Shape a better future with us
At a point of unprecedented growth and development in the Borough there has never been a more exciting or rewarding time to practice in Barnsley. You will be at the heart major changes and improvement to services, designed to deliver brighter futures for all of our residents and make Barnsley an exciting and dynamic place for all of those who live, work, visit and invest here.
As well as having a vibrant town centre, the Borough is rich in culture and has extensive green belt bordering on the Peak District. The town is situated on a major M1 junction and is within easy travelling distance of the major centres of Sheffield and Leeds.
Working for us you will enjoy excellent conditions of employment with a fair employer, which promotes work life balance, flexible working and has a state of the art office environment. You will enjoy a defined benefit pension as a member of the South Yorkshire Pension Scheme.
Our progressive and award winning Council is thrilled to have achieved Investors in People (IIP) Gold status for how we lead, support and develop people. Now we’d like you to be part of our success. By working together, with each other and with our communities, we can take pride in improving lives. We are looking for the right person to join us in that journey.
Your role in our journey
This is an opportunity to head-up teams of highly motivated and skilled lawyers providing vital support to assist the Council deliver its key priorities of ensuring a thriving and vibrant economy which is truly inclusive, and to help maintain strong and resilient communities where everyone is able to achieve their potential.
The Head of Law will be the Council’s second most senior lawyer reporting directly to the Legal Services Director & Solicitor to the Council. The post-holder will manage a group of Team Leaders whose teams’ are responsible for providing legal services across the full range of Metropolitan Council functions. The post-holder will also provide direct expert legal advice to senior stakeholders, legal support on complex corporate and strategic issues and work within strategic partnerships with other agencies.
What you’ll need
Ideally you will be a commercially aware solicitor, barrister or chartered legal executive who has a strong local government track record and demonstrate an aptitude and desire to deliver excellent legal services to our in-house and external clients. You will be a high performer with experience of building effective relationships with senior officers and members together with a forward looking, innovative and responsive style. You will possess excellent communication and people skills and demonstrate a breadth of legal knowledge appropriate to the role.
To achieve your ambitions for an inspiring and rewarding career, while shaping a bright future for our Council and our Borough, apply now or contact the Service Director for further advice on 01226 773023.
Interviews scheduled for Jan 27th and Feb 4th & 7th 2020