Specialist & Technical

Specialist and technical roles are often functions which are confined - yet crucial - to a single sector.

Whether it be Adults and Children's Services in Local Government, Public Services Ombudsman in Central Government, Theatre Management in Healthcare, Category Management in Retail or both Anti Money Laundering (AML) and Actuarial in Financial Services, it's without doubt that each sector could not function without them. 

As a niche operator itself at the executive end of both interim management and executive search, Green Park truly understands the expertise required by a resourcing partner to comprehend a client's requirement successfully and identify the stongest long and shortlist candidates.

With a policy of only employing those consultants who have a long-standing passion for their sector and function, customers rely on Green Park time and again to help them find that elusive individual - whether it be a project manager, programme director or head of service. 

You can see a selection of our track record below, whilst unique vacancies we have repeatedly helped clients to solve include:

  • Capital Modelling
  • Public Services Ombudsman
  • 18 Weeks Project Management
  • 4 Hour Project Management
  • Category Management
  • Quality Governance
  • Fashion Merchandising
  • Independent Chair
  • Bid Management 
  • Policy & Research

 

Track Record

Interim Transition Manager, Traded Service
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
NL14661
Location:
London
Salary:
£500 - £700 per day
Duration:
Up to March 2015

The Client
Our client is at business case stage on the creation of a new and innovative service. Their intention, subject to Cabinet approval, is to create a service for residents that will act as a Credit Union to provide the community with an ethical and reputable service for pay day loans, rental of white goods and robust advice and guidance on financial matters. The service is intended to go live in March 2015

The Interim Assignment
The steps to be taken by an interim manager, who will lead this initiative, are: • Management of a £1m budget • Preparation of business case • Identify, secure and fit out an appropriate high street unit • Secure, through procurement, a suitable private sector partner to provide the loans element of the service • Oversee the transfer of staff within the Council in to the Council run elements of the service • Manage all aspects of stakeholder engagement, including with very high profile Members and senior managers

The Interim Manager
We are therefore looking for a very specific skill set and would ask that candidates only apply for the role if they can genuinely evidence experience in all of the following areas: • Strong commercial acumen, evidenced by having led commercial initiatives similar to this in a Local Authority setting • Highly developed communication, negotiation and stakeholder engagement skills – eg political interface and negotiations with private sector partners • Outstanding programme management skills – not necessarily to a specific methodology but certain evidenced through seeing complex programmes of work from inception to go live • Ability to lead staff groups on a matrix management basis as resource will be drawn from other areas of the Council • High level advisory skills – this is new territory for the organisation and therefore the ability to clearly articulate detailed commercial information to stakeholders who will be unfamiliar with these initiatives is crucial. Ideally, the Interim Transition Manager will have recent experience in a Local Authority setting, probably backed with prior commercial or even financial services experience. We are particularly interested in hearing from candidates who have established new traded services, CICs, mutual, social enterprises, joint ventures or independent Trusts for Local Authorities. Whilst preference will be given to candidates who have established any type of similar initiative, candidates who have set up such initiatives covering other Local Authority services are very welcome to apply. Unfortunately we cannot accept applications from candidates who have not already established a function or service in this way. This is not an outsourcing, and therefore it is unlikely that candidates with an outsourcing background would be considered as this is the creation of a new function. 

Interim Rail Bid Director
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
14647
Location:
London
Salary:
£800 per day
Duration:
6 months +

The Client
Our client is a rail organisation.

The Interim Assignment
Our client is looking to take on a senior Bid Director, with experience in heavy rail for a period of 6m+. The client is actively involved in the rail franchise market as a TOC and is looking to expand their ability to bid for and win major heavy rail franchises over the next year.

The Interim Manager
The Interim Rail Bid Director will have had experience of managing and winning major bids within transport and have a good understanding of both the procurement process and what is required to win and deliver successful bids in the current environment. You will have extensive experience of working with DfT and have strong leadership skills. 

