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

Capital Modelling Actuary
Job Type:
Executive Search
Reference:
SS14572
Location:
London
Salary:
Up to £130k basic + bonus

The Client
Due to the 3rd phase of capital management that the global insurance industry is facing, gathering pace on Solvency II implementation, our clients in the European and London market are creating a high demand for capital modelling actuaries within their capital modelling departments.

The Role
The successful hires will work in medium sized teams (8+) and be expected to understand and offer guidance to the European capital modelling team and also involve calculation kernels, risk appetite framework, research into new tools underwriting risk review. The role would be working on both short and medium term projects.

The Candidate
Successful candidates will need to have an excellent grasp of capital modelling techniques and should have at least 3 - 5 years practical experience of capital modelling, including knowledge of Solvency II and related issues. They should have strong IT skills, knowledge of ReMetrica and knowledge of catastrophe model output.

Interim Category Manager – Waste Management & Environmental Services (Local Government)
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
NC14531
Location:
South East
Salary:
£500 per day
Duration:
6 months

The Client
Our client is a Unitary Authority in the South East.

The Interim Assignment
The Interim Category Manager – Waste Management & Environmental Services will lead on category of spend across waste management and environmental services / contracts. You will be expected to provide a professional, customer-focused service for the procurement of goods and services within the aforementioned Category Management Framework delivering:

(i) Category management strategy
(ii) Category management savings, supplier engagement and demand management plans
(iii) Portfolio planning, bundling and key stakeholders
(iv) Supplier Relationship and Contract management
(v) Spend Analysis and Category Review

A key outcome will be to contribute to the achievement of the strategic sourcing savings targets of £10.7 million by 2014/15, develop and implement innovative approaches to supply arrangements that minimise costs and commercial risks, delivering cashable savings, whilst at the same time enhancing the services the council provides to the local community. Large contract re/negotiation and strategy would be advantageous.

The Interim Manager
The Interim Category Manager – Waste Management & Environmental Services will possess in-depth experience and an excellent track record in category management, procurement and project management in large public sector organisations. In-depth experience of managing budgets, implementing change and managing relationships throughout a complex, diverse organisation in a commercial role and delivering category management excellence within a Waste Management & Environmental Services context would also be advantageous.

 

Interim Assistant Director, Adult Services & Safeguarding
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
NL14488
Location:
London
Salary:
£600 per day
Duration:
6 - 9 months

The Client

Our client is a high performing London Borough with an ambitious agenda to drive through significant changes to deliver service improvements, address the Better Care Fund agenda and reducing spending in line with 2015 / 16 targets.

The Interim Assignment

As Interim Assistant Director of Adults, your primary focus will be on the day to day management of an £87m service area with approximately 1000 staff. Performance is strong, but there is an emphasis on delivering continuous improvement in front line service provision (particularly in learning disability services) and ensuring robust procedures are in place for adult safeguarding. Strong financial management expertise is a must.

The Interim Manager

The Interim Assistant Director of Adult Services & Safeguarding will without exception have significant second tier leadership experience in the management of high performing adult social care services. It is anticipated that candidates will have a social work qualification. Preference will be given to candidates who can be on site 5 days per week.

Strategic Development Actuary
Job Type:
Executive Search
Reference:
SS14603
Location:
Midlands
Salary:
£110k+ package

The Client
Our client is a financial services organisation.

The Role
Due to continued expansion in their insurance lines, our client is looking to add to their senior team. The role of the Strategic Development Actuary will involve the following: • Provide advice and recommendations to the Head of Capital Management and Chief Actuary on the actuarial aspects and resourcing requirements of the Society’s relevant strategic projects • Manage the actuarial work and testing to support strategic projects to agreed timescales and quality, and assist the Head of Capital Management to identify, select and arrange the resources required • Liaise with other actuarial and non-actuarial team managers to ensure an appropriate handover of project knowledge, training, resources and processes into the business-as-usual environment • Support the Head of Capital Management by overseeing the work of the Product Pricing Actuary and team, to ensure that all manufactured products are priced appropriately • Provide operational support and deputise for the Head of Capital Management as required

