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Track Record

Director of Housing Need
Job Type:
Executive Search
Reference:
AT2127
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.

We are looking for an exceptional housing services professional to join our Extended Leadership Team at this exciting time in our evolution.

As Director of Housing Need you will lead a newly created Division which combines housing assessment and allocations as well as addressing homelessness and overcrowding. You will ensure the delivery of a joined up service that fully meets the housing needs of our most vulnerable residents.

With a strong track record in the management of housing demand for multi-cultural urban communities, you will have significant experience within a local authority or an organisation of comparative scale and complexity.

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/dhn-intro.php​ or contact Andrea Trainer or Ella Milward Hamylton on 020 7399 3996

Closing date for applications: Friday 29 May 2015

 

Director of District Centres and Regeneration
Job Type:
Executive Search
Reference:
AT1103
Location:
London
Salary:
£115,000
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.

We are looking for an exceptional regeneration professional to join our Extended Leadership Team at this exciting time in our evolution.

You will lead the regeneration and development of all of our district centres, your responsibilities will include: capital delivery (schools) business/SME growth, parks and leisure and housing strategy and commissioning. You will work with our communities, partners and colleagues to drive the delivery of our area based plans.

You will have demonstrable experience of leading regeneration and capital projects which promote the economic, social and environmental wellbeing of residents. A strong leader you will inspire your teams to address systemic issues through the delivery of innovative and creative solutions that transform our districts.

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/ddc-intro.php or contact Andrea Trainer or Ella Milward Hamylton on 020 7399 3996

Closing date for applications: Tuesday 7th April 2015

 

Interim Business Analyst - Customer Transformation
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
KH/5016
Location:
South East
Salary:
£400 - £500
Duration:
6 Months

The Client:

Our client, a Unitary Council in the South East which has embarked on an ambitious Council wide transformation programme, is looking to augment the current team with some additional business analysis expertise.

The Interim Assignment:

Working on the Customer Workstream as part of the wider transformation programme, the role will be responsible for working on one or more projects that make up the transformation programme team that includes a mix of internal Council services and external consulting resources. The successful interim will bring extensive experience to help prioritise and execute process improvement work, ensuring the programme realises both its cashable and non-cashable benefits, and will contribute both to improving the efficiency and effectiveness of services today, as well as help the Council define the details and implement the new operating model. The interim will also be responsible for leading on a business case to take cash and cheques out of the Council.

The Interim Candidate:

Applicants must be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Experience of working on a complex Council wide change and transformation programme
  • Proven experience & success in using best practice techniques for re-engineering business processes, performing “As Is” analysis, “To Be” design.
  • A real customer focus and understanding of customer centric design.
  • Demonstrable understanding of customer engagement and access
  • An understanding and appreciation of operating and organisational model design and implementation
  • Demonstrable experience and outcomes in developing and delivering customer benefits based on channel shift and behaviour change.
  • Demonstrable experience and knowledge of using digital media in service design (web, social media etc).
  • Demonstrable leadership experience as a senior business analyst or project manager.
  • Experience of working within large change and transformation programmes, particularly if within a local authority
  • Designing and running effective workshops with participants from a wide range of skills and backgrounds that can produce rapid, agreed results and outcomes.
  • Able to think creatively, originate beneficial change and demonstrate drive and determination to  deliver improvements
  • Ability to challenge the way things are currently done, and to promote best practice  courteously, constructively, sensitively, resiliently and persistently.

Therefore we are specifically looking for candidates that can provide Business Analyst and or Business Process Analyst expertise who can demonstrate previous experience working on a similar complex customer transformation programme in a Local Authority setting. 

Interim Strategic Property Organisational Design Lead
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
NL/4964
Location:
Midlands
Salary:
£400 - £500 pd depending on experience
Duration:
3 months initially

The Client:

Our client is a Local Authority that is going in to a strategic partnership with a private sector provider for its property and asset management function.

Then Interim Assignment:

The strategic partnership is due to go live on 1 April and the client needs to complete the organisational design for the new strategic function. A significant amount of work has already been undertaken in this regard, and whilst what follows is a very intensive period of work, it is then entirely possible that the contract could be extended beyond April as they move in to design implementation.

