Newcastle upon Tyne

Team Manager Scrutiny and Democratic Services



Full time

£43,570 - £47,665 per annum

The city:

Newcastle is a vibrant and successful city with a proud history, the fastest growing population in the North East and an exciting future ahead.

The council:

Newcastle City Council and its partners are the driving force behind this successful city, and alongside our net zero carbon emissions target that will help secure its future, we have a commitment to deliver inclusive, quality, consistent and value for money services that will benefit everyone in the city.

Working for Newcastle City Council isn’t like any other job. Everything we do has an impact on the lives of the people that live here, and our commitment, diligence and energy is second to none.

The democratic services team:

At this exciting time, Newcastle City Council is looking to a talented democratic services professional to manage the scrutiny and democratic services team. The team plays a vital role in ensuring that robust, transparent and timely decisions are made in line with legislation and the Council’s constitution. The team works across the council advising and supporting politicians, senior officers and partner organisations from across the city and wider region, as well as supporting the scrutiny function, the civic and ceremonial business through the Lord Mayor’s office and wider support to our 78 councillors.

The role:

The Team Manager Scrutiny and Democratic Services post provides an opportunity to further your career in governance and management. You will lead a small team working with a range of committees, working groups, staff and partner organisations, providing advice and information, drawing on the Council’s constitution as well as research and data to help inform decision making.

The postholder will manage the wide range of democratic services work undertaken by the team, as well as coordinating the scrutiny work of the council. Enhancing the role of scrutiny across the council is an important element, as well as supporting the Lord Mayor’s office and some council companies. You’ll need to have excellent communications and prioritisation skills, with the ability to interpret and explain complex guidance and legislation to different audiences, whilst being mindful of political sensitivity.

The post is full-time, but we are flexible. We offer a competitive salary, flexible working, employee support programmes and access to a number of salary-sacrifice schemes.

If you feel that this role is for you or would like any further information, please contact Linda Scott, Service Manager Democratic Services, on 0191 2115159 for an informal discussion or email

Please note that the position will require some evening working to cover committee and other meetings.

Apply online at, select 'Apply Now' and complete our online application form.

If you are successful we will undertake additional recruitment checks which will include a check to see if you have any unspent criminal convictions.

As this post involves working with children, vulnerable adults or dealing with sensitive information, written references will be taken up and made available to interviewers before the final selection stage; even if you indicate otherwise.


Closing date:

22 August 2022

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