A NEW ERA FOR NOTTINGHAM

Corporate Director for Finance and Resources (Section 151 Officer) 
Salary: Up to £154,959k (depending on experience)

Want to take on a new challenge to make Nottingham a world-class city for everyone?

Nottingham is one of the UK’s Core Cities – young, vibrant, with a diverse population and a strong sense of identity.

The Leader of the City Council, Cllr David Mellen, says: ‘We are a city with plenty of challenges but also with a really, really strong ambition for the future.

‘We have strengths in the diversity of our city, we have the ambition, and we have a sense of inheriting the rebellious spirit of Nottingham in the way we do things. 

‘Most of all, we are a city that cares for all its citizens and seeks to serve them with fairness and equity.’ 

That sense of fairness runs right back through history – back to the city’s legendary son, Robin Hood. Despite being a strong economic engine for the wider East Midlands region, the city still has persistent levels of deprivation that it is determined to tackle. 

The award-winning council has a track record of innovation, being the first council in the country to introduce a Workplace Parking Levy to finance its much admired tram system, and is the  home of the ‘Nottingham Declaration on Climate Change’ with a commitment for the city to be carbon neutral by 2028, an area in which the council has a very strong track record. 

The council’s staff, services and strong partnerships played a major part in supporting the city through the COVID-19 pandemic, and there have been other challenges too which have put huge pressure on the council’s finances and led to external support being provided to help the council with its recovery. 

The council’s sense of fairness and innovation led it to set up Robin Hood Energy to tackle fuel poverty. The failure of the company which is now in administration has been well publicised. The Leader and the Chief Executive, Mel Barrett, are not shying away from the issues they have had. Lessons have been learned. 

The council is making good progress on its transformation and improvement journey and remains hugely ambitious for the city and its residents with a major devolution deal with government in prospect. The redevelopment of the city’s Broadmarsh shopping centre was half way through when the owner Intu went into administration. But this has presented a once-in-a-generation opportunity to create a new vision for one of the largest development spaces in the centre of a major European city.

After taking control of the site, the city’s approach which has included a Big Conversation that received over 3,000 individual responses, and the commissioning of world-leading designer Thomas Heatherwick has attracted global interest, underlining that what happens in Nottingham matters

‘The new Corporate Director for Finance and Resources will play a vital role in supporting the next stage of the council’s journey,’ said Mr Barrett.

‘In addition to providing best in class strategic financial management and risk assurance to support us to continue to improve outcomes for our residents, achieving ever increasing value for money through transformation and improvement; you will have oversight of a range of important enabling services including our Finance, Legal & Governance, and HR and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion divisions.  

‘Nottingham is a place that has ambition, scale and pace, together with a track record of delivering innovation. We look forward to hearing from skilled leaders who wish to join us on our journey, in service of our citizens.’

Welcome Message from the Chief Executive Mel Barrett

Message from David Mellen - Leader of Nottingham City Council

What we’re looking for…

We are looking for an innovative and forward-thinking  individual, who will help us to transform Nottingham in to a regional powerhouse, a great place to live and a leader in local government finance. You will ensure we are grounded in effective financial, governance and risk management, whilst facilitating innovation and transformation to achieve better outcomes for less across our services and the council. You will help us deliver affordable value for money services and work with partners to align the city’s aspirations and ambitions to deliver strategic goals and promises for our residents.

If you can match our ambition for a Nottingham to be a world-class city for everyone, we would like to hear from you.

We strive to have a workforce that reflects our city’s diversity, and this is increasingly important in our decision-making senior leadership roles, so we’re interested to hear from diverse leaders.

For more information, please contact: Julie Towers on 07764 791736 or Kelly Ridley on 07709 512415

Closing Date: 1st August 2022

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