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Assistant Director - Governance

Suffolk County Council
Ipswich, Suffolk, United Kingdom
Closing date
23 Jun 2024

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Job Description

  • Ipswich Borough Council - Ipswich, IP1 2DE
  • £82,223 - £86,744 per annum + £2000 statutory allowance
  • 37 hours per week
  • Permanent
  • Reference: 0676

Ipswich is a town with a rich heritage and an exciting future. As a regional centre, we play a vital role in Suffolk's economic success. This is the perfect time to join us. We have developed a new corporate strategy and operating model that maximises the many opportunities available to us and defines our core purpose to champion our community and revitalise our town.

We are excited about our future - where we are proud to champion our communities and revitalise our town. As Assistant Director, Governance you will also be our Monitoring Officer. You'll be at the heart of decision-making, providing strategic legal advice to both members and senior officers and supporting colleagues to identify and implement innovative solutions and transformation. This is your opportunity to shine and share our pride in Ipswich.

Reporting to the Council's Director of Resources and with a dotted line to our Chief Executive, this is your opportunity to make a broad and important contribution to the Council's leadership, governance and decision-making.

You will develop and deliver a portfolio of services which ensure a sound corporate governance framework for the Council, in support of our strategic aims. As our principal legal advisor, you'll provide the strategic direction, corporate leadership and advice on all matters relating to Legal Services. This post is the Council's Monitoring Officer and leads democratic services, including the elections team. It also line manages the Head of Legal Services, which includes land charges and the Head of Audit and Fraud Services.

This is a great opportunity to help Ipswich Borough Council's future governance, decision making and achievements as well as being part of the corporate management team to drive delivery of our new Corporate Plan. As such it would be an ideal career opportunity for an experienced or a suitably qualified aspiring Monitoring Officer ready to make the next career step. This opportunity might be suitable for a suitably qualified solicitor, barrister or qualified legal executive working in a closely aligned sector.

This is a role for a qualified legal professional (solicitor, barrister or FILEX) who will bring a wealth of enthusiasm, supplemented with experience of working in a complex, multi-faceted legal and governance leadership role. We will give you the opportunity to develop and grow, and can provide the support to help you achieve your professional and career ambitions.

As well as a good salary, we offer:
  • a career average pension scheme
  • generous holiday and sick pay entitlements
  • subsidised parking for work and leisure
  • public transport discounts
  • free swimming and gym membership
  • cycle purchase scheme,
  • plenty of personal and professional development opportunities
  • flexible working / hybrid working opportunities
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • the opportunity to work with great colleagues.

To find out more:

For a confidential discussion, contact our retained advisors at Tile Hill: Mark Bearn 07747 181490 or email

Further reading

Assistant Director, Governance Pen Portrait

Senior Management Group Structure Chart

Annual Governance Statement

Governance Structure Chart

Legal team structure chart

Job Description

How to apply:

Early applications are encouraged as we reserve the right to interview candidates who meet the essential criteria prior to the closing date and / or to close the opportunity to applicants once we receive sufficient applications.

Apply online at Ipswich Borough Council (

Closing date: 23 June 2024.

Promoted as FJ (Featured Job) on Suffolk Jobs Direct.

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