Director of Corporate Services

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service

Witham, Essex

  • Location

    Witham, Essex

  • Job type


  • Sector

    Central Government

  • Salary/Remuneration

    Circa £115,000

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    22 October 2018

  • Client

    Essex County Fire and Rescue Service

Ref: GSe37611

We are on a journey of transformational change, working to radically transform the culture in our organisation; creating an open, collaborative and professional environment for our dedicated work force to thrive and deliver the best services for the people of Essex.  With a new Chief Fire Officer/ Chief Executive in place, we are committed to making this change and creating one team; we need a motivated and innovative leadership team to help us realise our goals and make this a great collaborative place to work, delivering outcomes that will make a real difference.

We are one of the largest Fire and Rescue Services in the country, providing services to an area over 1,400 miles and a population of 1.7 million, from our 50 stations spread across the county. On the 1st of October 2017, we became the first Fire and Rescue Service in the country to change its governance and report in to the country’s first Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner and we are leading the way in cross service collaboration and will work with Essex Police and wider partners to deliver further improvements to keep our communities safer.                                               

Responsible to the Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive for making Essex communities safer by leading the direction and the provision of all corporate services across the organisation.  You will ensure the provision of effective and efficient corporate services to the Authority and Service across Finance, HR, Procurement, Payroll/Pensions, ICT, Learning and Development, Communications, Legal Services, Collaboration and Workforce Development.  Inspiring people through change is critical to the success of this organisation, and so we are looking for a new Director that brings either a finance background, or a people focused background within this discipline.  Critical, will be your ability to motivate a team through the transformational change journey, work with stakeholders across the business, and bring a strategic perspective to the Service Leadership Team.

Advert Closing DateMonday 22nd October 2018
Long List Meetingw/c 29th October
Preliminary Interviews w/c 5th November
Short List Meetingw/c 19th November
Assessmentsw/c 26th November
Final Interviewsw/c 10th December
How to Apply

To apply for this post, please provide the following:

  1. A comprehensive CV setting out your career history with key responsibilities and achievements and details of your current remuneration package
  2. A supporting statement of up to three sides of A4, explaining how you believe your skills and experience match the essential criteria outlined in the person specification. Please note that the supporting statement is an important part of your application
  3. Details of two professional referees together with a brief statement of their capacity and over what period of time they have known you, one of whom is expected to be your current or last employer. Referees will not be contacted without your prior consent
  4. A completed diversity monitoring form, which will appear when you submit your application online, for you to complete.

If you have any queries about any aspect of the appointment process, need additional information or wish to have an informal and confidential discussion, then Michael Dobson (020 7426 3968) or Adam Davidson (020 7426 3964) will be pleased to take your call. GatenbySanderson will respect the privacy of any initial approach or expression of interest in this role, whether formal or informal.

Contact details
Adam Davidson: 020 7426 3964

Matt Malone: 0113 205 6063