The Executive Director of Strategy and Change

North Northamptonshire Council
Executive Director of Strategy and Change
£140,683 - £151,033

The Role

This is a newly created role which demonstrates our commitment to not just saying that we want to drive change and do things differently but gives strategic capacity to enable it.

We want to attract talented individuals who aren’t content with “doing what we have always done”, who want to shake things up and who share our aspirations to deliver exceptional services across North Northamptonshire.

The Executive Director of Strategy and Change will lead the Council’s ambition to be at the forefront of shaping the future of local government and driving how the sector evolves. This role is key to understanding government policy, opportunities and being the conduit to building relationships with government departments.

Working alongside an ambitious corporate leadership team, you will drive forward our recently launched “One Council Programme” which is where we deliver all of the work streams which will enable the entire council to work as one council. We are also currently working with a strategic partner on setting out our future ambitions. This will allow us create a clear transformation plan which will set our direction as a council, deliver on our ambition to think differently and will ensure our evolution. The successful candidate will lead this exciting and pivotal work.

As well as developing and implementing corporate strategies that support the achievement of our strategic priorities and objectives, you will lead services which are key to the success of our One Council and transformation plans. These services include HR and Organisational Development, Customer Services, Performance, Business Intelligence, Communications and Engagement and ICT.

The Executive Director of Strategy and Change will be at the forefront of leading the Council’s Big 50 Vision, nurturing collaborative relationships with stakeholders, partners, and communities to find and co-produce solutions across the entire system and not just within the Council.

About you

We are looking for a highly driven, inspirational and creative leader who is comfortable challenging the norm, wants to be a positive disrupter and who has a demonstrable track record of delivering complex change within a Local Authority and achieving sustained improvement and outstanding outcomes. This is coupled with the ability to identify the key priority areas which will deliver the best return, in an agile and modern way.

You must be able to demonstrate the ability to work effectively at corporate leadership level in a complex environment, managing and delivering multiple transformation and change projects with a range of stakeholders.

You will have a proven record of driving through efficiency savings and cultural change and be able to respond positively to changing circumstances.

The ability to work collaboratively and develop productive relationships with politicians and senior stakeholders is a must; and work through complex problems to develop business solutions.

If this sounds like the next opportunity for you to shine, please get in touch.

To find out more, please get in touch with our consultants at Penna:

Andrew Tromans on 07805 226 301 or email

Ali Tasker on 07514 724 114 or email

Closing Date: 4th July 2024, 12 Noon

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