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Head of Legal, Governance and HR Services

  • Reference: XL1
  • Salary: £68,939.00 - £75,559.00 per annum
  • Contract type: Permanent
  • Posted on: 23 December 2020
  • Interview date:
  • Division: Legal, Democratic and Human Resources
  • Positions: 1
  • Grade: Not applicable
  • Working hours: 37 per week
  • Closing date: 24 January 2021
  • Location: The Boulevard, Crawley
  • Category: Not applicable
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About the role

Crawley is a place that just keeps getting better and in spite of the pressures placed on us by the Covid-19 pandemic, we continue to deliver exciting projects and meet our ambitions.

You will be either working at this strategic level or looking for the opportunity to step up to become a Head of Service. We will be looking for someone who is legally qualified and can demonstrate the ability to lead a wide range of teams that underpin the success and governance of the authority. You will design, drive and deliver a diverse range of agendas and projects. We expect you will operate at the most senior level of the Council, including within political and partnership circles.

The successful candidate will work closely with the Chief Executive and Corporate Management Team and be responsible for:

  • The effective management and performance of Legal, Governance and HR services ensuring they are high quality and cost-effective
  • You will be the council’s principal legal advisor and act as the council’s Monitoring Officer
  • You will work closely with and provide advice to the Cabinet and Members
  • You will manage budgets and staff, ensuring compliance with statutory duties
  • You will lead the legal and governance aspects of taking the council forward and be involved in many exciting projects

As the Council strives for continuous improvement and transforms and evolves, your expertise will help us shape our future direction and progress. Strong leadership, decisiveness and ambition for our town are key qualities for this role. You will be instrumental in identifying opportunities for your services and work in a solution-focused way to realise the full potential of these important services.

With so much on the horizon, we need a confident, influential leader, an experienced Solicitor or Barrister who understands local authorities and how our organisation operates. You will have worked at a senior level, demonstrating excellent interpersonal skills, together with strong political awareness.

Visit for more information about this role and to apply online.

Please ensure that you have read the material on the role carefully before making your application online. In addition to your completed application form, you can if you wish attach your CV and supporting information. Please ensure your completed application addresses the role profile and candidate specification.

Additional information

  • First Stage Interviews: Friday 5 February 2021
  • Second Stage Interview (Member Panel):  Monday 15 February 2021

Employee benefits

We offer a generous employee benefits package, with a range of discounts, benefits and wellbeing incentives to suit everyone.

Our way of working

Crawley Borough Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all underrepresented groups.

Our shared values and behaviours reflect the special nature of our council. We encourage all colleagues to put them into practice, whatever job they do. Take a look to see if we are the perfect match.

How to apply

Click the Apply button to find out more and complete your application online. Please ensure that the reference details you supply are for your current or most recent employer and that any gaps in employment are covered on your application form. Please note that CVs will not be accepted without a fully completed application form.

To arrange an informal discussion, please email Natalie Brahma-Pearl, Chief Executive.

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