The Council has three main directorates, covering corporate services, people and place...Read More
Imagine a diverse town full of contrasts, a strong identity and a population who are very proud to call it home. Its town centre is bustling, lively and is the focal point of a recently launched £1bn town centre masterplan – an ambitious regeneration programme creating employment, retail, housing and leisure opportunities. The economy is already thriving, high-quality education is evident and increasingly businesses are grown out of the university, based on high quality research and innovation. Our exciting infrastructure and employment initiatives such as Logistics North and ‘People’ services continue to deliver good outcomes. Engaging with our citizens and communities is paramount and our top-class events programme provides fantastic opportunities for us to bring people together. We are home to the hugely popular Winter Festival and the regionally and nationally acclaimed, biggest and best Bolton Food and Drink Festival. Iron Man UK and Iron Kids attract competitors from around the globe and we have a wide range of exiting and stimulating cultural events. This is a truly welcoming place where people choose to study, work, invest and put down roots – Welcome to Bolton!
We are now recruiting to two key positions within our Place team:
Deputy Director of Place – responsible for a wide range of operational place services , including waste management and recycling, fleet management and maintenance, bereavement services, security and response, social needs transport and our traded services including building cleaning, school meals, Bolton Markets and The Albert Halls leisure and entertainment venues. Additionally, this person will deputise for the Director of Place in attending meetings with councillors and external stakeholders.
Assistant Director of Economic Development and Regeneration – responsible for our corporate property, major development projects, liaison with a wide range of stakeholders including developers and the investor community to be an ambassador for Bolton, promoting the borough as an investment opportunity and generally improving economic and social wellbeing outcomes for those living in, working in and visiting Bolton.
We are a high-performing council, with some excellent outcomes. Our children’s services perform strongly, with Bolton rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted during an inspection in May 2018. We’ve also seen notable success in adoption services and our performance in improving skills at levels 2, 3 and 4 exceeding regional and national averages.
In the face of increasing demand and limited resources we are also working with partners from across the health and care system to achieve outcomes for Bolton’s ever-changing population. Bolton’s Locality Plan, our shared vision for a healthier place with healthier people, will deliver our ambition for an Integrated Health & Social Care System, integrating both commissioning and provision. Two interdependent programmes of work recognise the need for strong political and clinical leadership to drive us forward:
The council is also undertaking one of the UK’s most exciting regeneration programmes, that will see more than £1 billion invested in five key intervention areas within Bolton town centre. We also intend to develop and implement regeneration plans for four of our larger District centres and our economic growth strategy is also delivering real results across the borough. Major brands such as Whistl, Aldi, Lidl and Amazon are investing heavily in state-of–the-art facilities at our Logistics North site; and developments will soon be taking shape at Wingates, Rivington Chase and Farnworth town centre. Our partnership approach is also enabling us to make major improvements in skills and employment levels, especially in terms of connecting long-term unemployed residents with work. Our Masterplan will deliver 1,800 new homes and 7,400 new jobs. The Innovation Zone Knowledge Campus in the town centre co-locates Bolton College, Bolton Sixth Form College and the University of Bolton, and has recently been expanded with the development of a STEM Centre (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) and a ground-breaking University Technical College.
Bolton is situated in an enviable location – we have two train lines into Manchester, and are poised to benefit from electrification and additional routes, our new £48m Transport Interchange and excellent motorway links. Our close proximity to the Centre of Manchester creates opportunities for our people and businesses, but we also benefit from being close to moorland and the Lancashire plains. Nowhere in Bolton is more than a few minutes from open green space, which makes it an attractive and popular place to live.
However, there are challenges that need to be addressed. The gap between our most and least affluent communities remains stubbornly high, and we have significant levels of poverty in some parts of the borough.
Many residents still need to be convinced of the benefits of growth across Greater Manchester and they worry about the pressure more housing will place on local infrastructure and green spaces.
Demand for social care continues to grow, creating enormous pressure on budgets and services across partner organisations.
And the pace of change across Greater Manchester, driven by our ground-breaking devolution deal, means that we must deliver big changes across a wide range of services and organisations, if we are to meet the challenges created by steadily reducing resources. The council is an important part of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, and we have a huge opportunity to influence public policy and budgets through the devolution agreement and our GM Mayor.
Whilst the challenges we face are many and varied we are well-placed to deliver real change, in collaboration with our partners and networks across the community and voluntary sector, as well as across the rest of the public service network. We have an enviable track record of improving outcomes for our communities through Bolton Vision 2030 partnership, our longstanding strategic partnership amongst key stakeholders in the Borough.
You’ll be someone who can inspire and lead a multi-disciplined team, embed the values of the council into all that we do, and exert a positive influence on partners and businesses, to turn our 2030 vision into reality. You will promote a ‘One Council’ culture, working in partnership with internal colleagues, as well as promoting and strengthening external relationships outside the borough.
If you have the experience, energy, personality and experience of delivering real outcomes and driving performance then I do hope you will make an application.
Director of Place