Team Reading: Shaping one great place.

Current roles

A message from Frances Martin, Executive Director: Economic Growth & Neighbourhood Services

Deputy Director: Regeneration and Assets
£80,309 to £93,812 + market supplement of £18,027 pa

This is a new role within the organisation and there is a distinct emphasis on delivery – turning good ideas and intentions into action on the ground. You’ll play an influential role in accelerating economic development, physical regeneration of the town centre and facilitating housing growth. You can expect to be play a central role in high profile projects to support and evolve our retail offering, deliver the maximum return from council assets and ensure that the town derives the maximum economic benefit from the enhanced connectivity that Crossrail will bring. The Council is making considerable investment into property and you’ll help to develop our asset management capabilities to ensure that this investment is managed effectively and delivers a sustainable return to support a confident, self-sufficient local economy.

Your track record should include compelling experience of some, if not all of these areas, and it’s essential that you can lead complex projects through influence as well as direct line management to maintain momentum across different delivery mechanisms. Effective relationships and partnerships across the town and beyond will be key in consolidating the Reading offer to deliver ‘spade-ready’ schemes and secure the funding to make things happen.

Closing date: Tuesday 7th May
Initial Interviews: 22nd or 23rd May
Assessment Centre: Monday 10th June 
Final Interview: Tuesday 11th June

Visit the apply page to register your details and access the full role profile and details of the recruitment process.

Assistant Director: Culture
£80,309 to £93,812

Great places are about much more than physical attributes and connectivity. Communities thrive when cultural development and diversity is central to a town’s identity. We see a compelling cultural offer as an intrinsic part of our place shaping agenda. Our Assistant Director: Culture will take the lead on a portfolio that includes Libraries, Arts & Venues, Leisure, Museums, Archives and Adult Education. You will also have a key role in working with Reading UK CIC, ensuring Reading’s cultural offer is central to our economic development agenda. The Council is making considerable investments in our Leisure facilities, with two new centres under development so you’ll play a central role in ensuring these deliver maximum benefits to our community.

We expect that you’ll already have a track record in developing cultural and leisure services in an urban setting, and that you can work across a range of partnerships to connect cultural and leisure activities to our broader corporate ambitions for Reading. You’ll need to offer a well-informed appreciation of how cultural and leisure services can support a broad range of issues, from wellbeing and health to economic growth and place marketing. As part of Team Reading you’ll have the opportunity to contribute across our place and people agenda – this is a role where you can really make your mark.

Closing date: Monday 13th May 
Initial Interviews: w/c 29th or 30th May
Assessment Centre: Wednesday 19th June
Final Interview: Thursday 20th June

Visit the apply page to register your details and access the full role profile and details of the recruitment process.

Assistant Director: Environmental & Commercial Services
£80,309 to £93,812

This is a new role within the organisation and will take the lead on delivering a diverse range of our most high profile, front line direct services including:

  •  - Housing repairs
  •  - Highways
  •  - Street cleansing
  •  - Facilities management
  •  - Refuse collection
  •  - Grounds and parks

We are embarking on a  £7m refurbishment of our central depot so it is the ideal time to lead these services as we set out to consolidate working practices, and ensure efficiency and quality are at the centre of all we do. We’ll want to hear about previous successes in leading operational, cultural change and, in particular, commercialisation, in order to maximise market share and income opportunities from Reading Commercial Services.  You’ll be able to demonstrate how you have delivered enhanced quality and efficiency in a similarly complex, multi-functional service area.

Closing date: Tuesday 7th May
Initial Interviews: 20th & 21st May
Assessment Centre: Wednesday 12th June
Final Interview: Thursday 13th June

Visit the apply page to register your details and access the full role profile and details of the recruitment process.

Assistant Director: Housing & Communities
£80,309 to £93,812

You will take the lead role in managing the Council’s housing stock of circa 7,000 properties (1,300 managed under a PFI contract). The council is already in the top quartile performance in rent collection, so there is an excellent foundation on which to build. You’ll also lead on the co-ordination of the town’s response to homelessness and rough sleeping, working with a range of partners to support those in need and offer practical alternatives to those affected by this. With reducing numbers of rough sleepers in the town, we’re already making a positive impact in this area. You can expect extensive collaboration with colleagues in Adults’ Services and our children’s company to identify and deliver appropriate housing solutions to vulnerable families. Our complete cessation of using shared Bed and Breakfast accommodation for families, is part  of a wider picture of overall reduction in B&B solutions – helped greatly by the delivery of 28 units of modular constructed temporary accommodation. And you’ll manage our community safety and enablement team securing a partnership response to neighbourhood matters, including the Council’s response to unauthorised encampments.

