Deputy Chief Fire Officer
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£100,000 - £120,000
Fire and Rescue (Other roles)
DEPUTY CHIEF FIRE OFFICER/SERVICE DIRECTOR
Competitive £100k-£120k per annum
Northumberland is the northernmost county of England, bordering Cumbria, County Durham, Tyne and Wear and the Scottish Borders with an outstanding North Sea coastline of 103 km and a county of rural natural beauty. The county is steeped in history and heritage and with a population of over 300,000 residents, the council provides a wide range of services across over 5,000 sq km . Northumberland is one of the largest counties in England
Northumberland County Council is seeking to appoint to a new key post within Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service. The post holder will lead the delivery of our ambitious plans to ensure that we really are a “council that works for everyone” and to focus on delivering an ambitious improvement programme following our recently published HMICFRS inspection report.
This is a new post to support the Chief Fire Officer and the wider senior leadership team of both the Council and the Fire and Rescue Service. The postholder will be responsible for exploring and developing a new model of integrated delivery for the county for which is sustainable and resilient for the future. Northumberland is a unique county with an opportunity for the Fire and Rescue Service to truly be positioned as an emergency service which delivers “beyond emergencies”. This post is an investment for the future, there are significant opportunities for the postholder to develop their longer term leadership both within the Fire and Rescue Service and the County Council structures.
This is a new additional Principal Officer role within our Senior Leadership Team of the County Council and Fire and Rescue Service. The postholder will ensure the delivery of a revitalised approach to inspection and regulation within the county with a focus on developing and sustaining a Fire and Rescue Service of the highest standard for the County of Northumberland.
The successful candidate will need to demonstrate innovation, have an eye for detail and be able to successfully manage risk across the unique landscape of our diverse county .
Being able to operate and influence at a strategic level is essential as is the ability to work collaboratively with partners both public and private. With extensive senior leadership experience in a large organisation you may be looking for your first step into a Principal Officer role or you may be an experienced Deputy Chief Fire Officer looking to enhance your career within a beautiful county which offers both thrilling landscapes but also professional opportunities.
Working closely as part of a Principal Officer team of 3, this role will aim to ensure that residents within the County of Northumberland have a Fire and Rescue Service which is of the highest quality and is sustainable. With high level interpersonal, strategic and innovative skills, this role will lead on the quality, inspection and regulation of Northumberland’s Fire and Rescue Service as well as taking the lead on driving a positive and innovative organisational culture through genuine staff engagement.
You will be educated to Masters Level (or be able to demonstrate an equivalent portfolio of experience) and will have successfully completed a relevant leadership programme. You will have previous experience within a Fire and Rescue Service at Area Manager level or higher. Operational experience is also necessary as being part of the Principal Officer team you will need to have proven experience of commanding operational incidents and have attained the relevant accreditation (e.g. MAGIC /ICL4) to be qualified to take responsibility for strategic (gold) command during a major incident/civil emergency.
Working closely with the Chief Executive, Chief Fire Officer and the existing Senior Leadership Team both in the County Council and in the Fire and Rescue Service, the successful postholder will be able to demonstrate an ability to embrace and lead change, to build effective partnerships (facilitate engagement) at a strategic level and to deliver an inclusive leadership style across the service.
The postholder will form part of the NFRS Principal Officer rota and the County Council Executive Leadership Team rota and therefore will be required to live within the County of Northumberland to fulfil this commitment.
For further information please see the Job Description and Information Pack in the supporting documents attached to this advert.
If you are interested in this exciting role we would welcome and informal discussion with you.
For an informal discussion about the role please contact:
Mrs Daljit Lally OBE, Chief Executive on 01670 622669 or email@example.com
Mr Paul Hedley QFSM, Chief Fire Officer on 01670 621114 or firstname.lastname@example.org