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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.

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Track Record

Interim Organisational Development Consultant
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
NL/5397
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 OD Consultant for a period of 3 months to provide hands-on OD support across a wide range of strategic and tactical change initiatives. 

It is essential for applicants to be able demonstrate recent experience of working for organisations undergoing transformational change. Applicants will also have experience of developing employee engagement strategies and plans, a broad base of OD capability including working with teams to create practical OD plans, defining and meeting capability requirements and solutions and delivering bespoke initiatives. 

Ideally, the successful candidate will have a local government background but this not essential. However, it is essential for the candidate to have 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. 

Director of Planning and Strategic Transport
Job Type:
Executive Search
Reference:
AT5214
Location:
London
Salary:
£105,000
Duration:
Permanent

Croydon is London’s biggest borough, with 363,378 residents and the largest population of young people in London. The borough features a diverse collection of wards that cover the urban landscape of the north, through to the southern leafy suburbs. As such, Croydon has a rich tapestry of culture, over 100 languages are spoken in the borough and the expanse of communities spread from those benefitting from affluence and prosperity through to areas of significant deprivation and poverty. With this level of diversity comes complexity, the council delivers over 500 services worth over £1.1billion a year.

We are radically changing the way in which we work. Through the delivery of our ‘Croydon Challenge’ transformation programme we are determined to improve outcomes for our people. We will be more effective and more efficient. We are an organisation that has a firm grip on our future and one that determines our own path to success.

Pivotal to driving this growth is the Planning and Strategic Transport Division. This Division rates as one of the best planning services in London. In 2014 it received the prestigious MIPIM UK Planning Service of the year. In addition, the Spatial Planning team have won numerous awards and is regarded as one of the best placemaking teams of any London borough

This newly formed department brings together a range of services that make positive changes to the places in which people live and do business; from removing waste and dealing with fly-tipping to planning and delivering major transformation projects, new homes and community spaces.

We are looking for an exceptional planning and/or transport professional to join our Extended Leadership Team at this exciting time in our evolution. Joining our award winning Planning Division you will take full responsibility for all matters relating to strategic and spatial planning, development management, strategic transport, building control, development management and the delivery of the Council’s area based “place” plans.

You will demonstrate significant expertise in the delivery of effective Planning and/or Strategic Transport, gained within a large organisation in leading a strategic team. An excellent communicator you will inspire, galvanise and enthuse your team to deliver innovative development with a customer centric focus.You will have a track record of forging strong, collaborative and effective inter-departmental and external relationships, to deliver the best possible outcomes for Croydon and it’s residents.

Croydon ensures fairness and equal opportunities throughout its workforce and in service delivery. The Council welcomes applications from suitably skilled candidates regardless of ethnicity, gender, disability, sexuality, religion or age.

For further information and to apply please visit: http://www.green-park-jobs.co.uk/croydon/dpst-intro.php or contact Andrea Trainer or Lesley Payne on 020 3145 3438.

The closing date for applications is Monday 10th August 2015.

Interim Regeneration and Housing Enabling Manager
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
NL5250
Location:
South East
Salary:
£400 - £500 per day
Duration:
Up to 2 years

The Client
Our client is a Local Authority in the Home Counties. They are looking for an interim manager to lead on a number of significant regeneration schemes that focus on housing, student accommodation and commercial tenants on a mixed use basis.  

The Interim Assignment
The main scheme is valued at approximately £35m and is at early stages. Candidates will need to be strong, well organised project managers with a background in either regeneration or housing. Proven, recent experience of drawing together technical specifications under OJEU is essential, and any experience of competitive dialogue would be an advantage. There are a number of schemes in process, ranging from small flat conversions through to the student accommodation build.

The Interim Manager

The interim manager will be responsible for the full life cycle of this scheme and therefore will need to have prior experience of leading a similar scheme from start to finish, either from within a Local Authority or potentially from within an RSL.

Key objectives are:

  • To undertake viability appraisals, the development of business cases, program and project management and related activity to secure commercially efficient residential uses within regeneration schemes.
  • Negotiate and agree with developers the most appropriate form of affordable housing provision and commuted sum payments (e.g. commercial or small sites) on Section 106 / CIL sites and instruct the legal section on the content of Section 106 / CIL, commuted sum and nomination agreements.
  • To develop affordable housing capital schemes/projects in line with the Housing Capital Programme.
  • To act as the Council’s main contact with the Homes and Communities Agency and to secure grant optimisation for schemes within the Council.
  • To manage the Council’s relationship with Registered Social Landlords including overseeing the annual review of preferred partner RSLs.
  • To chair meetings of the RSL Forum, the internal Affordable Housing Group and any other specific meetings on affordable housing.
  • To attend Housing Committee or other Committees to provide information in relation to affordable housing schemes and affordable housing performance.
  • To appear and give evidence as the Council’s witness in compulsory purchase and planning public inquiries involving affordable housing issues.
  • To research and produce reports, project plans and funding profiles on affordable housing initiatives / projects that may be of benefit to, or have implications for, the Council.
  • To assist with the development of affordable housing policies for the Local Area Plan, Commercial Strategy and the Housing Strategy.
  • To work with private landlords to bring disused or underused properties back into use.

