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Green Park’s Local Government Practice has quickly established itself as a market leader, with a proven track record providing innovative and tailored executive interim management and executive search solutions to a broad range of Local Government clients. In a crowded supplier market we have differentiated ourselves by turning traditional, complacent recruitment methodology on its head in order to deliver innovative, bespoke and outcome-focused solutions.

The Local Government team at Green Park has built a reputation for delivering watertight, fully auditable recruitment processes. Without exception or compromise, the people we identify and attract to our clients meet our robust selection and assessment criteria, which cover technical skills, experience, and cultural fit. Our ISO quality accredited methodology gives us evidence-based data that enables us to remove the risk of interim  hires, giving our clients the confidence to proceed with their own planning and strategies as they strive to improve service to their own customers.

As trusted advisors, we work in partnership with our clients to understand their issues and tailor our solutions accordingly; over 80% of our work comes from repeat business, recommendations and referrals. Clients value our in-depth knowledge of Local Government and our robust and un-intrusive approach which rapidly gives them access to the best talent in the market.

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Our wide networks, track record and expertise in Local Government span hundreds of successfully completed interim assignments. Our core areas of expertise include:

Track Record

Interim Payroll Service Provider Migration Lead
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
PW5635
Location:
London
Salary:
£400 - £500 per day depending on experience
Duration:
2-3 Months from January 2016

Our client is a high profile emergency services organisation based in the south east. Their payroll and pensions administration is currently managed on a mostly outsource provider basis. They have completed the OJEU process to select a new outsourced provider for payroll for circa 700 staff as well as pensions administration. The new provider needs to go live on 1 April. Therefore we are looking for an interim manager who can lead all aspects of the transition and client side management of migrating from one provider to another during January, February and March. We anticipate that the interim manager would be retained through April at least to ensure that the new provider is effectively managing the service in the best interest of the organisation.

We are looking for strong project management skills, and clearly demonstrated experience in managing a diverse group of stakeholders to deliver projects to very tight timelines. The interim manager will have to have experience of migrating payroll providers. This is not a systems implementation role, although the new provider will be providing payroll software which will need to be integrated to the client’s existing systems and processes. What is key is the ability to manage all aspects of such a project smoothly, working with internal stakeholders such as HR, finance and IT as well as external stakeholders – particularly the legacy payroll provider and the incoming payroll provider.

Due to the specific nature of the post we can only consider applications from candidates who precisely meet the above specification. The sector in which you have operated is less relevant, although obvious preference will be given to candidates from the Public Sector, and specifically from sectors such as emergency services. Candidates must be available to start a new assignment on a 4 or 5 day week basis on site in January.

 

Chief Executive
Job Type:
Executive Search
Reference:
AT5562

Job Reference: 5562
Job title: Chief Executive
Client: South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP)

The Opportunity


The South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) covers an area that has a £39 billion economy, 75000 businesses and 1.8 million population and is designated as a national growth region. It also includes one of the UK’s fastest growing cities, Milton Keynes and the UK's second 'Garden Town' at Bicester in Oxfordshire.

As one of the most innovative, successful and high performing Local Enterprise Partnerships in England, SEMLEP is now looking for a new Chief Executive who can work with its local authority and private sector partners to unlock the regions potential by facilitating the delivery of funding and resource for strategic infrastructure and skills projects that are essential for economic growth across the region.

With Devolution on the agenda for 2016, the successful candidate will be joining at an exciting time and as such will be required to steer and lead the organisation through a period of change by evolving its value proposition to both the private and public sector and ensuring that the region is correctly positioned to take advantage of the opportunities that Devolution brings. In addition, as SEMLEP grows there is a need for strong internal leadership to ensure that the right strategy and plan is put in place that will support its growth.  

The successful candidate will have a proven track record of executive leadership and multiple stakeholder management across the Private and Public sectors and demonstrate an understanding of the drivers operating in these sectors and how to influence them towards desired commercial outcomes. In addition to strong communication and influencing skills candidates will must be able to demonstrate the track record in supporting and leading national or region-wide programmes.

For a candidate pack with full details about this role or to apply please visit:
http://green-park-jobs.co.uk/semlep/ or contact Andrea Trainer or Julius Reeves on 020 7399 3241.

The closing date for application is Thursday, 7 January 2016.

Head of Digital Services’ at the London Borough of Waltham Forest
Job Type:
Executive Search
Reference:
AT5617
Location:
London

Head of Digital Services’ at the London Borough of Waltham Forest
Job Type: Executive Search
Reference: #5617
Salary: circa £80,000
Location: London

Waltham Forest are looking to appoint a tech-savvy and ambitious person to lead the borough wide digitisation and play a central role in delivering Waltham Forest’s digital strategy. The Council recognises that the world is rapidly changing as technology becomes an increasingly central part of residents’ day to day lives. Their goal is to help improve the quality of life for their residents. Over the coming years £700 million is set to be invested in the borough's homes, schools, high streets, parks, leisure centres and transport to help make this happen.

