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Head of Legal Services (Deputy Monitoring Officer)

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Job ID:

18553

Practice Area(s):

Governance, Management

Location:

Northamptonshire, East Midlands 

Role:

Head of Department, Qualified Lawyer
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Employment Type:

Permanent Full-Time

Posted:

14.09.2021

Employer type:

Local Authority
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Job Description:

Salary c.90k
 
This is an exciting opportunity in one of the largest new unitary authorities; West Northamptonshire Council (bringing together county and district and borough councils). The Council serves Northampton which is the largest town in the country, and also covers the key towns of Brackley, Daventry and Towcester.
 
The successful candidate will have the opportunity to shape the strategic direction of legal services as well as helping to shape this new council and put West Northamptonshire on the map as an employer of choice and an innovator in local government.
 
This is a high-profile role in a large unitary Council. The Council has set a number of strategic objectives which this role will play a key role in delivering. The role will have responsibility for managing the Legal Services function as well as acting as Deputy Monitoring Officer. 

Legal Services currently consists of a range of providers including the external provider Pathfinder Legal Services which is a local authority owned company which delivers legal services in relation to upper tier council functions together with the in-house team which delivers the former District functions. The in-house team is currently expanding to take on the work currently carried out by existing contracts entered into by predecessor Councils. The intention is to build a new comprehensive legal service which will deliver for West Northamptonshire.

The role would also oversee Corporate Governance including key functions such as managing Whistleblowing and preparing the Code of Corporate Governance together with working alongside the Council’s internal auditors to ensure sound Corporate Governance. The Information Governance function includes working with the DPO and Information Governance Manager to deliver three key functions of Information Requests, ensuring the Council’s compliance with Data Protection legislation (including GDPR) and also establishing the Council’s approach to records management. 

In return we offer a competitive salary of c. £90k per annum, hybrid working, an attractive annual leave entitlement and access to the Local Government Pension Scheme as well as other employee benefits. If you would like to have an informal discussion about this role, please contact Catherine Whitehead (Director of Legal and Democratic) on 07399 405941.

Closing date: 24 September 2021, midday

Interviews will be held on 5 and 6 October 2021. 

For further information or to apply, please click on the 'Enquire/Apply' button below.
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West Northamptonshire Council
Northamptonshire, East Midlands, United Kingdom

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Head of Legal Services (Deputy Monitoring Officer)

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Job ID:

18553

Practice Area(s):

Governance, Management

Location:

Northamptonshire, East Midlands 

Role:

Head of Department, Qualified Lawyer
col-narrow-right   

Employment Type:

Permanent Full-Time

Posted:

14.09.2021

Employer type:

Local Authority
col-wide   

Job Description:

Salary c.90k
 
This is an exciting opportunity in one of the largest new unitary authorities; West Northamptonshire Council (bringing together county and district and borough councils). The Council serves Northampton which is the largest town in the country, and also covers the key towns of Brackley, Daventry and Towcester.
 
The successful candidate will have the opportunity to shape the strategic direction of legal services as well as helping to shape this new council and put West Northamptonshire on the map as an employer of choice and an innovator in local government.
 
This is a high-profile role in a large unitary Council. The Council has set a number of strategic objectives which this role will play a key role in delivering. The role will have responsibility for managing the Legal Services function as well as acting as Deputy Monitoring Officer. 

Legal Services currently consists of a range of providers including the external provider Pathfinder Legal Services which is a local authority owned company which delivers legal services in relation to upper tier council functions together with the in-house team which delivers the former District functions. The in-house team is currently expanding to take on the work currently carried out by existing contracts entered into by predecessor Councils. The intention is to build a new comprehensive legal service which will deliver for West Northamptonshire.

The role would also oversee Corporate Governance including key functions such as managing Whistleblowing and preparing the Code of Corporate Governance together with working alongside the Council’s internal auditors to ensure sound Corporate Governance. The Information Governance function includes working with the DPO and Information Governance Manager to deliver three key functions of Information Requests, ensuring the Council’s compliance with Data Protection legislation (including GDPR) and also establishing the Council’s approach to records management. 

In return we offer a competitive salary of c. £90k per annum, hybrid working, an attractive annual leave entitlement and access to the Local Government Pension Scheme as well as other employee benefits. If you would like to have an informal discussion about this role, please contact Catherine Whitehead (Director of Legal and Democratic) on 07399 405941.

Closing date: 24 September 2021, midday

Interviews will be held on 5 and 6 October 2021. 

For further information or to apply, please click on the 'Enquire/Apply' button below.