Thank you for taking the time to visit this website and find out more about these exciting leadership roles here at Reading Borough Council.

Reading is a great place to live and work - a culturally rich and diverse place, that presents fantastic scope for professional development. And set against a backdrop of deep-rooted social and economic inequality, it is also a place with high levels of need – presenting all the challenges you would expect in a city setting.

These are both really important senior roles within the service. 

The Assistant Director: Commissioning, Transformation and Performance will be the strategic lead across three key strands of our work: Commissioning, Transformation and Performance. Therefore, we are looking for an individual with a real breadth of skills who can add value across this wide portfolio. We are passionate about securing high quality services for our residents and have a proven track record in delivering transformation and efficiency across the service.  This role presents a fantastic opportunity to extend and diversify your experience; offering plenty of opportunity for professional development within the role, and you can be assured of a high level of support throughout.

The Assistant Director for Housing and Communities will be the lead housing professional within the organisation, so it’s a fantastic career move. There is unwavering organisational and political commitment to the housing agenda within Reading. We are investing to improve our current stock, while also building new homes for the borough, and taking every opportunity to drive our ambitious climate strategy. It’s a place where your expertise will be fully valued and utilised.

Getting it right matters. Like all local authorities, Reading is grappling with the complex strategic and operational issues around increased demand, budget challenges and skill shortages. So, it’s ever more important that we maximise the impact of what we do, how we work with and through others, and that we carefully evaluate our collective performance. 

Reading’s financial resilience is enabling us to invest in our borough in the things that matter to our community and staff. Along with stability of leadership and strong, consistent political support for our Social Care and Housing services, this creates a fantastic platform on which to build for the future. We are striving to excel in what we do, and while we are not immune to the financial constraints that all local authorities must manage, we continue to invest in our people and our services. It’s refreshing to discover an organisation where the agenda for change is driven by a desire for excellence rather than solely a need to meet resource challenges.

These roles are fundamental to my service and are about setting high expectations and working with others to live up to them. I am ambitious for our residents and our staff and these roles play a key part in building on this momentum and setting the bar even higher. I see either of these roles as an ideal platform on which to consolidate your career experience to date: you’ll need to fully utilise your professional expertise, your people and resource management skills, and your capacity for innovation in service design. 

It all adds up to a great career move.

The Council has engaged Solace in Business to support these important appointments. You are encouraged to contact them on 020 7976 3311 to discuss the roles in more detail.

Melissa Wise
I look forward to receiving your application – good luck.
Melissa Wise
Executive Director - Communities & Adult Social Care