DIRECTOR OF ECONOMY AND ENVIRONMENT

Doncaster is transforming itself into a vibrant place with exciting opportunities. Can you play a role in shaping a successful and sustainable future for the people of Doncaster and the wider region?

Welcome, thank you for your interest in this role.

We are looking for a strategic and influential leader for our next Director of Economy and Environment here in Doncaster. We want to find somebody who is just as ambitious for Doncaster as they are for themselves, with a genuine passion for driving change, forming collaborative partnerships and influencing key stakeholders, to help us continue to make Doncaster a great place to learn, work and live.

Doncaster has been on an amazing journey for the last few years. Our Doncaster Growing Together plan was launched in 2017 with the ambition to grow the borough in a whole host of ways - the economy, the infrastructure and of course the green environment. We have come a long way in a short space of time, and have achieved an awful lot, but we are still full of passion and will continue to develop and innovate. There is more to do, which is where you come in.

The next phase of growth and transformation is almost here - in 2021 Team Doncaster will set an ambitious five year plan building on our strong foundations, alongside the election of our Mayor. What a pivotal time to be joining us - this role will afford you the opportunity to play a key role in shaping our future. We know that forging even stronger collaborative relationships between the public and private sector is key to driving our success, as is securing more external funding and building on our already positive relationship with the Sheffield City Region.

 

Damian Allen

We are committed to turning the tide on climate change, providing a sustainable future for Doncaster. Our vision is to be clean and green, a borough with decent air quality, hospitable to walking and cycling, and powered by renewables. Plenty of green space rather than concrete jungles, and rewarding jobs in green industries creating environments that promote the recovery of nature and biodiversity. As our new Director you will energise our progress in achieving this ambition. Doncaster has great connectivity enabling large volumes of material to be moved in a low carbon manner providing generators with easy access to grid connection points - a revolutionary approach to energy, waste and renewals is inevitable. It is essential that we hold, protect and enhance the natural environment for future generations, the type of economy that is innovative and inclusive built on clean growth and quality jobs.

Through partnerships you will deliver innovative approaches to housing. Maintain and regenerate social housing properties, build new environmentally efficient and affordable carbon neutral homes, whilst developing homes in green and healthy neighbourhoods. Doncaster aims to have homes of a quality, type and size which meets the needs of all communities and promotes safe and healthy lifestyles and economic growth.

A video introduction from Damian Allen

This all means that we need an outward looking leader with a real 'can do' attitude, who at the same time can robustly manage our internal talent, bring about transformational change and achieves even more working together.

Doncaster is an ambitious borough, with a strong sense of community and support. We have a history of coming together when times are tough - the recent floods earlier this year, swiftly followed by the COVID-19 crisis, made me very proud of what we can accomplish in times of crisis. Our well established partnerships mean that we all work harmoniously together to maximise the impact of our services for our residents and communities.

We are a strong performing authority, our resources and finances are well managed and you will be welcomed by an experienced and hard-working leadership team. We are authentic and determined, and willing to tackle thorny issues head on, whilst retaining a sense of clarity, purpose and good humour.

Finally, I want to emphasise that this role comes with a really exciting, diverse remit and significant autonomy; the scale and breadth of the role will provide you with the kind of professional challenge and complexity you will naturally aspire to as an ambitious leader. However, you will find that our size and attitude mean that we can move quickly and nimbly to make sure things get done - we are not tied up by bureaucracy and red tape. This role will provide you with the platform to enhance your career, and drive success.

To sum up, I am looking for a leader who can demonstrate they can:

  • Provide strategic support and guidance for the Mayor, Cabinet and Council and lead across the directorate and wider partnerships with pace and focus.
  • Be outwardly focussed, skilled at building external relationships to help place the needs of Doncaster right at the forefront of regional thinking.
  • Galvanise our teams and help define a truly collaborative team environment, whilst also robustly managing performance; in Doncaster we get things done and together we achieve more.
  • In short, make a significant contribution to the prosperity, growth and sustainability of Doncaster as a key economic hub in the Yorkshire & Humber region and the North.

If you are interested in joining our team and are inspired to lead the next phase of our journey, we look forward to your application. In the meantime, following an initial conversation with our recruitment partners I would be delighted to discuss this opportunity with those who might wish to learn a little more before about #TeamDoncaster.

Damian Allen, Chief Executive, Doncaster Council

ABOUT THE ROLE

Role: Director of Economy and Environment
Salary: £123,682 per year, plus relocation support

The Director of Economy and Environment is the strategic lead and commissioner for place shaping of the borough with a focus on inclusive economy growth, affordable housing and creating a clean, safe and sustainable environment for the residents of Doncaster.

As a key member of the Council’s Corporate Leadership Team, you will provide strategic support and guidance for the Mayor, Cabinet and Council and make a significant contribution to the prosperity and growth of Doncaster as a key economic hub in the Yorkshire region.

You will lead by example, providing energetic, visible and inspiring leadership, taking personal responsibility on all aspects of the Council’s services to the residents, businesses and visitors of Doncaster, while empowering others to do the same.

