Director of Finance (S151)

Somerset County Council


  • Location


  • Job type


  • Sector

    Local Government

  • Salary/Remuneration

    up to £120,000

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    10 October 2019

  • Client

    Somerset County Council

Ref: GSe57509

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 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 whilst improving services. Councillors and officers have made some difficult choices as we know that we need to continue to improve and innovate whilst living within our financial means. Based on our reframed finances, we have realistic and exciting plans for designing and delivering our services.

Somerset County Council is well on the way to turning the corner. Our auditors, peer reviewers and Ofsted all say we are improving. Our reserves are significantly increased with plans to continue this investment. Our staff are committed and delivering high quality services while making necessary savings and keeping to budget. We are investing in our Senior Leadership Team with a strong and comprehensive development programme.

With so much positive about Somerset, now is the time to fill a vital strategic post – Director of Finance. Reporting into the Chief Executive, you will already be working as a section 151 officer or ambitious deputy and be able to offer outstanding technical and organisational skills.

Somerset is a fantastic place to live and work - home to Exmoor National Park and a whole host of beautiful landscapes, towns and villages. This is the right time to join an exciting organisation as an ambitious section 151 Officer and we’d be delighted to give the right candidate a warm Somerset welcome.

Closing date11th October 2019 at 10am
Longlist meeting15th October 2019
Preliminary interviews23rd and 24th October
Shortlist meeting6th November 2019
Final interviews14th and 15th November 2019 TBC
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
Dawn Faulkner: 0121 644 5703

Tim Hills: 0113 205 6085