Executive Director, Corporate Services

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Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames
Kingston Upon Thames
Up to £156,780
Closing Date:
Sunday, 3rd March (23:55)
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Recruitment timetable

Closing Date
Sunday, 3rd March (23:55)
Technical Interviews
Monday 11th, Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th March
Assessment Centre
Monday 25th March
Senior Staff Panel
Thursday 18th April


Kingston is a special place in South West London between the capital and the country and has been a Royal borough longer than anywhere else. Our reputation for excellence is the result of our commitment to fostering a future that is greener, fairer, and safer for everyone—residents, workers, and visitors alike.

Executive Director, Corporate Services (S151 Officer) | salary from £138,207 - £156,780

Following the appointment of Sarah Ireland as our permanent Chief Executive and a realignment of our senior leadership team, this is an exciting and newly created role at a critical time for our Council and the sector.

As our Section 151 Officer, you will provide the highest levels of advice, assurance, and administration of our Council's finances. You will also lead across a broad range of corporate resources, including Finance & Pensions, Law & Governance, People And OD, Democratic Services, Emergency & Resilience Planning, Performance & Risk, Revenues & Benefits, Procurement, Data & Insight and more.

Whilst we have a balanced budget, we, like everyone, face challenges ahead. We continue to deliver good services, and our robust fiscal management has seen us make the best of a challenging financial environment. In this role we will look to you to find opportunities to transform, change and innovate to help equip us against the challenges we face. We will look to you for growth as much as we do cuts; income as much as we do savings. This role is critical to our future and will enable our council to do more and ensure we can continue to deliver for those that need us most.

Having brought these services together, we will look to you to create the vision and strategy for our corporate functions, harnessing all your services to fulfil our vision.

About you

As our Section 151 Officer, your finance background will enable you to provide assured leadership to ensure effective financial management and the long-term financial sustainability of our organisation. You will be comfortable working closely with elected members and be adept at giving high quality advice on strategy and policy issues linked to your services.

To succeed in this role, we are looking for an inspiring leader that can energise and motivate both your direct, and indirect reports. We are firmly looking to the future and will look to you to identify and take advantage of opportunities that transform, innovate and improve the service areas that you lead.

For more information on this role, or a confidential discussion about your suitability, please contact Frazer Thouard frazer.thouard@gatenbysanderson.com or Delicia Coutinho on delicia.coutinho@gatenbysanderson.com from our recruitment partners GatenbySanderson.

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How to Apply

  • Please submit your CV along with a Supporting Statement addressing the person specification criteria, evidencing how you meet the criteria.
  • Detail any employment or education gaps.
  • Be ready to provide the names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees; one should be your current or most recent employer. Referees will be contacted for those proceeding to final stages. We will always gain your permission before we contact referees.
  • Let us know any difficulty you may have with the indicative timetable.
  • Check that your contact details are correct before you submit.

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The following consultants are managing this role and will be happy to answer any questions that are not covered in the person specification on the next webpage.

Frazer Thouard
07384 810 743
Delicia Coutinho
07741 264 892
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