Team Reading: Shaping one great place.

Welcome

Thank you for your interest in joining Team Reading. The Director of Finance position is a new role within the Council’s Corporate Management Team and reflects the Council’s continued commitment to ensuring sound internal controls are in place as well as its wider aspirations for its residents and place

Reading is at the heart of the Berkshire, one of the world’s most successful technology enterprise clusters. The wider Reading area is effectively the capital of the Thames Valley with one of the busiest rail hubs outside London, and one of the best qualified workforces, serving blue chip employers. Our 2050 vision sets out our vision for the town developed with partners.  We believe post the pandemic and Brexit; Reading will be one of the fastest growing economies in Europe, but we are dedicated to ensuring that growth is inclusive and benefits everyone, and offers a model for low carbon urban living, which matches the quality of life to the quality of physical development in the town.  

The Council has a successful track record over recent years of delivering savings and a significant transformation programme in place to ensure services are ‘fit for the future’ and that it can continue to invest in them. This role offers an exciting opportunity to lead and shape the implementation of that change programme at the highest level.  You’ll be joining a highly skilled and motivated wider Senior Management Team at an exciting time for the authority.

As the Council’s Chief Financial Officer, you will lead on all aspects of the Council’s Finance function and building on the good progress made to date, drive through the Finance improvement programme facilitating a cultural shift in financial management across the Council. Coaching and mentoring, negotiating and influencing as well as networking and leadership are all skills you will need to bring to bear.

Over the last three years we have recruited a talented and committed top team at director and assistant director level, this is a chance to join that team and help shape the Council’s future success story.  Every member of our team has a crucial role to play in delivering services to our customers and communities, helping to make a difference to Reading. A culture that positively enables and supports the ways of working needed to deliver our aims and help the borough thrive is critical. We call this TEAM Reading.

If you would like to be part of TEAM Reading and are a visible, ambitious and supportive leader of people with the right technical skills and proven experience, then we would like to hear from you. 

Yours sincerely
Jacqueline Yates
Deputy Chief Executive