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Senior Democratic and Overview and Scrutiny Officer

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  • Post Ref: 10017
  • Department: Law and Governance
  • Salary details: £31,371 - £33,799
  • Employment Status: Full Time
  • Hourly Rate:
  • Hours: 37
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Working Weeks:
  • Closing date: 23 February 2020
  • Interview date: 17th - 20th March 2020
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About us:

The Democratic Services Team is responsible for managing and supporting Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council’s decision making structure.

About the Role:

This is an exciting time for BCP, the newly formed council for the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole area.  With a net budget of close to half a billion and responsibility for around 400,000 residents, the Council is the newest in the UK.

As a central team supporting one of the largest councils in the UK, Democratic Services at BCP is looking for an ambitious, enthusiastic individual to join the team at a time of improvement and innovation for this newly formed council. The governance structures supported by the team are integral to the decisions made in the Council.  The Democratic Services team relies upon excellent individuals to facilitate this work with efficiency at a high pace.

We are recruiting a Democratic and Overview and Scrutiny Officer who will contribute to the effective delivery of the Councils’ decision making processes.  The role will focus on strategic support to the Overview and Scrutiny function of the Council, to support the entire function in striving for good scrutiny practices and innovation which add value and make a difference to the Council and the residents of the BCP area.  This will involve research and analysis, report writing, project management and the building of effective working relationships with a wide range of stakeholders of the scrutiny function.  Working to support the Democratic Services team as a whole, the role will also involve support to a variety of Boards and Committees of the Council.

The successful candidate may need to work across a variety of BCP sites.  Flexible working including home working is encouraged within the team.

About you:

You will need to be a good communicator, have strong interpersonal skills and a good understanding of the fast pace of modern local authority working and political sensitivity. You will also have an inquiring, analytical mind and an excitement to innovate and strive for excellent working practices. 

This role would be an ideal opportunity for a graduate from a legal or political field and is a great opportunity to work at the heart of local government decision making.  Experience working as an overview and scrutiny officer or democratic services officer is desirable but not essential. 

If you require any further information, please contact Karen Tompkins on karen.tompkins@bcpcouncil.gov.uk by email to arrange a telephone appointment for an informal discussion.