North Northamptonshire creates £150k strategy and change role to ‘create solutions across the system – not just the council’

Local authority that serves a population of 360,000 and spends an annual total of about £400m has established a new senior management post to deliver an ambitious programme of reform

North Northamptonshire Council has created a senior management role with a remit of pursuing the organisation’s “ambition to be at the forefront of shaping the future of local government”.

The creation of the post as executive director of strategy and change – which comes with a salary of between £140,683 and £151,033 – “demonstrates our commitment to not just saying that we want to drive change and do things differently, but gives strategic capacity to enable it”, according to the council’s job advert.

Responsibilities of the position include providing executive leadership in a wide range of areas, including: customer services; ICT; communications; HR and internal development; business intelligence; and performance.

The postholder will play a key role in overseeing the realisation of the authority’s “Big 50 vision” – an overarching plan for the next 25 years with the stated aim of making the North Northamptonshire area proud, prosperous, and proactive.

This will require “nurturing collaborative relationships with stakeholders, partners, and communities to find and co-produce solutions across the entire system and not just within the council”, according to the advert.

The successful candidate will also spearhead delivery of the recently established “One Council programme”, which is intended to help the organisation work more cohesively.

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“We are also currently working with a strategic partner on setting out our future ambitions,” the advert said. “This will allow us create a clear transformation plan which will set our direction as a council, deliver on our ambition to think differently and will ensure our evolution. The successful candidate will lead this exciting and pivotal work.”

The authority is seeking a candidate with a “proven record of driving through efficiency savings and cultural change and [who is] able to respond positively to changing circumstances”.

“We are looking for a highly driven, inspirational and creative leader who is comfortable challenging the norm, wants to be a positive disrupter and who has a demonstrable track record of delivering complex change within a local authority and achieving sustained improvement and outstanding outcomes,” it added. “This is coupled with the ability to identify the key priority areas which will deliver the best return, in an agile and modern way.”

Applications for the role are open until midday on 4 July.

North Northamptonshire Council operates as a unitary authority, and was created in 2021 via the merger of district councils representing Corby, East Northamptonshire, Kettering, and Wellingborough. It also took on functions from the now-defunct Northamptonshire County Council.

The newly created entity serves a population of more than 360,000 people. The authority’s revenue budget for the current financial year is £375.3m, with an additional £113.1m in capital investments planned for the four-year period from 2024 to 2028.

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