Solicitor and Monitoring Officer
Selby District Council

Solicitor and Monitoring Officer - Selby District Council

Salary: £60,842 (5c post) plus relocation package of up to £3k
Contract: Permanent
Location: Selby

Message from the Chief Executive:

Unlike many councils up and down the country, Selby District Council has got ambitious plans for growth and the money to invest. We want ambitious people to be part of this - people who want to grow their own careers and experience with us.

The Council wants to make Selby a great place - to do business, to enjoy life and to make a difference, supported by the Council delivering great value for money.

Through changes to the way business rate funding comes in, we can now invest in the things that matter most to the local area. We are investing in supporting business and housing growth. And with the biggest predicted population increase in North Yorkshire, we are well placed to succeed.

We’re also investing in brand new technology that will help customers get a better service and help us to work as efficiently and effectively as possible.

We are seeking a Solicitor and Monitoring Officer to join our corporate leadership team. This is a challenging and exciting opportunity to be part of the leadership team advising the Council on a wide variety of matters, including high value procurement transactions, major corporate developments and partnership agreements. As Monitoring Officer, the post holder will shape and further develop a strong ethical governance framework, working in conjunction with Members and Officers. We need a Monitoring Officer that whilst respects and works collaboratively with Officers and Members, is equally steadfast with their clear professional advice and holds the line to protect the Council and all it serves.

You will also assist in shaping the strategic direction of the Council in contractual, procurement and governance matters, ensuring that you operate as an enabler to progression, unblocking programmes of work to meet ambitious joint ventures, developments and innovations, a real change agent with a pragmatic, professional approach to legal matters.

You will ensure that the shared service arrangement for legal services meets the ambitions of the partnership with North Yorkshire County Council and delivers to Selby’s locality requirements, through the Better Together partnership.

This is an ideal career enhancing opportunity for an accomplished solicitor or barrister, familiar with complexities of local government to be a strategic leader in a growing and ambitious district council, with exposure to the wider county.

Are you up to the challenge? We look forward to hearing from you...

Janet Waggott
Chief Executive

▼ About Selby District

We’re at the heart of Yorkshire and at the heart of Britain, with easy access to fast road and rail links throughout the UK, including direct links to London and Manchester and within easy reach of key motorways.

House buyers get more for their money in the Selby district compared to the rest of North Yorkshire and big city neighbours, and we’re one of the safest areas of one of the safest counties in England.

We’ve got one of the country’s leading community colleges and our primary and independent schools perform well. This makes us a great place for families to grow.

We’ve got easy access to leisure too, whether it’s the great cycling country of the district’s landscape, the renowned Yorkshire coast or the three national parks within easy reach, you’ll find it here at the heart of Yorkshire. And for those days when the sun doesn’t shine, we’ve got the Council’s Summit Indoor Adventure, which is fast becoming a must-see attraction for the region.

Our main office is based in Selby town. We moved here in 2011 as part of an innovative deal with the local NHS to secure local hospital services too. We’re both based on the same site. We’ve also recently welcomed North Yorkshire Police to the civic centre as part of work with partners to deliver value for money.

With easy road and rail access to the Civic Centre, plus free staff parking, our modern office space helps us to work well as one team for our district.

Find out more about living in Selby District from this video...

▼ Working for Selby District Council

Working for the Council has a range of benefits.

As an employer, we offer a wide range of flexible and family friendly employment working arrangements and initiatives to the majority of employees. These are aimed at creating a positive working environment in which employees are able to work to their full potential and achieve a healthy work / life balance.

We may be a small council, but that opens up big opportunities for you.

We do not believe in people just working on one small bit of their services. We expect people to work together across different parts of the Council’s business. That means developing your skills and experience in lots of different ways.

If you’re ambitious to grow your career, and ambitious to help grow the Selby district, then this is the place for you.

Modern office space designed to help you work how you want, free staff parking and a great location near the centre of Selby, means Selby District Council is a great place to work.

▼ New to North Yorkshire?

North Yorkshire really is a stunning, vibrant county with safe communities and excellent education. Over the past two years the new national crime figures have revealed North Yorkshire to be the safest place in England. It is rich in heritage and culture, in a back drop of outstanding natural beauty, vibrant cities, market towns, quaint villages, stunning rural and coast landscapes.

If you are considering relocating to North Yorkshire we provide a comprehensive relocation benefits package (subject to eligibility) and as a whole North Yorkshire offers some great employment opportunities for your family members along with a substantial number of good to outstanding performing schools.

A simply stunning location to live and work, we really do have it all!

The county benefits from excellent road and rail links, with easy access via the East Coast mainline, the A1(M) and A19. Leeds, York, Newcastle, Durham and Teesside are all easily commutable, and London or Edinburgh just two hours by train. North Yorkshire borders the Lake District, Lancashire, County Durham, and Yorkshire & Humber regions with all they have to offer.

▼ About the role

Job title: Solicitor and Monitoring Officer
Location: Selby
Contract: Permanent
Salary: £60,842 (5c post) plus relocation package of up to £3k

Selby District Council are seeking a Solicitor and Monitoring Officer to join their leadership team. This is a challenging and exciting opportunity to advise the Council and on a wide variety of matters, including high value procurement transactions, major corporate developments and partnership agreements.

The role also has the wider scope of assisting in shaping the strategic direction of the Council particularly in contractual and procurement matters.
The nature of the work requires a credible legal professional, astute leadership yet be flexible and versatile approach as the post holders tackles challenges head on in response to the changing needs of the Council, and its developing initiatives.

This is an ideal opportunity for a solicitor or barrister familiar with commercial contracts, procurement and working with local government.

You’ll be an experienced legal expert who is comfortable operating in a complex political environment. You’ll will be adept in negotiations and partnership working to realise opportunities and maximise efficiencies. An independent attitude and personal integrity are also critical; taking the lead on promoting high ethical standards within the organisation, as well as a willingness to hold Council officer, members and senior management to account.

Selby District Council can offer a supportive management structure, personal development opportunities particularly in corporate leadership across the Council and to forge partnerships on a wider scale. You’ll also receive a competitive salary, excellent IT equipment, enviable flexible working, corporate benefits including a defined-benefit pension scheme, generous leave entitlement and the opportunity to be surrounded by driven and ambitious colleagues.

This is a role central to the current and future success of a growing Council.

Your new challenge starts here…

Key documents

Contact us

For an informal confidential discussion about this opportunity, we encourage applicants to contact Sarah France-Gorton from Resourcing Solutions on 01609 798106 or via email

Conversations can be arranged with the Chief Executive, Janet Waggott, following initial conversations with Sarah.

Apply now

To apply please send your CV including a personal statement in one Microsoft Word document to by midnight on Sunday 30 June 2019.

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 provide us with the authority to contact 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: Sunday 30 June 2019
Shortlisting date: w/c Monday 1 July 2019
Assessment event: w/c Wednesday 10 and Thursday 11 July 2019

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