Closing date: Monday 13th May
Initial Interviews: w/c 27th May
Assessment Centre: Monday 17th June
Final Interview: Tuesday 18th June

Visit the apply page to register your details and access the full role profile and details of the recruitment process.

Head of Planning
53,291 to £64,096

As the most successful economy in the South East, outside of the capital, Reading presents a unique proposition to talented and ambitious Planning professionals. Our Head of Planning will have a key role to play in ensuring that Reading reaches its full potential and that the town’s growth is managed effectively. Few places offer the same potential as Reading in terms of the appetite for growth and the availability of land and we have a vital role to play in ensuring that development is integrated effectively through our town.

You’ll be the Council’s lead Planning professional, and we see this very much as a proactive role, not a passive, regulatory function. With a Local Plan in its final stages of approval, ambitious plans to reshape our retail centre, and the imminent arrival of Crossrail further enhancing our connectivity there couldn’t be a better time to take on this role.

Closing date: Monday 20th May
Initial Interviews: 10th or 11th June
Assessment Centre: Tuesday 25th June
Final Interview: Wednesday 26th June

Visit the apply page to register your details and access the full role profile and details of the recruitment process.

Assistant Director: Corporate Improvement & Customer Services
£80,309 to £93,812

This role offers the opportunity to take the lead on an ambitious corporate change initiative. Your contribution will be central in reshaping how the council engages with its customers, to deliver more responsive, consistent and efficient services. Our focus is on directing more customer contact to a single point of delivery, harnessing better technology to reduce costs and making the customer experience quicker and easier. It’s a change programme that is as much about hearts and minds as it is about process and systems, so it’s important that you can lead cultural as well as operational change.  We’ll want to hear about your past successes in people and programme management, but we will also want to understand how you will identify new opportunities and best practice that will benefit Reading.

As well as leading on our customer service transformation you will also be responsible for Policy and Performance Improvement, our Registrars’ Service, and be a key player in shaping our relationships with third sector providers – helping to foster a partnership environment that supports community resilience.

Closing date: Monday 15th April 
Initial Interviews: w/c 29th April 
Assessment Centre: Thursday 16th May 
Final Interview: Friday 17th May

Visit the apply page to register your details and access the full role profile and details of the recruitment process.

Assistant Director: Strategic Commissioning, Wellbeing & Quality Assurance 
£80,309 to £93,812​​​​​​​

Momentum is building in Reading. We’re part of an integrated team that is delivering improved quality of service across Berkshire – working across organisations and across boundaries to shape seamless, high quality services to our community. And people are beginning to take notice.

The CQC System Review in late 2018 praised our progress, highlighting that along with  partners Reading residents receive good quality, person-centred health and social care. Our approach is supporting people to leave hospital when they are ready, with the right support  options in place to help them return to independent living, and improving pathways and people’s experiences of returning home It’s an improvement story that’s mirrored across a growing range of council services identifying the Council as a place where you can make things happen.

In this cross-cutting role, you will promote a strategic commissioning-led approach Adults’ Services. Working within a multi-agency context, you will improve our use of resources to achieve better choice and control for our residents, coordinating provision across a diverse range of health and care needs, including public health commissioning. You’ll help to shape a pro-active commissioning culture working with our health colleagues, to actively engage the marketplace – challenging providers, provoking debate and building mutually beneficial partner relationships. Quality assurance will be high on your agenda – you’ll ensure regular reviews and evaluation of contracts support high quality outcomes and compliance requirements. And you will ensure that the right support and advice is available to assist residents in managing their personal budgets effectively and develop services that deliver what residents tell us will help them stay independent. 

Closing date: Monday 15th April 
Initial Interviews: 2nd or 3rd May 
Assessment day: Wednesday 22nd May 
Final Interview: Thursday 23rd May

Visit the apply page to register your details and access the full role profile and details of the recruitment process.