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Chief Executive Officer

Salary: £118,767

Job Type: Fixed term

Hours Full time

Closing Date:

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Chief Executive Officer

£118,767 per annum

Fixed term contract for 18 months

South Somerset is one of the largest and most fascinating district local authorities in the country. The area has a thriving, diverse economy and is home to world leading, high tech aerospace, engineering and manufacturing businesses. A strong agricultural sector drives world renowned food and drink production and tourism. The quality of life in our villages and towns is unrivalled attracting many to visit, settle and develop their careers and businesses here.

The Council has undergone a significant transformation over the last 2-3 years, which has changed our approach throughout the organisation, including ways of working, how we deliver services to our communities and our structure. But most importantly we are passionate about doing everything we can to protect front line services and deliver for our communities. We are confident we can continue to deal with the financial challenges without cutting services.

With innovative strategies, we are striving to make South Somerset an even better place to live, work and invest. A key part of this vision is to deliver quality, pioneering new infrastructure and major developments. Regeneration projects are already being implemented in our major market towns of Yeovil, Chard and Wincanton.  Oh, and we were highly commended for both our workforce transformation and commercial approach at the MJ Awards – something we are really proud of!

We are recruiting for a new Chief Executive who will be an exceptionally motivational leader, who is strategic in their thinking and ambitious in their delivery.  Leading by example in attitude and approach, you will inspire our workforce to deliver the best outcomes to our customers.  The successful post holder will liaise effectively between our Members and workforce and will lead us through the various challenges that have been brought about by the pandemic/recovery and potential local government reforms within Somerset, so previous experience of leading reform is highly advantageous.  The role will ensure successful delivery of our various strategies including commercial, financial, recovery, regeneration, digital, people and Council & Local plans. 

We can offer an exciting and challenging opportunity in an organisation that is continuously changing and one where innovation and creativity will be welcomed.  If you have the drive, energy, skills, ideas and personal qualities that match our challenge then we want to hear from you.

We are One Team – Ambitious for South Somerset.

In return we offer a progressive place to work with flexibility, extensive benefits and a local government pension scheme, oh and one of the best places to live in the country! Come and be part of an ambitious and progressive organisation, and help us make our ambitions a reality.

For further information please contact Alex Parmley: 


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