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Director: Finance (S.151 Officer)

Bristol City Council
up to £131,552
Closing date
28 Jul 2024

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Bristol is a dynamic, energetic and diverse city with international reputation, a rich history and a tapestry of vibrant communities that make it a great place to live, visit and do business. Exciting regeneration schemes are reshaping our city, town centres, neighbourhoods and water front. We are a growing city, attracting inward investment, creating jobs, developing excellent learning and skills opportunities that support residents to be successful, and through improved transport links we are making Bristol more accessible.

However, like all cities, we have our challenges, the city’s success doesn’t reach everyone living here. There are long-standing social and economic inequalities, plus the challenge of a growing population and ecological and climate emergencies. We are focusing the resources available to us on creating a city of hope and aspiration that is inclusive, sustainable and healthy, and where everyone can share in the many opportunities available. We are creating a cleaner and greener city, proactively tackling climate change, with the belief that we can create a better and more equitable Bristol.

Reporting to the Chief Executive and forming part of our Corporate Leadership Team, our new Director: Finance is a key appointment in enabling the Council to achieve its ambitions.

We are an exciting and vibrant city, transforming how we support the most vulnerable people in rethinking how we deliver great services to all of our residents. We are transforming our approach to financial leadership and governance, bringing ownership to those across the business working collaboratively with managers to support them in sound financial management to ensure we can make a difference to the people of Bristol. We want finance to be an enabling function that empowers front line service delivery, and you will be central to helping us achieve long-term sustainability in a culture of managerial and leadership accountability.

As an experienced finance professional, you will bring confidence to colleagues and politicians through your ability to lead, bringing clarity to the approach we need to take to transform how we deliver services within the financial envelope available to us. As a Core City, you will ensure we are a positive force with our peers, able to influence regionally and nationally, including with government.

We are looking for someone to bring innovation to how we design and deliver services, to help us rethink how we do things and unlock Bristol’s potential.

As an experienced leader, you will not only embrace the diversity and vibrancy of our city, but will celebrate difference, promoting an environment that respects the values, attitudes and beliefs across cultures, and ensures that we respond and design services that respect those differences.

If you are keen to explore how you could help us achieve our ambition to make a better Bristol, then please reach out to GatenbySanderson, Philip Emms (07590 225472) or Tim Hills (07393 011 130). Or click Apply to visit the microsite.

Closing date: 28th July 2024


Bristol is a city on the move, as one of the most successful core cities in the UK. We are committed to improving our services to our citizens as we face strong financial challenges. At the same time we’re looking to define our presence on the international stage, building on our status as European Green Capital 2015. This is a great time to make a real contribution to the development of the city and the services we provide to our citizens.

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