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Chief Operating & Section 151 Officer

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London Borough of Havering Council

£135,270 - £151,917 Havering Grade 17

Havering Council, Town Hall, Romford


Full Time


19/11/2018 at 12:00 PM


London Borough of Havering Council

Vacancy Description

About the role

Havering is currently undergoing significant change that will see the face of the borough transformed to suit that of the third largest in London. This is driven by changing demographics and the impending introduction of Crossrail that will see Havering better connected than ever before. Developments will see the introduction of 15,000 new homes, including 2,000 social homes. 

Havering Council has an ambitious place-shaping agenda to deliver essential change, as well as support its residents, workforce and other stakeholders in embracing the change to come.

This is both a challenging and exciting time for the Council and this post will put the successful candidate at the very heart of what is to come.

As Chief Operating & Section 151 Officer (“COO”) you will be an essential cornerstone in our senior leadership team. Reporting to the Chief Executive, this highly influential post combines responsibility for the Council’s finance and transformation.  This will position and empower you to make your mark in helping to ensure the organisation is fit for purpose as the Council moves forward. 

This is also an ideal time for you to join us.  We have a new leadership team and there is a great vibe of enthusiasm and a genuine ‘in it together’ approach.

As COO you will pick up the mantle in continuing some of the excellent and innovative work that is already in motion, as well as helping to secure our future financial stability through the modernisation of service delivery and income generation.  At the same time, you will retain a sharp focus on demand management and supporting behavioural change throughout our community in helping increase the level of independence.

About you

Whilst you will be a CCAB qualified accountant, this role is far more than a traditional finance role.  As such, we require a dynamic, outward going and change orientated individual.

Though a Local Authority background is not essential, you will have a sound understanding of the financial challenges within the public sector. 

Furthermore, you will be politically astute and skilled in managing complex relationships, influencing people and galvanising support.

About us

As one of London’s largest boroughs geographically, with excellent travel connections, award winning green spaces, a great riverside location and affordable housing, Havering is on track to becoming a perfect place to live and work in Greater London.

We have plenty of green open space complementing Romford and its suburban hubs including Hornchurch, Gidea Park and Rainham, boasting vibrant cultural and leisure opportunities and a thriving local economy.

Havering is a council with a proud heritage and a bright future. We are well positioned to secure jobs, growth and prosperity for local people, with an ambitious and high profile growth agenda.

We value our people and know that rewarding them properly and investing in their development means that we can attract and retain the very best talent. We are a council that people want to work for and one in which they can thrive and maximise their contribution.

Application arrangements

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 to further support your application.

For informal enquiries, please contact Eleanor Clarke at Jobsgopublic, on 020 7427 8255 or email

Please note, if you haven't completed your application through the official SmartSearch channel your application unfortunately we will not be able to process your application.

Advert closes – Friday 19th Nov 2018

Stakeholder Interview Panel – week commencing Monday 3rd Dec
Final Member Interview Panel – week commencing Monday 17th Dec

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