Service Manager: Strategic Assets & Land

salary up to £83k

From Amy Harhoff, Director: Regeneration and Growth

Thank you for your interest in joining Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council. This is a vitally important appointment for the Directorate – and it comes at a transformational time for Sandwell as we play a strategic role driving forward the regeneration ambitions for the broader West Midlands.

Our plans and initiatives are already making a huge impact on quality of life in the borough, through the introduction of major new transport investment, world-class leisure facilities, supporting business growth and high-quality, affordable housing. Through a diverse and integrated portfolio of major projects and innovative policies, we are making Sandwell a better place to live and visit.

The key opportunity is to build on this success: we are not simply delivering new developments in Sandwell, but are building momentum too. Our longer-term plans include a number of strategically important and exciting projects. As an influential member of the Directorate Management Team, you will play a key role in ensuring the delivery of strategic assets and land strategy for the borough, which forms a key pillar of our broader regeneration objectives.

This is an opportunity to have a significant impact on longer-term regeneration strategy, as part of a newly-established leadership team. Your influence will range across a number of key areas: Strategic Assets, Schools, Commercial Services, Building Services, Strategic Design and Markets. It will also be essential to work collegiately and innovatively across the service with planning, regeneration and highways. You will inject new ideas, drive innovation, deliver the highest standards of performance and make change happen.

You will complete the Directorate’s Leadership group. Responsible for a highly capable team and significant corporate programmes, you will advise the Council, the Council Executive and Cabinet Members on a range of complex and dynamic initiatives and services. You will work closely with the Director to set targets and manage performance, as well as leading on the development and implementation of strategic plans for land disposals, transformative acquisitions and the broader development programme. You will be a strong and supportive leader for the service, and the teams, inspiring and delivering thought leadership, innovation and performance.

Significant relevant experience in a comparable role is important. You must be pragmatic, agile and have a strong ability to communicate and influence, whether you are working with Members, colleagues or partner organisations. A commitment to continuous improvement and high performance are key, with the personal initiative to lead others, make decisions quickly and grasp opportunities to make a difference.