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Strategic Director for Finance (Section 151 Officer)

Woking Borough Council
Woking, Surrey
£108,594 - £128,312
Closing date
6 Jan 2024

Have you got what it takes to finish what has already been started?

Woking, nestled in Surrey and just 30 miles from London, offers a mix of urban convenience and rural charm. It has a bustling town centre which provides a diverse shopping and dining experience to live, work, and play. Cultural hotspots including the New Victoria Theatre and The Lightbox attract arts lovers, while outdoor enthusiasts enjoy the natural beauty of Woking Park and Goldsworth Park. This harmonious blend of modern amenities, cultural richness, and natural beauty makes Woking an exceptionally desirable place to live, work, and explore.

We know where we’ve been, and we know where we’re going and are looking for an exceptional finance leader to join us on this critical journey. Due to historical commercial and regeneration investments leading to unsustainable levels of borrowing, we are in a well-publicised and challenging financial position. We are now working effectively with our committed commissioners and have developed an Improvement and Recovery Plan which we are already delivering against.

This pivotal period calls for exceptional financial acumen and innovative leadership to guide us towards stability and growth.

As a member of the Corporate Leadership Team, you will drive and embed financial strategies and collaborate closely with the Chief Executive and Government commissioners. Your expertise will be key in executing the Improvement and Recovery Plan (IRP) to steer WBC towards financial sustainability and compliance with 'best value duty'. Whilst you will drive innovation and new ways of thinking to help us tackle the challenges we face, you will also ensure that the services you lead deliver the basics brilliantly Beyond managing our finance you will be a catalyst in positive change for Woking's future.

This is a unique opportunity to leave a lasting impact on Woking, a community on the cusp of rejuvenation. You will join a supportive, collaborative environment where your expertise is not just valued but needed.

If you're a visionary finance professional eager to embrace and resolve unique challenges, while unlocking new opportunities for an entire community, Woking is your stage. Join us in transforming potential into prosperity and embark on a career-defining journey with Woking Borough Council. Your future at WBC starts now.

For more information about the role, or to discuss your suitability, please contact Frazer Thouard ( or Sandra Jones ( from our retained partners at GatenbySanderson.

To apply please click the Apply Now link below.

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