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Current vacancies

We currently have two vacancies:

  1. Interim SCAMP Programme Director
  2. Head of Service - Children and Young People

Interim SCAMP Programme Director

Salary: £84,439

Two year fixed-term contract, or secondment.

Closing date: Wednesday 10 July 2019

The selection process will take place on the 15 and 18 July 2019.

  • We're looking for an asset management and property professional
  • MRICS accredited. A high-level experience in the property sector is required

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Wakefield is located at the heart of the UK and is home to over 335,000 people. Its deep-rooted heritage is just one of the things that set it apart as a great place to live, work and invest.

We have the 30th largest economy in England and one of the fastest growing economies in the Leeds City Region, which itself is the biggest economic area outside of London and integral to the Northern Powerhouse.

Wakefield Council's business-friendly approach and reputation, along with exceptional road and train links, have seen them attract investment and growth from a wide range of global brands including Haribo, Coca Cola and Burberry.

The Property Programme Director position will be part of the Regeneration and Economic Growth Directorate. The Directorate gross revenue expenditure is currently £120+million p.a. and £40+million p.a. regeneration Capital Programme. They have responsibility for around 2,500 staff including 700+ in our property partners.

Introduction to the Position

We're looking for a Property Programme Director on a fixed term contract basis to play a key leadership role in Wakefield Council's Corporate Property Programme, and to act as head of profession for the Corporate Property function. You will help deliver on the commitment to make Wakefield a place where people thrive, businesses succeed and visitors are welcome.

As a key senior position in the Regeneration and Economic Growth Directorate, the Property Programme Director will have a lead role in improving the lives of residents by ensuring that the Property Programme supports and delivers inclusive growth; benefits all local residents; and helps reduce poverty and deliver for all the local communities.

Role responsibilities

  • As Property Programme Director you will report to the Service Director for Environment and Property with a dotted line to the Corporate Director Regeneration & Economic Growth. You will be a member of the Extended DMT for Regeneration & Economic Growth, you will play a pivotal role in the leadership of the Directorate with focus on strategic and corporate asset management planning.
  • You will provide management and strategic direction to deliver the Council's aims and objectives whilst ensuring it meets its legal, social and economics obligations.

In this role you will

  • Lead and manage the Corporate Landlord function.
  • Lead the strategic asset management plan with property acquisition and disposal programmes.
  • Oversee effective contract management and promote excellence in service delivery with the outsource partnership, to deliver the best possible value for the Council.
  • Oversee the management and diversification of the Council's property portfolio.
  • Work with colleagues across the Council to implement and manage the Wakefield Council's strategies.
  • Act as Head of Profession for Corporate Property, maintaining awareness of changing legislation and national/regional policy developments.
  • Prepare annual revenue and rolling capital budgets for the Council.
  • Contribute to wider Council agendas and ensure service delivery is aligned to Corporate Priorities.

The successful applicant

  • The right candidate will be MRICS qualified, have exceptional communication and leadership skills, and a proven track record of leading successful strategic property programmes in local government.
  • You will be adept at forming and maintaining effective partnership relationships, and will bring a proven track record in diversifying property portfolios, improving commercial property performance, and negotiating complex commercial contracts.
  • You will need to have proven experience at a senior level of property management.
  • You will need experience of effectively leading and managing substantial property partnerships.
  • You will need experience of leading operational property portfolios, and portfolio rationalisation/re-engineering.
  • Experience with acquisition and disposals programmes and asset management strategy.

Role profile

Strategic and Corporate Asset Management Plan

Environment and Property structure


Salary £84,439, Local Government Terms and Conditions of Employment.

Two year fixed-term contract, or secondment.


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For an informal discussion or more information on the role please contact Chris Blackhall at Michael Page Tel +44 0113 388 9075

Head of Service

Ref: 225597

Location: County Hall, Bond St, Wakefield WF1 2QW

Salary: Grade 16 £68,368 per annum. 37 hours per week


  • A competitive salary
  • Generous annual leave entitlement
  • Access to an occupational pension scheme
  • A range of employee benefits including; healthcare, public transport and gym memberships discount

Our Children and Young People's Directorate is in the middle of rapid transformation.

We are one of just a handful of local authorities rated inadequate which did not have an Alternative Delivery Model imposed, with senior commitment to the changes and to creating a better place for our practitioners to work recognised by the Commissioner.

We have a clear vision of the service we're creating, and we know how we're going to do it.

The Commissioner highlighted the commitment and expertise of the new senior leadership team, which has worked hard to turn around staff morale and workloads. But don't take our word for it..........

"Staff within the service do describe the new leadership as "known, visible and knowledgeable". Peter Dwyer CBE, Commissioner for Children's Services in Wakefield.

Have you had a career dedicated to making things better for children and young people? Do you have experience of driving change in difficult times and are looking for the next step within a local authority that is determined to continue making changes to its systems and practices so that children and young people are happy, healthy and safe?

We need a Head of Service to support our improvement journey. This post provides strategic leadership and oversight of the Locality Safeguarding Teams. We are looking for an ambitious senior manager with proven experience of successfully managing services for children and families.

You will manage four Service Managers within the service area. You will have experience of bringing together internal services, partners and stakeholders, under difficult and challenging circumstances, to improve services and therefore outcomes for children and their families. Leading and developing a range of specialist professionals, including managing Service Managers, you'll play a key role in the strategic planning and transformation of services. You'll be responsible for the delivery of safe and sustainable outcomes through a responsive service. You will have the vision and change management skills to make the necessary process and culture changes to ensure we have robust systems and confident and resilient social workers to deliver best practice social care to our children and families.

Our improvement ambitions are steep, and so is the challenge. We are making significant improvements at pace so you will need to demonstrate your enthusiastic and energetic approach, with experience of leading change and achieving better outcomes for children. You will be part of a committed and dynamic management team providing high levels of support and challenge, promoting a learning environment in which good practice can flourish.

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Visit our dedicated webpage here to find out more about what we can offer you.

If you would like to discuss these posts in more detail contact Vicky Schofield, Service Director on 01924 302186.

To find out more about these and other exciting senior management opportunities visit www.ourwakefield.co.uk/site/the-roles. Additionally we have a number of on-going opportunities within the service which will be advertised via our careers website so be sure to check in and see what we have on offer. You can even set up job alerts to be sure that you don’t miss out and keep up to date with our service initiatives by adding us on LinkedIn!  I would also encourage you to watch our dedicated Social Worker video, to get more of an insight into why a career with Wakefield Children’s Services could be the right move for you.

Closing date: 12 July 2019

The successful applicant will be required to complete a Disclosure Application Form and to provide criminal conviction information.

Wakefield Council is wholly committed to ensuring children and vulnerable adults are fully supported and safe. We are dedicated to the safeguarding of all children and vulnerable adults whilst promoting their welfare. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this responsibility.