Chief Executive

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Kirklees Council
£160,633 – £187,087
Closing date:
10am Monday 12th June 2023
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Recruitment timetable

Closing Date
10am Monday 12th June 2023
Longlist Meeting
21st June 2023
Technical Interviews
26th and 27th June 2023 (mornings only)
Short Listing
29th June 2023
Assessment Centre
6th July 2023
Final Interviews
10th July 2023

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We are Kirklees… are you?

Kirklees is firmly focused on the future. Our vision is to create a borough with a strong, sustainable economy that offers a great quality of life to its residents – leading to thriving communities, growing businesses and high prosperity. Our workforce continues to rise to the challenge, and we are incredibly proud of what we have achieved. Our people are what make Kirklees a great place to live, work and do business.

This is a career defining leadership opportunity; a role of significant scope and profile.  There has never been a more exciting time to join us as our Chief Executive. We have transformed our children’s services, are an innovator in social care, and have huge investment ambitions that are moving to delivery across the borough. We want you to play a part in this. We see opportunities not challenges. With a focus on growth and building on our successes to date, we need an exceptional, innovative leader to take the Council into the delivery phase of the borough’s transformation. 

This is a rewarding opportunity to join us and showcase your talent, creativity and determination to deliver excellent services for the community we serve. We are seeking a strategic, inclusive, and values-based Chief Executive, someone who is experienced in leading complex organisations which operate in a political environment and with visible leadership skills to inspire our workforce, communities and partners. If you are someone who will use their voice locally, regionally, and nationally and help provide the best outcomes for our people, we would love to hear from you!

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How to Apply

  • Please submit your CV along with a Supporting Statement addressing the person specification criteria, evidencing how you meet the criteria.
  • Detail any employment or education gaps.
  • Be ready to provide the names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees; one should be your current or most recent employer. Referees will be contacted for those proceeding to final stages. We will always gain your permission before we contact referees.
  • Let us know any difficulty you may have with the indicative timetable.
  • Check that your contact details are correct before you submit.

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The following consultants are managing this role and will be happy to answer any questions that are not covered in the person specification on the next webpage.

Gary Evans
07809 195 593
Louise Bickley
0113 205 6068
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