South Holland District Council and Breckland Council are embarking on an “exciting new phase of shared management” and this week have announced the first phase of recruitment for a range of “innovative new roles”.
There are 13 positions being advertised, with three executive roles salaried at £56,457 to £69,401 and ten others between £36,283 and £47,937.
The jobs available are executive manager governance, executive manager growth, executive manager income and prosperity, chief accountant, communities manager, digital and customer manager, housing manager, HR manager, two inward investments managers, IT manager, licensing and business support manager, planning and building control manager and programme delivery manager.
The two councils were one of the first to share a chief executive and senior management team in a move that has saved £4.4m and led to many service improvements, reducing the council tax demand on residents, despite reduced Government funding.
“I am committed to building South Holland District Council as a new ‘free council’, keeping the council tax low and becoming financially independent of central government funding so we can drive enterprise and community growth for the benefit of local residents and businesses,” said council leader Coun Gary Porter. “To do so we are launching a drive to bring the best manager talent to our transformational shared management team.
“Our future successes, shared with Breckland Council in Norfolk, will be delivered through ambitious political leadership and a determined and entrepreneurial executive management team.
Our future successes will be delivered through ambitious political leadership and a determined and entrepreneurial executive management teamCouncil leader Gary Porter
“I have tasked the chief executive, with her new executive management team, to deliver a radical and highly practical approach to community leadership, together with commercialisation of local services.
“Innovation combined with sound financial and resource management skills is a key priority for all our senior people,” he added.
“Our successes to date in cost sharing and efficient joint working mean the council is now operating at the forefront of local government transformation and at the same time strengthening our distinct community identity.”
Coun Porter has already led the council through key stages of sharing and partnership development.
Full details of the 13 senior manager roles are at www.brecklandsholland.com
* More on this in Tuesday’s Free Press.