Executive Recruitment

The Roles

Assistant Director of Finance – Accountancy 

We are looking for an exceptionally talented and enthusiastic individual to help lead and shape the financial accountancy service for North Northamptonshire Council.

North Northamptonshire Council is a brand-new unitary authority and one of the largest in the Country.  The Council has just set its first budget and we are seeking a qualified and experienced local government finance professional with strategic vision and commercial acumen. 

We are looking for someone who has the drive, initiative and confidence to help shape our financial services, assist in the delivery of our corporate priorities and help us develop excellent services for our residents.

We want you to help create the financial foundations that will shape the future of the new Council. The successful candidate will take a lead on areas such as corporate finance, financial reporting, financial systems development and treasury management.

In return we will provide you with the opportunity to assist us embed a culture that aims to help all our colleagues be their very best and help you exceed your full potential.

This is a truly unique opportunity to be part of this exciting journey of service transformation across North Northamptonshire.

Assistant Director Commissioning & Performance: 

We are looking to attract someone who has success in nurturing new care markets or has sound interests and ideas around this. We want to move away from traditional market approaches.  This includes the way we work with the voluntary sector but also the development of an outcomes-based commissioning approach and development of micro-provider, Community Interest Companies & Personal Assistant markets for social care.

The successful candidate will need to be able to challenge the market in a constructive way whilst continuing to build collaborative relationships in order to develop and transform the care market.

We are looking for someone who can engage effectively with senior management up to Chief Executive level.  Good experience of working with and providing assurance to executive officers, or a sound understanding of how to do this well would be important.

Prospective candidates would need to be comfortable dealing with scrutiny from elected members.

With the policy push towards integrated care, someone who is open to jointly commissioning across organisational boundaries as well as able to ensure a balance of benefits to respective organisations to achieve win-win outcomes. We are keen to find prospective candidates with a history of working collaboratively across council services including with housing, procurement and finance.

We would like to emphasise the transactional elements of the service including brokerage and payments to providers.  The successful candidate will not need to do this when they are in post but they will need to pay equal attention to the other parts of their portfolio that are more transactional but are essential in contributing towards a strong financial base and market stability.

We are keen someone with experience of using data and intelligence to inform our commissioning strategy. A ‘can-do’ and expansive attitude coupled with the ability to work well in and foster a culture that is consistent with that we are trying to create in North Northamptonshire are vitally important too.

Assistant Director - Safeguarding and Wellbeing 

This is a wide portfolio including Safeguarding, Provider Services, Principal Social Worker (PSW) and therapy, it also includes hosting the Approved Mental Health (AMHP) and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) functions for the county.

We are looking for someone with a firm understanding of the different drivers and the ability to balance priorities in the varied services. They will need strong backgrounds in, preferably, at least two of the main areas for the service or the ability to transfer and embed knowledge.

AMHP, DoLS, PSW & therapy functions involve professionally qualified staff, so the ability to manage what can at times be staff groups who are under pressure and who can be understandably vocal along with complex working relationships is key.

This role needs real attention to detail in order to monitor, maintain and improve performance. This post will have a lot of executive and Member attention because of the nature of the functions and the ability to hold a room will be important. Gravitas along with being able to stay calm in a crisis are must-haves.

There will be a significant amount of partnership working with this role, including strategically with the police, NHS partners, the care quality commission. The successful candidate will need the ability to engage with senior officers up to CEO level and be able to provide assurance that things won’t fail. Good experience of working with and providing assurance to executive officers, or a sound understanding of how to do this well will therefore be important as will a resilient attitude and calmness in a crisis.

We are looking for someone who is action-focussed, a strong doer! They must also be able to work well in and foster a culture that is consistent with that we are trying to create in North Northamptonshire.

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