Shaping Reading’s future.
Recently named the second-fastest growing city in the UK, and already a regional powerhouse, Reading’s forward momentum is remarkable. Road and rail connections are excellent, with access to the motorway network, Heathrow, central London and the City; and this will only improve when Crossrail arrives in 2019.
Around an already thriving retail heart, our new Abbey business quarter has opened up a hidden heritage gem in the middle of Reading, and we’re committed to enhancing our cultural infrastructure. We’ve the 7th highest employment rate in the UK, the working population is the 6th most well-educated, and the average weekly salary is 18% above the national average. Extensive new housing of all tenures (including through our own housing company), and a flourishing university complete the picture for inward investors.
We’re proud that the Council, through our Team Reading approach, is driving much of this transformation. Despite having delivered £80m of savings so far, we’re on track to achieve a further £43m of efficiencies by 2020. We plan to deliver a £122m capital programme to provide new school places, homes, transport infrastructure and investment. Our new children’s services company – Brighter Futures for Children – launched last week, and we are determined to ensure that our growth is good growth: low carbon, sustainable and - most important of all - to the benefit of local people.
This is the complete digital role. You’ll provide a detailed vision of how to secure leading-edge technological advantage, oversee its design and procurement, and deliver it to our residents. We’ve already done much of the groundwork at service level, so you’ll focus on real added value. With expert knowledge of both change and ICT, you’ll have gained substantial senior experience in a digital-first business as well as in a public service organisation.
Visit www.teamreading.co.uk to find out more, or contact Steve Guest at Solace in Business on 020 7976 3311 for a confidential discussion. Closing date: 14th January 2019.