Employee Specification

Knowledge, Qualifications and Experience Criteria
Essential Desirable

To be a qualified solicitor holding a current practising certificate with significant post qualification experience.


Experience at a senior level with the ability to lead and deliver multiple and complex services and functions.


Knowledge of and commitment to the Council’s vision, priorities and values.


Experience of providing and commissioning strategic legal advice on complex matters.


A strong collaborator who can develop productive relationships with senior people with a successful track record of working in partnership.


Experience of forming sound, evidence-based judgements, finding solutions to complex issues and problems, assessing risks and taking responsibility.


Experience of managing or leading electoral services including the delivery of elections.


Senior level experience working in local government or the public sector.


Knowledge and understanding of the challenges facing local government.


Knowledge and experience of advising on Elected Member Code of Conduct matters.


Experience and knowledge of financial planning, budget management and identifying efficiencies, savings and cost reductions.



Skills Required Criteria
Essential Desirable

Highly developed strategic leadership skills, relating to others in a way that brings out the best in people, teams and groups.


Appetite for and ability to work in a political environment.


Excellent written and oral communication skills, combined with an attention to detail.


High personal standards of integrity, honesty, fairness and professionalism.


Ability to lead service change, transformation and modernisation.


Capable of absorbing complexity and conveying simplicity.

Strong and evidenced commitment to professional and personal development and learning.  


Job outline

Overall purpose

To lead a modern and effective Legal and Democratic service in a large Council employing more than 9,500 staff.  The postholder is also a member of the Corporate Management Team and the Senior Management Team and is the Council’s  Statutory Monitoring Officer.

Principal accountabilities

  1. Lead a modern and effective Legal and Democratic service.

  2. Be the Council’s Statutory Monitoring Officer pursuant to Section 5 of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989.
  3. Safeguard the interests of the Council by providing strategic legal advice and support to the Council, Chief Officers and Elected Members on sensitive and highly complex legal matters.
  4. Ensure the effective delivery of elections and electoral services and as Deputy to the Electoral Registration Officer and Returning Officer as required.
  5. Fulfil the role of the Council’s Senior Information Risk Owner (SIRO) pursuant to the Data Security and Protection  Toolkit and the Senior Responsible Officer pursuant to the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA).
  6. Represent and promote the Council on all Legal and Democratic services issues at local, regional and national forums and maintain and develop good working relationships with professional bodies and other groups.
  7. Contribute to the leadership of the Council via membership of the Council’s Corporate Management Team and Senior Management Team.
  8. Play an active and collegiate role as a member of the Corporate Resources Directorate Management Team and represent the Executive Director of Corporate Resources on all areas pertaining to Legal and Democratic Services and other Directorate wide matters, when requested by the Executive Director.
  9. Drive service change, transformation and modernisation within Legal and Democratic Services in a way that contributes to the delivery of the Council’s People Strategy, Blended Working Policy, Business Plan and Financial Plan.
  10. Be accountable for achieving the service objectives, standards, performance measures and activity targets set for Legal and Democratic Services.
  11. Manage all aspects of the budget relating to Legal and Democratic Services.

  12. This post is politically restricted.
  13. The above principal accountabilities are not exhaustive and may vary without changing the character of the job or level of responsibility.

These accountabilities are not exhaustive and demand led, hence the frequency and complexity of the work may vary without changing the character of the job or the level of responsibility.