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Birmingham council seeks two more senior officers to drive Kerslake reforms

Birmingham council seeks two more senior officers to drive Kerslake reforms

🕔30.Oct 2015

Birmingham city council is seeking to recruit two more senior officers to help deliver governance reforms set out in the Kerslake Review.

The council has placed advertisements for a director of HR and an assistant director of organisational development to help bolster its human resources department which was widely criticised and described as poorly-performing by Lord Kerslake.

The Kerslake Review also criticised the lack of strategic managerial capacity to support chief executive Mark Rogers at the top of the council.

The latest recruitment drive follows the appointment earlier this month of strategic director for change and corporate services Angela Probert and assistant chief executive Piali DasGupta.

The new HR Director will have a wide range of responsibilities, performing the lead role on the workforce change agenda recommended by Kerslake for the council’s 14,000 employees.

This role will be supported by the Assistant Director – Organisation Development, who will be responsible for ensuring the council is able to develop its corporate capabilities to successfully deliver the Future Council strategy.

The assistant director will be the senior professional lead for a range of issues including performance management, organisational design, succession management and change projects and programmes across the council.

Cllr Ian Ward, deputy leader of Birmingham city council, said: “It is crucial that we improve the council’s ability to modernise the way in which it operates – an issue that was brought into sharp focus by Lord Kerslake’s report.

These appointments will help us to do that as part of the wider Future Council programme, which is putting in place the building blocks to ensure we are prepared to face the challenges the council will meet in the years ahead.

They will complement our recent appointments to the posts of strategic director for change and corporate services and assistant chief executive – and show every effort is being made to transform the council into an organisation that provides citizens with the best services possible.

It is anticipated that the successful applicants will take up their posts in early 2016. Mark Rogers, the council’s chief executive, added:

As a council, our workforce is our strongest asset – so it is vital we ensure the expertise and leadership is in place to develop employees and the way in which we operate as an organisation.

By filling these posts we will ensure this is the case. The challenge to shape the Future Council in the coming years is huge, and the successful recruits will play key roles in modernising how we do business.

As with the recent appointments, the Council says that recruitment searches will be agency-led to provide the expertise needed to present the council with the strongest candidates – with a single recruitment campaign strategy being used to ensure the best cost with the greatest likelihood of success.

The salary ranges for the latest advertised posts are:

Director of HR – £97,200-£108,000
Assistant Director – Organisation Development – £72,900-£81,000

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