Head of Legal Services

Job ref:     RO-49369                              

Location:     Number One Riverside, Smith Street, Rochdale

Salary:     £52,689 to £56,216 + £3,500 Deputy Monitoring Officer Allowance

Grade:  SM3

Working Hours:    37 per week

Contract Type:  Permanent

Closing Date:      1st August 2021

Interview Date:  w/c 16th August 2021


Are you our new Head of Legal Services?

About the Role

As Head of Legal Services you will be senior legal lead within the organisation and support Elected Members, Leadership Team and the Assistant Director (Legal, Governance & Workforce) by providing expert advice on a wide range of legal issues across a range of services and new ventures.

Partnership working here, across Greater Manchester and the North West region is very strong and there are great opportunities for the right person to make a difference and to work with partners to deliver innovative and exciting projects.

About Us

This is an exciting time in Rochdale and across Greater Manchester as economic growth and devolution are creating opportunities for greater integration and innovation across the city region. This will bring about new ways of working and delivery of services so we need a Head of Legal Services who will guide and support the organisation through complex legal issues during this period of transformation and cultural change.

This transformation is supported by our values and behaviours, ‘Pioneering, Proud and Passionate, influencing the way we operate, the choices we make and working in an environment with suitably skilled staff, equipped to deliver the best service to our customers.

Within the Resources Directorate, the responsibilities of the Assistant Director (Legal, Governance & Workforce) have recently been increased and the Head of Legal Services will join the Directorate as the establishment changes are embedding. There is therefore an opportunity to work with the senior team to shape these changes.

As well as heading up a busy service, the Head of Legal Services will join an organisation that is actively looking to share some services with other authorities with a view to achieving not only efficiencies and savings but with a view to further improving performance and enhancing professional practice.

About You

To be successful in this role you will need to be legally qualified and have legal experience at a senior level.

As Head of Service you will have lead responsibility on all aspect of legal services and should be able to demonstrate technical expertise in one or more of the legal advice areas provided through the service.

You will have experience of managing a service either working within or alongside public sector organisations and formulating, leading and implementing change.

You will also have an understanding of the political profile of the Council and how this impacts the delivery of Council services and will have the resilience and the ability to work at the political interface.

You should have the ability to deputise effectively for the Assistant Director (Legal, Governance & Workforce) as senior manager and Monitoring Officer both internally and externally.

This is a fantastic opportunity for an inspirational leader and legal professional, with sound judgement to deal with challenging and complex situations in a balanced and effective way and someone who will play a key role in a changing organisation.

 Appointment to this post is subject to enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.

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The Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects staff to share this commitment.

 Rochdale Borough Council is a great place to work. Please click here for information on Number One Riverside and the borough of Rochdale.

This organisation has signed up to the Greater Manchester Continuous Service Commitment.  This means we will recognise your continuous or ‘unbroken’ service in any Greater Manchester local authority or NHS organisation, Transport for Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service or Greater Manchester Combined Authority; giving you access to our service-related benefits.

Graduated Mandatory Unpaid Leave is applicable for this post, there will be a pay deduction from salary each month equating to 5 days per year.  This will be pro rata for part time/part year employees.

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