South Kesteven DC is on the look-out for a corporate head of finance and resources with a can-do approach who will lead the authority to improve its performance.
The job as the council’s s151 officer involves leading on finance; including looking after revenues and benefits, council tax, business rates, finance accountancy unit, payroll, exchequer, assets and property services.
Ian Yates, strategic director, says areas of responsibility for the new person may change. “We are quite a flexible organisation and often move things around within our teams. The council is in a good position financially and while we are very low on spend and tax levels, we have reasonable resources in place to deliver services and make improvements. Money is not normally the blocker.”
The new person will report to one of the authority’s two strategic directors and the chief executive. They will be one of six corporate heads, one of nine on the council’s corporate management board and lead 120 staff.
“We want a team player who is supportive and who can come up with answers and approaches in terms of can-do and helping us deliver overall,” says Mr Yates.
Because of the s151 responsibilities, the successful candidate will provide a role that is sometimes one of a “check and balance”, he says, but adds: “We want someone who support with the rest of the team and help us progress towards the council’s objective to deliver brilliant services.”
“The candidate is likely to come from a local government background because we want the person to hit the ground running and understand the service base,” Mr Yates says.
“The outgoing person has built the service up and we need someone to take it forward to being brilliant. We want to be service-led, so finance needs to support.”
People will find the job appealing on several counts, according to Mr Yates. “The role will have a significant influence on the way the organisation operates and delivering its customer services.”
He adds: “We are happy and willing to try different things because by innovating we will improve. We have a track record as a good employer and the area is a great place to live.”
The authority has a ‘fair’ comprehensive performance assessment rating.