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Chief Fire Officer / Chief Executive Officer

Salary £170,000 *(under review ) plus a leased car to the value of £11,710

Based in Queens Meadow Business Park, Hartlepool

Re-location allowance is available

An exciting opportunity exists for a values driven leader to join our high performing and innovative organisation located within the North East of England, which has a proven track record of delivering first class services to the local communities across the Teesside area.

Cleveland Fire Authority is now seeking to appoint an outstanding strategic leader who is forward-thinking, experienced in leading transformative organisational change, and who has the strategic insight to deliver our vision of continuing to be a leading fire and rescue service where our local communities feel safe and protected.

There is much to be proud of in Cleveland Fire Brigade, rated as good in all 3 areas by the HMICFRS, but we also know there is much to be done. Our determination to continually improve means we are seeking a new Chief Fire Officer (CFO) or Chief Executive Officer (CEO) who will bring a relentless focus on inspiring our people and Service to ever greater levels of performance. We do not underestimate that challenge either, as we know these are challenging times for all Fire and Rescue Services nationally, with our cultures under deserved scrutiny.  We have set clear expectations on ourselves to do whatever it takes to ensure everyone in our team feels safe, supported and included. 

We want to stand out from the crowd and ensure that local people continue to receive the best possible services. This will require excellent leadership, resource management, business planning and decision-making skills. Like many organisations, we have faced a period of financial pressure which means that the successful candidate must be able to demonstrate that they have what it takes to continue to drive forward our ambitious plans for the future through innovative approaches and measurable impacts. As an ambitious Fire Authority, we are working proactively to respond to these challenges, but we also recognise there are both significant and exciting opportunities too which we will build upon to help transform and improve our services – as CFO/CEO you will play a pivotal role in shaping and steering the future direction of the service.

The successful candidate will also need to demonstrate their ability to operate and influence at a strategic level in a political and unionised environment and foster collaborative approaches to working with partners both in the public and private sector. With an open and engaging style of management, you must be someone who role models the Authority’s values, demonstrates the highest standards of professionalism, and have a genuine commitment to ensuring a culture of equality, diversity, and inclusion; for the people that work for us, the people that work with us and the people we serve.

If you can champion original thinking, promote excellence, drive positive and sustainable change we would like to hear from you.

The Chief Fire Officer is required to sit on the Principal Officer Rota (continuous duty), to perform command at Gold Strategic Level and Incident Command Level 4; and other Brigade duties deemed necessary. The Chief Executive Officer is required to sit on the Principal Officer Rota (continuous duty) at Multi-Agency Gold Incident Command Level.

To succeed as our next CFO/CEO you will be a trusted, inspirational role model, capable of delivering the very best climate and culture for all our people. We are ambitious and want to be at the forefront as a modern Fire and Rescue Service. Keeping all our teams at the leading edge of best practice requires constant attention and planning.

This is why we want to attract the very best for this role and so are open-minded about the leadership experiences you bring.  What matters is that you share our ambition for what can be achieved, you can inspire trust from our people, and you can deliver for our communities. 

For informal discussions only, prior to the application deadline, please contact Peter Buffoni- 07964 877 654 or Marnie or 07795654812

 In order to apply, please follow the link to our microsite by clicking Apply. We look forward to seeing your application soon!

The post is a critical function and as such then post holder will have access to sensitive assets. In addition to the Baseline Personnel Security Standard the successful post holder will therefore be subject to Non-Police Personnel Vetting at Level 3 and National Security Vetting at SC level.

Cleveland Fire Brigade is keen to hear from any eligible, potential candidates within groups that are underrepresented currently within our workforce. We set and expect high standards and are actively seeking to recruit from the widest range of talent and encourage applications from members of the community regardless of background, or any other characteristics.

The closing date for applications is 13:00 Friday 19th April

Chief Fire Officer / Chief Executive Officer

Cleveland Fire Brigade
Based in Queens Meadow Business Park
Salary £170,000 *(under review ) plus a leased car to the value of £11,710

Published on 11 Apr 2024

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