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Chief Operating Officer

Babergh & Mid Suffolk

Now you can make twice the difference
We’re not just talking about our pledge to help create a resilient, more sustainable future, we’re also talking about continuity. Our award-winning partnership here in Babergh and Mid Suffolk, generations of residents get to live fulfilled lives in a district that encourages and empowers them to shape the future they want. But we can’t deliver that vision of future unless we have the right people leading the charge.
Let’s talk about impact
As the Chief Operating Officer, you have the opportunity to work with the Chief Executive, Senior Leadership Team and Councillors to drive forward transformational plans, focusing on ensuring that all residents receive high quality, value for money services. This is your opportunity to bring your strategic leadership and vision to make a real change through horizon scanning on cross-cutting issues, driving performance improvement across services and act as the political-management interface to support our Portfolio Holders, Cabinets and Members in our journey in maintaining  Babergh and Mid Suffolk Councils’ high performance and sustainability promises. You will also act and both Councils’ Monitoring Officer.
Passionate about partnership working? This role gives you the change to liaise with external partners and stakeholders, as well as working with your internal colleagues, to drive the delivery of outcomes across the Babergh and Mid Suffolk area, putting you at the forefront of making a difference in our worlds. You will also have the opportunity to promote a positive image of each organisation equally, acting as an ambassador for the Councils.
About Babergh & Mid Suffolk
Located in the heart of Suffolk, the districts of Babergh and Mid Suffolk enjoy incredible landscapes, including two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, coastal scenes and conservation areas. Babergh is part of the Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB, which includes the Stour and Orwell estuaries, a site of European nature conservation interest, and Dedham Vale and Stour Valley AONB.
Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils are at the forefront of joint working and are a progressive award-winning partnership. Serving over 200,000 residents across our two districts, we are two sovereign councils, each with a strong sense of identity, but with a shared vision of the future. We have integrated our two councils’ workforces and were one of the first districts nationally to move to a joint headquarters, together with our colleagues in Suffolk County Council and our health partners.
Together, we’ll improve resources, refresh our values and do whatever it takes to deliver a thriving, sustainable future for all. This is your opportunity to create a tomorrow where generations can thrive.
Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils are committed to agile and flexible working practices (subject to business need). We believe that work is something we do and not somewhere we go; we want our staff to feel enabled and empowered to fully embrace these opportunities.
To find out more and to apply, visit or a confidential conversation, call Greg Hayes (07423 243415) or Ella Milward Hamylton (07398 478852)
You can view the Job Description by clicking here.

Closing date: Midnight on Friday 24th May 2024

To apply:
To apply, please submit an up-to-date copy of your CV (four sides of A4 maximum), along with a supporting statement (four sides of A4 maximum) detailing your experience, and achievements and addressing the key criteria for the role set out on this site and using examples to demonstrate how you meet the requirements. Documents should be uploaded via our website, please include and upload the below information in two documents only. If you experience any issues whilst applying, please contact

Applications should include:

  • Full contact details
  • Names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees (we will ask your permission before contacting referees)
  • Notification of any dates when you are not available for an interview

 At Tile Hill, we are committed to inclusion and accessibility. We champion and support all individuals to ensure everyone feels valued, listened to and motivated to get the very best out of each recruitment process and that processes are designed to meet the needs of individuals. If you have any specific requests and would like a confidential discussion with the Tile Hill team, then please email

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