Information Pack for Head of Service Gloucestershire Waste Team
Thank you for your interest in the role of Head of Service Gloucestershire Waste Team. We hope that the information you find here will help you in deciding whether to apply for the position. It’s no secret that local government is facing a tough challenge with reductions in funding and increasing pressures to continue to deliver high quality services. As a Council, we are part way through a council-wide change programme, making real differences to the way we provide services to our customers.
In these times of change and increasing public expectation, coupled with shrinking budgets, the role of the Head of Service of the Gloucestershire Joint Waste Team is fundamental in both defining and leading waste services for the future.
This is a challenging role that requires an individual who can provide trusted expertise and advice. We are looking for an enthusiastic leader who can drive progress towards realising our strategy objectives, resulting in measurable improvements to the ways in which our waste is managed.
The post holder will work closely with the officers and elected members of all partner authorities, encouraging and supporting them to deliver the actions of the strategy. They will also build and maintain excellent working relationships with external partners including the waste management industry, central government and other local authorities.
To deliver this exciting role, we are looking for someone with sound knowledge of waste legislation and policy, strong skills in influencing and negotiating, and a proven ability to work with and manage others when not in a direct line relationship.
So why come to Gloucestershire? We think it is a great place to live and work. The role itself has plenty of scope and opportunity for the right person. So if you are looking for the opportunity to lead and influence the way the waste service is delivered in Gloucestershire, this could be the job for you.
About Gloucestershire County Council
Gloucestershire County Council, like the rest of the public sector and local authorities in particular, is facing a period of significant financial challenges. Whilst we have developed specific plans under our Meeting the Challenge programme to deliver savings, it is clear that the scale of change will require the organisation to develop new skills, behaviours capabilities and new ways of working. This is an opportunity as well as a challenge.
The Council Strategy 2015/2018 sets out three clear values that will inform everything the council does:-
Living within our means
We simply can’t afford to spend money we haven’t got. This means we have to focus on our priorities in order to manage our budgets and reduce our borrowing.
We will do that by
- Being as efficient as possible and saving money by joining up with partners to increase our buying power and reduce costs.
- Making tough but necessary choices about the services we provide and about what we will and won’t do.
- Implementing reductions to government grants locally – where government reduces funding for specific services, we will not be able to afford to subsidise those services locally.
- Reducing our debt and the cost it places on our revenue finances.
Doing the right thing
In the coming years we will continue to have less money and will have to make sure we spend it where the need is greatest and where we know it will make the biggest difference. We want to make sure local people get good outcomes from their services and we understand that it is the quality of the service that matters to local people, not who provides it.
Our focus will be on
- Understanding what matters most to local people and finding the best, most efficient way of meeting their need.
- Making a difference for the most vulnerable children, young people and adults.
- Providing the infrastructure and services that keep the county moving and working.
- Making decisions that take account of the long-term, as well as immediate challenges.
- Finding the best, most efficient way of delivering services. If someone else can do a better job or make the money go further, then we should make use of their skill and expertise.
Helping communities help themselves
The Council is at its most effective when it is helping people to live successful lives as independently as possible and helping communities to help themselves. We believe giving power to local people gets better results and better value.
- Give individuals more say about the services they receive and the support they receive.
- Empower communities to do more themselves and giving them the tools they need for community action.
- Recognise that some areas need more help than others and that, with a little support, they can get their ideas off the ground.
• Work with communities and partners to build their capacity so that they can do more for themselves.
There’s so much to discover and enjoy here in Gloucestershire, from the great outdoors to arts and culture, sports and socialising, to fine foods and great shopping. And as well as being the gateway to the South West, we’re well connected to the rest of the country and within easy travelling distance of London, so whatever you’re looking for, you’re sure to find it here in Gloucestershire.
Over half of Gloucestershire’s 1025 square miles have been designated as areas of outstanding natural beauty, including parts of the Cotswolds, the Wye Valley and the Forest of Dean. When you venture out into the countryside you’ll find no end of beautiful villages, picturesque hamlets and tranquil countryside.
Diverse towns and cities
Gloucester, the county town, has plenty on offer and is everything you’d expect from a
vibrant, multi-cultural British city. It’s also home to one of the finest medieval buildings in the country; the breath-taking cathedral which has also formed the backdrop of many scenes in Doctor Who and Harry Potter films. From the Victoria Docks to the array of restaurants and shops at Gloucester Quays, the city is a unique blend of historic charm and modern attraction.
Cheltenham is the county’s cultural heart, resplendent with its celebrated Georgian architecture and world-renowned festivals of literature and music. The famous race course is home to the Gold Cup.
Stroud is home to an awarding-winning Farmer’s Market, while Cirencester is a
beautiful town in the heart of the Cotswolds.
Thanks to excellent road, motorways and rail links, London is just two hours away and the cities of Birmingham, Bristol and Cardiff are even closer.