The immediate priority deliverables are:

  • To produce and gain agreement to a work plan to deliver each element of the services below.
  • To develop and implement a collaborative approach to the high level and detailed organisational design, resulting in alignment of all the relevant functions & components of the Council’s Strategic Property Service and Business & Enterprise teams with the agreed components & functions of the Strategic Property Partnership (together with any wider services where applicable)
  • Confirm the functions for each component: Strategic Property Partner, Retained, Intelligent Client and Pooled Resource, including the operation of these functions (process, systems, principles of required culture)
  • Recommend the structures, roles, capacity and capability requirements for each of the components.
  • Work with HR and confirm the implications of the recommended structures.
  • Create an owned, leadership led implementation plan to deliver the new design and all the component parts
  • Work as a dedicated resource to support, coach and enable leaders to both own and implement all elements of the new organisational design and create a One Team approach
  • Following design agreement, to support the initial delivery of the implementation plan through agreed actions
  • To agree and set up effective governance and report back to key stakeholders and ensure effective project management (including as a minimum: project plan, RAID log and status reports) to progress the project
  • To liaise with relevant stakeholders in the Council and private sector partner where required, to highlight and agree actions on related / out of scope tasks
  • To ensure a full handover process and supporting documentation to work manager(s) as well as any other identified stakeholders

Key expertise required is:

  • Experience and knowledge of Organisational Design / change management principles, diagnostics and methodologies and techniques, in particular whole systems thinking;
  • Demonstrable experience of successfully delivering Organisational Design interventions on Change Programmes that deliver sustained performance improvements;
  • Significant experience influencing senior leaders and stakeholders to determine effective organisation solutions to support the desired business outcomes;
  • Significant experience leading and embedding approaches to organisation design that derive sustained business improvements; and
  • Experience of operating across sectors and in partnerships or joint ventures, including commercial acumen and public sector knowledge

The Interim Manager:

Therefore we are looking for interim managers who meet all of the below criteria:

  • Must be immediately available to interview within the next week and start work immediately 4 or 5 days per week. We unfortunately cannot consider candidates on long notice periods.
  • Proven organisational design expertise, gained ideally in a large Local Authority setting (at least in part and recently), is essential
  • Any first hand knowledge of Local Authority property functions is a bonus, as is experience of organisational design in the context of the establishment of a joint venture between a Local Authority and a private sector partner
Interim Head of Integrated Children’s Commissioning
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
NL4965
Location:
South East
Salary:
£500 - £600 per day
Duration:
6 months

The Client
Our client requires an experienced interim manager to lead on Children’s Commissioning across the Local Authority and CCG. Specifically to provide strategic leadership to performance, planning, commissioning and contracting arrangements across the Children’s Trust, ensuring high standards across the commissioning cycle including in relation to safeguarding. 

The Interim Assignment
Key elements of the role include:

Co-ordinating, contributing to the production and delivery of;

  • 3 year Children and Young People’s plan,
  • Annual delivery plan for the Local Area Agreement and other major strategic and planning documents, bringing together national, regional and local priorities.
  • Compilation of the NHS 3 – 5 Year Strategy and annual Operating Plan.

Leading on:

  • Contract function for NHS Children Services Contracts,
  •  Planning and delivery of specific highly complex and politically sensitive projects key to Children’s Trust strategy including key pathway redesign and service change projects.
  • Ensure improved outcomes for children and young people by developing and implementing a cost effective and inclusive commissioning process within the statutory guidance set out in the Children’s Act 2004 and national guidance e.g. Every Child Matters.

The Interim Manager
We are specifically looking for candidates who have lead integrated Children’s Commissioning at Head of Service or Assistant Director level, either with a Local Authority or joint Local Authority / NHS background.

Interim Head of Traded Services to Schools
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
NL4864
Location:
London
Salary:
£500 - £600 per day
Duration:
3 months initially - 4 or 5 days per week on site

The Client
Our client is a London Borough which currently offers a range of traded services for local schools and academies, generating annual income of around £8million.
In order to meet significant financial challenges and budget reductions, the Council expects to strengthen and extend its traded services offer in order to achieve a significant increase in traded income. However there is currently little dedicated or specialist capacity to support the development and management of traded services.

The Assignment
The Council is therefore establishing a new Head of Traded Services position in its Children Services Directorate in order to meet this challenge. The post-holder will need to establish and run a business-focused traded services unit to plan, deliver and co-ordinate an improved traded offer for schools, which will also include pooled and de-delegated funded services.

The Council plans to recruit and appoint a permanent member of staff to this position, but requires an interim manager to take on the role in the short term. In particular, candidates are expected to have:
• Experience of income generation within the education sector and the ability to set up and run a successful traded services unit.
• Excellent customer service skills and the ability to rapidly establish successful relationships with schools and academies.
• Highly developed negotiation and influencing skills.
• A track record of successful operational leadership and management of high quality services.

The Interim Manager
We are specifically interested in applications from interim managers who meet the following criteria:

• A proven track record of establishing traded services with schools in a Local Authority context. Ideally this would include the end to end process of establishing business cases through to delivering income streams with schools.
• Prior experience does not need to be in Local Government, indeed previous commercial experience could well be an advantage, but no prior experience of setting up traded services in a Local Authority context would be a disadvantage.
• Immediately available – the client needs an interim manager to start in early January, up to 5 days per week.

