Assistant Director – Growth & Place Communities Directorate

Circa £90,000
26 Apr 2018
01 Jun 2018
Job role
Contract Type
Full time

We’re home to some of the brightest minds in the country. What’s more, we’re right at the heart of a truly global network of innovation.  So when it comes to reinventing our entire transport and connectivity network – shouldn’t we go further than anyone else? We believe so. That’s why we’re radically rethinking how life in Oxfordshire should be. And why we’ll look to you to drive forward projects that are mind-stretching, career-building and destined to bring people and ideas closer together.  This is a once in a generational chance to shape what the internationally renowned Oxfordshire will look like not just now but in 50 years.   With thriving communities, a thriving economy and a natural environment that will be equal to the best.  

You will be front and centre at making places work in Oxfordshire.  Translating the strategic vision of what Oxfordshire should look like into reality for local communities.  You will be key in providing the leadership on innovative, complex project that will see a step change in how we connect people and places across the county.  Your success depends on bringing diverse partners together, from parish councils and developers, to Highways England and Network Rail. Then, you’ll need to bring a raft of priorities in line with our growth agenda. These include the Growth Deal, the Housing Infrastructure Fund, air quality and green infrastructure.

You’ll be responsible for strengthening links with district and city partners so local collaboration can make a greater impact. At the same time, you’ll be securing funding, responding to planning consultations and shaping a strong, sustainable team. And of course, you’ll be making the most of infrastructure development through a host of innovative projects. It’s a one-of-a-kind opportunity to make our county better connected.

All this calls for sound experience and a track record of leading large-scale services. We’re looking for a skilled professional who can translate strategic vision into action and achieve efficiency through lean models. Crucially, you won’t be afraid to lead the radical transformation of services, right from start to finish. And that takes ambition, drive and a real gift for collaboration.

Equipped with leadership or management qualifications as well as a relevant degree, you’ll be as ready to challenge as you are to support and encourage; as skilled at interpreting business data as you are at boosting efficiency; and as politically astute as you are commercially aware.

To find out more about a role that will transform your future as well as the day-to-day life of everyone who lives in, works in or visits Oxfordshire, please visit

For a confidential discussion about these roles, please contact our consultants at Penna, Anthony Hopkin on 07500 042272 or Carol Coyle on 020 7332 7806.

Closing date: 1st June 2018