An exciting opportunity has arisen within the Democratic Services & Elections Service, which forms part of the Deputy Chief Executive Directorate within Buckinghamshire Council.
The role will support the facilitation and delivery of the Council's Scrutiny and Select Committee processes, and is within the Scrutiny Team.
Following a detailed service review, a new Structure for Democratic Services & Elections has recently been implemented and we are looking for an energetic and experienced individual to join our new Scrutiny team.
The Senior Scrutiny Officer will offer comprehensive and professional support to the Council's scrutiny process providing advice on both policy and governance to enable Select Committee members to influence and improve outcomes for Buckinghamshire residents. Working closely with the Select Committee Chairmen, you will develop a forward Work Programme and identify appropriate topics for in depth review work, as well as attending meetings, producing agendas and minutes, compiling briefings and writing detailed reports.
The Scrutiny team will continue to refine and improve our processes, explore best practice ideas and provide training for members and officers on the role of Scrutiny, so this is a really exciting time to join our team. Support and assistance to the other teams across Democratic Services will also be key.
Currently there are 194 Members on the Council, with the first Buckinghamshire Council elections scheduled to take place on 6 May 2021 and the post will have a key role to play at the heart of Scrutiny, supporting the work of the Council's six Select Committees.
You will have previous experience of working within democratic services and scrutiny in local government and a proven ability to build strong working relationships with both elected members and senior officers. You will be comfortable dealing with politically sensitive information, have experience of using Mod Gov software, and be able to produce professional and accurate minutes of Committee meetings.
You will have excellent written and oral communication skills, alongside well-developed IT skills and be happy to work using your own initiative. Naturally curious, you will enjoy being able to guide members through in-depth scrutiny reviews and investigations. You must be able to work flexibly to respond to Service demand and should also have had experience in the delivery of virtual, remote meetings with Elected Members.
The post is a politically restricted one under the terms of the Local Government Act 1989.
For further information about the role, please contact Kelly Sutherland, Scrutiny Manager, at Kelly.Sutherland@buckinghamshire.gov.uk 01296 383602
Closing date: midnight 7 March 2021.
Interview date: W/C 15th March via MS Teams
We reserve the right to close the vacancy once we have received sufficient applications, so please be advised to submit your application as early as possible.
About the Business Unit
The Deputy Chief Executive directorate is central to Buckinghamshire Council's journey to establish itself as one of the best councils in the country. With a clear focus on service improvement through transformation and a drive to build better relationships with the local community, the directorate is fast-paced; but extremely rewarding. Our teams are not only proactively delivering on projects and plans but also reacting to developing situations. If you are ambitious, innovative, and would relish the opportunity to influence change - a role within our service area could be your next career move.
The team includes exciting areas of work, including a brand new localities model - delivering 16 community boards across the county to make it easy for our residents to engage with us as we work together to plan for the future. Other teams include our Policy and Communications and Legal and Democratic Services teams - innovating the way we communicate with our colleagues, Members and the local community, and role-modelling best practice through policy, planning and legal services. If you think you can help us achieve our goals, and want to be a part of this exciting journey, we would love to hear from you!
The Democratic Services & Elections Service comprises four teams - Scrutiny, Member Development & Support, Committee & Governance Services, and Electoral Services. With the highest number of Councillors in the country to support, we pride ourselves on providing a professional, committed, effective and organised service.
We recognise and reward you
Hard work and success deserves recognition. That's why we pride ourselves on the benefits we give our people. We actively encourage a good work-life balance and promote flexible and agile working arrangements. We provide discounts on various Cafés, restaurants, shops and auto enrolment onto our generous Pension Scheme. We also offer a salary sacrifice personal car lease scheme and the opportunity to gain membership to Costco. We have discounted gym memberships, Travel discounts with Arriva and Chiltern Railways and much more.