Interim Head of Capital Programmes
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
NL27381
Location:
London
Salary:
£400 - £600 per day
Duration:
6 months

The Client
Our client is a London Council.

The Interim Assignment
The Interim Head of Capital Programmes will lead and manage capital programme teams delivering potentially schools, regeneration, and community programmes together with associated activities. The programmes are likely to amount to circa £50m per annum in value and will ensure projects are delivered to the required timescales and budgets, achieving the required outcomes.

The Interim Manager
The successful  Interim Head of Capital Programmes will possess relevant professional or management qualifications and can demonstrate  knowledge of related legislative policy, good practice guidelines and experience in procurement and contract management. Applicants should have a proven track record of delivering capital programmes within a framework of collaborative working with key stakeholders, and have experience in a senior management post in a large complex organisation. 

Interim Programme Manager, Waste Strategy
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
NL/14710
Location:
South of England
Salary:
£600 - £800 per day
Duration:
18 months

The Client 
Our client is a Local Authority.

The Interim Assignment
Our client has a £100m 10 year waste disposal and recycling programme underway. At the heart of this is a small team running a multi-faceted programme with numerous workstreams in different stages of delivery that covers all possible aspects of delivering a large and complex waste infrastructure programme which involves the construction of three new facilities by a private sector partner. An Interim Programme Manager for Waste Strategy is sought to join the organisation for approximately 18 months as the lead for the programme. The interim manager will have overall accountability for the delivery of the programme, which is currently at preferred bidder stage and quickly needs to move in to a major construction phase. This understandably has major community, environmental, planning, political, community, policy, financial and legal aspects to manage, to name but a few.

The Interim Manager
As the overall interim programme manager for waste strategy you will be responsible for:

  • All aspects of high level stakeholder management across the organisation, for example but not limited to all negotiations and dealings with planning, legal and financial colleagues, both Officers and Members.
  • Day to day operational management of a small programme team / office which require strong leadership.
  • All governance arrangements relating to this programme.
  • All upwards management of information – risk reporting, progress presentation etc.
  • Implementation of strong programme methodology (not necessarily Prince 2)

We are specifically looking for a highly experienced programme manager / director who has managed similar construction or capital programmes, ideally relating to environmental, regeneration or waste management initiatives in the past. This experience would most likely have been gained in a Local Authority setting. It is critical that experience has been gained working client side with private sector partners. The requirement for Local Authority experience is specifically due to the ability to navigate highly complex political interfaces where you will be required to brief political stakeholders individually and collectively at the highest levels. Due to the specific nature of the role, we do respectfully ask that applicants only apply who can demonstrate experience as above.

National Head of Skills
Job Type:
Executive Search
Reference:
KA14617
Location:
London
Salary:
Competitive

The client
Our client is a leading provider of employment and training services across the UK. They are a leading provider of the Work Programme, the Government’s flagship initiative to tackle long-term unemployment. With their partners, they deliver a wide range of services from national employability and training programmes to specialist support for local communities. They are an accredited skills and vocational training provider and in 2012 they acquired a large skills and training company - giving them the opportunity to pursue growth and expand the range of services to become a leading, nationwide provider of skills and training in the UK.

The Role
A new position of National Head of Skills has been created and they now seek an individual for this important and exciting role. The individual will be instrumental in designing, developing and growing a successful Skills and Training service across the UK to include developing and implementing strategies to improve organisational capacity and capacity, delivering high quality skills and training programmes together with creating strategic partnerships with senior key stakeholders across the public and private sectors. The focus is on driving continuous improvement, innovation and identifying growth opportunities within the Skills market. This is a fantastic opportunity for someone to make a key impact in the Skills market in the UK and be instrumental in helping develop and grow a key service and business. The person will lead and manage the national skills team which includes leading organisational design and change across the growing Skills business to ensure the structure is in place to deliver outstanding services.

