The role

The Strategy and Change Team is part of Strategy and Communities. We play a central role in shaping, forming and delivering change across the council, aligning the council to deliver.

Our team work collaboratively across the organization to provide strategic leadership, translate policy priorities to delivery, and design and execute corporate change programmes.

You will play a lead role in specifying and delivering high-profile and crosscutting projects across a range of different strategy and change functions. You will lead and manage projects, including research and policy development, governance, community and business planning, commissioning, and performance and review as part of the broader work of the Strategy and Change Team.

About Us

Southwark is the most fantastic place, filled with inspiring, passionate and caring people. We attract world-class employers, organisations and cultural institutions here. They in turn create jobs, bring in funding, and help make Southwark a great place to work, live and visit.

But, in common with the rest of our city, we are also a place of contrast. While so many thrive, others struggle. Inequalities in health, income and access to opportunities remain, despite efforts to reduce them.

As we look ahead to the future, we want our borough to be ready to grasp every opportunity, and to be strong enough to weather any future crises.

Next year we’re launching Southwark 2030 – our shared vision for Southwark developed together with local people, community groups, businesses and public services. Together we’re sharing our ambitions and hopes for the future so we can work together to get there.

And we’re not waiting to take action. The council is responding to what we’re hearing from residents now. We’ve embedded transforming priorities – shaped by what we’re hearing – in our Council Delivery Plan. We’re focused on nurturing thriving and sustainable neighbourhoods, closing the gap in life chances and embedding people power in all we do.

To get us there we're undertaking a broad programme of change to ensure how we work, who we work with and where we work match our ambition.

About You

We’re looking for an experienced strategy officer with a background in change or service design to join the team working on either: one of our ‘transforming priority’ programmes; our Change Hub; or, critical corporate transformation projects.

The incredible spirit of local people, and their desire to come together to find solutions and help others, is what makes our place great. If you can imagine yourself working with them – alongside an outstanding team of colleagues – to shape Southwark Council for the future we’d love to hear from you.

If you think you might be just what we need, but you’re not sure whether your skills, qualifications or experience are a perfect fit please speak to us. We don’t want to miss out on what you have to offer.

This is a permanent full-time position

If you have questions or would like to hear more write to Sarah Girling, Acting Principal Programme Manager:

Additional salary details

Benefits and More Information:

In your role, we want you to feel supported, challenged and rewarded. You will benefit from our family-friendly policies including flexible working, home working, and a local government pension scheme, plus many other staff benefits. You will join a motivated, driven and supportive team that strives for excellence and values its members. You will also be part of a successful and high-achieving development team that is making a real difference to the lives of residents in the borough. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit our Staff Benefits page.

Recruitment Timetable

Application closing date: 23:59 10 December 2023

Interview dates: Two-week period commencing 8 January 2024

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 initiative. We particularly welcome applications from members of the black, Asian and ethnic minority communities to increase representation at senior management level in the Council.

Guaranteed Interview Scheme

As part of our commitment to inclusion, we offer guaranteed interviews for specific groups of people. To qualify, you'll need to meet the minimum requirements for the role, and identify with one of the below criteria:

- Members of the Armed Forces and veterans
- Are currently in care, or have previously been in care
- If you consider yourself to be disabled or if you have a long-term health condition