Job Description

The role

If you are an experienced local government manager who has a proven track record of delivering high quality support services, then we want to hear from you.

Operating at the heart of the Chief Executive’s Team, you will provide that crucial ‘behind the scenes’ support that our managers rely on to deliver their services.

You will lead a small team of business support officers who work flexibly across two locations, dealing with everything from ordering to budget forecasting. You will also provide oversight to the crucial executive support arrangements for the Chief Executive, Director of Resources, and the Assistant Chief Executive as well as the Leader of Richmond.

You will also be responsible for the Mayoralties in both Councils, overseeing teams that ensure our mayors can play active, and high-profile roles in the civic life of our boroughs.

You will be on the ‘front-line’ of supporting all elected members to carry out their roles as effectively as possible, trouble-shooting and ‘owning’ their issues, and working with colleagues to ensure Members have access to training.

To be successful takes tenacity; someone who is a “can-do” problem solver, skilled at juggling competing demands on your team, and acting with tact and diplomacy at all times. The nature of the role in leading teams organising civic events means that occasional out of hours working is necessary.

If you want to find out more about this exciting opportunity, please contact Abdus Choudhury, Chief Legal Advisor and Monitoring Officer at

At Richmond and Wandsworth Councils, we care more about how you work and what you achieve, rather than where you work on any given day. The difference you can make to our local communities is what really matters most to us, service delivery must always come first. We have carefully considered agile ways of working to provide the best experience for residents, stakeholders and our staff. Our agile working strategy actively supports and encourages a dynamic work environment and daily working experience. Agile working helps put the needs of our staff at the centre of everything we do, so if specific flexible working arrangements helps you with this, feel free to let us know.

Your wellbeing and the flexible way in which you can work is and will remain a key priority for Richmond and Wandsworth Councils. We want you to thrive and feel empowered in your work!

We recognise the importance of a good balance between work and home life so we do everything we can to accommodate flexible working including, working from home, compressed or part-time hours, term time only, job shares and other arrangements. Please just let us know in your application or at any stage throughout the process (and beyond) if these are options you’d like to explore. We also offer a generous holiday allowance of 39 paid days (pro rata) including bank holidays and a wide range of learning and development opportunities.

In addition, we offer a comprehensive range of staff benefits such as membership of the Local Government pension scheme, childcare vouchers, new technology scheme, interest-free loans on annual travel cards, discounts with many leisure activities, restaurants, shops and other establishments.

Indicative Recruitment Timeline:

Closing Date: Friday 23rd September 2022

Shortlisting Date: Friday 30th September 2022

Interview Date: w/c Monday 10th or Monday 17th October 2022

Useful Information:

The closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. We strongly advise you to complete your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Please note that the advertised dates for interviews may change due to the current Covid-19 situation. If they do, we will let you know as soon as possible. Your health and wellbeing is our top priority. Should you become unwell due to Covid-19 during the recruitment process we would very much appreciate receiving an update from you as soon as possible.

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences, recognising that employees from a variety of backgrounds bring important and positive contributions to the Councils and can improve the way we deliver services.

The application process for this campaign will be anonymised.

We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer.

Important Information:

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

For more information: Safeguarding Jobs – 2022 |