Director of External Operations
A fantastic opportunity to demonstrate your leadership, dynamism and dedication to excellence within a newly formed council in one of the UK’s most fascinating counties.
Somerset West and Taunton Council has been through a transformation that puts customers at the heart of everything we do. New ways of working coupled with fresh technology is streamlining processes and empowering staff to take ownership, promote agile and collaborative working, think commercially and deliver excellent service.
We are one of the largest local authority areas in the UK, offering a unique set of opportunities and challenges. From our county town of Taunton with its Garden Town status, the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on Exmoor, with Minehead and our coastal communities along our northern coastline and Europe’s largest construction project at Hinkley Point. This geographic, demographic and economic diversity is a strength as well as a challenge.
The ambition for the future of Somerset West and Taunton is as big as the opportunity on offer. A new political administration is promoting emerging strategic themes of tackling the climate crisis, providing high-quality housing and increasing our commercial income and investments. Harnessing the opportunities for sustainable growth will be critical for our future success, while maximising commercial income and delivering quality homes for our communities.
Now, we are looking for a new Director to take us to the next level of entrepreneurialism, ambition and commercialism, working with recently appointed CEO, to make up the senior leadership team. This is a highly visible leadership position where your drive and determination will have a huge impact on our staff, our customers and our stakeholders.
You will provide strategic and business focused leadership and manage all of the Council’s external operations, creating commercial customer centric services, developing and implementing new systems and processes across key operations e.g. parks, waste contracts, fleet, street cleaning and parking. You will be a key contributor to the development and delivery of future revenue streams, growing the business and generating a surplus to invest back into services.
If you have a proven track record of ensuring customers are at the forefront of strategic planning and operational delivery; where customer insight is effective in driving continuous improvement and efficiency, then we would like to hear from you. You should evidence leading business change to achieve positive financial outcomes, embedding a commercial yet client focussed approach to all business processes and have worked at senior management level within a political environment. A proven record of the strategic management of large scale commercial contracts and maintaining associated relationships is essential, as is an understanding of the workings of local government.
This is a fantastic opportunity to play a leading role in the future of this new Council, ensuring that our communities and businesses become increasingly active, connected and prosperous.
For more information please click on the 'apply' button below or for a confidential discussion with our recruitment partners GatenbySanderson, please contact Dawn Faulkner on 0121 644 5703 or Philip Emms on 0113 205 6078
Closing date: Monday 23 September 2019 at 10am
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