Chief Executive Officer
Welcome and thank you for your interest in this pivotal role.
It is an exciting time for the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner here in Nottinghamshire. Following my election as Police and Crime Commissioner in May 2021, we are delivering a new ambitious police and crime plan. Whilst I have recently taken up office it is my vision that by the end of my term there will be fewer victims, greater trust and confidence in the police and a stronger and more resilient network of services supporting victims to cope and recover from harm.
My plan centres on three simple objectives:
- preventing crime and protecting people from harm
- responding efficiently and effectively to community needs
- supporting victims, survivors and communities
In meeting these objectives, my plan focuses on the issues that we know are causing the greatest harm and concern to our communities - particularly serious violence, domestic and sexual abuse and local neighbourhood priorities such as anti-social behaviour, speeding and rural crime.
Through my plan, I have set a clear direction for policing, victim services and crime reduction to tackle the issues impacting upon or are likely to impact upon Nottinghamshire during my term in office. Underpinned by evidence drawn from local and national threat assessments, feedback from professionals and practitioners and of course, the views and concerns of residents and victims, I am confident that this plan will help make Nottinghamshire safer. It is an ambitious plan that is unapologetically tough on crime and has the needs of victims and communities at its heart.
To achieve these ambitions, I need an astute, influential and skilled Chief Executive Officer; that is where you come in.
You will be responsible for leading the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, and as my trusted advisor you will ensure that we meet our statutory obligations and deliver a great service to the communities we serve. You will work with me to ensure robust governance and scrutiny holding local police leaders to account and ensure that national policing requirements are embedded locally.
Through building positive, collaborative relationships with community and partner agencies you will help deliver improvements in services to victims and survivors, address re-offending and drive evidence-based prevention programmes to cut crime and protect the vulnerable.
I am looking for a strategic, politically astute leader, with the ability to understand and navigate policing strategies, structures and culture. Someone who will build collaborative relationships and unite resources to meet the needs of our communities here in Nottinghamshire.
Your approach will be evidence-based, designed to constructively challenge and drive change, ensuring that we maximise efficiencies and continue to improve our services and deliver tangible outcomes. Our communities deserve nothing less than effective service, delivered with integrity and with the needs of victims and communities at the heart of everything we do, everything we strive for.
As an inclusive leader you will ensure that our approach meets the needs of our diverse and unique residents, and that our workforce represents the communities we serve, creating a culture where everyone feels safe and is welcomed.
In return, the role offers career advancement as well as the opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of other people. It will provide stimulating professional interest and challenge - my police and crime plan is designed to deliver across a wide range of culturally diverse towns, cities and rural communities, tailored to maximise local impact and to help ensure that everyone feels safe wherever they are based. Against this complex backdrop you will work with integrity, leading and working strategically with others, on behalf of all our communities.
You will be welcomed by talented colleagues who share our ambitions - let’s all work together to Make Notts Safe.
I hope that you are interested in the role and if you would like to arrange a conversation to discuss it in more detail, please contact our recruitment partners at The Resourcing Solution.
Caroline Henry, Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner
About the role
The purpose of the role is to provide strategic leadership and direction to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and to support the Police and Crime Commissioner in her statutory duty to secure an efficient and effective police service for the Nottinghamshire Police area.
The role discharges the statutory duties of the Chief Executive Officer of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner as defined by legislation, including being the Head of Paid Service and exercising the role of Monitoring Officer to ensure efficiency and effectiveness.
In Nottinghamshire, this includes both the leadership of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, but also overall responsibility for the Violence Reduction Unit, working with its operational head. Together these have a combined budget of c£11m and 30 staff, however your strategic influence extends far beyond your direct accountabilities; this is a strategic and highly influential role. You will work closely with the Police and Crime Commissioner to translate their vision into strategy and policy, to deliver strategic commissioning and governance for policing.
To be recognised as a trusted and credible advisor with the ability to support and challenge to good effect, you will draw upon your significant experience in an equivalent role and sector such as policing, criminal justice or local government. An astute and influential leader, you will have the ability to form robust, strategic and collaborative relationships with senior police leaders and key multi-agency stakeholders. As the monitoring officer your integrity enables you to be the moral compass, leading us to do the right thing - not just legally, but through the voice of our communities. It is important that you have current knowledge and expertise to properly advise the Police and Crime Commissioner on the legal framework that underpins the role, emerging legislation, and to contribute to national policy developments and consultations.
You will understand the key ingredients that underpin strong governance and performance - this role must provide assurance that the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and Nottinghamshire Police deliver an excellent service to the communities of Nottinghamshire and Nottingham City. Through your ability to drive transparent and accountable governance, the office positively delivers improved community safety, reduction in crime and support of victims.
Your strategic understanding of policing, police structures and culture will enable you to develop successful approaches and enable strong collaborative relationships with policing colleagues. In this role you will also be responsible for enhancing the reputation of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, supporting the Police and Crime Commissioner to engage and influence whilst build their profile locally, regional and nationally.
Nottinghamshire is culturally rich region, your inclusive leadership and determination enables you to pursue safety, justice and support for everyone in our diverse communities.
