Job Description

Post Chief Executive – Mole Valley District Council
Location Based at Mole Valley District Council offices Pippbrook, Dorking or other office location within reasonable commuting distance, with regular attendance at other sites.
Salary Grade Circa £120k per annum
Reports to Leader, Mole Valley District Council (on behalf of the Council)

Post Objective

To provide leadership to Mole Valley District Council, working closely with Elected Members to develop a shared sense of identity and vision.

To deliver Elected Members’ policies, projects and vision as reflected in the Corporate Strategy, budgetary framework and changing context in which the Council operates.

To spearhead effective partnership solutions that build Mole Valley’s reputation as an innovative, dynamic and cost effective Council, delivering high quality services for customers and value for taxpayers.

To act as a figurehead for all staff in the Council, building and leading high performing teams that reflect the vision and values of the organisation.

To undertake the duties and responsibilities of the Head of Paid Service and other statutory responsibilities under the Local Government Housing Act 1989 and other relevant legislation.

Main Duties

Statutory responsibilities

To act as the Council’s Head of Paid Service and fulfil the statutory responsibilities as outlined in the Local Government and Housing Act 1989.

To have lead responsibility for the safety, health and welfare of all employees or workers in accordance with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and related legislation and Council policies.

Leadership responsibilities

To assist in the development and realisation of a strategic vision and key priorities for Mole Valley which will guide its work and assist effective allocation of resources, leading to the realisation of Mole Valley’s full potential.

To provide strong, visible and inspirational leadership to the Senior Management Team and to all employees and partners, promoting and facilitating joined up working and a culture of continuous improvement across the Council.

To open the channels of communication between all tiers of local government in Surrey and the wider region, creating synergy and leveraging influence in support of agreed objectives for the area.

To develop and tailor effective partnership solutions where there are defined benefits for Mole Valley.

To support elected Members to ensure the provision of modern and effective democratic arrangements that meet the requirements of government and the local community.

To develop a flexible and corporate ‘one team’ organisation with the self confidence to positively respond to an ever-changing local government environment.

To represent the Council and act as advocate and ambassador for Mole Valley in all external relationships.

To ensure through personal example and rigorous action that a sustained performance culture permeates the organisation, connecting vision to action, providing accountability and generating a framework to empower, value, develop and grow employees to take effective and appropriate responsibility for their work areas.

Democratic responsibilities

To manage the interface between elected Members and Officers, support the democratic processes, and act as the Council’s principal adviser on policy options and professional matters.

To ensure effective scrutiny arrangements are in place in accordance with statutory requirements and regulation.

To act as Returning Officer and Electoral Registration Officer, where appointed by Council.

Resources Management responsibilities

To secure the staff and other resources needed to deliver high quality, cost effective services with the flexibility to respond to changing demands.

To ensure the development, implementation and monitoring of robust financial planning processes in order to meet the Council’s priorities and achieve a balanced budget.

To champion a customer-focussed ethos within the Council and ensure effective and efficient service delivery against agreed standards.


This is a politically restricted post as defined by the Local Government and Housing Act 1989.

Local government in Mole Valley is dynamic therefore the post holder will be expected and required to respond flexibly to changing demand and circumstances. Whilst this job outline provides a summary of the post, this may need to be adapted or adjusted to meet changing circumstances. Such changes will be commensurate with the grading of the post and subject to consultation.

Flexible working package with potential of condensed hours. The job of Chief Executive cannot be satisfactorily undertaken within a fixed working week so there are no set hours or working pattern for the post. It is however an expectation that the post holder will work reasonable hours necessary for the most effective performance of duties including attendance as necessary at Committees.

Any such other duties and/or times of work as may reasonably be required commensurate with level of responsibility.

To take overall responsibility for the Council’s policy on Risk Management and to mitigate, reduce and communicate any new, emerging or potential risks to appropriate parties.

To ensure that all necessary data is provided in accordance with the Council’s Data Quality Policy.

Health and Safety – to work in accordance with the Council’s commitment to provide a healthy and safe working environment including the promotion and implementation of health and safety policies and procedures.