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Suffolk CC is recruiting to a new role following next month’s restructure, says Adrian O’Dowd

Suffolk CC is looking for someone to take on the post of head of planning and performance improvement billed as one of the most exciting new jobs in local government.

The post is a new one (at assistant director level) as part of a major restructuring at the authority which comes into effect in April.

Jane Tromans, who is holding the post on an interim basis, explains: “The council is in the process of restructuring to go to a matrix-managed strategic centre. The service offices for the likes of children and young people, or environment and transport will become very thin.”

The new six specialist support functions will be free-standing and are around areas such as programme and performance management, procurement and contracting, and scrutiny and monitoring.

“Planning and performance improvement is one of the biggest of those with approximately 100 staff,” says Ms Tromans.

The new person will be line managed by the director of resource management but the unit will be free-standing, supplying specialist support to each of the service offices and delivery agencies.

The main responsibilities of the job will include supplying all strategic planning support; working with the service offices to develop specialist strategic plans; leading on all performance elements; leading on research and intelligence ensuring high quality statistical data analysis; and leading an external funding team.

“It’s quite a leadership post,” says Ms Tromans. “It is you that will be securing the best results for the authority. You’ve got to be committed to achieving best practice.

“We want this new person to take this four-star authority forward and move it from an excellent to a super excellent authority. It’s a role for anyone who is looking to become a chief executive in the future.”

Ideal candidates would come from a corporate centre or a performance specialist type role.

The job should appeal to many people, Ms Tromans believes, as it allows a person to come in at an exciting time of change.

“It’s very much a new-style authority. The quality of life here is also wonderful in terms of the rural mix, beautiful market towns and the coast.”

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