ruling out candidates from outside the public sector.

'I am a strong believer in transferable skills,' says Ms Bulbeck.

With a salary of around£65,000, the position offers a challenging portfolio and excellent prospects for personal growth. But the benefits do not end there. Boston is situated in an area of thriving commerce and beautiful countryside.

Facts and figures

Population 55,750

Males 27,318

Females 28,433

Aged 0 to 15 18.7%

Aged 16 to 74 72.2%

Aged 75 and over 9.1%

Born in the UK 96.9%

Born in EU (inc Rep Ireland) 1.2%

Born elsewhere 1.9%

Work

Percentage of people aged 16-74 . . .

Employed60.6%

Unemployed 2.8%

Student 4.2%

Retired 16.8%

Looking after home/family 6.4%

Permanently sick/disabled 6.1%

Other 3%

Health

People with limiting long-term illness 20.3%

People whose health is good64.6%

People whose health is fairly good25.6%

People whose health is not good9.7%

Ethnic groups

White98.5%

Mixed race0.4%

Asian or Asian British0.5%

Black or black British0.2%

Other0.4%

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