The Ideal Candidate
The Strategic Development Actuary will possess the following attributes: • Up-to-date knowledge of modern actuarial techniques, product developments within the financial services industry, and the statutory and regulatory framework for life office valuation and reporting • Strong communication, people management and development skills and a pro-active approach to dealing with other areas of the business • Excellent customer service in dealing with internal and external customer queries • Ability to work on own initiative, learn new skills and absorb information quickly • Qualified Actuary – Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries or equivalent

Interim Project Manager – Social Care Information System Implementation Project
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
NC14542
Location:
London
Salary:
£500 - £600 per day
Duration:
12 months +

The Client
Our client is an outer London Borough which has historically performed well, has a stable work force with low staff turnover. Culturally the organisation is delivery focused and this is reflected in both its initiatives and outcomes.

The Interim Assignment The interim project manager will be expected to plan and lead the implementation of a newly procured Social Care Information System and associated data migration, system configuration, change management, user training and business process re-engineering work required as part of this. The interim project manager will be expected to provide progress updates and advice to Council, Cabinet, Scrutiny Panels, the Corporate Management Team (CMT), Departmental Management Teams and key managers and staff across the authority. A large element of this role will be to manage the project to time and budget. This will include the production and management of the project budget (c. £2 million without internal resources), the management of the Implementation Project Team and the production of all related project documents. It has been identified that the relationship between the supplier, council and key stakeholders will be key to the success of the implementation and project. The interim project manager will be required to manage the relationship with the system supplier, ensuring that they are delivering in line with the agreed organisational requirements and the overall project plan. Additionally, as part of implementation, manage delivery of business benefits with and to key stakeholder’s. The interim project manager will also be required to work alongside senior managers from across the organisation to help drive the cultural change required.

The Interim Manager
The interim project manager will be expected to be able to demonstrate and evidence the following; • Experience of successfully delivering complex IT implementation projects; delivery in a local government environment or the social care field advantageous. • Experience of delivering IT enabled change in a project involving a large and diverse service user base. • Experience of managing multi-disciplinary project teams and supplier relationship to achieve successful project delivery • Experience of managing resources, finances and performance expectations effectively in order to drive business and service performance, accepting personal accountability for results. • Knowledge and experience of project and programme management methodologies such as PRINCE2, AGILE, MSP. • Strong project management skills demonstrated in the successful delivery of a number of large projects. • Knowledge and understanding of how risk, issue and interdependency management are delivered within a project environment • Excellent numeracy and well-developed analytical skills to steer business process change, benefits realisation and budget management • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with elected members, partners and colleagues at all levels; tact, diplomacy and resilience • Excellent communication and advocacy skills, both orally and in writing • Experience of implementing one of the following systems; Frameworki, Liquid Logic or CareFirst. 

Category Director - Retail
Job Type:
Executive Search
Reference:
RF14445
Location:
London
Salary:
£100k - £120k per annum

The Client
Our client is a well-known retail operator with a number of recognisable and successful brands, which is looking to build its commercial strength, notably at Category Director level.

The Role
As part of its next phase of growth and in order to accomplish its ambitious plans, the Category Directors will deliver a strong product offering and strategy to maximise revenue and margin opportunities across the Group. You will be the driving force behind future trends and demands, assuming P&L responsibility for the commercial performance of each of the ranges. You will forecast, plan and implement effective buying strategies by category and channel, ensuring seasonal delivery of product ranges to deliver the right products at the right margin.

The Candidate
This is a fast paced, highly energetic environment where no two days are the same. The type of individual that excels here is self-motivated, but will also be motivating to all around them, able to perform the role of calming influence, demonstrating strategic thinking combined with a solution driven approach. The successful Category Directors will have experience of category management with substantial P&L responsibility, combined with the drive and hunger for growth and progression.

