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North East England

  • Reference: 388924
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Salary: Competitive three figure salary

  • Location: Tyne and Wear

The Opportunity

This is a rare and exciting opportunity for a highly experienced financial professional to lead the financial strategy for two corporate bodies and to take on the full portfolio of the CFO duties, playing a key role in implementing Northumbria Police’s ambitious transformation plans.

Fulfilling a dual role for the Office of Police and Crime Commissioner and Chief Constable, you will be influential in supporting the delivery of the police and crime plan. Adopting an innovative approach to service delivery, you will forge strategic partnerships, with senior stakeholders at local regional and national level, influencing key investments and policy decisions, delivering an efficient and effective police service for the communities within Northumbria.

Our purpose in Northumbria is simple: keep people safe and fight crime. As CFO, you’ll join a driven and ambitious Executive Team to deliver upon that purpose. 

This is a prominent role that entails high levels of personal responsibility, resilience  and autonomy with a key role in shaping the future of Northumbria Police. 

Our teams always strive to deliver the very best policing service and our focus now is on transformation to enable greater digitally enabled services to better support our people and communities.   As CFO, you will ensure excellent financial management and enable opportunities to be maximised to drive innovation and deliver effective business change.

The Role

We are looking for someone with an excellent track record of success, currently operating at a senior leadership level, with the ability to  lead, transform, and direct, the provision and delivery of a comprehensive financial strategy function for two corporate bodies.  

As Executive lead for the Finance and Resources Portfolio,  the successful candidate will provide strategic direction and professional oversight of all Portfolio areas of business, ensuring the delivery of high performing business functions which are effective, efficient and deliver value for money.

Specific areas of responsibility include:

  • Providing strategic advice and guidance to the Chief Constable/Executive and the Police & Crime Commissioner/Police and Crime Panel on all matters relating to financial planning, strategy, management and governance, including professional advice on national finance developments
  • Leading the relationship with external bodies charged with financial analysis and scrutiny of both OPCC and CC financial performance primarily through excellent working relationships with external auditors and HMICFRS
  • Statutory responsibility for all matters relating to public financial reporting for both OPCC and CC, necessary internal financial control and supporting financial governance, including S151 for the accounts of both PCC and Chief Constable as separate corporate bodies.
  • Accountability for the strategic oversight and direction on all matters associated with Finance, Estates, Procurement and Fleet, ensuring that all areas of business are delivering activity in support of Force strategic objectives
  • Responsibility for financial governance for both corporate bodies including the Medium Term Financial Strategy, all formal accounting arrangements and annual financial governance arrangements as evidenced by the Annual Governance Statements (AGS’s).

The successful candidate:

  • Already operating as a highly effective leader, equipped with the strategic and political acumen to contribute to our future development.
  • Values led, who blends authentic and inclusive leadership, with technical expertise.
  • Understands and is committed to delivering within the complexity of responsibility that two separate corporate bodies and any ethical decisions such arrangement may bring
  • Experienced in leading business change with a sophisticated level of critical thinking, consistently looking beyond the obvious and exploring alternatives.
  • Able to quickly establish credibility with staff, senior leaders and partners.
  • Possesses a high degree of interpersonal competence that enables them to influence the organisations to continue to focus on their strategic priorities.
  • Able to translate and highlight key financial insight in a manner that the Strategic and Operational leadership can understand and be held to account on.  Developing strong relationships is the foundation stone that enables this.
  • Possesses the skills and behaviours to foster a culture where our workforce feels valued, listened to and empowered.
  • Holds a relevant professional accountancy qualification i.e. CCAB
  • All of the above gained within a large and complex organisational context.


This role is being handled on a retained basis by Nigel Wright.
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