The role will initially be based at County Hall in Kingston, but is moving to Reigate in early 2021. Some travel to other venues in Surrey may be required for specific meetings or workshops.
Agile Working for this role is supported.
About the role
Could you provide the critical strategic support required for the very heart of our council? If so, this could be exactly what you are looking for!
Surrey is 'coming of age' as it transforms into a new style of council. We are undertaking significant fast-paced improvement across the council to ensure a more cost effective organisation that focuses on the best possible outcomes for the people of Surrey as outlined in our Community Vision for Surrey in 2030.
To support the work of our leadership office we are looking to recruit a dynamic Lead Business Manager to provide executive support and project management across a diverse portfolio of high-profile work within a fast-paced environment.
Under the direction of the Chief of Staff and working closely with fellow Business Managers, you will have direct line management responsibility for three Executive Support Officers. This role will provide a direct link between the Corporate Leadership Team, Cabinet and wider democratic services putting you at the very heart of the Council.
In this role no one day is ever the same! Alongside giving strategic support and briefings to the Executive Director(s) you will work with, you will be responsible for providing meeting support to a range of boards and large-scale events (often involving partnership organisations), developing agendas in line with priorities, facilitating group work, coordinating work programmes, working across directorates on special projects, bringing forward items for discussion, and tracking progress against agreed actions. As the Lead Business Manager, you will contribute positively to large scale transformation, horizon scanning the landscape to pre-empt and mitigate risks and feed this into the forward planning of the Chief Executive and the Leader.
Beside all of this you will lead and manage your team, inspiring and motivating them to make positive contributions and using your expert advice and guidance to support their professional development. You will lead by example and demonstrate that by being proactive, with a positive attitude and a determined future focused outlook you are able to really thrive in this environment.
It may not be surprising then that we are looking for a candidate who can evidence exceptional organisational, prioritising, and project management skills combined with a natural ability and flair for communication, clear methodical thinking and problem solving. Alongside this you'll need a degree of personal resilience with the ability to quickly build strong working relationships, where you feel comfortable influencing and negotiating with a diverse range of people to get the job done. You will have a degree of political acumen and understand the complex nature and associated sensitivities of working closely with colleagues including Cabinet, the Policy and Strategy Team, Public Affairs, Democratic Services and the Transformation Support Unit to name a few. You must be able to think on your feet to respond to the varying aspects of this role and feel comfortable operating proactively as part of a team and independently, at pace, in a cross-matrix style.
If you are motivated by work that keeps you on your toes, is different every single day and believe you have the experience and skills we are looking for then we would love to hear from you.
For more information please refer to the role profile attached at the bottom of this advert- we look forward to hearing from you!
The job advert closes at 23:59 on Sunday 1st November 2020.
Interviews are planned for W/C 9th November 2020.
Please note there will be a second stage to the selection process for this role, details of which will be confirmed if successful in passing the initial interview.
From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 26 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years' service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.
Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.