Reporting to the Director of Customer and Business Operations, The Head of Digital Services will lead the borough wide digitisation and implement their digital strategy and generate an efficient, streamlined and customer focused service that will permeate all aspects of the Council. Work on the digital programme is already well under way. Digital solutions for highways, registrars, rubbish and recycling, and FoI requests and complaints are live. Solutions for Neighbourhoods reporting, Council Tax & fostering will be going live in the New Year. The role offers a great scope for a successful candidate to make their mark operationally and immediately begin tackling large projects, as well as offering an opportunity for an ambitious candidate to take on a very visible and central position.

The successful candidate will be someone who is a ‘digital evangelist’ of sorts – someone who is technologically adept and who has a proven track record of achieving significant success in providing a customer focused service and public facing digital services.

The ideal candidate will have very strong interpersonal skills, will be tenacious and highly motivated, as well as an understanding of working with common digital platforms.

For further details please visit our microsite: http://green-park-jobs.co.uk/walthamforest/index.php

If you want to know more about the role or selection process, please contact Andrea Trainer or Mark Mukasa on digitalwalthamforest@green-park.co.uk or 0207 399 3990.

The closing date for applications is Monday, 11 January 2016 at 12:00.
 

Interim Skills Manager (Economic Development)
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
PW5623
Location:
London
Salary:
£450 per day
Duration:
up to 12 months

Our client is a London Borough with an ambitious economic development and skills agenda for the Borough. We are looking for an interim manager to report to the Head of Economic Development who will head up a programme of work designed to increase employment and skills opportunities for local residents both within the Council itself and also across the wider business community. A focus of this role will be the Welfare to Work agenda. The interim manager will lead a small team with three direct reports and will lead on both Zero Based Budgeting for the programme as well as bidding for significant European Social Fund monies.

We are therefore looking for candidates with the following specific skills and experience:

  • Current and direct experience of the skills agenda and ideally of the Welfare to Work agenda.
  • In depth experience of economic development and regeneration and the direct links to the skills and employment agenda.
  • Experience of operating at 3rd or 4th tier management levels in Local Government.
  • Strong project and programme management skills.
  • Excellent communications skills and a proven ability to interface both with private sector partners, colleagues (eg in planning) and senior Local Government Officers.
  • Strong financial management experience, with a track record of successfully bidding for funding (eg ESF) and prior experience of Zero Based Budgeting.

Due to the specific nature of the post it is essential that candidates are available 5 days per week from January, and can meet the above brief in full. The role is offered for anything up to 12 months.

Interim Business Analyst x2 - Local Government
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
PW5603
Location:
London
Salary:
£400 per day
Duration:
3 months

We are working with a London Borough to find 2 Business Analysts. Our client requires the Business Analysts to carry out an As-Is and demand management analysis in Legal services.

The first BA will be expected to work with a range of services including but not exclusive to:

  • Housing and regeneration
  • Legal and Adults Social Care  
  • Senior Management and the Central Project Management Team.

The second BA will be expected to work with a range of services including but not exclusive to:

  • Legal Services
  • Shared Services
  • Client Side Functions

Both Business Analysts are expected to:

  • Model, analyse and record the ‘as is’ process using appropriate techniques
  • Use best practices to carry out business process analysis, re-engineering, process measurements and change management activities.
  • Identify impact areas within the business and include key stakeholders within workshops.
  • Facilitate process improvement sessions with staff using process mapping and process improvement expertise.
  • Review existing systems and documentation
  • Ensure clear accountability at all levels, with detailed, rigorously tested project plans based on a critical path analysis with clearly identified critical success factors, regular milestones and "go/no go" checkpoints.
  • Ensure that every project proposal contains a full business case with a fully costed estimate that can stand up to independent audit, with clearly stated assumptions that can withstand rigorous analysis.
  • Identify any risks and issues associated to the project.

Please only apply if you can start this assignment on the 4th January 2016 for 3 months with the possibility of an extension and have significant experience in the above areas gained recently in a local authority setting. These roles both pay £400/day.

 

Managing Director - Newham Catering and Cleaning Services
Job Type:
Executive Search
Reference:
LP5453
Location:
London
Salary:
Salary range £77,334 to £94,524

This is a unique and exciting opportunity to grow and manage a new business and be part of the future success story for Newham. You will be the Managing Director of a catering and cleaning business with an annual turnover in excess of £25m and significant future growth opportunities.
This is a role which truly encapsulates what Newham Council is striving to achieve.

They are looking to form a new company, wholly owned by the Council to grow Newham Catering and Cleaning Services which is currently the largest in-house provider of catering and cleaning in London.

The Managing Director will be responsible for managing the current in-house service and putting together a viable business plan for the creation of Newham Catering and Cleaning as an external business that will be competitive in the market on both quality and price and generate profit.
Currently working in the catering sector you will be a strong and inspiring leader with significant experience of working with a range of stakeholders in a commercial environment. You will have a proven ability to secure income through innovative business development and the creation of strong and sustainable partnerships. You will have the business and financial acumen to drive the company’s growth.

