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Programme Director - Twin Track Financial Strategy

Closing date
4 Dec 2021

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Full Time
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The salary range for this position is £92,279 up to £114,404 per annum based on a 36 hour working week.

This post has been designated as a politically restricted post in accordance with the Local Government and Housing Act 1989.

This role is open to remote working meaning you aren't required in the office 5 days a week. We're less about you driving to work and more about us collectively driving down our carbon footprint. We care about how you work rather than where you work; the people rather than the postcode. In support of our people and our greener futures strategies, we'd welcome a conversation with the successful candidate on what remote working may look like for you.

Our commitment to delivering good quality, cost effective services is more important than ever as we start to move out of a global pandemic and step into uncertain times. We do know that the constraints on public finances will continue for the foreseeable future and that we will need to deliver services in a fundamentally different way. While presenting a challenge, this also provides significant opportunities for us to take a more radical approach, seeking new ways to manage our finances while delivering innovative and high-quality services for our residents and communities.

Existing service focused approaches have been successful in delivering efficiencies but are now largely exhausted. We are developing a 'twin track' approach, running the 2022/23 budget setting process while simultaneously developing a new, innovative outlook to 2023/24 onwards that will help put the council on a more stable financial footing over the medium term, as well as setting in train a fundamentally more ambitious transformation programme.

As part of developing this twin track approach we are creating a core programme team to lead and drive forward this important agenda.

To lead this team, we are seeking an experienced Programme Director to take responsibility for developing a range of initiates that will address the financial challenges faced by the Council.

This is an exciting opportunity for the successful candidate to develop, shape and deliver strategies that will inform how the Council manages its finances in the future.

The role is offered as a fixed term contract, initially for 12 months and will report directly to the Deputy Chief Executive & Executive Director of Resources, whilst working collaboratively with our finance, transformation, and strategy teams along with key stakeholders across the organisation and partners.

At Surrey, our values and behaviours are just as important as our skills and abilities. They shape who we are as an organisation. Find out more about the values we follow.

For more information please find the full job description below and refer to this before submitting your application. We also invite you to read our Life at Surrey handbook to see insights of the culture at Surrey and how as a valued employee, you can help shape our Council.

Additional Information

The closing date for applications is 23:59 on 30th November 2021.

A date for interviews is to be confirmed. Please note there is likely to be a multistage selection process for this position which may be conducted over a number of weeks. Should your application be successfully longlisted further detail around the selection process will be provided.

Please note that this position is offered as a 12 month fixed term contract opportunity.

For an informal discussion contact Adrian Stockbridge, Head of Transformation, by email.

We look forward to receiving your application, please click on the apply online button below to submit.


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.

Our Commitment

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.
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