Deputy Chief Fire Officer

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service

Shrewsbury, Shropshire

Ref: GSe63454

Shropshire and Wrekin Fire and Rescue Authority are seeking to appoint an innovative, dynamic leader as their new Deputy Chief Fire Officer to help deliver a high quality, affordable and sustainable fire and rescue service to the people of Shropshire.

The Service is governed by a Fire Authority made up from members of Shropshire Council and Telford and Wrekin Council and delivers a service to over 480,000 residents.  This population is spread over 1,346 square miles, with the busy towns of Shrewsbury and Telford at its centre.  This sparsity, combined with the challenges of two growing vibrant towns, creates a challenging and interesting risk profile.

Applications are sought from Senior Managers who are able to demonstrate significant experience of working at executive / principal officer level within an emergency service environment, have a successful track record of achievement and the ability to provide strategic leadership at a challenging time for the Service.

The successful candidate will be an effective leader with extensive experience across a range of strategic disciplines.  This role requires sound knowledge and experience of fire and rescue service delivery, operational command at all levels, integrated risk management planning, business, financial and succession planning, performance and people management and partnership working.  The individual will need to have the ability to balance conflicting demands, the confidence to innovate and be creative and the resilience and character to deal with the pressures that come with the executive role.  This will require highly effective interpersonal skills with the ability to lead and motivate others and build positive relationships both within and outside of the organisation, including at a national level.  A key part of the role is engagement with Elected Members, working together to shape the direction of the Service. This requires political awareness and a detailed understanding of community issues.

The Deputy Chief Fire Officer post forms part of an Executive Officer Rota and as such is required to provide executive, operational and Gold Command cover.  The position offers Gold Book terms and conditions of service.  The successful candidate will be provided with the use of a vehicle.  A relocation package is also available.

Having reviewed the information, if you would like an informal conversation, please contact Rod Hammerton, Chief Fire Officer on 01743 260204.

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service have a strong commitment to equality diversity and Inclusion at work. We want to reflect the communities we serve and therefore we positively welcome applicants from disabled people and minority groups who are under-represented in our Service.

Closing Date23.59 - Sunday 15th March 2020
Longlist Meeting Monday 23rd March 2020
Preliminary interviews with GatenbySanderson (Birmingham) Wednesday 25th March 2020
Shortlist MeetingMonday 6th April 2020
Psychometric AssessmentsFrom Tuesday 7th April 2020
Final Panel Interview (Shrewsbury)Wednesday 15th April 2020
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.