Based in the London Borough of Newham, the Corporate Governance team leads:
- ensuring that council decisions are taken in the correct way and that decisions are timely, joined up and well presented.
- ensuring that the council fulfils all its obligations as regards scrutiny and that targeted scrutiny contributes to developing better public services.
- supporting the wider audit and governance functions within the council to ensure that processes and decisions are robust and follow due processes.
About the Job
Senior Scrutiny Policy Officer
£39,774 - £42,681 pa
The role of the Senior Scrutiny Policy Officer is to ensure that the council fulfils its obligations as regards to scrutiny. The holder will support and provide advice to the council’s Overview and Scrutiny committee and Chairs of various scrutiny commissions. The post holder will also lead on reviews and scrutiny commissions and support a joint-borough scrutiny committee focused on Health (knowledge of the Health is desirable, but non-essential).
The role is focused on ensuring proper co-ordination between scrutiny, cabinet and the council, and is responsible for leading scrutiny commission covering all aspects of the council's services and policies.
Whilst being responsible for ensuring the council’s decision making procedures are being followed, the holder will also be responsible for the organisation of the committee and review meetings, circulation of the agendas, minutes and following up actions.
The role is within the Corporate Governance team which leads democratic services and overview and scrutiny functions for the council, as well as supporting wider corporate governance work.
Knowledge of governance arrangements, decision making processes and local authority scrutiny function, is essential.
The person will be able to demonstrate significant skills and abilities in developing and writing clear, easily understood reports and briefings, conducting research, policy analysis, and demonstrate strong problem solving skills.
The person will have extensive experience of developing reports and policy responses in a similar context, as well as significant experience of ensuring and supporting all aspects of operations with regards to overview & scrutiny committees and related commissions / reviews.
The person needs to have experience of working with senior managers and politicians, be politically sensitive and able to negotiate and challenge effectively. Due to the nature of committee work, the person will need to be able and willing to work out of normal office hours as required.
The London Borough of Newham is a Disability Confident employer. Candidates who declare that they have a disability in accordance with the Equality Act 2010 and meet the essential criteria as specified in the Job Profile will be guaranteed an interview.
Priority consideration on all advertised roles will be given to London Borough of Newham Redeployees.
The London Borough of Newham is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable groups and expects staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
Please be aware that a Disclosure and Barring Scheme (DBS) check will be required for any position with access to these groups under the provision of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.
In addition, the Authority reserves the right to request employees undertake a basic disclosure check (Disclosure Scotland) where required for the role this includes anyone who has access to (or information obtained directly from) a government database, or has a GCSX account. These posts will be required to have a Basic Disclosure Scotland check as per the requirements of BPSS (Baseline Personnel Security Standards).
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