Your specific responsibilities will include:

  • Economy - working collaboratively with Sheffield City Region will be vital here.
  • Sustainability - leading the council’s approach to delivering on our ambition and becoming a zero carbon borough by 2040.
  • Housing - delivering on our affordable housing ambitions is key.
  • Environment operations - management of street scene to deliver on our greener ambitions.

You will be responsible for a circa £100m budget and circa 1,000 staff.

We are looking for an ambitious, adaptive leader who can shape our strategic direction whilst galvanising #TeamDoncaster.

Progress your career whilst you shape, lead and influence Doncaster’s success; apply now.

Key supporting documents

ABOUT DONCASTER

With a population of over 300,000, Doncaster is the largest metropolitan borough in the UK by area, forming part of the Sheffield City Region, which has more than £36 billion economic output per year. It forms a major economic hub for the Yorkshire region and is the gateway to the North.

Read more about Doncaster below. You can also visit www.visitdoncaster.com for more information.

Doncaster - A Good Place To Work

Economic success

Doncaster is one of the fastest growing economies in the north. Its business growth performance is second only to Manchester for the whole of the UK over the last five years, and GVA increased by £1.2bn (28.6%) over the last five years creating an economy worth £5.5bn.

Inward investment

Doncaster has already attracted more than £220 million of new inward investment which has enabled a number of schemes to get underway over the last few years. As part of this inward investment growth, there has been significant investment from businesses - Amazon, Next, Polypipe, Volker Rail and Hitachi Rail, to name but a few.

The ambitious Doncaster Urban Centre Masterplan has resulted in significant new interest from investors and developers, and schemes include City Gateway, the CCQ Business District and the Waterdale Shopping Centre. Transformational change in town centres across Doncaster remains very much at the heart of its’ ambition as it moves out of the COVID-19 crisis.

The Civic and Cultural Quarter has seen a renaissance with superb new developments such as the Doncaster Cultural and Learning Centre - a £14 million, iconic 21st century combined museum and library building.

The area now intends to build on this and is putting together a £21million bid for the Government’s Future High Streets Fund. This is all part of the plan to deliver on the vision for a vibrant and buzzing town centre which will benefit the whole borough.

Connectivity

Being centrally located, Doncaster has excellent transport links - road, rail and plane are all easy options for travel. Many of the major UK cities such as Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, London, Edinburgh and Birmingham are less than two hours away on the train.

Doncaster Sheffield Airport is the fastest growing airport outside London, making international travel straightforward. And it is only 50 minutes from the Humber Ports, the UK’s largest port complex.

Doncaster - A Good Place To Live

Doncaster can offer low living costs, great value housing, easy commutes, access to many other vibrant cities, and a great outdoors. You will discover that beautiful countryside and rural villages lie within only a few miles of the urban landscape.

Housing

Doncaster is best in the region for housing delivery and has created 1,100 new homes each year over last three years.

It boasts a wealth of beautiful historical architecture, where property prices are really affordable (50% cheaper than the national average), making it an attractive option in terms of bang for your buck. South Doncaster is one of Doncaster's most popular residential areas and is good for families, with some really pretty villages. Sought after villages include Bawtry, Tickhill, Edenthorpe and Hatfield.

Sport and leisure

When you think of Doncaster the first thing that might spring to mind is the horse racing - it hosts the world famous St Leger Cup every year. But there are a vast range of other leisure interests at your fingertips here - to suit all tastes and ages.

The options range from art and theatre, to football, gym, swimming and ten pin bowling as well as outdoor pursuits and countryside walks. The Yorkshire Wildlife Park is another new initiative which is great for family days out, and a brand new World Class European Golf Development is being planned.

Shopping and retail therapy are high on the agenda, and the new Waterdale Shopping Centre has also been designed to create residential opportunities, office space, new public spaces and pedestrian routes - all with the aim to energise Doncaster town centre.

Doncaster - A Good Place To Learn

Doncaster has a wide range of good nurseries and schools both at primary and secondary level.

University Technical College, which forms part of a £300 million regeneration scheme, will specialise in engineering and creative and digital technologies, and is due to open in September this year. There are also two Further Education facilities and Doncaster is an hour’s drive away from ten different universities.

Find out more about the plan for Doncaster with these key documents...

CONTACT US AND APPLY NOW

Discuss this opportunity

For an informal confidential discussion about this opportunity, please contact either Sarah France-Gorton (01609 798106 / sarah.france-gorton@northyorks.gov.uk) or Penny Keatings (07811 411462 / penny.keatings@northyorks.gov.uk), our recruitment partners - The Resourcing Solution.

Apply

To apply please send your CV including a personal statement in one Microsoft Word document to sarah.france-gorton@northyorks.gov.uk by midnight on Sunday 9 August 2020.

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.

Your personal statement should outline your motivation for applying and how you meet the criteria for the role.

We will not accept applications from agencies.

This is a politically restricted post as defined by the Local Government and Housing Act 1989.

Key dates

  • Closing date: 9 August 2020
  • Shortlisting: 20 August 2020
  • Technical assessment: 24 to 26 August 2020
  • Interviews: 9 and 10 September 2020

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