Director of Corporate Services (Qualified Accountant)
A strategic role for a Qualified Accountant with vision and a commercial background.
Your new company
Lancaster City Council are half way through their Corporate Plan to enhance the economy, the environment, neighbourhoods, and the well being of the districts communities. The vision is for the district to thrive as a vibrant regional centre in the North West of England.
With key projects in the pipeline including The Eden Project and Canal Quarter there has never been a more exciting time to live and work in Lancaster – also home to some of the best educational establishments in the country, including a top ten UK University.
The Director of Corporate services is a key role within the senior team, and so if you are looking for a challenging role, with opportunity to add value, in a forward thinking organisation, working with a supportive and dedicated team of professionals from a variety of backgrounds- this role could be the opportunity you have been looking for!
Your new role
Reporting directly into the Chief Executive, this role will provide leadership to Finance, Human Resources, Organisational Development, Learning and Development, IT, Legal, Audit, and Procurement. The role will ensure provision of high quality corporate support to enable delivery of the councils ambitious agenda. Working directly with the Executive team to shape strategy, innovation and transformation, this role would suit an aspirational professional with a strong finance background, looking for that next step.
Your track record will enable you to deliver services in a way which supports the agenda for change, and your strong leadership and collaborative approach will enable sustained continuous improvement and improved organisational performance. You will lead the team to align services with the needs of clients and provide expert and professional advice to a wide audience across the range of Corporate Service functions.
What you’ll need to succeed
The ideal candidate would be required to have a professional finance qualification (ACA, ACCA, CIMA, CIPFA) and already be working in a “Head of” or senior role, although not necessarily working in a Director position,as this role could be a great next step for an ambitious person who has exceptional leadership skills, whilst also possessing a strong understanding of complex accounting models.
Although experience of working in the Public Sector or Local government is desirable, the council has excellent training and support programmes to support candidates in professional development, and so applications from all candidates meeting the above criteria will be considered.
If you are considering relocating to Lancaster, it is a growing economy which homes City, Coast and Countryside, whilst also referred to as the gateway to the stunning Lake District, Yorkshire Dales & Cumbria. Transport links via road and rail are excellent in the area, including quick access on to the M6 North to Carlisle and Scotland, as well as South to Preston, Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham.
What you’ll get in return
Compensation includes a starting salary of £81,600 – £89,760 per annum, as well as 15.5% pension contribution, 34 days holiday plus bank holidays, flexible working options and the ability to work from home.The status of the role does dictate flexibility to attend meetings and perform other duties related to the council outside of normal office hours, the standard working week is is 37 hours Monday-Friday,
You will also receive on going support and training throughout your career with Lancaster City Council, the team are collaborative and are committed to aligning services in a way that supports the agenda for change,
What you need to do now
If you’re interested in this role, click ‘apply now’ to forward an up-to-date copy of your CV to Tanya Parry to discuss the role in as much detail as you require to offer you the opportunity to make an informed choice before applying. This is a fantastic opportunity.
If you would like more detailed information before you apply, please visit our dedicated recruitment site: webmicrosites.hays.co.uk/web/lancaster-cc
If this job isn’t quite right for you but you are looking for a new position, please contact us for a confidential discussion on your career.