Director of Finance and Investment
Five years ago, we were a local authority in crisis: focused on cuts and on the verge of government intervention. Since then, we’ve been recognised as the Local Government Chronicle’s ‘Most Improved Council’, experiencing the fastest turnaround of any council in the UK. So what’s changed? In a nutshell, we refuse to give up; we never stop moving. Our pragmatic, innovative and bold plan, ‘2020 Vision’ will ensure that we’re getting the basics right; that we’re achieving more; that we’re changing the way we do things. In this role, you’ll take us to the next level and create a legacy for yourself in the process.
A credible, influential communicator, you’ll provide strategic and professional financial advice to Elected Members and senior officers on all key decisions, to ensure the Council meets its objectives through effective and efficient financial management. In addition, you’ll lead and co-ordinate the budgets which are jointly managed with other organisations.
As the Statutory S151 Officer, you’ll take responsibility for the Council’s strategic financial framework, linking the Wirral Plan, the medium-term financial plan, and service plans. Importantly, you’ll ensure the financial affairs of the Council, including the Merseyside Pension Fund, are managed in an efficient, economic and cost-effective manner (according to Section 151 of the 1972 Local Government Act). You’ll ensure Members receive information and are aware of any contentious matters to enable them to make decisions, and to review these, so we can achieve our priorities.
You’ll also strategically assess progress in other organisations and companies to ensure we’re maintaining a modern, diverse, best practice approach to improvements, including value for money, commerciality and a culture of continuous, ambitious improvement. You’ll develop a proactive financial strategy which reflects the changing approach to public service funding, identifying future opportunities to develop revenue and planning, to secure a financially viable future for services to residents.
Experienced in leading financial strategies in a large, complex environment, you’ll have a detailed
understanding of the legal, regulatory frameworks which relate to finances. With a full, relevant professional qualification and membership of a professional body recognised by CCAB, you’re aware of the ‘current thinking’ and approaches which bring about success. To find out more, please visit www.leadwirral.co.uk