It is essential that candidates will have a strong Local Authority background or may possibly have worked in the RSL sector, provided they meet all of the above criteria.

 

Interim Principal Social Worker
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
NL5235
Location:
South East
Salary:
£500 - £600 per day
Duration:
6 months

Our client is a medium sized Local Authority going through significant transformation and improvements in Children’s Services. As part of that ongoing work they are recruiting an interim Principal Social Worker to be the lead on social work practice from a standards and improvement perspective. The role reports directly to the Director of Children’s Services and we are specifically looking for an experienced social work practitioner who has either held the PSW role elsewhere (most likely as an interim) or has extensive experience of improving children’s social work practice at Head of Service or Assistant Director level.

Interim IT Analyst (CareWorks, CareFirst and Impulse)
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
BBBH5233
Location:
London
Salary:
£300.00 - £450.00 per day
Duration:
6 Months

Our client is a London Borough that is undertaking some major IT projects focusing specifically on three systems - CareFirst for adult and children’s social work, CareWorks for Youth Offending and Impulse for Education. We are looking for an interim IT Analyst with experience in one if not all of these systems who can quickly fit in to a small and flexible team in a combination of business as usual and project work. They are half way through an upgrade of Impulse to give them better ability to deal with statutory returns etc, but will then end of life the system towards the end of the financial year. CareFirst requires various upgrades so they are looking for skills with Business Objects, SQL and complex Visual Basic and macros. The upgrade of CareWorks is largely in hand but because of someone being on long term sick leave, it would be incredibly advantageous if the candidate has genuine experience in this system. It is an absolute pre-requisite for this role that candidates meet all of the following criteria: *Immediately available to take up a 6 month 4 or 5 day per week interim post in London *Recent experience as an IT Analyst in a Local Authority care setting *Detailed experience of at least one of the systems if not all three *Strong communication skills, a flexible can-do attitude and the ability to fit quickly in to a small, dynamic and busy team We will only be in a position to consider you for this role if you meet all of the above criteria, and please note that the daily rate indicated is a guide, which will depend on the experience of the candidate. We would respectfully ask that candidates do not apply who do not have strong, recent Local Government experience as an IT Analyst with same system experience.

Interim Social Care Information System Project Manager
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
NL
Salary:
£450-550/day
Duration:
6 months

 

The Requirement:

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.

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. 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.

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. As part of implementation, manage delivery of business benefits. Working alongside senior managers from across the organisation to help drive the cultural change required.

Key duties:

  1. Develop, manage and implement an appropriate project plan, working in close conjunction with the system supplier and under the overall direction of the project board.
  2. Develop and manage a project budget for all the resources (including internal resources) being deployed and expended on the project (c. £2 million not including internal resource)
  3. Liaise with the Service Head, IT System Development to manage the overall contract with the supplier and in particular be responsible for managing the elements of the contract that relate to the implementation (c. £800,000 over 18 months); building working strong relationships working alongside them to implement the system to time and to budget.
  4. Ensure alignment of the programme with the ongoing delivery of the services in both Children’s and Adult Services
  5. Develop and manage a risk log, ensuring risks are mitigated and managed as far as possible and highlighting risks as part of the programme governance process.
  6. Develop and implement a communication and stakeholder engagement plan.
  7. Set out the project governance arrangements and ensure that these are adhered to, including responsibility for project board meetings and documentation.
  8. Report to the Project Sponsors and take responsibility for regular accurate reporting and delivering in line with their decisions.
  9. Oversee the review and redesign of end-to-end business processes to streamline operations exploiting capabilities of the new system as per the agreed implementation schedule, proposing amending timescales and order of priority as appropriate and necessary.
  10. Be responsible for the development and implementation of a Training Plan/Cultural Shift Strategy as part of the implementation of the system (c. 600 staff)
  11. Work proactively with the service departments, other key stakeholders and Business Improvement division to drive further service delivery change and to assist in finding innovative ways to deliver emerging  business requirements, working alongside the system supplier.
  12. To ensure that an equality analysis is undertaken at all relevant stages of the implementation programme identifying mitigation actions and monitoring the implementation of them.
  13. Participate in and lead as appropriate, intra- and inter departmental and multi-agency working parties, programme and project boards.
  14. Undertake any other duties as requested by senior management commensurate with the grade and level of responsibility of this post.

