About The Role

Durham County Council

Head of Corporate Finance and Commercial Services (Deputy s151)

Salary : £128,007

County Durham is a forward-thinking area with a strong sense of community. Our friendly people, fascinating history and beautiful natural environment, from the dales and area of outstanding natural beauty in the west to the heritage coast in the east, are what makes our county great. We are a centre for innovative business and manufacturing – and we’re determined to create more opportunities right across County Durham. The diverse nature of our county means we also face some challenges – and we are meeting them head-on and creating opportunities and possibilities for everyone – wherever they live or work.

We now have an exciting opportunity to lead the management and development of the council’s financial management services, to ensure that the councils financial arrangements continue to be secure and robust and meet both council and statutory requirements. Working closely with elected members and senior officers across the Council you’ll also develop, lead and implement an innovative, growth focused commercial strategy for the council that will support us in delivering our ambitious County Durham Vision 2035.

In this key role you’ll report to our Corporate Director, Resources and will be the designated Deputy s151 Officer for the Council. You’ll lead a broad portfolio of finance and commercial services and will operate as part of the Extended Management Team of the Council and Senior Leadership Team of the directorate. You’ll inherit an experienced team with a clear record of robust financial management and strong relationships with partners across the Council and beyond.

We are looking for a highly motivated, qualified and experienced local government finance professional with good strategic vision and substantial operational experience who can think beyond finance boundaries. You’ll be a creative thinker who challenges where appropriate, supports where needed and understands the importance of our resources both from a financial and workforce perspective. With your excellent people skills, you’ll build strong partnerships, inspire teams and work confidently with senior figures.

If you relish a challenge and have the energy, enthusiasm and skills to make a real impact and deliver the best possible outcomes, then we would like to hear from you.

For a confidential discussion about this exciting role, please contact our consultants at Penna: Nick Raper on 07715 690 463 or Priyesh Bhadressa on 07548 108 176.

(Closing date: Friday 20th October 2023)

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