Essential criteria of the role
- demonstrable ability to operate effectively at a senior level in a similar or equivalent role in policing, local government or criminal justice, including understanding of the role of Monitoring Officer
- using a robust evidence-based approach, the ability to question and challenge constructively and influence decision making at a senior level
- ability to provide advice and counsel to senior leaders, which may be complex or sensitive in nature
- ability to analyse complex issues and evidence, for example around organisational performance and culture, and to make informed, insightful and impartial interventions to support and challenge Nottinghamshire Police and other partners
- ability to bring a strategic approach to the work of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, build positive strategic relationships, inform and drive delivery of strategic plans to achieve tangible outcomes
- demonstrable understanding of the complexity and sensitivities of the context in which the Police and Crime Commissioner, Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and Violence Reduction Unit staff operate including the importance of securing public confidence in policing and the office of Police and Crime Commissioner
- excellent communication skills, coupled with a personal and professional demeanour that helps build positive relationships and generates trust and confidence in others
- inspirational, inclusive, and supportive leadership with the ability to see through complex change and build effective teams that deliver positive outcomes and results on behalf of all Nottingham’s diverse communities
Chief Executive Officer - job description and person specification
Job title: Chief Executive Officer
Department / location: Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Arnot Hill House, Nottingham
Responsible to: Police and Crime Commissioner
To provide overall management, leadership and strategic direction to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and support the Police and Crime Commissioner in their statutory duty to secure an efficient and effective police service for the Nottinghamshire Police area.
To discharge the statutory defined duties of the Chief Executive Officer of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner as defined by legislation, including being the Head of Paid Service and exercising the role of Monitoring Officer to ensure an efficient and effective Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.
- To advise and support the Police and Crime Commissioner on their strategic priorities and to lead on the delivery of those priorities. To ensure the efficient and effective delivery of the Police and Crime Plan, together with any associated delivery plans.
- To ensure provision of appropriate and timely advice and briefings to the Police and Crime Commissioner and provide leadership and strategic direction to support them in discharging their statutory powers, duties and procedures.
- On behalf of the Police and Crime Commissioner, develop and lead positive, collegiate relationships with key partners, Nottinghamshire Police and the Chief Officer Team, to drive the delivery of key priorities including those in the Police and Crime Plan.
- Responsible for statutory compliance including financial (alongside Chief Finance Officer), audit, equalities and diversity and management of strategic risk and information management.
- To provide clear and visible leadership to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, including staff development, support and training.
- To undertake the role of Monitoring Officer and notify designated officers / bodies of any illegality or maladministration in relation to the business of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.
- To keep abreast of changes in legislation, case law, statutory and non-statutory guidance and other relevant publications; advise the Police and Crime Commissioner on impending legislation, national policy and oversee their response to consultation documents.
- To ensure the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner fully meets its statutory and other obligations including the maintenance or formal records, processes and appropriate standards.
- To set and drive implementation of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner corporate strategies, and ensure that the office delivers an excellent service to the public, that effective accountability arrangements are in place to enable the office to monitor, review and improve its own performance in order to deliver continuous improvement.
- To lead the senior management team of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, ensuring the effective development and delivery of strategic plans, scrutiny, commissioning and engagement with the communities of Nottinghamshire and Nottingham City.
- To support the Police and Crime Commissioner to develop their influence and profile at a local, regional and national level, including any national portfolios undertaken by them.
- Develop and maintain external relationships at a senior executive level with partners, organisations and stakeholders at a local, regional and national level and to support the Police and Crime Commissioner in developing positive political relationships.
- To oversee arrangements for the appointment of Chief Constable, including their terms and conditions of service and matters relating to discipline.
- To take responsibility for identifying your own professional and career development needs and to undertake regular appraisals of your staff and responsibility for helping to address their professional and career development needs.