For further information contact Andrea Trainer or Lesley Payne on 020 3145 3438

To apply: http://green-park-jobs.co.uk/newham/

Closing date for applications: 9th November 2015

Director of Live Services
Job Type:
Executive Search
Reference:
EMH5388
Location:
London
Salary:
Salary: circa £130,000

With 1,200 staff and an operating budget of around £460m per year the Home Office has one of the largest technology organisations in Whitehall. Every year their systems support (among other services) over 3 million visa applications, checks on 100 million border crossings, 5 million passport applications and 140 million police checks on people, vehicles and property.

The Home Office wants to take an ambitious approach to the industrialisation of their Live Service processes. Their goal is to deliver highly performant and innovative technology solutions based on open systems, open standards and open source. The Head of Live Services will work closely with peers to drive standards and common approaches. Their success will be based on their ability to work in partnership with internal and supplier teams, and the strength of the relationships they forge with senior management within the broader business. 

We are looking for a strong leader and communicator who can inspire a culture of technical excellence and process discipline. You will have extensive experience of the operation of complex, business-critical Live System environments gained in organisations of significant scale. You will have a demonstrable track record in the successful management of outsourced IT services; optimising their performance. 

If you have the skills, ambition and ability to lead the provision of Live Services that support our national security then please apply below.

For a candidate pack with full details about this role or to apply please visit: www.green-park-jobs.co.uk/HomeOffice or contact one of the Consultants at our recruitment partners, Green Park, Andrea Trainer or Ella Milward Hamylton on 020 7399 3996.

The closing date for application is Friday 30th October 2015.

Director of Platforms
Job Type:
Executive Search
Reference:
EMH5387
Location:
London
Salary:
circa £130,000

With 1,200 staff and an operating budget of around £460m per year the Home Office has one of the largest technology organisations in Whitehall. Every year their systems support (among other services) over 3 million visa applications, checks on 100 million border crossings, 5 million passport applications and 140 million police checks on people, vehicles and property.

This is an exciting opportunity to run a resilient, secure, available and performant core infrastructure. Success will depend on your ability to work in partnership with business solutions, architecture, internal and supplier teams to ensure platforms meet the needs of evolving systems and service requirements.  As one of the most senior technical engineers in the department you will have a huge impact on the culture of the technology organisation.

We are looking for a deep technologist with an impressive track record in the design, build and deployment of the core infrastructure in a complex, high volume, secure business. You will be an exceptional engineer with demonstrable experience of: WAN/LAN, security and cyber-security infrastructure, data centres and hosting, middleware platforms, database platforms, end-user computing platforms, integrated communication platforms and print, scan and fax facilities.

If you have the skills and ambition to drive technical excellence please apply below.

For a candidate pack with full details about this role or to apply please visit: www.green-park-jobs.co.uk/HomeOffice or contact one of the Consultants at our recruitment partners, Green Park, Andrea Trainer or Ella Milward Hamylton on 020 7399 3996.

The closing date for application is Monday 19 October 2015

Interim Culture Change OD Consultant
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
NL/5401
Location:
Midlands
Salary:
£500 - £600 per day
Duration:
3 Months

Our client, a large Local Authority in the Midlands, is looking to appoint an interim Culture Change OD Consultant for a period of 3 months. 

The successful candidate will work with teams to enable them to understand the requirements for cultural change and to develop pragmatic and practical cultural action plans within a broader organisational culture change programme. 

It is essential for applicants to be able to demonstrate specific experience of: 

• Developing cultural change plans within organisations undergoing transformational change 
• Working with lead teams undergoing significant levels of change and challenge 

Ideally, the successful candidate will have a local government background but this not essential. However, applicants must be able to demonstrate an understanding of the challenges faced by the sector. 

We are seeking applicants that are immediately available to work 4/5 days per week on site in the Midlands.

Interim Talent & Leadership Specialist
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
NL/5400
Location:
Midlands
Salary:
£500 - £600 per day
Duration:
3 Months

Our client, a large Local Authority in the Midlands, is looking to appoint an interim Talent & Leadership Specialist for a period of 3 months to shape and deliver their talent and succession programme.

It is essential for applicants to be able to demonstrate specific experience of:

  • Working in organisations undergoing transformational change
  • Developing talent and succession strategies and plans
  • Working with lead teams to understand their talent and succession requirements and to develop solutions.
  • Developing and delivering successful leadership development support (e.g. through structured leadership programmes or through bespoke leader support) to meet these requirements
  • Being able to bespoke solutions within a consistent framework

​Ideally, the successful candidate will have a local government background but this not essential. However, it is essential for applicants to demonstrate an understanding of the challenges faced by the sector.

We are seeking applicants that are immediately available to work 4/5 days per week on site in the Midlands. 

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