Future Financial Strategy Programme: Strategic Lead – Policy and Strategy
Reigate - Surrey but with agile working supported

Vacancy Reference: 002295

Location: Reigate - Surrey but with agile working supported

Closing Date: 22/08/2021

Salary: £45,734 - £51,725 per annum

Employment Type: Fixed term, full-time

Department: Resources

Hours Per week: 36

Fixed term for 18 months, with the possibility of extension and forms part of the core programme team reporting into the Programme Director. 

The starting salary for this role is £45,734 for working 36 hours per week.

Do you relish a challenge?

Do you have a proven track record of long term visioning and developing innovative strategies in dynamic environments?

Are you tenacious, committed to the cause and able to inspire others?

If so, then we want to hear from you!

In Surrey, we are undertaking significant fast-paced improvement across the council. Tim Oliver (Leader) and Joanna Killian (Chief Executive) have emphasised a clear strategic direction as key to the council's improvement journey. To achieve this, we have embarked upon a massive transformation agenda that consists of a number of key programmes that are critical to the future success and financial stability of the council.

Our commitment to delivering good quality, cost effective services is more important than ever as we start to move out of a global pandemic and step into uncertain times. We do know that the constraints on public finances will continue for the foreseeable future and that we will need to deliver services in a fundamentally different way. Whilst presenting a challenge, this also provides significant opportunities for us to take a more radical approach, seeking new ways to manage our finances whilst delivering innovative and high-quality services for our residents and communities.

Existing service focused approaches have been successful in delivering efficiencies but are now largely exhausted. We are developing a 'twin track' approach, running the 22/23 budget setting process whilst simultaneously developing a new approach to 23/24 onwards that will help put the council on a more stable financial footing over the medium term, as well as setting in train a fundamentally more ambitious transformation programme.

We have identified a key role to help support the delivery of this vital programme. This is an exciting opportunity for the successful candidate to help shape and deliver strategies that will improve services for residents while ensuring the financial sustainability of the council.

In this role, you will be required to support the delivery and implementation of evidence led initiatives and strategies that provide value for money and improve outcomes for residents. You will support the delivery of priority programmes for the council by developing and managing complex internal and external stakeholder relationships as well as planning and managing a range of activities to help seed, accelerate and embed change.

If you're passionate, enthusiastic and feel you want to be part of this journey, then please apply below, attaching your CV and personal statement (no longer than two pages of A4 please) outlining your suitability for this role.

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For more information, please find the full job description on the Surrey Jobs site Please refer to this before submitting your application . We also invite you to read our Life at Surrey handbook to see insights of the culture at Surrey and how as a valued employee, you can help shape our Council.

Additional information

The post will have a professional link with the Head of Strategy (Sarah Richardson) in the Insight, Analytics and Intelligence service.

Contact details

For an informal discussion please contact Sarah Richardson, Head of Strategy, by e-mail at s.richardson@surreycc.gov.uk 

We look forward to receiving your application, please click on the apply online button below to submit.


From flexible working to job sharing we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 26 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years' service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.

Our commitment

Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.

To apply

If you are interested in this exciting opportunity, please visit Surrey County Council's  job site: https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/jobs/search/details?id=15956 

Closing date:        23:59, Sunday 22 August 2021

Interview date:    Will be confirmed if successfully shortlistied