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Head of Strategy - Kingston upon Thames

GBP60,258 to GBP68,151 per annum based at County Hall, Penrhyn Road, Kingston upon Thames KY1 2DN. This position is based inside one of our main area offices, click HERE to see a 360 degree view of the building and surrounding area along with a view of the reception. We are looking to relocate back into the county by 2020 .

Whilst the primary base for the role holder will be in County Hall, Kingston, the work assigned could see the postholder working from any of our sites across the county and so ability to travel is a requirement of the role.

From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 24 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years' service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff .

Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.

About the role

Driving vision and strategic direction for the council

Do you relish a challenge? Do you have a proven track record of long term visioning and strategic planning in dynamic environments? Are you tenacious, committed to the cause and able to inspire others? If so then we want to hear from you!

At Surrey, we are undertaking significant fast-paced improvement across the council. Tim Oliver and Joanna Killian (Chief Executive) have emphasized a clear strategic direction as key to the council's improvement journey. In order to achieve this we have embarked upon a massive transformation programme which consists of a number of key projects that are critical to the future success and financial stability of the council. We are on a rapid change journey, with new management, innovative approaches, energy and ambition.

To deliver our 2030 community vision we are committed to changing and radically improving the council's culture, approach and performance, putting residents' current and future needs first.

The role of Head of Strategy will play an important part in the council's ongoing transformation. You will inspire the strategy team, working with likeminded colleagues at the heart of the council from the Insight, Analytics and Intelligence service and beyond, to drive the council's strategic planning framework.

In this role, you will lead the development, promotion and implementation of long term visioning and strategic planning for the council, alongside developing shorter-term strategic priorities and plans, which deliver value for money and improve outcomes for residents. You will also develop evidenced-led policy, drawing on the most innovative thinking and approaches from across the public and private sectors, whilst ensuring the residents' voice is at the centre of strategic plans and the council's on?? going improvement journey.

You will need to be able to demonstrate an ability to work at pace, be innovative and have a genuine interest in making a difference and a real change for the people of Surrey. You'll have the ability to work collaboratively with a broad range of stakeholders and the confidence to challenge the status quo.

You will have strong communication and interpersonal skills, be an adept negotiator with a flair for influencing others, and the ability to work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders. You'll have a successful track record of developing and delivering high profile, high impact strategies and policies, as well as an understanding of the key issues facing local government, the wider public sector and partners. You'll also have a proven ability to inspire and motivate others.

Our values are also important to us and as a senior team member you will understand the importance of and be comfortable in leading by example when it comes to displaying these through your work and actions.

Nicola Kilvington, Director of Insight, Analytics and Intelligence says "Having recently taken on the leadership of a newly created service for the council - Insight, Analytics and Intelligence - I am looking for a stand-out candidate to take on the role of Head of Strategy. This is a senior post in my team, and I need someone who can drive innovative strategic thinking for the council, working collaboratively with services and partners to develop evidence-led strategies and policies that truly put Surrey residents at the heart of our decision-making. As a council we have big ambitions and I'm looking for a passionate and enthusiastic individual to shape our strategic direction to enable us to fulfil these - if this sounds like you then get in touch. "

If you're passionate, enthusiastic and feel you want to be part of this journey, then please apply by uploading your CV and personal statement (no longer than two pages of A4 please) outlining your suitability for this role.

Contact details

For more information please find attached to this advert a full job profile or to arrange an informal chat please feel free to contact Nicola Kilvington, Director of Insight, Analytics and Intelligence on email.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Additional information

  • The job advert closes at 23:59 on 25th August 2019.
  • Interviews will take place on 30th August 2019.

60258.00 - 68151.00 GBP Annual

Head of Strategy - Kingston upon Thames

Church St, Reigate RH2 0AA, UK

Published on 2 Dec 2019