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Director of Operations

Gedling Borough Council
Gedling, Nottingham
Up to £89,631 per annum
Closing date
9 Jun 2024

Job Details

Following a transformative restructuring programme, we are looking to recruit to several senior roles. Focusing on being resident centric, commercially minded, data and performance driven we hope to position ourselves as the best Council in the East Midlands growing an environment where residents enjoy the lifestyle they deserve, in a place they are proud of. 

We value experience and talent, but we are lean and have no space for passengers. You will need to be hungry to get stuck into the projects that we have and be a visible presence both within the workplace and the wider community.  

As Director of Operations you will have a place on our Senior Leadership Team you will provide leadership within the Council and with key partners. Directly managing our waste, parks and street care teams and managing our leisure, community and wellbeing functions through an Assistant Director you will have ample opportunity to make a genuine impact across the borough. 

A fuller description of the role (job description and person specification) is attached. For further information, please contact 

About the Council 
You might not have heard of Gedling Borough Council. But if you haven’t, we would be disappointed, and you really should look at the work that we are doing. 

Relevant to this post we are actively and vigorously pursuing our list of ambitious major projects including consideration of how we might best continue to deliver environmental, leisure and community services to ensure that our residents can enjoy good physical and mental health; the continued provision of excellent parks and recreational spaces for local people to enjoy; and the on-going work to ensure that our neighbourhoods are safe, modern, clean, healthy and vibrant places to live and work. The list goes on, but you get the idea. 

Gedling is an attractive place to live and work, and the Council offices are situated in an award-winning park within easy reach of Nottingham City Centre and rural Nottinghamshire. 

Person Specification

Key: D=Desirable, E=Essential, I=Interview, A=Application Form, T=Test, M=Medical

Relevant Experience

Requirement Assessment Criteria

(E) (A/I/T) Ability to develop and communicate vision and direction

(E) (A/I) Experience of successfully initiating, leading and managing change, at a senior and strategic level

(E) (A/I) Evidence of ability to lead the development of new ways of working at an organisational and service level

(E) (A/I) Experience of creating a customer-focused and performance driven culture

(E) (A/I) Experience of leading high profile and strategically significant projects to a successful outcome

(E) (A/I/T) High degree of political awareness and sensitivity

(E) (A) Substantial senior management experience of working corporately within a public sector organisation

(E) (I/T) In-depth understanding of the role of local government and emerging issues and developments

Qualifications / Training

Requirement Assessment Criteria (E) (A) Educated to degree level or equivalent (E) (A/I) Evidence of continuous professional and leadership development

Job Related Skills

Requirement Assessment Criteria

(E) (A/I) Strong track record of ability to secure “buy-in” to corporate priorities (E) (A/I) Proven track record of leading a range of different services to achieve improvements in customer satisfaction and value for money

(E) (A/I/T) Evidence of ability to build consensus and to manage conflict effectively

(E) (A/I) Proven ability to work collaboratively and effectively with elected members at a strategic and operational level

Personal Attributes

Requirement Assessment Criteria

(E) (A/I/T) Excellent communication skills, including the ability to present complex information effectively to a wide range of audiences

(E) (A/I/T) Ability to operate effectively and make good judgements in sensitive, high pressure situations

(E) (A/I) Evidence of ability to initiate and develop purposeful joint working or partnership arrangements

(E) (A/I) Honesty and integrity

Equal Opportunities

Requirement Assessment Criteria

(E) (I/T) Sophisticated understanding of equality issues and local government’s contribution to these

Gedling Manager

Requirement Assessment Criteria

(E) (I) To be committed to the principles of “The Gedling Leader” in a way appropriate to the job

Work Circumstances

Requirement Assessment Criteria

(E) (A/I) Ability and willingness to travel inside and outside the Council area as required


Company info
0115 901 3901
Civic Centre
Arnot Hill Park

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