Head of Strategy and Innovation

South Gloucestershire Council

South Gloucestershire

  • Location

    South Gloucestershire

  • Job type


  • Sector

    Local Government

  • Salary/Remuneration

    £74,310 - £80,963

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    09 August 2020

  • Client

    South Gloucestershire Council

Ref: GSe65925

We’re making a difference; be a part of it.

Head of Strategy and Innovation

Here at South Gloucestershire Council we serve a vibrant and diverse community and are recognised as an ambitious, forward thinking, high performing organisation.  Through this period of unprecedented change, our strength has been our outstanding colleagues. We’re committed to working together in an environment which is free from discrimination and where our people feel valued and respected.  

We have become stronger and more resilient than ever, working harder every day to be the council our residents expect. Even in these extraordinary times, we have been proactive, working with our outstanding partners to delivery exceptional services to our communities. 

How you’ll make a difference  

In order to sharpen our focus, harness our strengths and identify opportunities to ensure the residents of South Gloucestershire can thrive, we have created an exciting new role for a proactive, dynamic, forward thinking individual.  In this highly varied role, you will lead on strategy and policy development at a corporate and community level, strengthening the capability to deliver our ambition and priorities, at pace. 

Working collaboratively, you will pivot the organisation further towards a corporate identity of innovation, transformation and sustainability which further enhances our reputation and South Gloucestershire’s brand as a great place to live, work, learn, invest and grow. 

We are looking for a special kind of leader with the talent to gain the trust and support of our residents, as well as our elected members and senior officers.  Utilising your exceptional relationship building and communication skills you will effectively advise and influence at the highest level, strengthening partnerships, identifying and creating new ways of working, and empowering our residents.


What we need from you

You will be an experienced senior manager, ideally with a background in strategy and programme development, with experience of marketing/brand development strategies and community engagement. 

You will have an adaptable approach, be forward thinking and visionary, building a sense of direction and a commitment to change among staff.

Crucially, you understand the importance of communications and know how to enhance our brand, creating a compelling corporate narrative across our strategic communications and public relations activities. Above all, you’ll be enthused by this unique opportunity to touch the lives of our residents, making a difference to their communities.

For more information about the role or for a confidential discussion, please contact Dawn Faulkner (0121 644 5703) or Paddy O’Hara (0113 205 6098)


Closing dateMonday 10 August 2020 @ 10am
Long listing13 August 2020
Preliminary interviews17th August 2020
Short listing20 August 2020
Final panel9th and 10th September 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.

Contact details
Padraig O'Hara: 0113 205 6098