Welcome

Thank you for your interest in working for Dorset Council. At Dorset Council, we are a team with diverse skills, backgrounds and experiences, with the unique scope to help and support the people of Dorset every day.

Our ambition is for Dorset to build momentum, to strengthen our voice regionally and nationally, and to reduce the cost-of-service delivery, creating sustainable public services. As a Corporate Director you now have the chance to join at an exciting time of change as we continue our journey toward public service excellence.

We work together to make a genuine difference for people across Dorset. By working collaboratively, supporting each other and being open to new ideas and perspectives, we can continue to make Dorset a great place to live, work and visit.

Why you should work for Dorset Council

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Matt Prosser
Chief Executive

If you came to work here you would be part of team Dorset, working collaboratively with colleagues across the council to make a positive difference for the residents that we serve.
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Aidan Dunn, Executive Director (Corporate Development S151)

As a Corporate Director in the Council, you would work closely with colleagues across the organisation, providing them with support and challenge as we work as #oneteam to deliver the Council’s vision.

About the Corporate Director Finance & Commercial role

This role will report into the Executive Director, Corporate Development, shaping key decisions and actions and progressing at pace with responsibility for revenue and benefits, financial operations, pensions and procurement.

How to apply
To apply, you should submit a CV and Covering Letter. They should:
  • be no more than 4 sides of A4 long each
  • be aligned to the person specification
  • include your contact details
  • outline your full employment history
  • make it clear how you meet any essential criteria, competencies and/or qualifications
  • include the details of 2 referees
We will only approach referees if you proceed to final selection and only with your permission. Please clearly indicate if we can approach each referee before the selection date.

Your supporting statement should include:
  • the values and behaviours that you bring to your leadership
  • how you will transfer your skills and experience into this role
Please complete the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form when you upload your details. 
No applications will be accepted once the closing date has passed and the long listing process has begun.
Following long listing, a Penna consultant will contact you to update you on the status of your application.

The key dates in the recruitment process:
  • closing date: Friday 2 September.
  • preliminary interviews: Week commencing 19 September
  • final panel interviews: Monday 10 October
View the job description
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 For further information or confidential discussion, contact:
Working for Dorset Council
We’re not a traditional council that’s set in its ways. Our residents’ needs are constantly evolving, so we need to be adaptable and open to continuous change. That’s why we challenge ourselves to work collaboratively with them to design and deliver services differently. We think innovatively about how we use technology and create services based on data and research, so we genuinely meet people’s needs.

Dorset offers a great quality of life. So, we’re proud that everything we do improves that quality of life for the people of Dorset, both now and for the future. And that we all play a vital role in making this happen. Our work delivers real benefits to residents, businesses and visitors across Dorset.

We all share a passion for improving life throughout Dorset. So, we work as one team, energising, challenging and inspiring each other every day. We openly support and develop each other, going out of our way to offer knowledge, time and practical help. It means keeping everyone informed through leadership and employee forums and celebrating individuality and diversity through our employee networks.

What we do matters. We play a vital role in the life of everyone who lives in, works in or visits Dorset. You’ll find a variety of exciting challenges, in a workplace that inspires you to grow professionally and personally. Somewhere you know you’re making a real difference, whatever your role, because you see the results across our county every day.

You’ll be joining an organisation that works as one team in an open, friendly, supportive atmosphere. Where everyone trusts and respects each other. Where people go out of their way to share their knowledge and skills, so you always feel well-informed. Most of all, a place where you feel trusted, respected and valued for your unique contribution.

Our council in numbers

379,600

residents

4,567

central council employee

169,300

households

1,400

council assets

82

councillors

450+

services

What we look for in leaders

Every decision you make and every conversation you have will paint the picture of leadership and management within Dorset Council. In the same way that our roles differ, so will our style of managing employees and the way you each lead your teams.

Whatever role someone takes within Dorset Council, it's important they know what to expect from their manager and that you as a manager are also clear about what you should be doing. 

There are three clear expectations we have of all our managers:
  1. take responsibility as a leader
  2. deliver effectively in your role as a manager
  3. recognise your role in working together as One Team
We want our managers to be successful and influential leaders who are committed to developing themselves. It is important you do this for not only your own personal development, but also so we know we are serving our customers, residents, colleagues, and teams in the best possible way.