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Service Head, Adults’ Social Care
Job Type:
Executive Search
Reference:
AT14827
Location:
London
Salary:
Circa £100,000 per annum

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

The Role
Tower Hamlets is looking for an exceptional individual to lead the strategic planning and delivery of all adult social care services within the Borough.  Reporting in to the Corporate Director of Education, Social Care and Wellbeing you will have the opportunity to shape the division, further developing our excellent relationships with our partners. You will drive greater alignment with health and housing services to ensure that services are integrated and person-centred; maximising the resources available whilst promoting opportunity and choice for our residents.

The Person
An experienced social care professional, you will be able to demonstrate a significant and successful track record of senior management across the full portfolio of provision. You will have been active within the national debate regarding developments in adults’ social care; ideally you will already be visible on a regional if not national platform. A strong and confident leader, you will have proven experience of driving system and cultural change that has resulted in tangible improvements to services. Passionate and tenacious, you will inspire others to make a difference to the lives of our most vulnerable adults.

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-adult-social-care-apply.php

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2. Email: TowerHamletsSHASC@green-park.co.uk

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3. Register / log in and apply below.

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.

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.

Interim Chief Information Officer (CIO)
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
NL14663
Location:
South East
Salary:
£600 - £700 per day
Duration:
6 months

The Client
Our client is a Local Authority in the south east of England. They wish to hire an interim CIO for approximately six months.

The Interim Assignment
The IT service is only just out of recovery, having been a failing service for some years. The current CIO has been in post for the last 18 months and has made improvements to the service, relocating their data centre, ensuring PSN compliance and stabilising the service. The Council runs on SAP, with Microsoft 2013 and Citrix 6.5. Whilst some improvements have already been made, the IT service has a long way to go. This is a critical time for the service and for the Council as a whole and therefore there are specific areas of delivery to be addressed by the interim manager: •    Continue to stabilise and develop the capacity and capability of the team. One Head of Service is acting up and the other starts this month and doesn’t have a Public Sector background. Capacity and capability at fourth tier is seen as weak. •    Work with CMT to continue to restore faith in the service internally. Also with Elected Members. •    Ensure the service becomes an enabler for the Council’s key objectives – there is no IT strategy in place for the Council as a whole or for individual Directorates and the delivery of this, in consultation with CMT, is critical. This will be a key deliverable for the interim and will require close working with CMT to create an IT vision for the Council that enables its objectives. •    Enable the Customer Digitisation programme to deliver rapid improvements in web enablement and customer channel shift. For example, the Council website currently enables only very limited reporting and payment activities from the general public. •    Effectively represent the Director, who does not have an IT or a technical background, both at CMT and with Members, instilling confidence across the Council that the IT service will continue to be turned around.

The Interim Manager The Interim Chief Information Officer (CIO) should possess the following criteria: •    At least 5 years’ recent experience as either a CIO, Director of IT or Assistant Director of IT in a Local Authority setting (not in a District Council setting). •    Extensive change management track record – evidence of turning around a failing IT service would be ideal. •    Strategic vision – the ability to work collaboratively with CMT and Elected Members to shape the IT agenda for the future across the Council. •    Strong operational leadership experience – capacity and capability needs to be improved at pace through strong management. •    A blend of technical skills, highly developed communication skills and the ability to inspire confidence in a wide variety of senior stakeholders, working at a rapid but sustainable pace. •    Leadership experience in major programmes with IT as the enabler, eg customer digitisation and channel shift.

Candidates MUST be available to interview on 15 August and to start work 4 or 5 days per week by 1 September. We kindly ask that candidates only apply who can evidence the above experience.

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 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 Project Manager, Waste Infrastructure
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
NL/14709
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 progressed a procurement process for a £100m 10 year waste disposal and recycling programme to preferred bidder stage. As the procurement process is now complete, they are entering a phase of high level negotiations with the preferred bidder to agree all aspects of the contract. Once that phase is complete, they move into the contract mobilisation phase. An interim project manager is therefore required to work client side with the Authority as the lead negotiator with the preferred bidder and as the overall manager of the contract mobilisation. This is a lengthy phase which will involve the construction of a new waste transfer station, a materials recovery facility and a third recycling facility. The role covers all aspects of commercial negotiations, contract mobilisation and all client side aspects of managing, inter alia, the legal, planning, environmental, community, political and construction implications of this major programme.

The Interim Manager
The Interim Project Manager, Waste Infrastructure, will possess the following skill set:

• Prior expertise of leading all technical aspects of the construction of waste and recycling facilities. This experience would preferably have been gained working client side as the lead programme manager within an individual Local Authority or group of Local Authorities. Alternatively candidates may have led all the technical aspects of waste facility construction from the contractor side.

