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Head of Policy & Performance

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Head of Policy & Performance    


At Northumberland County Council we are passionate about delivering the BEST services for our residents, business and partners.  

The Strategy and Communications team provide leadership, management and delivery of key Council functions, including corporate policy development, performance management and communications & engagement activity inside & outside the Council. 


We are looking for an experienced and visionary policy and performance professional who is a committed and energetic leader to be our Head of Policy and Performance.    

Working with colleagues across the Council’s services and functions, you will play a pivotal role in leading the Council’s approach to policy and strategy development and performance management. 

This is a great opportunity to help us to be the best we possibly can be for everyone in our region. 


As Head of Policy & Performance, you will support the Director of Strategy and Communications, working across all services to deliver key policy, strategy and performance activities. 

So if you’re passionate about what you do, we want to talk to you! 


Your Day-to-Day… 

- With Members and senior officers, leading on the development of corporate policy and strategy for the organisation 

- Horizon scanning national and regional policy to understand impacts on local policy  

- Representing the Council at local, regional and national levels, promoting partnership working across the region and helping to shape national and regional policy 

- Translating the Council’s vision into practical and achievable plans 

- Supporting the Council’s Members, Chief Executive and Director of Strategy and Communications on policy formulation and review to monitor progress and impact  

- Ensuring that all duties and responsibilities are carried out in accordance with Council’s Constitution, governance arrangements, policies and procedures. 


You are… 

- An organised vibrant leader who can model and demonstrate organisational values & leadership behaviours 

- Proven to be successful working in a large and complex organisation with demonstrable experience of devising effective strategies and policies which improve performance 

- Experienced working in a political environment 

- Experienced in designing and managing Performance Frameworks which allow for robust scrutiny  

- Successful in the development of positive external relationships and influential partnerships  

- An adept communicator who communicates with clarity, conviction & enthusiasm and can demonstrate integrity, create rapport, and build trust & confidence to positively influence outcomes.  


Why NCC? We’ll offer you…      

- An excellent working environment 

- Exciting progression pathways 

- A friendly and inclusive culture 

- Access to the Local Government Pension scheme 

- An excellent range of staff benefits including a competitive annual leave provision 

- Induction, mentoring and development from day one in post 

- Flexible working arrangements. 


Please note: successful candidates will be required to undergo an enhanced DBS check. 


Ready to make a positive change? 

Please click on the apply link, and once registered, you will be asked to upload your CV and provide a supporting statement. Initial shortlisting will be based on the information provided at this stage.

For an informal discussion, please contact Phil Hunter (


Join us! 


We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer. We operate a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria. If you wish to notify us of your eligibility for this scheme, please email or ring 01670 623930 with your name and the job title you have applied for and one of the recruitment team will ensure this is factored into the shortlisting process and kept anonymous. If you have a disability and would prefer to apply in a different format, please see the alternative methods below.  This information will be treated as confidential and will only be used to check that you meet the essential requirements of the post.

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For those with speech difficulties or hearing loss: Text relay service dial 018001 01670 623930 

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