Executive Recruitment


Dear Candidate

Appointment of Director of Finance and Resources

Chesterfield has a good reputation in local government as a council that punches above its weight in terms of the quality of facilities and services we deliver and particularly our track record of delivering inclusive economic growth through working in partnership with our businesses and communities.

We are a council and borough with big ambitions and nationally significant regeneration schemes. Our £1 billion programme includes our own £20m Northern Gateway development. We are a joint venture partner in the £340m Chesterfield Waterside scheme and currently exploring the feasibility of co-investing in the £400m Peak Resort project.

Our vision is simple – ‘putting our communities first’ – we want to ensure our residents share in the benefits of Chesterfield’s success and enjoy healthy and active lives; and that our businesses also reach their full potential. That’s why over the next four years our draft Council Plan priorities are to:

  • Make Chesterfield a thriving borough;
  • Improve the quality of life for local people; and
  • Provide value for money services

While the council is financially robust action is still needed to balance our budgets over the medium-term. This will require us to be more commercial in terms of how we run our facilities and services to drive new income, and more efficient in terms of how we manage our extensive operational and non-operational estate. Allied to these changes the council is also currently investing £10 million on upgrading our ICT infrastructure and services to improve staff productivity and enable customers to transact with us more efficiently, effectively and economically.

We’re therefore looking for a new Director of Finance and Resources to join our senior leadership team to continue our rapid transformation as a council and a borough.

As you will have just seen and heard, you will need to be familiar with local government finance though not necessarily from that background, and be able to draw on substantial experience of managing multi-million pound capital and revenue budgets. You will provide strategic financial analysis and advice to the Chief Executive, directors and elected members; making sure opportunities are fully exploited and risks fully considered. In addition, you will be responsible for a number of other key corporate services. 

This isn’t, however, just a finance role. Leading by example, we will expect you to inspire and challenge colleagues and partners to raise their game in the pursuit of value for money services that stand to benefit our businesses and communities. You will also have the skills and confidence to build strong internal relationships and effectively represent the council in key partnership environments at local, regional and national level.

If you have the vision, enthusiasm and expertise for this role, we would therefore like to hear from you. 

Dr Huw Bowen
Chief Executive

Cllr Tricia Gilby
Leader of the Council

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