A groundbreaking new post of practice director for shared legal service across several local authorities in Lincolnshire is up for grabs.
The post is a new one as part of the Lincolnshire Shared Services Programme (LSSP), under which several district councils and the county council are integrating service provision.
The successful candidate will be a Lincolnshire CC employee, but will be responsible to all the councils within this shared services partnership in this case, six local authorities.
The main responsibilities will be to head and develop legal services for each of the councils involved, lead a culture change around this joint working, and sell the service to potential clients such as other authorities and public bodies.
Sarah McCombie, interim project director for the shared legal service, says: “This is something that has not been done before to this extent. We are keen to get someone in who can lead the transformation.
Ms McCombie says: “There’s quite a cultural change needed within the service to move towards a commercial way of running the service, rather than just having a budget and spending it. This role is about combining the best of the private and public
“We have been working with Jeff Wild from Kent CC, their director of law and governance, on this and his help has been invaluable.
“I believe whoever is successful in becoming the practice director could make a name for themselves. They would be in demand elsewhere.”
The new person will report to the director of resources at the county council, which has around 17,000 staff, and will lead a team of 75 people there.
Suitable candidates could come from various backgrounds including private and public sector, Ms McCombie adds. “We would look at both because we feel this job combines the best of both.
“We are looking for somebody with vision and passion because of the cultural change needed within the service.”
Lincolnshire offers a good quality of life and has benefited from much regeneration in recent years, Ms McCombie adds.
The authority currently has a two-star comprehensive performance assessment rating and is ‘improving well’.