Director of Corporate Resources

Somerset County Council


  • Location


  • Job type


  • Sector

    Local Government

  • Salary/Remuneration

    Up to £120,000

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    16 December 2018

  • Client

    Somerset County Council

Ref: GSe49063

We’ve got big plans for Somerset. It’s a beautiful and vibrant place and we’re ambitious about how it can grow. Our vision is focused on improving people’s lives through innovative services that create a thriving and productive County, resilient and compassionate communities, successful partnerships, and support to those who need it most.

To underpin this vision we have taken, head on, the challenge of balancing our budgets for this year and next.  Councillors and officers have made and will make some difficult choices as we know that operating within our financial means is essential.  Based on our reframed finances,  we have realistic and exciting plans for delivering our services. We think that this is the right time to join Somerset County Council as a key part of our leadership team, as we look to the future.

We’re seeing our social care services emerging as national trail-blazers and we’ve made big improvements in our children’s services with more to come. Relationships with partners across the region are strong and constructive and we’re working with businesses, the voluntary sector and Government on a range of exciting projects. As an authority, we’ve embraced change and new ways of working, and supported them with major investment in IT and office space.

Reporting to the Chief Executive as the Authority’s Chief Finance Officer, you will already have senior finance experience in a local government setting and will be able to slot in to a dynamic and creative Senior Leadership Team. You’ll be in the thick of it when it comes to delivering priorities and driving us forward, providing analysis and advice to the Chief Executive, directors and elected members; making sure opportunities and risks are fully considered. On top of that, we expect you to take the lead on other key corporate services.

It’s a big job and we want you to lead by example and inspire others to raise their game and contribute to service improvements across the board. Evidence of strong relationship building and effective partnership working with a range of stakeholders is essential.

Somerset is a fantastic place to live and work - home to Exmoor National Park and a whole host of beautiful landscapes, towns and villages. The County is also home to companies working in dynamic and creative sectors such as aerospace, with an economy worth £11bn.

We really believe this is a great opportunity in an exciting organisation and we’d be delighted to give the right candidate a warm Somerset welcome.

To view the Somerset business plan please visit

Closing Date for Applications Monday 17 December 2018 at 10am
Preliminary Interview at our Birmingham OfficeMonday 7 January 2019
Final Panel InterviewThursday 17 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.

Associated documents
  1. People Strategy Powerpoint.pdf
Contact details
Dawn Faulkner: 0121 644 5703

Jo Boardman: 07834 030501