Director of Growth and Enterprise

Cheshire East Council

Sandbach, Cheshire

  • Location

    Sandbach, Cheshire

  • Job type

    Permanent

  • Sector

    Local Government

  • Salary

    circa £90,000

  • Job ref

    GSe46426

  • Expiry date

    01 December 2018

  • Client

    Cheshire East Council

Ref: GSe46426

As the third largest authority in the North West and home to one of the strongest economies in the region, Cheshire East Council is an award winning and dynamic organisation determined to develop new ways of working and deliver excellent cost-effective services to our residents. The Council is embarking on a whole organisation transformation programme – Brighter Future Together – and this post will have a key role in taking the programme forward in the Place Directorate.

We are in a great location at Cheshire East with excellent transport links, and we have numerous exciting opportunities to further grow the economy over the next few years – including the arrival of HS2 and the consequent developments across the borough. But we are also aware that we need to make better use of our land and assets, in order to bolster our income and ensure that local businesses have the facilities and support they need to grow. Like many other councils, we also need to build more houses, including affordable housing.

That is why this is such a key role for us, and our new Director of Growth and Enterprise will need to ensure that we can deliver our ambitious agenda across these areas. The post manages four interlinked service areas: housing growth, economic development, culture and tourism and estates. Working closely with elected Members, you will need to build strategic relationships with the LEP, government agencies, and the private sector in order to develop and deliver major schemes and projects and support our economic strategy. We are therefore looking for candidates with experience of managing large scale land or property schemes and a  keen interest in ‘place shaping’. You will need to be ambitious, determined and commercially focused, with excellent political skills and the ability to communicate effectively with a wide array of stakeholders.

Corporate Plan:  https://www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/council_and_democracy/your_council/council_finance_and_governance/corporate-plan.aspx

Local Plan: https://www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/planning/spatial_planning/cheshire_east_local_plan/cheshire_east_local_plan.aspx

Timetable
Closing date30th November 2018
Longlist meeting7th December 2018
Preliminary interviews13th and 14th December 2018
Shortlist meeting8th or 9th January 2018
Short listed candidates undertaking psychometric assessmentsDecember 2018 - TBC
Final interviews17th and 18th January 2019
How to Apply

To apply for this role, please submit an up to date copy of your CV, along with a Supporting Statement that addresses the criteria set out in the person specification, using examples to demonstrate how you meet the essential requirements. Please provide your home, work, mobile and email contact details and let us know of any dates when you are not available or where you may have difficulty with the indicative timetable. You should also provide the names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer. If you do not wish us to approach your referees without your prior permission, please state this clearly.

Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email to confirm that you have applied. If you do not receive this email, please make contact with GatenbySanderson.

Contact details
Luke Judd: 0113 205 6077

Philip Emms: 0113 205 6078