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Business Unit Leader (Waste, Landscapes and Leisure)

This vacancy has now closed and is listed for reference only.

Mid Sussex District Council

Up to £46,655 p.a. plus Essential Car Users’ Allowance of £1,239 and a relocation package of up to £7,000

Oaklands, Oaklands Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16 1SS


Full Time


19/03/2018 at 12:00 PM


Mid Sussex District Council

Vacancy Description

Are you an ambitious operational manager or contracts manager?

Are you looking for a more strategic role with the opportunity to hone your leadership skills to develop a high performing service?

About the role

Mid Sussex District Council is a dynamic, forward thinking and ambitious local authority. To take our newly established Commercial Services and Contracts division to the next level, we are now seeking a Business Unit Leader.

Our Commercial Services and Contracts division directly impacts on all our residents and their environment, ensuring clean and safe streets, neighbourhoods, parks and open spaces. It brings together a range of outsourced services to benefit from synergies and drive service improvement.

The Council already enjoys strong working relationships with its contractors.  The new division is designed to ensure a more commercially focused service - delivering better value for money and exploiting technology to improve efficiency and to provide an improved customer experience.

Building on past successes, the division has an ambitious programme of work ahead.  There couldn’t be a better time for you to join us, to help shape and take the division forward.

This is a diverse and interesting role in which you will work at both a strategic and operational level to deliver change and modernise working practices.  On appointment, some of your key challenges will be to implement Customer Relationship Management (CRM) processes across the division, to introduce mobile in-cab technology and ensure a more intelligence led approach through better use of performance data and more effective contract management.


About you

We are looking for an ambitious and commercially focused manager, with experience in contract management, project management or delivering frontline services.  We are less concerned about your technical expertise – what we will be looking for is your ability to drive change to deliver tangible outcomes.

Your collaborative approach will enable you to develop strong and valued working relationships with key stakeholders, including elected members, contractors and other local government partners.  You will be a strong people and performance manager, with the ability to influence and take people with you.


About us

Mid Sussex is an extremely desirable place to live and work and is regularly placed in the top 20 places to live. It is strategically located at the heart of Sussex, with excellent road and rail links to London, Gatwick Airport and Brighton.  It is a popular choice for housing developers and those wanting to establish and grow businesses.

As well as its excellent connections to London and the coast, the area is known for the quality of its natural and built environment. The High Weald AONB, the South Downs National Park, the 36 Conservation Areas, and the many picture-book villages all help shape the character of Mid Sussex.

Mid Sussex is a forward thinking council that regularly punches above its weight. 

The Council consistently strives to be “an employer of first choice”, with a focus on working collaboratively to ensure the best possible customer experience for all residents and businesses.

As well as a competitive salary and an opportunity to enhance your career, we offer free staff parking, subsidised gym membership, a childcare voucher scheme, flexible working arrangements, a generous annual leave entitlement and generous pension scheme.


Application arrangements

If you feel enthused by the prospect of being part of our journey and share our passion, then we encourage you to apply. For informal enquiries, please contact Eleanor Clarke or Sue Wait our retained consultants at Jobsgopublic on 020 7427 8255, or email

We wish to make the application process as straightforward as possible and we just ask that you complete our online application form providing further information against just a couple of specific questions.  You are also welcome to attach your CV, if you have one to further support your application.


Closing date: 12 noon, 19th March 2018

Longlisting and telephone interviews by Jobsgopublic SmartSearch w/c 26th March

Interview date: 3rd & 4th April 2018


How to apply

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Please apply on line by clicking on the link below

Further information on this vacancy

More Information

For informal enquires please contact Eleanor Clarke, our recruitment consultant, by email at