The Candidate
In order to be considered for the role the successful candidate will need to be able to demonstrate experience and evidence in the following areas: • Significant experience in the Skills sector. • A management and leadership role which includes experience of organisational change. • A proven track record of successfully managing and developing commercial training programmes and growing a Skills business. • Building and maintaining business relationships at a senior level across public and private sectors. • Forward thinking and with a passion for making an impact in future of Skills and Training in the UK. For further information on this position, please contact skills@green-park.co.uk Due to the high volume of applications we receive for every role, regretfully we are only able to respond to candidates who meet the client’s requirements - in which case we will contact you within two working days. Thank you in advance for your understanding in this matter.

Interim Director of Policy and Research
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
DN14717
Location:
London
Salary:
Competitive
Duration:
9 months

The Client
Our client is one of the UK’s largest charities.

The Interim Assignment
Our client is looking to appoint an interim Director of Policy and Research for a period of 9-12 months. This role will be directly responsible for positioning our client as the thought leader in their sector while directing the research and intelligence activity. This role will be responsible for working with the board to agree the strategy for research , public affairs and research while also working to shape and implement strategy. The role will also be to understand the organisations policy across the wider agenda and create insights into broader health policy. The successful candidate will also lead on the development of the external research function representing the organisation at government/ data organisations

The Interim Manager
The Interim Director of Policy and Research will have the ability to function in both the public and not for profit arena and will have led the public affairs function at board level. Preference  will be given to applicants that have led strategic planning activities, budgeting and deployment of resources while being able to demonstrate expert knowledge management, policy development, research practices and public affairs activity.

Head of Category – Estates and Facilities
Job Type:
Executive Search
Reference:
AB14715
Location:
South East
Salary:
Competitive

The Client
Our client is The Department for Work and Pensions: Transforming lives through work, saving and support. As the UK’s biggest public service department, it administers the State Pension and a range of working age, disability and ill health benefits to over 22 million claimants and customers. In 2013/14, it assisted around 2.8 million people leave Jobseekers Allowance, advertised 4 million job vacancies, carried out 25 million advisor interviews and managed contracts worth over £3billion, covering estates, IT and the provision of employment services.

The Role
The DWP is currently undertaking a commercial change programme to improve capability, a key strategic priority for the department. To deliver this change, the Commercial Directorate is embedding a new category management approach. The Estates and Facilities Management Category is facing significant challenges as the Department is looking to put in place a new property strategy and commercial agreements. To address this, a Head of Category is required with significant strategic and leadership skills to effectively address both of these challenges, and at the same time to strategically manage one of the largest property portfolios in the UK. As a member of the Commercial Directorate’s Senior Management Team, you will play a key leadership role in developing a strong commercial function for the Department across Government. This will involve the creation and delivery of business plans and strategy, managing the end-to-end delivery of the estates and facilities management category, all sourcing activity and management and performance of contracts and key suppliers. Critical to the success of this role will be your ability to manage key stakeholder relationships with the DWP and across Government/Whitehall at Ministerial and Board level to provide advice, direction and assurance on all commercial issues across the portfolio.

The Person
The successful applicant will possess the following skills and experience: •     operating in a category management environment with demonstrable deep commercial expertise across a variety of category areas •     commercial management, specifically within Estates and Facilities Management within a large, complex, multi-supplier environment •     managing a significant property portfolio and its contractual arrangements •     methods and techniques for negotiating and monitoring the legal/contractual aspects of contracts for the supply of products and outsourced services •     acquisition of strategic or unique common services type spend categories while optimising total cost of ownership The Department for Work and Pensions, as an Equal Opportunities Employer, actively encourages applications from people with disabilities. For further information please contact Andrea Bainger on andrea.bainger@green-park.co.uk or 020 7399 4300 or view our microsite at: http://www.green-park-jobs.co.uk/dwp

Interim Service Delivery Manager – Children’s Services
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
NL/14718
Location:
Midlands
Salary:
£400 - £500 per day
Duration:
6 months

The Client
Our client, a Local Authority in the West Midlands, is looking to appoint an Interim Service Delivery Manager - Children’s Services for a period of six months whilst they recruit permanently.

