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Executive Director of Finances and Corporate Services (Section 151 Officer)

Surrey County Council

About the role
It’s an exciting time to join the council as we embark on a new era with our new incoming Chief Executive, Terence Herbert. We are now looking for a highly motivated, professional and enthusiastic Executive Director and S151 Officer to lead our finance and corporate services teams.

Surrey is recognised as a council that continuously exceeds expectations. We are focused on our ambition to be a sector leading council that not only does what it says it will do, but get things right first time, every time – a pledge we call “The Surrey Way” As our Executive Director, you will have an instrumental role to play in championing and driving The Surrey Way and embedding it across the critical functions across the organisation and ensuring we achieve our objectives and ambitions.

We are in a good place financially, and being responsible for a budget of £56.3m, you will have significant opportunities to influence the wider organisational spend through the initiatives delivered within your service area. As the S151 officer, your primary role will be to ensure the effective financial management of public funds, keeping the council’s financial integrity safe by ensuring transparency and accountability is taken in all finance decisions.

This is a sizable role where you will have responsibility and the opportunity to shape the future direction of the finance and corporate services functions by managing the 7 functional leads who are responsible for over 300 employees. These include:

  • Director of Finance - Corporate and Commercial
  • Director of Finance - Insights and Performance
  • Director of Procurement
  • Director of Law and Governance (Monitoring Officer)
  • Director of Strategy and Policy
  • Chief Internal Auditor
  • Chief of Staff to the Chief Executive

You will play a key leadership role as part of the Corporate Leadership Team where you will provide expert professional advice to the Chief Executive, Leader and members and work with other Executive Directors to engage Cabinet, partners, and colleagues across the organisation to set and deliver the vision of Surrey.
About You
This is a big role and a fantastic opportunity for someone to influence and create a brighter future for the residents of Surrey.
You will be an experienced finance leader with a good understanding of local government, and the issues facing the sector and the wider economy. You’ll need to be a team player as you will work closely and collaboratively with all directorates across the organisation to drive innovation and performance.
Being a people leader who is dynamic and visible will be crucial in managing such a large team and ensuring a culture of performance excellence and accountability is embedded.
You will have the opportunity to use your professional accountancy qualification and experience across the full breadth of financial responsibilities. You will be empowered and supported by all of your peers to enable you to thrive as part of our leadership team and deliver the very best for the residents of Surrey.
We are committed to transforming Surrey into a sector leading council. Are you? If you share this ambition, then we would love to hear from you.
If you would like to have a confidential conversation about the role please contact Chantelle Wooldridge at or on 07557 018320 or Anita Denton or on 07725 554802

To download a copy of the job description, please click here.

Closing Date: 9am on Friday 9th August 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

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Surrey County Council



Salary: Highly Competitive

REF: 1527620

Expires: 09/08/24 09:00

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