Head of Corporate Services (This is a 2 year Fixed Term Contract, with potential to extend)

South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse Councils

Oxfordshire, with hybrid working

  • Location

    Oxfordshire, with hybrid working

  • Job type

    Fixed Term Contract

  • Sector

    Local Government

  • Salary/Remuneration


  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    27 March 2022

  • Client

    South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse Councils

Ref: GSe84689

This is an exciting opportunity to join South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils as Head of Corporate Services. Our districts share a unique blend of growing vibrant towns and villages surrounded by beautiful rural countryside.

Working to the Deputy Chief Executive – Transformation and Operations, this role leads the portfolios across Communications and Engagement, Customer Services, People and Culture and IT/Digital Services. The deliberate decision to bring these core enabling services together demonstrates our genuine commitment to empathetic people focused services.

We are looking for a systems and valuesbased leader who understands the synergies between the service areas and their internal and external impact.

Technically qualified in one of the key areas with a clear focus on people, you will work well across the disciplines and the political structures, understand policy implications and be able to translate these into positive outcomes. A good communicator and
influencer, with the fortitude and resilience to take people with them; you will have a strong track record of change, engagement and service achievement.

This is a key leadership role within the councils with a focus on building the capacity, systems and organisational infrastructure that give a voice to residents, businesses, visitors and staff.

Further Information

If you are looking for an opportunity where you can shape multi-disciplinary functions, break down silos and make a real difference, please contact our recruitment consultants at GatenbySanderson, Rachel Salvia on 0207 4263374 or Charlotte Croffie on 07551 566195

Recruitment Timetable

Closing date
27 March 2022

Short listing
1st April 2022

Final panel
4th - 6th & 21st April

How to Apply

  • Please submit your CV along with a Supporting Statement addressing the person specification criteria, evidencing how you meet the criteria.
  • Detail any employment or education gaps.
  • Be ready to provide the names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees; one should be your current or most recent employer. Referees will be contacted for those proceeding to final stages. We will always gain your permission before we contact referees.
  • Let us know any difficulty you may have with the indicative timetable.
  • Check that your contact details are correct before you submit.

Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email confirmation. If you do not receive, please email contactus@gatenbysanderson.com


Charlotte Croffie: 07551 566 195
Rachel Salvia: 020 7426 3374