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Person Specification and Appointment Procedure

Key for Method of assessment:

  • A Application
  • C Certificate
  • S Assessment Centre
  • TI Technical Interview
  • FI Formal Interview
  • R Reference


Selection CriteriaEssential
Method of Assessment
1.Educated to degree levelDA / C
2.Management qualification or completion of a recognised management development programmeEA / C

Skills knowledge and experience

Selection CriteriaEssential
Method of Assessment
1.Significant experience in or a demonstration of the ability to lead the development of economic strategies and initiatives, working with public and private sector partners to deliver local growth and job creationEA / S / TI / FI / R
2.Experience of leading multi sector partnerships and engaging and influencing a wide range of stakeholdersEA / S / TI / FI / R
3.A proven successful track record of leading, managing, planning, developing and operating at a senior level within a complex organisation and environment EA / S / TI / FI / R
4.Strong evidence of implementing effective governance arrangements and financial managementEA / S / TI / FI / R
5.Significant experience or demonstration of the ability to negotiate and influence at regional and national levelEA / S / TI / FI / R
6.An effective and credible communicator including effective organisational communication, negotiation and advocacy skills. ES / TI / FI / R
7.Adaptive interpersonal skills and an ability to engage councillors, managers, employees and external partners to deliver the Council’s vision and purposeEA / S / TI / FI / R
8.Ability to manage transformational change and organisational reshaping within a challenging financial and resource environmentEA / S / TI / FI / R
9.Is commercially astuteES / TI / FI / R
10.Able to analyse information, calculate risks, take appropriate action and make balanced decisionsEA / S / TI / FI / R
11Able to set and achieve high performance management standards that delivers employee engagement, empowerment and continued skill developmentEA / S / TI / FI / R
12.Demonstrates personal high standards of honesty, fairness, professionalism and openness within the Council and with all stakeholders, demonstrating the organisations TEAM valuesES / TI / FI / R
13.Articulates and inspires innovation and enthusiasm, fostering an entrepreneurial culture and adaptable and engaged workforceES / TI / FI / R
14.Thinks creatively and innovatively, assisting others to deliver decisions in a fast and changing environmentES / TI / FI / R

Appointments Procedure 

1. Applications

Candidates are required to complete the Council’s standard online application form which is available.  CVs will not be accepted.  All applicants are required to supply an email address to which pre-interview tests can be sent.

If you would like an informal discussion about the post, please contact our existing Chief Executive, Mick Cartledge, on 01282 477280

2. References

The referees who are quoted on your application form must be able to be contacted before any interview takes place. They should be able to comment from first-hand experience on your suitability for this position. References will be required for at least the last three years of your employment.

3. Acknowledgements

All applications will be acknowledged by email on receipt. A panel of elected members supported by the North West Employers’ Organisation and the Strategic HR Manager will consider your application.

4. Closing Date

The closing date for receipt of applications is 9am Friday 24th February 2023.

On-line applications will automatically be submitted via the JobsGoPublic application link.

5. Validation of Qualifications

Please note that, if you are shortlisted, you will be required to bring with you to the interview your original certificates or other documentary evidence of qualifications obtained that are relevant to this post, as stated on the person specification. We will also require a copy of each of these to be placed on file. 

6. Medical

An appointment to this post is subject to medical clearance and therefore it will be necessary to complete a standard questionnaire and possibly undergo a physical examination by the Council’s medical adviser.

7. Immigration, Asylum and Nationality

Please note that in accordance with the provisions of the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006, and before commencing employment, the successful applicant will have to provide either documentary evidence of National Insurance Number or other documentary evidence to show that they are entitled to work in the UK. This evidence will be retained on file during employment. In your own interests please make sure that you can meet this requirement.

8. Interview expenses

Expenses incurred in attending the technical assessments or the final assessments and interview should be claimed on the standard form, which will be forwarded to candidates as required. Travel expenses should be claimed on the basis of standard class rail fare. Any applicants who withdraw after being short-listed will not be entitled to any refund of expenses.

9. Selection process

Your completed application form will be considered by the appointments panel who will prepare a long list of candidates for initial assessments. Candidates should note that this long list will be based strictly on the criteria set out in the job role and person specification. 

Applicants will be notified by email in the week commencing 27th February whether they have been selected to progress to the next stage of the recruitment process. 

Longlisted candidates will be required to undertake a technical assessment, co-ordinated by North West Employers, from which a short list will be prepared and confirmed by the appointments panel.  Candidates will be notified by email in the week commencing 13th March 2023 if they have been selected to progress to the short list. 

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to undertake online personality tests and give permission for references to be taken prior to the assessment centre and interview which will take place in Burnley. 

The appointments panel recommendation will be confirmed by a Special Council Meeting.

Long list Technical Assessments9th and 10th March 2023
Short list Assessment Centre20th March 2023
Interviews21st March 2023
Special Council MeetingLate March

Main Terms and Conditions of Appointment

  1. The conditions of service are those prescribed by the Joint Negotiating Committee for Chief Executives of Local Authorities as supplemented from time to time by Burnley Borough Council. 
  2. The annual salary for the appointment will be £118,151.
  3. The appointment is subject to three months’ notice in writing on either side.
  4. The Council’s normal working hours are 36.25 per week. However, the status of this post requires the postholder to accept a high level of flexibility in the performance of the duties and responsibilities attached to the post. The postholder will, therefore, be required to attend meetings and perform other duties relating to Council business outside normal office hours for which some time off in lieu may be granted.
  5. The personal leave entitlement, inclusive of two local and two extra statutory holidays, is 34 days. Two days’ annual leave may be required to facilitate full closure at Christmas, which will be deducted automatically from the leave balance. In addition, the postholder is entitled to a further eight public holidays as they occur, plus one local holiday, which will be utilised at Christmas, in accordance with the agreed existing formula.
  6. The person appointed will be eligible to join the Local Government Pension Scheme administered locally by Lancashire County Council, at a contribution rate currently of 11.4% of salary.
  7. The post attracts an entitlement to casual user car allowance.
  8. The holder of the post will be subject to the political restrictions contained within the provisions of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989.
  9. The post attracts removal expenses in appropriate cases, details of which are available on request.


The information regarding this position is available as a pdf download.


Applications for this post are via jobsgopublic.


People, Development and Administration Team
01282 878897