Head Of Economy – Economic Growth

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Head Of Economy - Economic Growth
Interim Position

Surrey 93885

Posted: 16th May 2024 16:44
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  • Pay Rate:

    £500.00 per day PAYE

  • Hours per Week:

    35-37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 6-7 months


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Interim Head Of Economy - Economic Growth

Reference no: Surrey 93885

Pay Rate: £500.00 per day PAYE

35-37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

This opening assignment is for 6-7 months


Lead on the oversight and delivery of Surrey’s Economic Strategies and Plans, driving innovation as part of a cross-team approach to delivering outcomes, managing resource, establishing appropriate interventions, KPIs and ensuring that suitable performance management systems are in place to deliver on corporate objectives. The role will also assist the Director in stakeholder and locality management including key account management of anchor institutions and businesses. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop, co-ordinate and support service planning for the service or functional area to ensure the delivery of high quality, value for money and consistent services in line with agreed service standards and statutory requirements.
  • Develop, and recommend policy and practice improvement in the relevant service/functional area, working collaboratively across the area and consulting with key stakeholders, to ensure effective implementation that supports continuous improvement.
  • Provide professional leadership to the team/s and/or colleagues, strengthening skills and competence and fostering a strong culture of standards, performance and accountability to deliver public value and efficiency. 
  • As a lead expert in a specialised field provide timely, accurate and customer focused advice and guidance to managers to support good practice and compliance with statutory requirements. 
  • Maintain effective budgetary control, while ensuring legal, regulatory and policy compliance within area of responsibility are effectively managed, and that effective systems operate to manage performance and risk. 
  • Lead major programmes and reviews and represent the business area in internal and/or external initiatives to enhance reputation and service delivery. 
  • Champion and manage transformational change and embed new ways of working to ensure high quality service delivery and value for money. 
  • Work collaboratively internally and externally to ensure that issues are effectively managed and foster partnership working to promote sustainable service improvements and generate efficiencies. 
  • On call - be available if required to maintain key service delivery and in the event of a serious incident.

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Other “Essential Requirements” – Please check to ensure that your CV addresses the following items:


  • Degree or equivalent level professional qualification plus experience at management level in a specialist area in a complex business environment.


  • Extensive knowledge of the principles of change management, project management and continuous improvement, and their practical application. 
  • Authoritative knowledge of the work practices, processes and procedures relevant to the role, together with broader sector/commercial awareness.
  • Technical, professional and legislative knowledge and understanding of national policies, statutory requirements, relevant frameworks and accountabilities in relation to economic development – including inward investment, innovation policy and delivery, strategic account management as well as familiarity with external funding streams to support such activity.


  • Previous experience

Skills & Abilities:

  • High level analytical skills and able to apply evaluative judgement and provide practical and creative solutions.
  • Strong written and oral communication and interpersonal skills with high level negotiation and influencing skills, and the ability to work collaboratively with internal and external partners/professionals.
  • Proven ability to manage budgets and available resources to deliver effective support to their area of responsibility.
  • Proven ability to assess risks and benefits in a complex environment and respond appropriately.
  • Ability to balance policy development with effective operational management. 
  • Ability to deploy advanced skills to inspire, motivate, coach and develop team members to high levels of performance.
  • Ability to rapidly get to grips with new, emerging and complex areas of economic development policy in order to provide high quality advice to cabinet and senior officers. 
  • Extensive, established networks of influence which can be harnessed to support the economic development on behalf of the County Council.


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Head Of Economy - Economic Growth
Client Category: Local Authority

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