• Either way it is critical that candidates have detailed technical knowledge in order to lead and manage all aspects of the mobilisation and early phases of this contract in the interests of the Local Authority. This will most likely have been gained as a programme manager, programme director, assistant director or director.

• Experience of managing high level negotiations with bidders and contractors.

• Experience of leading waste facility builds.

• Experience of working with or preferably in the Public Sector.

Due to the highly specialised nature of this role we are only able to progress applications for candidates who have this background. Please be advised that this is not a procurement job. The ITT and PQQ are complete and they are at preferred bidder stage. The critical skill set is contract management, high level commercial negotiations and then the management of waste infrastructure developments.

Interim Head of Procurement
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
NL14633
Location:
Midlands
Salary:
£600 - £800 per day
Duration:
6 months

The Client
Our client is a large Local Authority looking to recruit an interim Head of Procurement.

The Interim Assignment
As the most senior procurement officer in the Council you will be responsible for a large procurement function covering all areas of the Council. This is in the context of the most significant cuts in Government funding that the sector has ever faced, and whilst the service is a good one, it is widely recognised that there is still further to go with supply chain management, category management, smarter commissioning and ensuring that the service plays its part in delivering major, sustainable savings for the Council.

The Interim Manager
Candidates will without doubt have held the top procurement role in large, complex Local Authorities and will be able to evidence delivering major sustainable savings in their roles. Ideally candidates will be experienced career interim managers and they will without doubt hold an MCIPS qualification. This is an outstanding opportunity to join a high profile organisation. 

Interim Procurement Manager
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
NL14729
Location:
London
Salary:
£375 - £500 per day
Duration:
6 months

The Client
Our client is a London Borough.

The Interim Assignment
Our client is looking to hire an interim Procurement Manager to lead on a major energy procurement with the following brief: Provide procurement advice on:

• Relevant template forms of contract to be used for procurement
• Variations required to template contract forms
• Content of procurement packages Manage the procurement of the following in line with Council procurement guidelines and OJEU requirements:
• Early Works Services Contractor
• Term Contractor for the design, build, operate and maintenance of the facilities
• Framework for facility operation and maintenance

In addition:

• Manage the team’s delivery of component parts for each procurement contract/package
• Be the single point of contact for tenderers
• Manage the tender process of each package, including setting up meetings, collating all questions and managing a unified team response, and managing tender evaluations by the team
• Manage the production of contract documentation for each procurement package
• To work collaboratively with other participating authorities on joint procurement initiatives

The Interim Manager
The Interim Procurement Manager should possess the following key skills and experience:

• Practical and up to date knowledge of local authority procurement and category management;
• Letting a wide range of contracts delivering savings;
• Working with the UK Public Contracts Regulations;
• The entire contract cycle from developing options through to tendering, awarding and managing the contracts;
• Practical experience of managing supplier relationships and negotiating contract changes;
• The ability to flexibly manage a number of tenders at one time;
• Strong communication and influencing skills;
• Able to act on own initiative, plan personal workloads and manage conflicting priorities and to deliver to deadlines;
• Experience of working with e-procurement and e-tendering systems;
• Strong customer service skills;
CIPS Qualified with strong Local Government experience

Interim Traded Services Manager, School Improvement
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
NL14612
Location:
South East
Salary:
£500 - £600 per day
Duration:
6 - 9 months

The Client
Our client is a large Local Authority in the south east.

The Interim Assignment
As part of a wider transformation and restructuring of Children’s Services, our client is redesigning their model of school improvement delivery. This is moving from a fairly traditional but lean school improvement structure to one where the Authority takes on the role of strategic commissioner and broker to enable school to school support as well as support from external providers to tackle poor performance. This traded service needs to be established to go live in April 2015 and will likely also include Governor Services. The Authority already trades other services successfully and this will be a standalone traded service.The interim manager will have 360 degree responsibility to establish the service from concept to go live.

The Interim Manager
It is crucial therefore that the interim manager has experience of having set up other traded services in a Local Authority context, ideally including services to schools. A detailed background in school improvement is not required, but candidates must be able to evidence:

•   Prior experience of leading the establishment of a Local Authority traded service from start to finish
•   Understanding of cost models, business planning, budgeting and income generation
•   Marketing, PR and communications experience in the context of establishing a traded service
•   Strong stakeholder engagement experience – both internal Local Authority stakeholders and external partners, for example commissioned service providers and customers

This is an interesting and challenging opportunity because of the tight timescales and number of schools involved. We would ask that you only apply for this role if you are confident you meet all of the above criteria. 

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