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Lead Specialist - Legal/Monitoring Officer

Salary: £63,476 - £68,708 pa plus £5,000 market supplement

Job Type: Permanent

Hours 37

Closing Date:

Job ref: 1897


South Somerset is one of the largest and most fascinating district councils 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.

With innovative strategies, the Council 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. 

We are now recruiting for a Monitoring Officer/Lead Specialist - Legal.  As well as being our most senior Legal Officer, this role leads on the governance and standards within the Council. We are therefore seeking a qualified solicitor with significant technical expertise to assist with the most complex areas that we face and lead the delivery of our legal function. Our Monitoring Officer ensures the highest level of conduct for our Councillors and employees, so possessing the ability to challenge constructively and with gravitas is of paramount importance. Experience of working with elected Members is essential and experience of governance around Commercial approaches within the public sector would be an advantage.  Ensuring that we deliver services and our wider ambitions in line with our constitution and within the law, the successful candidate will be supported by Legal Specialists and a Case Team.

We are One Team – Ambitious for South Somerset. To be successful in this role you will need to be collaborative and share our ambition for doing our best for the council and the communities of South Somerset.

In return we offer a progressive place to work with flexibility, extensive benefits and a local government pension scheme. Come and be part of an ambitious and progressive organisation, and help us make our ambitions a reality.

Should you wish to discuss the role in more detail please contact Nicola Hix, Director of Support Services on (01935) 462612.

Closing Date:      Monday 30th November 2020 at 5pm

Interview Date:    Provisionally Friday 11th December 2020

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