Thank you for your interest in becoming the Service Director for Finance & S151 Officer at Plymouth City Council.

Our city vision is to become ‘One of Europe’s most vibrant waterfront cities, where an outstanding quality of life is enjoyed by everyone. We want Plymouth to be a great place to live, a great place to visit and a great place for business. This role is critical to making this vision a reality!

This post sits within the Customer & Corporate Services Directorate which has the overall responsible for delivering a wide range of Corporate, Shared and Customer Services. As a statutory officer (s151) you will provide strategic advice to the Corporate Management Team and Elected Members.

Like most organisations in the public sector we have been significantly impacted by reduced government funding and this has been further impacted by Covid19. This requires us to rebalance our finances, make substantial and long-lasting savings as well as look at the way we work. This won’t be a job for the fainthearted! In the first 6 months you will have reviewed your organisational structure, evaluated our financial systems and started to think about our medium term financial strategy.

You will lead by example in demonstrating the importance of managing staff effectively, the visibility of management and honest communication that provides strong engagement with our workforce. You will have effective negotiating and influencing skills; and a willingness to work across service areas and issues.

Your energy, drive and experience will help us in every aspect of what we have to do to make a difference. I hope that you will be as enthused and excited by this opportunity as we are, and I look forward to receiving your application.

Yours sincerely,

Andy Ralphs
Strategic Director of Customer and Corporate Services