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Head of Finance and Section 151 Officer

Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council
Up to £61k
Closing date
26 Oct 2020

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Local government, Borough councils
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Now is the right time to take on this role at Newcastle-under-Lyme Council. You’ll join a newly structured corporate services team, and report directly to the Chief Executive – taking on the role of S151 Officer for the council. You’ll have the space and the autonomy to make your mark, in an organisation that is open to change, and where the culture is focused on empowerment, innovation and effectiveness. You’ll set the tone for a high performing Finance function that is closely aligned to the Council’s strategic priorities, and plays a central enabling role in translating strategic intention into delivery plans. There is a growing appetite for the organisation to adopt a more commercial approach, and you will ensure that professional advice and a robust appraisal of potential risk and reward supports effective decision-making.

We expect that you will already have financial management experience within a similar setting, and it’s likely that you will currently be fulfilling a Deputy S151 role. You should offer a sophisticated understanding of how to lead through influence and collaboration – getting the best from those around you, and fostering positive relationships across all parts of the organisation. It’s essential that you have a depth of technical accounting and financial expertise, but we are also looking for someone who can see the strategic context behind the numbers and who can identify creative approaches that support corporate ambitions.

You can be assured that you will inherit a highly capable team, that continues to grow in expertise and capacity, and supporting colleagues’ continued professional development will be central to this role.

Our organisation is moving at pace – it’s an ideal destination for those who want to make their mark and build their strategic leadership credentials.

Visit to find out more, or contact Steve Guest at Solace in Business on 020 7976 3311 for a confidential discussion.

Closing date: 26th October.

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