Interim Business Case Lead - Adult Social Care
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
NC14563
Location:
London
Salary:
£430 per day
Duration:
3 months +

The Client
Our client is a Central London Council.

The Interim Assignment
Our client requires an interim Business Case Lead for a three month period to develop a number of high profile business cases for major change across the Council. The appointed lead will work within the Change and Programme Management Unit supporting Adult Social Care. You will be expected to tackle assignments involving complexity and ambiguity to strict timelines. Key responsibilities for the role have been identified as follows: • Lead the development of robust business cases for complex business change across Adult Social Care • Develop and own the plan for production of the relevant business cases across Adult Social Care • Liaise with senior management across the Change and Programme Management Unit and Adult Social Care to understand the rationale and requirements for change • Develop business case documents in line with business requirements and strict timelines. Ensure that there is a strong rationale, cost benefit analysis and a robust delivery case documented within the relevant business cases • Provide direction to relevant business analyst resources supporting development of business cases • Quality assure business analysis relating to business case development • Support complex business analysis as required • Lead presentations to relevant management teams summarising key business case information • Work as part of a wider Change and Programme Management team developing business cases across the Council to strict timelines • Ensure that the relevant business cases are robust and fit for purpose • Contribute to corporate learning on business case development

The Interim Manager
The successful interim Business Case Lead will have a proven track record in coordinating multiple development priorities in an adult social care change and transformation context, providing direction to the team and key stakeholders and will have a natural ability to assess the impact on the business of the proposed solution. You will be a natural problem solver with the ability to identify and resolve issues with speed. You will therefore be focused on delivering value that will directly lead to achievement of business outcomes and identified benefits. It has been identified that the successful interim will have strong analytical skills and be able to evidence a proven track record of the analysis of financial information, an understanding of the business context and the ability to extract key facts to deliver concise Management Information. Multi-level/channel communication is key to the success of the various projects and business cases therefore effective communication and interpersonal skills and ability to quickly establish strong working relationships is essential. You will be a strong team player, demonstrating and evidencing commitment to team work, creating value not only for self but for others as it is key the appointed interim focuses on the overall objectives of the team to continuously improve. Our client has stipulated that the following experience must be evidenced by the successful interim: • Relevant project management qualifications e.g. APM Practitioner, PMP, or PRINCE2 Practitioner • Excellent Microsoft Office skills • At least three years’ experience as a business case developer within a complex change environment • Significant experience of HM Treasury Green Book business case development • Experience using formal structured business analysis techniques • Adult Social Care experience 

Interim Improvement Programme Manager - Looked After Children & Children Leaving Care (Local Government)
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
NL14518
Location:
South East
Salary:
£450 - £600 per day
Duration:
Up to 24 months

The Client

Our client is a Unitary Local Authority in the South East who - following an inadequate inspection outcome for looked after children and care leavers - is seeking a highly competent programme manager with a proven track record of developing and leading the effective delivery of transformational change and pathway redesign to achieve accelerated improvement in outcomes for children looked after and care leavers.

The Interim Assignment

The primary objective of the transformation programme is to ensure that looked after children and care leavers are provided with a consistent and high quality experience throughout their journey in the care system and into adulthood. The scope of the programme includes young people on the edge of care and the development of approaches to maintain young people in the community wherever it is safe to do so.

You will report to the ADs, Directors and the Transformation Programme Board, leading the programme management activity to identify, design and implement the projects within the programme and ensure effective and timely implementation. Key outputs include:

• Model and implement new service pathways, through effective analysis of activity, financial and outcome data.

• Make proposals to redesign the market are required achieve improved outcomes for customers within increasingly limited resources.

• Monitor programme progress and the achievement of expected outcomes, identifying risks and blockages to progress and actions to mitigate these.

• Manage, maintain and deliver the Programme Communications Plan

• Assist the Service to manage the relationship between the various stakeholders within and outside of the Council.

• Provide transparent and effective channels to allow stakeholders to raise programme issues and risks

• Compile and present reports to the Transformation Board, the Improvement Board and other governance boards of the council as required.