Interim Service Director, Transformation
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
NL18690
Location:
Midlands
Salary:
£700 - £900 per day
Duration:
9 months

The Client
We are working with the Chief Executive of a major Local Authority to source a highly qualified interim Director of Transformation.

The Interim Assignment
You will manage a portfolio of back office services, some of which are in an outsourced setting, through a crucial period of rationalisation to deliver very significant and sustainable savings for 15/16 and beyond. We are looking for an experienced Programme Director with extensive Local Authority experience who will establish robust governance structures and programme management arrangements to cover a multitude of workstreams which in themselves are at varying stages in their development and delivery.

You will be personally accountable to both the Chief Executive and the wider board, as well as Members.

The Interim Manager
This is an exciting and significant opportunity which will specifically suit an interim manager who in their most recent role has led another large Local Authority through the delivery of successful, multi-year savings across a broad range of back office functions. Any additional expertise in Children’s Services will be most welcome given advanced plans in that service area.

Interim Adult Social Care Policy Lead
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
NL14890
Location:
London
Salary:
£500 per day
Duration:
4 - 6 months

The Client
Our client is a London Borough which is radically overhauling policies and procedures in Adult Social Care in line with the Care Act and a significant three year savings plan. As part of this process, they are recruiting an interim Policy Lead in Adult Social Care to assess and analyse the current policies and procedures which are not sufficiently robust and to implement new and improved policies and procedures.

The Interim Assignment
Key criteria are:

• Understanding of the legislation and policy framework for Adult Social Care practice in England
• Experience of Adult Social Care policy review, development and assurance – ideally includes Care Act and National Offender Management policies
• Development and production of clear and easy to follow written operational procedures
• Experience of running policy and operational procedures training and producing training materials
• Ability to work with and positively influence senior leadership teams up to director level
• Experience of Local Authority governance structures and decision making processes
• Experience of working with elected Members

The Interim Manager
We are only able to consider applicants who have detailed policy and procedures expertise gained from senior management experience of adult social care in a Local Authority setting. This is absolutely critical.

Interim Internal Communications Manager
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
NL14882
Location:
London
Salary:
up to £500 per day
Duration:
9 months

The Client
Our client is undergoing major transformation for the foreseeable future. 2015/16 will herald major financial savings as well as significant headcount reductions as is the case for so many Local Authorities.

The Interim Assignment
A key component of their transformation programme is strong and effective communication within the organisation to all staff to ensure that the workforce is as fully engaged as possible in both the planning and delivery of major change initiatives as is possible.

The Interim Manager
Therefore we are seeking an experienced internal communications professional who can quickly join the team to lead on all aspects of the delivery and management of internal communications for the change programme. This is a role of significant trust and you will be working with stakeholders at all levels, including the Chief Executive and the Leader.

As well as proven experience of delivering strong internal communications in a similar environment and context, you will need to be able to demonstrate the highest levels of integrity, initiative and project management / delivery skills. Preference will be given to candidates who have recent Local Authority internal communications leadership experience. This role would not suit candidates who have no Government or Public Sector experience.

Service Head, Children’s Social Care
Job Type:
Executive Search
Reference:
AT14826
Location:
London
Salary:
Circa £100,000 per annum. More may be available for an exceptional candidate

The Client
Our client is the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

The Role
Tower Hamlets is looking for a Head of Children’s Social Care to join its highly successful and ambitious team. Reporting to the Corporate Director, you will manage a broad portfolio and will need to maintain efficient and effective delivery, whilst responding positively to changing demands and meeting the needs of a diverse, local community. The ‘Outstanding’ services in Tower Hamlets are well supported by the Mayor and Council Members and their ambition is to provide services for their most vulnerable children and young people that will lead the national agenda for Social Work. Keeping Tower Hamlets at the forefront, you will innovate and challenge to achieve further success in this area, improving outcomes and reducing inequality. Championing partnership work to further develop integrated service provision and pro-active interventions with children and young people, you will lead the safeguarding agenda, instigating change and welcoming new ways of working.

The Person
You will have a background in safeguarding and a successful track record of management across the full portfolio within Children’s Social Care. You will have been active within the national debate regarding developments in social work and experienced in the local introduction of practice based on Munro. Highly successful, you will have developed innovative new ways of working, with proven experience of driving change, keen to challenge the norm. Creative and solutions focused, you will be able to build positive working relationships with stakeholders, engaging with a wide variety of audiences. Passionate about success, you will be a confident individual who will want to build and improve what is already a high achieving service.

Closing Date
Monday 17 November 2014

Further Information
Please call Andrea Trainer or Ella Milward Hamylton on 020 7339 3996 or visit the microsite at: http://www.green-park-jobs.co.uk/tower-hamlets/welcome.php

How to Apply 
1. Visit: http://www.green-park-jobs.co.uk/tower-hamlets/ad-children-social-care-apply.php

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Tower Hamlets 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.

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