Candidate profile

 

This role is a key part of the council’s senior leadership group, and candidates must have commensurate experience, insight, professional credibility and a firm grasp of working within a democratic context.

You must have an extensive understanding of the changing role of local government and the public sector, the issues facing local government and the wider economy, and how these affect the council and its partners.

A good knowledge of the operating environment within local and central government, including latest thinking on transformation, culture change, resident empowerment, engagement and participation and the development of staff, systems and services, would be a distinct advantage. You should be able to work with ambiguity, outside normal structures and processes. This role will be at the heart of many different networks, so you will be a visible convenor, collaborator, and negotiator – someone who can make the most of positional power and influence.

Your personal characteristics are likely to include thoughtfulness, an open and independent mind, professional humility, resilience and perseverance. Fluent (but never glib), you’ll bring an appreciative, confident perspective, engaging colleagues and peers with respect and patience. You’ll sometimes need to speak truth to power, so we’ll look for evidence that you use influence adroitly, and know when to use an authorative approach.

This role will be at the heart of many different networks, so you will be a visible convenor, collaborator, and negotiator – someone who can make the most of positional power and influence.