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Assistant Director - Finance

Gedling Borough Council
Gedling, Nottingham
Up to £71,275 per annum (includes 5% enhancement as Deputy S151 Officer)
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 within the workplace. 

About the role 
Having a proven track record of local government finance should go without saying. What is worth saying though is that the job really is one in which there is opportunity to get to know the business and to contribute to key decisions. You will work with senior and key colleagues to support them in their delivery of service and will genuinely feel that your work is contributing significantly to the completion of projects that will materially improve our residents’ and customers’ lives. 

You will undertake both the operational and strategic lead in the processes required to ensure setting of an appropriate budget, working directly with the Portfolio Holder for Finance, Leader of the Council, Senior Leadership Team, Corporate Management Team and the Council’s Section 151 Officer. 

You will also provide advice at the appropriate level to Council and its committees, Officers, individual Members and to Controlling Group and Opposition Groups. 

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) Successful track record of managing teams to develop services and improve value for money

(E) (A/I) Experience of effectively managing the performance of individuals, teams and services through use of performance management systems (

E) (A/I/T) Ability to initiate, communicate and implement change

(E) (A/I/T) Evidence of ability to critically review and analyse services and to formulate plans that drive performance

(E) (A/I) Experience of successfully managing a range of complex projects

(E) (A/I) Substantial experience of successfully managing the re-engineering of front line business processes

(E) (A/I) Thorough and up to date knowledge of current and relevant legislation and best practice across the range of functions managed 

(E) (A/I) Excellent understanding of the key drivers of performance improvement and efficiency

(E) (A/I) Experience of successfully delivering performance improvement and efficiency programmes

(E) (A/I) Ability to manage the provision of a range of services (including Revenues and Welfare support) through the delivery by specialist lead officers

Qualifications / Training

Requirement Assessment Criteria

(E) (I) Evidence of a commitment to continuous personal development

(E) (A) Full relevant professional financial qualification (CIPFA or equivalent)

Job Related Skills

Requirement Assessment Criteria

(E) (A/I/T) Ability to think creatively and to generate innovative and practical solutions

(E) (A/I) Evidence of effective financial management and ability to be creative in the use of resources (

E) (A/I/T) Political nous and an ability to work effectively within a political environment

(E) (A/I/T) Proven ability to motivate, influence and develop others

(E) (A/I/T) Ability to build and maintain positive relationships with a range of stakeholders

Personal Attributes

Requirement Assessment Criteria

(E) (A/I/T) Highly developed oral, written and presentation skills

(E) (A/I/T) Honesty and Integrity

Gedling Manager

Requirement Assessment Criteria

(E) (I/T) Meets the standards of the Gedling Employee and Gedling Manager 

Work Circumstances

Requirement Assessment Criteria

(E) (A/I) Ability to work outside normal office hours

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


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0115 901 3901
Civic Centre
Arnot Hill Park

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