The Interim Manager

This is a critical role in the Council’s improvement of outcomes for children and candidates will therefore have a proven track record of transformation, service modelling, and programme management in children’s services. You will ideally have led similar transformation initiatives in other Local Authorities and will be fully familiar with Looked After Children and Care Leaving Services in the context of the current national agenda. The emphasis is on transformation and delivering a complex programme of change rather than operational management, but subject matter expertise is important. You do not need to hold a social work qualification, although it is likely that preference will be given to those who do. An offer of a contract will be subject to passing a DBS and references to include your most recent interim assignment or employment.

Interim Economist
Job Type:
Reference:
PH14489
Location:
North West
Salary:
£600 - £700 per day

The Client

Our client is a major financial services organisation.

The Interim Assignment

Our client is looking for a senior economist to support the Exec and the Board on providing economic analysis, commentary and data to assist with decision making and longer term strategy. The role will involve the following:

• Production of regular updates to the Board on the broader economic environment

• Providing commentary, forecasts and economic monitoring

• Providing data and thought leadership that feeds into the longer term strategic plan

• Understanding emerging trends within the industry

• Stress testing and deep analysis of data to understand underlying trends

• Market analysis across the broader economy

• Competitor analysis

• Looking at strategic risks within the context of the market

The Interim Manager

The successful Interim Economist will possess a number of years’ experience as an economist and an excellent understanding of economic policy. With outstanding stakeholder management skills, you will have created economic scenarios and forecasts and provided extensive commentary, forecast and analysis.

Interim Head of Intelligent Client Function (ICF) - Local Government
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
NC14513
Location:
London
Salary:
Circa £400 per day
Duration:
6 months

The Client

Our client is a central London Local Council going through an extensive change & transformation programme which has led it to embark on a shared services programme.

The Interim Assignment

The Interim Head of ICF will:

• develop a culture of partnership and collaboration between the ICF, the client and the Managed Services Provider.

• translate the business plan into an operating strategy to deliver the objectives determined by the ICF sub contract, SLA or Executive Director.

• define and establish governance processes between the ICF and the relevant governing Boards and to ensure the proper development and use of dispute escalation processes.

• lead, direct and motivate all staff within the ICF for Managed Services in the achievement and coordination of the relevant policies, programmes and statutory obligations within the business plan objectives and to ensure they are consistently met.

• ensure that appropriate checks and controls are in place in order that administrative and financial integrity is developed and maintained, with the systems and initiatives required to ensure efficiency, performance management and value for money for the ICF for managed Services.

• ensure that measures are in place to effectively deliver all statutory and compliance functions undertaken within the ICF for Managed Services.

• ensure professional responsibility and accountability for the effectiveness, availability and value for money of all ICF for Managed Services, services through, for example, the proper accumulation and use of intelligence including benchmarking, contract audit, monitoring finance, contract reporting, etc.

The Interim Manager

The Interim Head of ICF will possess the following:

• Considerable senior level experience of Client Side contract and supplier relationship management in a complex multi-organisational shared service environment

• Evidence of a high degree of commercial acumen obtained through the successful management of a range of highly complex commercial situations

• Senior management experience in an appropriate major service area and evidence of delivering services to high standards, marked by innovation and clear purpose

• Knowledge and understanding of the trends, developments, political and legislative issues affecting the ICF for Managed Services and local authorities in general in terms of modernising public service delivery, political management arrangements and strengthening of local partnership working.

• Ability to provide clear leadership in the planning, creation and development of a commercially based organisation

• Possession of highly developed communication and presentation skills

• Proven ability in relating to, engaging with, negotiating with, inspiring confidence and influencing a wide range of audiences and building positive relationships with key stakeholders

• Senior management experience of initiating, developing, implementing and evaluating major policy initiatives and organisational change programmes, demonstrating the capacity to think strategically and to develop innovative and practical responses to a range of management and service issues

• Track record of translating organisational vision into solid, measurable achievement

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