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We’re the fifth biggest Metropolitan District in the country and the UK’s youngest city, and now the next national City of Culture for 2025. Our district is alive with energy, enterprise and potential and home to some of the finest cultural assets, landscapes and manufacturing sectors in the country. It’s a great place to live and work. Bradford offers a unique blend of opportunity, challenge and exceptional quality of life to outstanding and innovative leaders who can enable and oversee positive change.

The scale, diversity and productive potential of the city district is reflected in its strong, broad-based, innovative and entrepreneurial business community, which is part of an overall local economy worth £9.5 billion, the 11th largest in England. The potential for sustainable growth, is now our focus for the legacy of our diverse and exciting communities and business partners.

Our potential is enormous and having been named as the UK City of Culture 2025, we are uniquely placed to deliver on our ambition to enhance the district’s ability to promote itself as a great place to live, visit, work, invest in and study. Critically it is now about building legacy benefits that reflect our commitment to clean growth, a strong sustainable economy and opportunity for our community to excel, leaving no one behind. This is the most exciting time to join our team and shape a future.

Bradford is an extraordinary city. Vibrant and diverse, it’s a place of opportunity and ambition, and the award of UK City of Culture 2025 reflects the fact that our people have a creative character and unique heritage. The Council is dedicated to unlocking the potential of everyone who lives and works here, and right now we’re looking for two senior directors to join us.

In this vital role, you will provide operational and strategic direction in a multi-agency context, ensuring that the voices, needs and aspirations of our district’s children and young people are at the heart of everything we do. You will lead on the development, promotion and delivery of effective partnership arrangements across the district, delivering on our commitment to ensure that every child has the best possible start in life by improving educational outcomes, protecting vulnerable children and young people and reducing the effects of childhood poverty.

As a key member of the council’s corporate management team, you will be at the forefront in driving improvements and change across our services, fostering and leading a culture of continuous improvement that reflects the values of the council and encourages creativity.

You will be responsible for the commissioning and delivery of service outcomes through effective partnerships and contracting of the Bradford Children’s and Families Trust; ensuring the effective delivery of Children’s social care and early help and prevention services, across the district.

This post carries the statutory responsibilities of the Director of Children’s Services (DCS) as set out in the guidance issued by the Secretary of State for Education.

With a professional, academic or management qualification or relevant professional experience, you will have a history of sustained personal and professional development, and a successful track record at a senior management level of achieving improved outcomes in a similar organisational environment. Whilst a social work qualification is not a requirement for the post, applicants must have a good working knowledge of social care legislation and practice.
You will have a good understanding of the legal, financial and political workings of local government, and extensive experience of working collaboratively in order to drive innovative approaches to service development and delivery.

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When you join us in this role, you will be part of the Council’s Corporate Management Team working collaboratively to contribute to our challenges and successes whilst leading our Finance, IT, procurement and Transformation services. Ensuring public money is managed responsibly, that we have modern and responsive procurement practises that deliver social value and support the local economy. You will continue to support the improvements and investments to our IT provision alongside a district wide digital infrastructure and connectivity strategy and continue to drive improved outcomes and efficiencies through our Transformation programme.

Creating and encouraging a culture of high achievement and service excellence through efficiency and continuous improvement in a high challenge, high support culture. You will support and advise Elected Members and the Chief Executive so they can fulfil their responsibilities, as the statutory S151 Officer.

You will be responsible for ensuring the effective and sustainable use of resources, you will work with Members and Corporate colleagues to deliver an effective and sustainable financial strategy and ensure the implementation of effective budget processes and ensure effective governance and control functions are in place to provide financial assurance.

To be a success in this role, you will need to be able to contribute to all aspects of the Councils business as part of the Council Leadership Team, in a challenging financial and political environment as part of a large and complex organisation. You will need to be robust and able to work collaboratively at all levels of the officer and member structure and you will bring your experience of delivering innovative and creative solutions to develop better outcomes for our residents and businesses as you lead our transformation programme and deliver our Medium-Term Financial Strategy.

An inspirational and motivating leader with a track record of promoting and delivering positive solutions to achieve diversity and equality of opportunity, you’ll also have the ability to understand the varying needs of your colleagues, find solutions to complex issues, and move quickly to develop contingency and mitigation strategies.

You will possess a professional, academic or management qualification or relevant professional experience, evidence of sustained personal and professional development, and a successful track record at a senior management level of achieving improved key priority outcomes. It’s essential that you have a good understanding of the legal, financial and political workings of local government, and be ready to use current best practice to tackle a wide range of challenges.

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In this high-profile, strategic leadership role for the Council you’ll be seeking to enable pace of growth and sustainable change to help us realise the opportunities brought about by our status as UK City of Culture. You’ll play a key role in leading the authority’s commitment to deliver more integrated services that enable growth and support our communities to gain opportunities from truly transformative opportunities.

You will build on significant investment into globally leading approaches that respond to pandemic impacts and driving key areas that unlock the pace of sustainable growth.

The role connects the role of public, private and third sectors, centred on green recovery, enviro-economic growth and delivering the first national testbed location for sustainable development. Delivering on our commitment to grow our local economy in an inclusive and sustainable way, you’ll build, nurture and sustain effective multi-agency partnerships across the locality ensuring the delivery of needs-led integrated, joined-up, fit for purpose and responsive services. This is about place making at pace, for business, for communities and enhancing opportunity.

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Reporting to the Strategic Director of Place and providing strategic leadership to these key place-shaping services, you’ll bring a proactive, enabling and collaborative approach to facilitating inclusive economic growth, supporting new investment and sustaining development pace across the district.

Taking a corporate approach to supporting inward investment and the development community you will ensure that key stakeholders are involved in place-making at the earliest opportunity, meeting the needs of the Council and the wider district whilst creating, encouraging and role modelling a culture of achievement and service excellence through efficiency and continuous improvement. The role demands positive partnership engagement approach, alignment of strategic functions across PT&H and a focus on providing a modern service to support our pace of growth.

We’re looking for leaders who can enable and unlock the potential of our teams, for both roles, with a proven track record of delivering whole-scale change at a senior level in large, complex organisations. Equally important to us is your style of leadership, you’ll be a role model for best practice and innovation, able to inspire and encourage our committed, dedicated workforce and partners to deliver on our key priorities across our communities.

If you have the energy, enthusiasm and skills to make a real impact and deliver the best possible outcomes, then we would like to hear from you. For a confidential discussion about these exciting roles, please contact our consultants at Penna: Nick Raper on 07715 690 463, Priyesh Bhadressa on 07548 108 176, or Aaron Thomas on 07709 505 403.

Closing date: Tuesday 30th August 2022

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