Director of Finance and Procurement Added: 13.03.18

Job Type: Temporary Job Reference: 299277
Salary: £677.99-£850 Per day Job Category: Public Sector Jobs
Location: Trowbridge

Contract initially until: 25/05/2018.

Role is inside IR35.

Reference: 299277


Job Context

Directors are responsible for the corporate management of a range of major council services or a statutory function, providing strategic policy direction and leadership, operational management and financial control. They support the Cabinet and Corporate Leadership Team, to achieve the aims and desired outcomes of the Council, Wiltshire community and partners.

Job Purpose:

As a director you are expected to:

  • Work jointly with corporate directors and other directors to achieve the council’s priorities and goals;
  • Develop effective partnership and collaborative working in order to achieve the council’s vision;
  • Manage service performance though the accountability of your senior management team, allocation of resources, management of risks, and strong, inspirational leadership;
  • Develop an innovative and commercial approach across the council and within your specific service areas;
  • Lead continuous improvement and transformation of your services using systems thinking or other evidence based principles around customer/client purpose;
  • Take joint responsibility as part of the leadership team for delivering the whole council budget and savings, taking a corporate and joined up approach alongside robust and reliable service financial management.

Key duties include:

  • Develop relationships both internally and externally to maximise opportunities for collaboration and integration;
  • Ensure service planning is shaped by, and takes into account the council’s key strategic plans including:
    • The business plan
    • The financial plan (MTFS) and annual budget
    • The people strategy
    • The digital strategy
    • The local plan
  • Provide advice and recommendations to the wider corporate leadership team and elected Members on significant policy decisions or complex and contentious matters within your service areas and areas of expertise;
  • Contribute to the corporate management of the strategic risks facing the council;
  • Represent the council at regional/national level within your services areas and areas of expertise;
  • Promote and exemplify robust decision making which is open, inclusive, flexible and responsive;
  • Grow an outstanding workforce with a can-do attitude, supported through clear career paths and development linked with robust talent and performance management;
  • Embed a culture that places customers first, adopts a can-do approach and focuses on good outcomes in our communities;
  • Drive the council’s staff engagement culture and demonstrate the behaviours expected across the organisation;
  • Ensure a whole council approach is taken to corporate parenting.

Service areas which are the responsibility for this post are:

Finance services

  • Ensure the financial resources available are managed within the framework of accounting standards and financial regulations, and within the agreed budgets and develop the financial strategies, policies and standards required to ensure the financial resources available are effectively utilised to support the achievement of the council’s objectives. This also includes developing, monitoring and updating the council’s financial plan ensuring that it reflects an accurate and up to date picture of the financial position of the council.
  • Accountable for the maintenance and development of the SAP finance system.

Business services finance

  • Develop appropriate policies, procedures, protocols and training to ensure the effective management of the business services finance functions ensuring compliance with the council’s statutory and regulatory policies and procedures and ensuring that all financial transactions for the council are processed in accordance.


  • Maintain a strategic overview of all aspects of the Wiltshire Pension Fund, including ensuring that the funding and investment strategy is monitored and reviewed and that appropriate governance and quality assurance procedures are in place.
  • Ensuring the effective procurement, implementation and monitoring of the Fund’s investment strategy, external fund arrangements, custody and associated arrangements and investment performance.
  • Ensuring that systems are in place which hold consistent and up to date information on all aspects of the Fund and that systems are in place to pay pensions accurately and promptly and that members of the Pension Fund Committee are provided with the necessary information to facilitate effective decision making

Revenues & Benefits

  • Ensure a multi-functional service that ensures the financial well-being of the council and its residents through the collection of local and national taxes, the delivery of housing benefit and local welfare benefits and the overseeing of the council’s Corporate Fraud and Investigation Team.


  • Set the strategic procurement vision in consultation with key stakeholders, and delivering it through effective policies, processes and procedures. This will include securing complete and accurate data surrounding procurement from requisition to contracting and payment.
  • Review and maintain the provision of a strategic procurement hub in connection with key operational services to ensure it meets the needs of the whole organisation and business plan priorities.


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