It is crucial that candidates must have recent experience of project managing the implementation of a new social care information system from start to finish. We would respectfully invite applications only from those candidates who fully meet these criteria and who are immediately available to work in a London Borough on a 4 to 5 day per week basis from June / July to December.

 

Interim Children's Services Workforce Strategy Lead
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
BBBH5166
Location:
South East
Salary:
£500 per annum
Duration:
6 months

The ClientOur client is a Local Authority based in the South East of England. As part of the drive to improve performance and efficiency, and to reduce costs, they are looking to hire an interim manager to lead on reducing agency social worker rates.The Interim Manager/AssignmentAgency workers currently account for around half of the social worker workforce and this is unsustainable in the longer term. Therefore we are seeking an experienced interim manager who has recent, proven experience of sustainably reducing agency social worker rates in Children’s Services. We are able to look at candidates either with a service-led or an HR background but what is absolutely critical is that candidates will be able to evidence how they have delivered innovative recruitment and retention solutions for children’s social workers and thereby reduce agency worker numbers and delivered savings.

Interim Procurement Advisor
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
BBBH5161
Location:
London
Salary:
£400 - £525 per day
Duration:
3 Months

The Client
Our client, a London Borough, are transforming the way they procure goods and services and as a result require up to three procurement managers/advisors for a period of 3 months initially.

The Interim Assignment
Reporting to the Head of Commercial Services, the main purpose of these roles will be to drive forward the council’s commercial procurement and transformation programmes, in line with ambitious and long-term savings targets right across the Council.

The Interim Manager
We are looking for up to three interim managers to join our client, initially on 3 month contracts, which are likely to be extended. Specifically, candidates will be delivering procurement savings through robust contract management, letting and renegotiation on a category basis. We are looking for interims who have experience either in procurement that relates to Environmental and Regeneration Services, or to services delivered at the Corporate Centre - eg finance, HR, legal, IT, customer services. Candidates will be CIPS qualified and will have recent Local Government experience, most likely as a Procurement Manager, Category Manager or Advisor. We are particularly interested in candidates who have experience in the service areas above who can demonstrate strong OJEU knowledge and the end-to-end management of the full life cycle of major contracts. We are unable to consider applicants who do not have the above experience.

Interim Commercial Advisor, Waste Management PPP / Competitive
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
BBBH5156
Location:
London
Salary:
£800 per day

Our client is a consortium of Local Authorities forming a partnership for waste management. We are looking for a highly experience Waste Management Commercial Advisor to advise and lead on two major PPP Competitive Dialogue processes. The Advisor will provide high level commercial advice on a major procurement programme relating to waste collection, street cleaning and other environmental services. The client is seeking an experienced strategic and commercial procurement advisor who is able to coordinate inputs from specialist finance, legal and technical advisers to ensure an effective commercial negotiation strategy to be managed and delivered. Strong experience of leading complex commercial negotiations in a PPP and CD context is essential, as is good knowledge of the waste management industry. The interim manager will chair the Competitive Dialogue process, be accountable for risk and governance arrangements, and will need manage a diverse group of internal stakeholders across a variety of organisations. Given the specific nature of the post, we are only able to accept applications from candidates who meet the above criteria.

Interim Manager, Trades and Responsive Repairs
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
NL5133
Location:
East of England
Salary:
£500 per day
Duration:
6 months

The Client
Our clients are two District Councils with a shared responsive repairs service across their housing stock. Half of the service is outsourced and therefore the role for that half is contract / client side management. The other half (some 3000 units) is managed in-house.

The Interim Assignment
The requirement is two fold. We are looking for an interim manager who can manage the service on a day to day basis. The other part of the role will be to conduct a robust options appraisal for the future of both services in preparation for Cabinet in the autumn so that Members can make a decision on how these services are to be run in future. All options are open.

The team needs strong and consistent leadership and management to lift morale and improve performance, as well as to give staff clear direction despite the potential uncertainty about future direction. Therefore we are specifically and only looking for candidates who have led and managed large repairs and maintenance / DLO operations either in a Local Authority, RSL or ALMO setting.

In addition, given that the delivery of the options appraisal is a critical part of the role, candidates need to demonstrate experience of delivering similar options appraisals in the past, and it would be helpful if candidates have also managed outsourced as well as in-house operations.

The role will be for 4 or 5 days per week on site and will require travel around the locality to various sites. Whilst specific technical qualifications are not required, it is paramount that candidates are experienced in leading efficient and successful services of precisely this type.

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