Assistant Director: Environmental & Commercial Services

Reading, Berkshire
Up to £92k
03 Apr 2019
07 May 2019
Job role
Contract Type
Full time

Recently named the second-fastest growing city in the UK, and already a regional powerhouse, Reading’s forward momentum is remarkable. High employment levels, a well-qualified local population, and an established and respected university all contribute to Reading’s appeal to inward investors. The Council is playing a central role in creating the right environment for growth and ensuring that benefits are reinvested to support financial sustainability and effectively dispersed to address inequality.

Team Reading is central to this making this happen – assembling a new management team across a range of services, to create consistently high expectations, shared corporate accountability and an unswerving focus on high quality services. We have already delivered £26m of savings, stabilised our revenue budget and have a £0.5bn capital programme to invest in Reading’s future. We’re redefining how the Council delivers, influences and brokers on behalf of our community. For those who want to be at the vanguard of modern local government: Reading is where it’s happening.

This is a new role within the organisation and will take the lead on delivering a diverse range of our most high profile, front line direct services including:

  • Housing repairs
  • Highways
  • Street cleansing
  • Facilities management
  • Refuse collection
  • Grounds and parks

We are embarking on a £7m refurbishment of our central depot so it is the ideal time to lead these services as we set out to consolidate working practices, and ensure efficiency and quality are at the centre of all we do. We’ll want to hear about previous successes in leading operational, cultural change and, in particular, commercialisation, in order to maximise market share and income opportunities from Reading Commercial Services. You’ll be able to demonstrate how you have delivered enhanced quality and efficiency in a similarly complex, multi-functional service area.

Visit to find out more, or contact Steve Guest at Solace in Business on 020 7976 3311 for a confidential discussion.