Corporate Director - Business and Environmental Services

We are seeking a Corporate Director to lead our Business and Environmental Services directorate.

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Corporate Director - Business and Environmental Services

Salary: circa £137k p.a. plus relocation support
Location: North Yorkshire

Welcome - thank you for your interest in our role

We are looking to appoint to the pivotal position of Corporate Director who will lead our Business and Environmental Services and be part of our Corporate Management Board to support the wider strategic leadership of the Council. You will also provide commercial leadership as a board member on some of our Brierley Group of businesses.

This is a career defining role; an exciting opportunity to make an impact at a time when we have sound, resilient leadership, enviable track record in the delivery of vital public services and great ambition for our future. Providing you with the platform to build your career and professional legacy in North Yorkshire; a truly stunning place. You will work at scale, further enhancing the reputation of North Yorkshire County Council regionally, nationally and internationally.

Chief Executive Richard Flinton discusses the role with David Bowe, the retiring post holder; outlining the role, key challenges and opportunities:

We have a track record of strong performance and financial grip. This has been essential to our ongoing success; releasing resources to enable us to invest in innovation to further improve efficiency and impact.

In response to public sector austerity our teams have rose to the challenge delivering commercial solutions to public issues. For instance, we are in the early stages of setting up a new Highways Maintenance Teckal company enabling us to reduce the cost of our commissioned highways maintenance and engineering contracted services whilst reinvesting the company’s gains into vital public services. The post holder will be a key strategic leader influencing our Brierley group of companies, playing a key role on company boards; ensuring their success, that the return is maximised and re-invested in public sector services.

We have delivered a waste recycling and energy plant through a Private Public Partnership - Allerton Park and working closely with our traded company Yorwaste to drive efficiency, performance and value through our waste streams; reduce landfill in response to climate challenges.

Our planning and traded standards team are arguably the strongest in the country; recently presented with an award for “Outstanding contribution to industry and enforcement” in recognition of the team leading Operation Jasper, a three year programme of enforcement activities to tackle the sale of counterfeit and unsafe goods on social media. The work has been internationally recognised and is now used as a template by Europol.

We want North Yorkshire to be a thriving county which adapts to a changing world and remains a special place for everyone to live, work and visit.

We need an astute leader to meet the challenge in Business and Environmental services.

If you are up for the challenge we look forward to receiving your application.

Richard Flinton, Chief Executive - North Yorkshire County Council
 

North Yorkshire really is a stunning, vibrant county with safe communities, high employment and excellent education; the residence of choice. Over the past two years the new national crime figures have revealed North Yorkshire to be the safest place in England. It is rich in heritage and culture, in a backdrop of outstanding natural beauty, vibrant cities, market towns, quaint villages, stunning rural and coast landscapes. We can also boast having three towns in the top ten of the UK Halifax quality of life survey.

North Yorkshire is a special place; as geographically the largest county, we have two National Parks and numerous Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the stunning North Yorkshire Coast, rich in heritage and culture. With this scale and beauty brings challenge; our remote extensive highways infrastructure vital to thriving rural communities is at the mercy of increasingly severe weather, in particular flooding. In response, our true Yorkshire grit, ingenuity and resilience enables our communities to quickly bounce back with support from our highways teams and partnerships; reconnecting roads, bridges and infrastructure swiftly and safely. Our highways asset has enabled us to host the Tour de France, its legacy the Tour de Yorkshire and the UCI World Championships and all the challenge and achievement that comes with hosting these world class events.

Business and environmental services is one of the County Council’s three front line service directorates. The key focus of business and environmental services is to support the Council’s plan to deliver economic growth the vision of which is for “A place with a strong economy and a commitment to sustainable growth that enables everyone to fulfil their ambitions and aspirations”, which is also a corporate objective. This is achieved through directorate’s service plans:

  • Highways and Transportation Services
  • Transport Waste and Countryside Services
  • Growth, Planning and Trading Standards

alongside strong regional partnerships including the York and North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership and our trading companies: NyNet, Yorwaste, Brierley Homes, Align and new Highways Teckal company.

Our highways department is among the most highly regarded in the country - all the more impressive given it has 5,350 miles of roads to maintain and nearly 2,000 bridges. One of the keys to increased effectiveness is investment in our highways management information system that allows highways officers to inspect, record and order works remotely. This has led to one of the lowest reactive maintenance expenditures at 8.7 per cent of budget compared with a national average of 22 per cent. We are also recognised for delivering significant capital programmes ahead of time and under budget.

We have the highest performing trading standards service in the country, it leads on tackling doorstep crime and jointly runs the National Trading Standards e-Crime team. The service takes pride in helping businesses, proactively working with them to ensure they do things properly and are able to deliver growth and jobs across the county.

North Yorkshire’s economy is thriving and diverse; home to successful agriculture, renowned specialists in the food industry, significant mineral extraction and engineering, strong visitor and tourism economies and a hive of activity in the micro business and entrepreneurial sectors. Some businesses are typically Yorkshire: Betty’s, Taylor’s and of course Yorkshire Tea!

