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Senior Executive and Democratic Services Manager
  • Employer: Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue
  • Reference: DWFR/20/140082
  • Published: Mon 21/12/2020, 11:45 AM
  • Closing on: Sun 24/01/2021, 23:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: £39,880 per annum
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Dorset

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Senior Executive and Democratic Services Manager

This is an exciting opportunity to become part of the Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service that is committed and passionate about changing and saving lives. Our Service is one of the largest combined Fire and Rescue Services in the country and is rated as ‘Good’ by the HM Inspectorate in terms of our Efficiency, Effectiveness and how well we look after our People.

Our Service offers a wide range of employee benefits and strives to ensure that our employees feel valued and rewarded. For example, we offer a flexi time scheme, Local Government Pension Scheme and a generous annual leave allowance. Other benefits include national and local discounts, a variety of family friendly schemes and health & well-being services.

We are looking for a Senior Executive and Democratic Services Manager working within the Corporate Services directorate.  The role will be based at our Headquarters at the Five Rivers Health & Wellbeing Centre in Salisbury.

The successful candidate will:

Lead on the delivery of the executive support function for the Chief Fire Officer and Directors of the Strategic Leadership Team

Provide direct support to the Chief Fire Office in coordinating and producing information and communications with staff and key stakeholders

Ensure the Chief Fire Officer receives effective briefings, documents and reports and is appropriately prepared for key meetings

You must have:

A degree level qualification, or equivalent managerial qualification, or able to demonstrate significant level of graduate calibre experience at a senior level in a relevant sector, e.g. in Democratic Services or Executive Support

Specialist knowledge of chief executive officer and at least three years executive (Board Level) Personal Assistant experience

Good Level of understanding of the Local Government Act and provide oversight and assurance of the democratic process including board level meetings and committees

You are:

An excellent communicator with a positive attitude to internal/external customer care

Committed to upholding the principles of accountability, openness and transparency

Able to engage, influence, build and maintain constructive relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders both internally and external

Other Information:

You must have a full current driving licence

Use of your own vehicle will be required, however a Service vehicle may be available

You will be required to travel across both counties

The role involves some evening and weekend working

A Disclosure and Barring Service Check (DBS) Basis

Any offer of employment will be subject to full pre-employment checks which include identity checks, right to work in the UK, medical and receipt of satisfactory references

Find out more and apply

If you think you would work well in this role and help make our community safer then we encourage you to apply for this exciting opportunity.

The closing date for applications is midnight on Sunday, 24th January 2021. It is intended that interviews will take place on Thursday 4th February 2021. Interviews will be held in person at our Headquarters in Salisbury and there will be a presentation task.

To find out more and apply:

For an informal discussion about this post, please contact Vikki Shearing, Head of Information, Knowledge and Communication on 07880712319 or Jill McCrae, Head of Strategic Planning and Corporate Assurance on 07711458888.

You should ensure you include satisfactory evidence in your application to support all of the areas stated as being measured at the Application Stage on the Person Specification. This will ensure you have the best opportunity of progressing to the next stage of the selection process.

We operate the Disability Confident (Two Ticks) Guaranteed Interview Scheme for disabled candidates.  Please tell us in confidence if this applies to you, or if there are any reasonable adjustments that would help you apply for this post.

If you hold international qualifications, you will be required to provide official evidence that shows how these compare to UK Qualifications. We will accept a Statement of Comparability from a UK organisation called NARIC which can be obtained via their website: Please note that UK NARIC charge for this service, so if you request a Statement of Compatibility, you will be required to pay for it as we are unable to reimburse you.

For further guidance on how to complete your application, please refer to the Job Application Guidance Notes.

Please complete every box. If necessary mark as N/A, or Not Applicable, so we are sure that you have no information to provide. Your application may not be submitted through the system if every box has not been clearly marked with a response.

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Internal staff applying for vacancies should complete their application in their own time.

If you are experiencing difficulties completing your application or have a need to complete your application in an alternative format due to a disability, please contact HR Resourcing on 01722 691444 within plenty of time of the closing date of the position you are applying for.

Values and Behaviours Framework

Our recruitment, assessment and progression processes are based on our RESPECT Behaviours Framework that has been developed specifically for a career in Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service.  When recruiting, we identify the most important behaviours for the role and these are used as part of the short-listing and selection process.