Strategic Director Resources

(s.151 Officer)



Location: Pontypool, Wales

Salary: £91,489 - £99,516

Reference: A000490

Status: Open

In this role, you’ll oversee the full range of corporate and governance services including Financial Services; Internal Audit; Procurement; Revenues and Benefits (including shared service); Legal Services; HR; Corporate Services (including Democratic Services; Programme Management Office; Complaints); and Pension Fund Investments and Administration. It’s a significant portfolio, and we’re looking for candidates who have a track record of providing high-level strategic analysis and robust advice at the top tier of their current organisation. You will be the key strategic financial advisor to the Council and the Chief Executive, reporting directly to him.

As a key member of the Corporate Leadership Team, you’ll lead and develop strategy across a range of service areas and be able to engage with, develop relationships and influence strategic partners and stakeholders at all levels. Deliverables include the development, delivery and monitoring of the financial strategy, Medium- Term Financial Plan, and annual budget plans for the Council. You’ll also provide advice, support and assurance to CLT and other colleagues, as well as Cabinet and Elected Members. Political awareness and astuteness is absolutely vital for this role.

The current post holder also plays a significant role in national finance considerations. Representing local government on a range of forums, both for the betterment of Torfaen and the wider public sector. It will be expected that the successful candidate will want to embrace working across the Welsh public sector.

Candidates will have the personal credibility and professional experience to step up to this highly visible job with confidence. A qualified accountant and post-qualification professional development are essential, and you must show you can fulfil the extensive statutory requirements of the role. We’re open to a range of backgrounds, but you must demonstrate that you understand the complexities of working in a democratic context. Your track record of continuous improvement and innovation will be impressive, and you’ll relish the opportunity to really stretch our thinking. An outstanding thinker, learner, communicator and influencer, you’ll rapidly become our first port of call for future-focused innovation.

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For a confidential discussion about the role please contact:

Sean Anderson
Tel:  0121 312 3755

Dawn Faulkner
Tel:  0121 312 3755

Indicative timetable:

Closing date for applications: Sunday 17 March 2024
Preliminary/Technical Interviews:  week commencing Monday 8 April 2024
Assessment Centre:  week commencing Monday 22 April 2024
Final interview by Appointments Committee:  week commencing 7 May 2024

To apply:

To apply for this job please click on the Apply button below and fill out the requested information. When prompted, please submit your CV and a Supporting Statement (no more than four sides of A4 each).

With your CV, please also provide the names and contact details of two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer. Referees will only be contacted if you reach the final stages, and we will not contact referees without your permission.

Your supporting statement should express why you are interested in this role and what experience you can bring to the organisation. The statement should tackle the specific requirements of the role; outlining examples and outcomes showing how you meet those requirements.