Head of Strategy, Planning and Insight

West Mercia Police

Hindlip, Worcestershire

Ref: GSe55462

Covering nearly 7,500 square kilometres, the West Mercia Police serves nearly 1.2 million residents across the West Midlands. From densely inhabited urban conurbations near Birmingham to the natural beauty of Shropshire and Malvern Hills, this diversity creates unexpected and exciting challenges for us on a daily basis.

In order to offer the best value for money for our communities, we explored an alliance with the Warwickshire Police, sharing certain administrative functions. Having evaluated that relationship, we took the decision to withdraw from the alliance and to create a new Business Services Directorate which will harmonise and enhance our commercially orientated approach. As a result, an opportunity to join us as part of this new Directorate now exist and we are seeking an exceptional individual to help take us to the next stage of our development.

Reporting directly to the Director of Business Services (one of our senior leadership team members), you will play a critical part in our future and directly impact on policing for all our residents and visitors.  Essential to our success, the newly created Head of Strategy, Planning and Insights role will lead the Strategy, Planning and Insight function, setting the strategic direction for policing in the area in line with our purpose to protect people from harm.

With extensive success in leading a business planning function you will be able to evidence managing large-scale cultural change and service excellence programmes which have successfully driving change, embracing technology to help create a positive performance culture with clear targets. A track record of driving delivery, measuring and monitoring progress to achieve desired outcomes, as well as contributing to strategic organisational development and change, will all be key.

Proven experience of managing budgets and resource allocation and setting targets, driving delivery, measuring and monitoring progress and achieve desired outcomes will be just as important as your strong evidence of effective and collaborative stakeholder and relationship management with a range of internal colleagues, partner organisations.

The coming years will be exciting as we implement an ambitious change agenda, transforming how we deliver policing in our area. For a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants GatenbySanderson: Olivia Robinson on 0113 205 6298 or Peter Buffoni on 07964 877654

Closing date7 July 2019
Long listing15 July 2019
Preliminary interviews17 - 26 July 2019
Short listing2 August 2019
Final panel6 August 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.

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