About Southwark:

The Southwark skyline is an impressive sight. The incredibly diverse range of buildings, offices and social facilities make it a real mix of old and new. Extending from the River Thames into south-east London, Southwark encompasses some of the capital’s cultural hotspots, vibrant communities and acclaimed green spaces. Our central location provides excellent transport links making it a highly accessible area. We’re committed to making a real difference to the quality of life for local people, making the home environment cleaner, safer and more modern. Large-scale investment programmes are changing the face of the borough, and we’re working to ensure that this creates a fairer future for all in Southwark. We’re continually looking to support the growth of talent and to develop our workforce. So our employees are given the support, knowledge and opportunities they need to develop and deliver results that really improve the quality of life for our citizens.


The role:

The Head of External Affairs will manage and enhance the standing of the London Borough of Southwark through the development of external and internal communications, public affairs and policy projects and initiatives. To ensure that Southwark’s residents, councillors, partners and staff and able to fully understand and engage with the Council’s agenda. Leadership of an effective business support service for the Leader and Cabinet to assist them to undertake their responsibilities in corporate political leadership. Act as professional lead for the service, ensuring that staff provide a high quality and effective service.


How to apply:

For a confidential discussion please contact our recruitment partners at Starfish Search, Penny Ransley (07549 233685) or Jo Boardman (07834 030501). To submit an application, please click on the link below.

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Additional details:

The salary for this post ranges from £76,074 to £95,700 per annum. This post attracts an additional financial JNC benefits package of £3,503 per annum (pro-rata April to March and reviewed annually).

The post is considered politically restricted under the terms of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989 (as amended) as a ‘specified role’.


Recruitment timetable:

Closing date: 5th July 2021
First Stage Interviews: 12th-14th July 2021
Final Panel Interviews: w/c 19th July 2021




(COVID-19) Information for job applicants:
Southwark Council are following the current Government guidelines surrounding Coronavirus. During this period, we still look forward to receiving your application and if you are selected for interview, we will be conducting interviews virtually using video link e.g. Microsoft Teams. Further details will be provided to shortlisted applicants.


We are an organisation who is passionate about our people and understands that richness of diversity is a requirement to provide the best possible services to our communities. This is demonstrated through our council-wide ambitious commitment to tackle racial inequality in our communities and workforce through our Southwark Stands Together programme. We particularly welcome applications from members of the Black, Asian and ethnic minority communities to increase representation at senior management level in the Council.