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Head of Change & Innovation Ref: RMBC/18/00180

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, Assistant Chief Executive's
Change & Innovation
Based at:  Riverside House
Salary details: £61,468 - £75,000 per annum (plus relocation) 
Job details: 37 Hours, Full Time, Permanent
Closing date: 27 March 2018
Interview date:
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Help us put everything into it 

The fastest growing city economy in Yorkshire. A major town centre regeneration in the pipeline, along with 1,000 new homes. An overall ‘good’ Ofsted rating for children’s services. Clearly, Rotherham is changing. Driving this change is a council that’s passionate about putting Rotherham on the map for all the right reasons. Now you’ll take us even further by bringing the same commitment, tenacity and ambition to this critical role. 

An influential role

You’ll head up a brand new Change & Innovation team. Created to work alongside our Performance, Intelligence & Improvement Service, it will spearhead a wide-ranging change management programme and help Directorates make sustainable improvements to their services. 

You’ll lead the development of the change programme, making sure everyone understands its goals and how to achieve them. It’ll be your job to spot change opportunities, identify accountabilities, and define reporting and management processes. We’ll look to you to make sure leaders, managers and colleagues embed diversity, as well as our values and behaviours into every change initiative. We’ll expect you to establish effective ways to set targets, manage performance, oversee procurement and control spending. 

It’s about making savings while driving innovation and boosting the quality of our services. Above all, it’s about putting our customers at the heart of our thinking and making sure every change has a clear benefit for them. 

An inspiring individual

You’ll be helping us build outstanding services for the people, businesses and communities of Rotherham. So you’ll need to have already managed large, complex transformation programmes across a broad range of services for a sizeable organisation. You’ll have proved you can reduce costs and work effectively with stakeholders. What’s more, as you’ll be working closely with different Directorates and delivering a one-council approach, you’ll have shown you can build relationships and forge strong partnerships. 

An experienced project manager with a range of project management credentials – you’ll also be a skilled negotiator and someone who thinks creatively as well as analytically. A talent for communicating, both in person and on paper, is vital too so you can explain proposals clearly and build consensus. 

Motivational rewards

This is an exciting time to join Rotherham. You can look forward to all the satisfaction of building on the changes we’ve already made, reinforcing our momentum and driving further progress. It’s a receptive, enthusiastic, collaborative environment in which to make your mark. The more tangible rewards are highly attractive too and include a relocation allowance of up to £8,000 on top of your salary. 

To arrange a time for a confidential discussion, please contact Liz Athorn PA to Shokat Lal, Assistant Chief Executive directly on 01709 822773. 

Applications from Women, people from Black and Minority Ethnic Communities and Disabled People are welcomed as under-representation currently exists at this level within the organisation. Section 159 of the Equality Act 2010 applies.

This post is classed as 'politically restricted' under the Local Government and Housing Act 1989 (as amended). The full details of the restrictions are set out in the Statutory Instrument, but broadly the restrictions prohibit candidature from public elected office; holding office in a political party; as well as involvement in political activities such as canvassing or public speaking/writing.

In order to support the Council’s requirement to save a further £41 million from its budget, by collective agreement, from 1st April 2017 to 31st March 2020 there is a temporary 1.15% pay reduction from the advertised substantive salary quoted, which will be spread out by means of a weekly/monthly deduction (dependent on pay frequency) from each pay period over the full financial year. In recognition of implementing this temporary measure three additional day’s leave (pro rata for part time workers and new starters in year) will be granted.

This post will have access to the Public Services Network, if successful you will be required to apply for a disclosure of criminal records check at the Basic level (unspent criminal convictions).

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