The role

Chief Executive
£115k - £130k

This will be a highly rewarding role for someone with ambition and sound local government experience at a senior level and a commitment to the delivery of high-quality services by a council in tune with its community. We want to appoint a highly capable chief executive: someone who can provide visible leadership, build a strong sense of staff engagement and appreciation, and, working with councillors, define a clear direction of travel. 

The Council is already part way through the delivery of an improvement plan, covering finance, governance and service delivery. The new Chief Executive will be expected to embrace this improvement journey, and provide leadership, drive, flair, and tenacity to take the Council beyond fit for purpose to excellence for its communities.

The Council faces a range of challenges not unlike other districts, including pressurised finances, post-Covid19 redesign and community support, the adoption and delivery of its local plan and delivery of a sound planning service, opportunities for sharing services, and the continuing local government reorganisation debates. The new Chief Executive will, therefore, need to have a level of resilience, the ability to prioritise, and to build effective teams. The opportunity is here for the successful candidate to form a strong leadership team to help deliver against these challenges.

All of this will be set against the backdrop of structural changes to local government in Surrey. The opportunity is there for the new Chief Executive to exercise and hone their influencing, negotiating and lobbying talents and take on the challenge of achieving a good devolution outcome for residents and businesses. They will also play a vital role in building on existing partnerships, such as the County Council, the LEP and the health sector and in pursuing new collaborations to ensure the investment and support that Tandridge needs to deliver for its residents and more widely for Surrey.

Alongside Members, the Chief Executive will be the champion and the voice of the Council and its communities. The twin skills of accountability and communication will be critical in a successful candidate. To be successful it will be important that both residents and staff feel that their voices are heard and are involved in the Council’s direction of travel and the manner in which it performs.  

The Council is in no overall control and the new Chief Executive will need to be politically aware and to be able to build and maintain good relationships across the political spectrum. They will need to be seen by all as a trusted, impartial adviser and will need to guide staff in dealing effectively with all groups. Communications and sharing, and the ability to foster consensus on key issues and sustaining commitment to decisions taken, is crucial. 

Visit the apply page to register your details and access the role profile and details of the recruitment process.

Strong candidates will present a combination of the following attributes:

  • Effective negotiation skills
  • Ability to manage sensitive and complex situations with confidence – deploying a range of work styles, including being assertive when required
  • Be sympathetic to the area
  • Outward looking
  • Develop appropriate rapport and relationships with key local, regional and national partners and bodies
  • Build and empathise with Team Tandridge, fostering a strong team ethos across the staff group
  • Honesty, openness and integrity
  • Financial astuteness
  • Prepared to make decisions and proactively manage performance
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