Commercialism has been the established solution to our financial and service improvement agenda. Increasing the trading of our public services, being best in class, setting the standards for others to follow, harnessing innovation and technology. We have set up private sector companies to deliver commercial solutions, such as Yorwaste a waste collection and management company, which together with Allerton Park our PPP waste treatment / disposal and energy plant enables us minimise landfill and drive waste value streams. Other examples include Brierley homes our own housing development company and Align our own building design business and soon to follow our new Highways Maintenance company operating as a Teckal company.

David Bowe outlines the service and role:

 

You will work with the best - our teams are at the top of their game and yet far from complacent; we are hungry to achieve more. We want your talent to help us achieve our ambition, so we can deliver high profile results at pace and scale, and so that you can positively challenge and influence our thinking.

We are focussed on further developing our services, through technology, innovation and further development of commercial approaches.

This is an excellent opportunity for someone to further develop their career; we are an authority with a strong track record, relentless focus on delivery and performance, with strong stable leadership, talented teams and well developed partnerships.

You will work closely with the Corporate Management Team and Elected Members to ensure that the Council’s reputation is maintained and enhanced through effective engagement with members, partners, residents, staff and stakeholders. This will include proactive promotion of the Council Plan priorities.

Richard Flinton outlines the role and what we are looking for in our new Corporate Director:

What you will bring

You will be a strong performance focused leader, with a clear vision of success you will have a passion for significant challenges and a track record of delivering highly respected, robust services.

You possess exceptional influencing skills, are innovative and forward thinking to identify new opportunities and help drive a culture of continuous improvement.

Conducting yourself in a way befitting North Yorkshire County Council culture; you act with integrity, leading by example, with enthusiasm and strong ambition.

You are able to make an instant impact at the highest-level, in a high profile, demanding and complex environment, with clarity of focus.

A dynamic, proactive individual who is an excellent communicator - both verbally and written, with ability to forge strong business partnerships, motivating and empowering others.

You will have a well-developed set of commercial skills, be an influential negotiator, with a strong track record of successful contract management and strategically leading commercial businesses and programmes.

You will have the following skills and experience:

  • Exceptional track record of significant achievement in delivering local authority Business and Environmental related service(s) or related environment;
  • Experience in providing effective and visible leadership to multi-disciplinary teams of professional, operational and support staff, leading on strategic projects to a successful conclusion;
  • Good judgment, business acumen and an ability to set priorities within a fast-moving, multi-pronged agenda;
  • Significant management experience at a senior level in a major public, private or voluntary organisation;
  • Committed to public service with successes in partnership working, improving services to residents and the quality of life for communities;
  • Ability to work as part of an effective corporate executive team providing organisational leadership to model values;
  • Strong performance manager with outstanding interpersonal skills, possessing the ability to interact and maintain credibility with people at all levels across the business;
  • Demonstrable strong influencing and leadership skills; and
  • Commercially astute you will have an impressive track record of strategic leadership of successful commercial organisations, ideally at Board level.

Why work for us?

We are strong performing authority, with stable political leadership, and talented teams providing the platform to have a fulfilling, challenging and successful career in a truly stunning place.

A recent Local Government Association peer challenge found that North Yorkshire County Council is a good place to work, with strong leadership and a loyal and committed workforce who have access to well-regarded training and development.

We pride ourselves on being an employer of choice, offering a range of training and development opportunities and career progression allowing you to manage your own development journey and empowering you to control your career.

We positively encourage flexible working and we provide you with the technology you need to work from a wide variety of locations.

In addition to your salary we offer a range of great benefits to help you financially make life a bit easier. From career average employer contribution pension scheme, green car and cycle schemes, travel loans, shopping and gym discounts to name but a few you can find more information on the range of benefits we offer within our Total Rewards brochure.

Key documents

How to apply

We encourage you contact Sarah France-Gorton, Head of Resourcing Solutions on 01609 798106 for informal and confidential conversations regarding the role.

After initial conversations Sarah can arrange conversations with Richard Flinton, Chief Executive or David Bowe retiring post holder, Director Business and Environmental Services.

To apply please send your CV, including a personal statement in one Microsoft Word document to sarahfrance-gorton@northyorks.gov.uk by midnight on 27 October 2019 stating “Corporate Director - BES” in the email title.

It is important that your CV includes: your full contact details (telephone, email, address), full employment history (name of employer, job titles, dates of employment), full education history (qualification, grade, dates and name of place of study), explanation of any gaps in employment and the contact details of at least two referees including your current / most recent employer indicating whether you provide us with the authority to contact each referee prior to interview. Your personal statement should outline your motivation for applying and how you meet the criteria for the role as detailed in the person specification below.

Application pack

Please note:

This is a politically restricted post.

We are committed to equality of opportunity of all staff. We welcome applications from individuals regardless of age, any disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief.

Please note that we will not accept applications from agencies.

Key dates

Closing date: 27 October 2019 
Shortlisting: 13 November 2019
Interviews:  9 and 10 December 2019