Job title: Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Department / location: Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Arnot Hill House, Nottingham
|Criteria - knowledge and experience||Method of assessment|
|Experience of leadership and operational management at a high level||CV / interview|
|Proven track record of leading significant strategic development and operational delivery||CV / interview|
|Experience of working at a strategic level with partnership organisations and multi-agencies||CV / interview|
|Experience of change management||CV / interview|
|Experience of working with statutory and compliance bodies||CV / interview|
|Criteria - skills and abilities||Method of assessment|
|A progressive and inspirational leader that sets the vision, engages people and delivers||CV / test / interview|
|Exceptional presentation, verbal and written skills to multiple stakeholders||CV / interview|
|Ability to demonstrate effective negotiating, influencing and engagement skills||CV / interview|
|Must be diplomatic and tactful and able to maintain strict confidentiality in a politically sensitive environment||CV / interview|
|Ability to positively influence a broad spectrum of people at all levels of an organisation including multi agency partnerships, external bodies and members of the public||CV / interview|
|Ability to produce management information and reports and to present to a variety of target audiences||CV / interview|
|Planning and organisational ability to manage a high workload and balance competing priorities||CV / interview|
|Ability to analyse and interpret complex information and situations and give clear, objective and impartial advice based on this||CV / interview|
|Ability to carry out horizon scanning and to anticipate future requirements whilst adapting in response to evolving issues||CV / interview|
|A proactive, innovative and confident problem solver||CV / interview|
|Criteria - education and qualifications||Method of assessment|
|Educated to degree level or similar in a relevant discipline, or the equivalent level of experience||CV|
|Criteria - other||Method of assessment|
|Able to demonstrate a personal commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion||CV|
|Willing to undertake vetting to the required level (management level) for the post||Force vetting procedures|
|Must be able to routinely travel to locations across the county and occasionally outside the county||Interview|
|Possess a flexible approach to meet the demands of the workload||CV / interview|
Salary and benefits package
- Salary: £86,630
- Annual leave: 24 days, after five years, 29 days, after ten years, 32 days
- Pension: Comprehensive employer pension
- Department / location: Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, based at Nottinghamshire Police HQ
- Notice period: Three months
- Nottinghamshire Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner website
- Police and Crime Plan
- Nottinghamshire Police website
- Nottinghamshire Police Performance - performance and insight reports 2020
- Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services
- Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Panel
- Violence Reduction Unit website
Living and working in Nottinghamshire
Nottinghamshire holds the seventh-largest economy in the United Kingdom, considered by many to be one of the top destinations, also well known for its diversity and history captured in its landscape, towns and villages, as well as the vibrant city of Nottingham.
Nottingham is a green city with a vibrant culture and a delightful selection of restaurants for everyone to explore. A great location to live, work and visit renowned for the home of the legendary Robin Hood. A modern and diverse city with a cultural charm. For instance, it offers a rich history of LGBTQ+ with the first officially licensed gay club, the first professor of Gay and Lesbian Studies, the first trade union of LGBT support group and the first permanent rainbow crossing.
The county of Nottinghamshire’s heritage is vibrant and distinct. Let’s also not forget the innovations like the Bramley apple, HP Sauce, Ibuprofen, the Raleigh Chopper, shin guards, and MRI scanning originated in Nottinghamshire.
Nottinghamshire is a safe place to live
Nottinghamshire has a thriving economy with a low unemployment rate. It is also a safer place to live because of the proactive actions of the Nottinghamshire police with its highly visible operations to prevent crime and violence by maintaining a noticeable police presence and providing more opportunities to seek help. The area also benefits from a dedicated Violence Reduction Unit, which draws in expertise from policing, health and criminal justice to tackle the root causes of violence and vulnerability.
Nottinghamshire is easily commutable from surrounding areas
It takes less than two hours to travel from London to Nottingham on the train and just under three hours drive from Central London to Nottingham. Nottingham is also commutable from Sheffield, Stoke-on-Trent, Peterborough and Birmingham within a 50 mile radius.
Things to do in Nottinghamshire
Get inspired and discover Nottingham and Nottinghamshire; while exploring Sherwood Forest, its beauty gives you a chance to step back in time and backtrack legendary Robin Hood steps. You can explore the rich history of the Nottinghamshire region by visiting a fascinating network of caves, stunning Newstead Abbey, Wollaton Hall and of course Nottingham Castle. The legendary landscape offers fantastic days out in the country site.
Nottingham has more to offer with its rich history of industry links from lace-making to gritty coal mining, bicycle and tobacco, the fruits of long-gone industries to explore in museums and heritage attractions.
We have it all here in Nottinghamshire! It is a unique place to live and work, where everybody is welcome.
Contact us and apply
- Closing date: midnight on Sunday 16 January 2022
- Shortlisting: 18 January 2022
- Informal engagement with shortlisted candidates: between 18 and 27 January 2022
- Interview and assessment date: 28 January 2022
- Confirmation hearing (Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Panel): Tuesday 8 February 2022
For an informal confidential discussion about this opportunity, please contact either Penny Keatings at Penny.Keatings@northyorks.gov.uk or Leanne Auton on 07815 028548 / Leanne.Auton@northyorks.gov.uk from our recruitment partners - The Resourcing Solution.
To apply please send your CV including a personal statement in one Microsoft Word document and your completed equal opportunities form, to Leanne Auton at Leanne.Auton@northyorks.gov.uk by midnight on Sunday 16 January 2022.
It is important that your CV includes: your full contact details (telephone, email, address), full employment history (name of employer, job titles, dates of employment and salary), full education history (qualification, grade, dates and place of study), explanation of any gaps in employment and the contact details of at least two referees including your current / most recent employer indicating whether you consent to us contacting each referee prior to interview. Please also provide details of your current salary and notice period.
Your personal statement should outline your motivation for applying and provide evidence for how you meet the essential criteria for the role.
Along with your application, please complete and return this diversity monitoring form. Thank you.
These roles will be subject to full police security vetting, to management vetting level, together with any other pre-employment checks that are applicable to the respective role such as identity, health assessment, eligibility to work in the UK, qualifications and at least two employment references, covering at least two years employment including your most recent employer.
Political restriction: The role is politically restricted as defined by the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011: Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011.
We will not accept applications from agencies.
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