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4 elements to the job – procurement (category management model), council tax/housing benefit (different from County Council 151 role), MTFS - £900M £100M capital, pension role

Working with a team of 5 others to run the business

Sharp management responsibility

Commercial mindset – to identify opportunities with other services – to support our commercial strategy and deliver savings

Leadership/management/people skills – how do you lead inspire people, how do you collaborate, new ideas

Major projects – need to navigate (£50M mark – JV) financial way

Innovation and creativity

Someone to build a strong team – to build resilience/legacy

New team/fresh thinking – exciting/buzz

£50M to save over the next 2 years – fiscally sound and balanced our books without the need to dip into reserves

Good relationship between Members/Officers

 

 

 

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About the role

Like all local authorities, Wiltshire faces significant budgetary pressures over the coming years. However, our finances are in a strong position (get numbers from Ian) and we have a clear strategy to address the deficit

 

Financial position as described by the MTFS - numbers to be given

Updating that position

Strategy to address the deficit - more commercial approach, big Digital investment with Microsoft. Transformation in Children's and Adults - finance needs has a key role in all those workstreams

 

Pensions - Brunel  got to feature

Procurement - leveraging savings - part of addressing the gap - develop an approach with procurement

 

Location - positive

No chief executive  - ability to influence reporting into 3 corporate

Vision

About us About Wiltshire Political leadership

Wiltshire Council was established as a unitary authority in 2009 when one county council and four district councils merged. We employ 3,479 FTE staff (4,600 headcount) which rises to 11,700 when school staff are included, we’re the 9th largest council and the 3rd largest planning authority with a gross annual budget of £900 million.

We deliver more than 350 services to the people of Wiltshire, from public health and social care to planning and street maintenance, schools and libraries. Our vision is to build stronger communities and our core values underpin what we do, what we stand for and how we do things. We are committed to building communities that foster a sense of belonging and self-sufficiency, where we support residents to resolve issues locally and empower our people to act.

We’re a forward-thinking council that’s always ready to embrace new ideas. And we recognise a good idea can come from anyone, at any level. That’s why we encourage our people to be innovative and find new ways to tackle old issues. Our values support this and make us unique; we embrace change, treat everyone fairly and value diversity.

We focus on opportunities and possibilities, rather than limitations, and we promote flexible working. We want to ensure that we encourage a culture that places customers at its centre and our staff engagement team, #EPIC are working to improve engagement to maintain and improve our positive culture.

We have a robust behaviours framework that is integrated throughout the whole employee lifecycle and has been in place since 2011. This details the behaviours and attitudes required by all employees to support delivery of this positive culture, and defines our expectations in carrying out their role and interacting with others

Wiltshire is a beautiful, predominantly rural county with a population of just over 500,000. Our towns and villages and our only city, Salisbury, are set against a stunning natural backdrop. Almost half of the county is designated as an 'area of outstanding natural beauty' and we also have two world heritage sites at Stonehenge and Avebury.

The Visit Wiltshire website is a great showcase of the county’s attractions.

Wiltshire Council has defined 20 community areas within the county. These community areas generally include a market town and its surrounding villages. In 2009, 18 Area Boards were established - one for each community area, with the exception of Mere, Tisbury and Wilton, which are together covered by the South West Wiltshire Area Board.

The areas around our office hubs at Trowbridge, Chippenham and Salisbury offer great diversity and quality of life. The price of an average house is £270,710*, comparatively lower than in places such as Bath and Bristol and we have excellent transport connections with the M4 corridor running through the county offering easy access to London, Wales and the rest of the country.  London Heathrow and Bristol International airports and the main south coast ferry ports are all within easy reach.  We also have 14 train stations in the county, providing links to every part of the UK.

There is no shortage of good primary and secondary schools here either, and in terms of GCSE performance, the percentage of pupils achieving 5+ A* to C grades including English and Mathematics in Wiltshire is above the average for South West England, as the government’s school performance tables show. In April 2017, the DfE  ranked Wiltshire Council as the top local authority in England for the quality of school places provided.

*Land Registry HPI March 2018

Take a look at our “Experience EPIC” guide to find out more about what it is like to work here and what benefits we offer 

“Wiltshire Council has strong, visible and accessible political leadership which sets a clear direction for the council and the place. The council leader is at the core of this but it is equally evident throughout her very impressive cabinet colleagues. This means stakeholders are clear what the council stands for, how it goes about its business and what its plans are” (LGA Corporate Peer Challenge, November 2017)

Wiltshire Council has been Conservative controlled since its inception in 2009, and has been consistently led by Cllr Jane Scott OBE, who was made Baroness Scott of Bybrook OBE in 2015. Prior to unitary, Baroness Scott was leader of Wiltshire County Council from 2003. As such, she is the longest serving leader of any shire council in England and the only leader of a county unitary authority still in position since 2009.

 

About us

Wiltshire Council was established as a unitary authority in 2009 when one county council and four district councils merged. We employ 3,479 FTE staff (4,600 headcount) which rises to 11,700 when school staff are included, we’re the 9th largest council and the 3rd largest planning authority with a gross annual budget of £900 million.

