Corporate Director for Finance and Resources (Section 151 Officer) 
Salary: Up to 153k (depending on experience)

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

Nottingham is a vibrant, diverse and ambitious city. We are passionate about tackling inequalities in all we do.  We are home to the “Nottingham Declaration on Climate Change”, and maintain a nationally leading position on carbon reduction with the ambition to be carbon neutral by 2028. We pioneered Early Intervention and Community Care models and maintain award winning parks, leisure and cultural facilities for the benefit of our citizens. Our transport system is celebrated nationally and internationally.

On the flip side, Nottingham is not without its challenges - we have a Recovery and Improvement Plan and to help us move forward positively, in response to a recent Non-Statutory Review which identified weaknesses to be addressed, and we have embraced working with an Improvement Board which is offering support and constructive challenge.  We are also one of the most deprived cities, however be in no doubt we are ambitious for our people and ambitious for our place as described in our new Strategic Council Plan.   We are on the cusp of something exciting – a new era for Nottingham.  Our new Corporate Director for Finance and Resources will have a critical role in leading this change.

Nottingham has one of the youngest populations of any major UK city, two universities make up our world-class educational offer and we have seen huge growth in digital content, life science and clean technology. Our ambitions stretch to creating a solid future for Nottingham ensuring our citizens, businesses, investors and visitors can enjoy a flourishing Nottingham. We can’t stand still and are looking for a visionary and inspirational leader to set out our future growth roadmap with our partners, ensuring Nottingham is a world-class city for everyone.

Welcome Message from the Chief Executive Mel Barrett

Message from David Mellen - Leader of Nottingham City Council


What we’re looking for…

We are seeking an innovative and forward thinking Corporate Director for Finance and Resources, who is committed to ensuring that our ambitions for a world-class city are shaped by our citizens. We want someone that can support us to be grounded in effective governance and risk management, whilst facilitating innovation and transformation to achieve better outcomes for less across our key enabling services and the council as a whole.  You will also be our conscience in ensuring we deliver affordable value for money services for the people of Nottingham.  A strategic collaborator, you will work with partners to align the city’s aspirations and ambitions to deliver strategic goals and promises for the people of Nottingham.

You will have a proven track record in leadership roles, and experience of driving quality and delivering better outcomes that make a difference on a strategic level and on the ground.  Highly motivated and committed, you will need to demonstrate high levels of political acumen, influencing skills and be capable of working in a fast paced core city environment. 

What we can give you…

A new era for Nottingham awaits – there is a buzz of excitement about the future for us and although this will be a tough journey it will also be an extremely rewarding one too. We have an engaged, committed and stable political leadership here in Nottingham and they will form a key part of the working relationship to do the right things for the city. Our Chief Executive joined us in September 2020 and there is a clear commitment for personal development of the new Top Team of which the successful candidate will be a key part. We are a leading employer within the region for our employee benefits including a generous annual leave package and the opportunity to purchase more. We will offer you flexible working arrangements and access to the Local Government Pension Scheme, as well as support, development and the celebration of shared achievements.

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. To help us achieve our ambition, we particularly want to hear from experienced leaders who are female, leaders who are from Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic communities or leaders that identify with having a disability as we are under-represented in these groups at this senior level at the Council.


For an informal discussion about the role, please contact our consultants at Penna: Julie Towers 07764 791736 or Az Ahmed on 07717 810481.

To apply, please visit: execroles.penna.com

Closing date: 18 October 2021
Technical Interviews: w/c 1 and 7 November 2021
Assessment Centre & Final Interview: w/c 22 November 2021

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