Newcastle is an ambitious city with big plans for the future
Newcastle City Council want to make our city the best place in the UK to be born, to live, to work and to study.
Newcastle has a proud past, but we want to be equally proud of our future. We are shaping our city today to create a lasting legacy for tomorrow. We want to work with local people and partners to invest in a future to be proud of. And together we can create the best possible education, jobs opportunities, health and wellbeing for our citizens.
Pat Ritchie, Chief Executive of Newcastle City Council says: “We’re investing in Newcastle’s future now, making use of our financial powers and partnerships to support business growth and encourage investment, creating new and better jobs that will define future generations, ensuring the benefits are experienced across all our communities.”
Newcastle City Council’s programme of renewal and reinvention, Re-newcastle, is delivering the biggest transformation of the city’s infrastructure in a generation. We are improving national and international transport links. We are making our city centre easier to get around on foot and by bike. We are putting in place the superfast broadband connections that today’s businesses need to connect to their markets.
We are building new homes across the city, creating new communities for our growing population. And we are creating new business districts, which will attract international investors and create thousands of new jobs.
Some of our investment plans are delivering on the ground and the city’s skyline continues to change, including iconic and award-winning housing developments across the city, innovative public private partnerships delivering multi-million pound developments, and a £60 million programme of transport improvements transforming the city’s highways, all making Newcastle a more attractive place.
Our biggest property deal in decades has just been secured with Legal & General to support the £350m Newcastle Science Central development, one of the biggest urban regeneration projects of its kind in the UK, set to create over 4,000 jobs, offer 500,000 sq ft of office space, and 450 new homes in the heart of the city. And with the internationally renowned capability in Newcastle University, Newcastle will soon be home to the £40m National Centre for Ageing and Science Innovation (NASI) as well as the National Smart Data Innovation Centre.
Newcastle City Council continues to be at the forefront of the transformation of public services. The council is piloting new approaches to bringing public, private and voluntary sector partners together to develop intelligence led approaches, to better meet the needs of some of the most challenging users of our services. From re-designing our approach to supporting those most in need and harnessing the power of digital services, we continue to explore smarter ways to use reducing resources across public services, through shared services and one public estate approaches.
Newcastle City Council’s vision of working together to make a difference to the lives and prospects of people who live, work and learn in Newcastle underpins everything that we do. But we recognise we have much to do and we face many challenges as the role of councils continues to change. Continued year on year austerity means we have to think differently to transform our services, and be bold and ambitious in delivering in new and innovative ways.
We need to evolve and be agile in responding to public sector reform. Embracing our role as the regional capital in lobbying and influencing national policy where the decisions are being made. And we need to be at the forefront of delivering on a significant shift in powers, funding and responsibility from London to the North East through the government’s devolution agenda, playing a critical role within the North East Combined Authority.
This type of transformation demands strong and collaborative leadership. The type of leadership that can develop, influence and build strong relationships, networks and partnerships, across the public and private sectors at a local, regional, national and international level.
The type of leadership that can challenge and develop the council’s policy, planning and performance management functions to support enhanced delivery and outcomes – someone that is strong on communications and can tell our story within and outside of the city.
The type of leadership that can ensure we’re a fit for purpose council. We’re looking for a high performing individual to help deliver on these aspirations - someone that will take a leading role on transformation and with the drive and ambition to support the delivery of our vision and priorities, through effective service, business planning and performance management.
This senior management position will work closely with and provide direct support to the Chief Executive, leading on policy development and communications, to support development of the city’s economy, to create a working city within a strong and prosperous North East. And importantly ensure we communicate and engage effectively to increase Newcastle’s profile.
If you have excellent leadership skills and are passionate about leading our council to bigger and better things, we want to hear from you. Be part of it.