The Interim Assignment
Reporting to the Assistant Director of Children’s Services, the successful interim Service Delivery Manager - Children’s Services will be responsible for managing the following service areas:

• Child Protection Plans
• Children and Family Assessments (including complex assessments)
• Care Proceedings
• Section 47 Investigations

The Interim Manager
The team comprises of 40 staff. It is essential that the interim Service Delivery Manager - Children’s Services has recent experience of managing all four of the above areas, preferably in the context of improving services and social work practice as well as inspection preparation.  

Interim Head of Performance and Information Management (Children and Adult Services)
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
NL14685
Location:
London
Salary:
£450 - £500 per day
Duration:
6 months

The Client
Our client is looking to hire an interim Head of Performance and Information Management for Children’s Services.

The Interim Assignment
The Interim Head of Performance and Information Management will support the Strategic Directors for Children and Young People and for Adults Services and their Management Teams to drive continuous improvement across all the Departments’ activities through the development and management of the Departments’ performance framework and processes to ensure service performance can be challenged and tested. The primary role is to: 1. Lead the development of performance and management information in the Department, with particular emphasis on managers’ use and understanding of the information in relation to policy development, decision-making, budget planning, operational delivery and effectiveness. 2. Ensure the Department meets all its statutory, regulatory, partnership and Council information reporting requirements, including external and internal quality and audit standards. In addition: 1. Support and advise the Executive Director and Management Team in regularly reviewing, assessing and improving performance across all the Department’s activities, through developing and leading a service which delivers the following: •   The analysis, presentation and understanding of needs data, linking data across partners as appropriate •   Collection, reporting, presentation and analysis of high quality children’s and adults services data, meeting timetables for statutory returns •   the scrutiny, analysis and interpretation of performance data, trends and comparative benchmarking information; •   making a contribution to safeguarding of children and young people through excellent recording and tracking plus high standards of data management •   monitoring the outcomes of service provision, including equalities; •   identifying potential performance challenges, related causes and any wider implications at an early stage; •   undertaking in-depth reviews, as commissioned by the Strategic Directors and Management Team; •   keeping abreast of relevant good practice and performance across the public, private, voluntary and community sectors; •   leading or supporting the development and implementation of departmental improvement projects and programmes. 2. Lead the development and operation of the Department’s performance management systems and processes to ensure they are fit for purpose, including Frameworki. 3. Lead on the collection and analysis of schools data and support to schools in data use and data systems.

The Interim Manager
It is critical that candidates applying for this role have previously run this same function within a Local Authority Children’s Services Directorate. We will not be able to accept applications from candidates who do not meet the above criteria due to the high risk nature of the work. 

Interim Transformation Lead
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
JN14681
Location:
West Europe
Salary:
£1200 per day
Duration:
18 months

Client description
Green Park is partnering a renowned high street retailer through an exciting international brand / repositioning journey by appointing an Interim Transformation Lead to act as the conduit between the turnaround / implementation business improvement teams and the wider international business, board and private equity house.

Assignment description
The Interim Transformation Lead will be pivotal in driving organisational commercial change and decisions while assisting the business improvement team in delivering implementations within finance and technology. You will have full view of the organisation and engagement with the board / senior leadership team. In addition, you be responsible for agenda and delivery of the finished article in partnership with the business improvement team.

Candidate description
The Interim Transformation Lead will need to have proven experience with handling business change, specifically within a retail / fashion / apparel orientated environment. Our client’s store network is 300+ so this will be an incredibly hands on assignment and will involve European travel. This is an opportunity for an established, seasoned Interim board-level executive. 

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