Reading is a place with ambition where your talent and expertise can make a real difference. This is a key leadership position not just within the forward-thinking Economic Growth and Neighbourhood Services Directorate but the whole council and borough. At the apex of one of England’s key transport hubs Reading is an exceptional commercial, retail and leisure destination with a thriving night-time economy. The council with its partners has an ambitious agenda for Reading and its communities as laid out in the Reading 2050 vision, an emerging Town Centre Strategy and newly adopted Local Plan. Reading Borough Council is now seeking an outstanding leader to lead the delivery of the outcomes envisaged in these plans.
We seek the best talent from the widest pool of people as diversity and inclusion is the key to our success. Reading Borough Council is a Disability Confident Employer and is committed to the recruitment and continued employment of people with disabilities.
About the role
The Deputy Director of Infrastructure, Economy and Capital Projects will have the unique opportunity of delivering on major programmes to drive green and inclusive regeneration, place shaping and economic growth across Reading. This is a role for a proven and capable leader who is well versed in matrix management, maximising funding streams and delivering capital programmes.
You’ll be part of a team that relies on each individual to play their part to the best of their ability. As well as the colleagues that you work closely with every day, you’ll also be part of Team Reading, playing your personal part in making Reading a successful and vibrant place. Our vision is to ensure that Reading realises its potential as a great place to live, work and play, and that everyone shares the benefits of this success. Our values and behaviours guide how we will achieve this:
Work Together as one team - champion and inspire a culture which ensures that all employees across the organisation work together to provide excellent outcomes for Reading
Drive Efficiency - create an environment in which resources are used efficiently and employees’ skills are developed and used effectively
Be Ambitious - aspire to deliver excellence and inspire and support others to reach their potential
Make a Difference to Reading - inspire a culture in which the customer is the focus and where change is welcomed as an opportunity
We offer a supportive environment to grow and develop your career with the opportunity to put your ideas across. Innovation and ambition is strongly encouraged, and you’ll get a great feel for that working in our friendly and collaborative environment. We support hybrid working arrangements and are keen for our team to work in a way which enables best outcomes.
A competitive salary alongside a range of benefits including:
- Generous holiday entitlement – 30 days holiday each year plus bank holidays - rising to 32 days after 10 years' local authority service, with the option to buy additional leave
- A wide range of flexible working opportunities
- Modern working environment at the Civic Offices in the heart of Reading
- Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS)
- Life Assurance - three times your annual salary (for members of the LGPS)
- On-site day nursery (Kennet Day nursery) rated outstanding by Ofsted, and a salary sacrifice scheme to help lower the cost of your nursery fees
- Season Ticket Loan - a loan to help with the cost of your rail or bus journey, to and from work
- Lease car salary sacrifice scheme allowing you to lease a brand new, greener car for three years. The monthly fee includes insurance, servicing and road tax
To arrange a confidential discussion on this position please contact our recruitment advisors at the McLean Partnership – Jonathan Swain on 07733 304094 or Rebecca Rampat on 07957 730837 – for a confidential discussion.
Please note that the closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and return your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.