We deliver more than 350 services to the people of Wiltshire, from public health and social care to planning and street maintenance, schools and libraries. Our vision is to build stronger communities and our core values underpin what we do, what we stand for and how we do things. We are committed to building communities that foster a sense of belonging and self-sufficiency, where we support residents to resolve issues locally and empower our people to act.

We’re a forward-thinking council that’s always ready to embrace new ideas. And we recognise a good idea can come from anyone, at any level. That’s why we encourage our people to be innovative and find new ways to tackle old issues. Our values support this and make us unique; we embrace change, treat everyone fairly and value diversity.

We focus on opportunities and possibilities, rather than limitations, and we promote flexible working. We want to ensure that we encourage a culture that places customers at its centre and our staff engagement team, #EPIC are working to improve engagement to maintain and improve our positive culture.

We have a robust behaviours framework that is integrated throughout the whole employee lifecycle and has been in place since 2011. This details the behaviours and attitudes required by all employees to support delivery of this positive culture, and defines our expectations in carrying out their role and interacting with others

About Wiltshire

Wiltshire is a beautiful, predominantly rural county with a population of just over 500,000. Our towns and villages and our only city, Salisbury, are set against a stunning natural backdrop. Almost half of the county is designated as an 'area of outstanding natural beauty' and we also have two world heritage sites at Stonehenge and Avebury.

The Visit Wiltshire website is a great showcase of the county’s attractions.

Wiltshire Council has defined 20 community areas within the county. These community areas generally include a market town and its surrounding villages. In 2009, 18 Area Boards were established - one for each community area, with the exception of Mere, Tisbury and Wilton, which are together covered by the South West Wiltshire Area Board.

The areas around our office hubs at Trowbridge, Chippenham and Salisbury offer great diversity and quality of life. The price of an average house is £270,710*, comparatively lower than in places such as Bath and Bristol and we have excellent transport connections with the M4 corridor running through the county offering easy access to London, Wales and the rest of the country.  London Heathrow and Bristol International airports and the main south coast ferry ports are all within easy reach.  We also have 14 train stations in the county, providing links to every part of the UK.

There is no shortage of good primary and secondary schools here either, and in terms of GCSE performance, the percentage of pupils achieving 5+ A* to C grades including English and Mathematics in Wiltshire is above the average for South West England, as the government’s school performance tables show. In April 2017, the DfE  ranked Wiltshire Council as the top local authority in England for the quality of school places provided.

*Land Registry HPI March 2018

Take a look at our “Experience EPIC” guide to find out more about what it is like to work here and what benefits we offer 

Political leadership

“Wiltshire Council has strong, visible and accessible political leadership which sets a clear direction for the council and the place. The council leader is at the core of this but it is equally evident throughout her very impressive cabinet colleagues. This means stakeholders are clear what the council stands for, how it goes about its business and what its plans are” (LGA Corporate Peer Challenge, November 2017)

Wiltshire Council has been Conservative controlled since its inception in 2009, and has been consistently led by Cllr Jane Scott OBE, who was made Baroness Scott of Bybrook OBE in 2015. Prior to unitary, Baroness Scott was leader of Wiltshire County Council from 2003. As such, she is the longest serving leader of any shire council in England and the only leader of a county unitary authority still in position since 2009.

 

 

There are three main hubs at:   

 

            -    County Hall, Trowbridge 

            -   Monkton Park, Chippenham

            -    Bourne Hill, Salisbury

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Wiltshire facts

1.

Wiltshire Council was created in 2009 as a unitary authority by bringing together the previous district and county councils.

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We’re one of the county’s largest employers: a workforce of about 5,000, not including our schools workforce, serving a population of 474,300.

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In 2011, we pioneered a new leadership model, replacing a single chief executive with a leadership team of corporate directors.

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We’ve put decision making in the heart of the community, through 18 local area boards.

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Our teams work creatively in partnership with the NHS, police, fire and rescue, and community groups.

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According to national crime statistics, Wiltshire is the second safest place to live in the country.

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In our latest staff survey, responses reflected strong embedding of the behaviours framework, with 95% of staff stating they understand the behaviours that are expected of them.

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In 2014, the council doubled its highways maintenance budget, adding an extra £53 million over the next five years for road improvements on 2,728 miles of roads.

9.

In the latest staff survey, 73% of staff said there was a community focused culture which is a very positive message and reflects the Council’s vision to create stronger communities.

10.

Around half of the 225,000 tonnes of household waste collected each year in Wiltshire is recycled.

11.

We have 21 leisure centres, 30 libraries and two mobile libraries.

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We have been named best council to work for in Britain by Glassdoor.

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We spend £900 million each year, providing 354 services to the people of Wiltshire.

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Between 2012 and 2016 there was a rise of 7% in the number of "fully engaged staff” and a reduction in those whose responses show them to be fully disengaged.

15.

We’re investing nearly £80 million in our innovative and award winning community campus programme to bring improved facilities and services to local communities.

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