Portfolio Lead

Corporate Services
190000OT Requisition #
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You lead and engage


As an effective leader, you’ll need to align and enable employees, members, partners and citizens to deliver Camden 2025. This will be critical in creating a climate and culture which supports people to take risks and deliver their best for the Borough and citizens.


Your skills: You mobilise senior leaders to create joined up solutions across the borough, partner organisations and citizens, building commitment & excitement from them to drive change


You think strategically and create clarity


To deliver the ambitions of Camden 2025, we need people who can ‘join up the dots’, challenge current thinking and develop creative solutions to difficult issues.


Your skills: You help create new ways of working, drawing new insights to fundamentally re-define how things are done and boil down complexity to provide clarity and focus


You take ownership


If we are to successfully deliver transformational change then we need people who take responsibility for issues that might not fall under their formal area of responsibility. New ways of working can only be achieved if we are prepared to take calculated risks and challenge established ways of doing things.


Your skills: You create new opportunities and take bold and decisive action to capitalise on these, while creating an environment that encourages and supports others to take calculated risks.


You are politically astute


You’ll need to understand the organisational and political context to ensure we position new strategies & programmes effectively within this context. It will help us to spot and take up opportunities and to understand the complexities of delivering services through a variety of models


Your skills: You understand the big and little “P” politics in the borough and use this understanding to consider the best approach for getting things done.


You work collaboratively


If we are to make the best use of collective resources and ensure the best outcomes for citizens, we need people who can create an environment that enable others to work together effectively.


Your skills: You manage relationships for the long term – building trust, openly tackling conflict and finding win/win solutions.


You drive improvement


If outcomes for citizens are to be delivered in line with our Camden 2025 vision, then we need people who can address issues & risks head on to drive tangible improvement.


Your skills: You constructively challenge peers, partners, members and senior leaders to deliver change and you’re prepared to take appropriate action to tackle under-performance


You constantly look for new ideas


We need to be continually inquisitive if we are going to drive innovation. We need people who are clued up with what’s happening in the borough, with citizens and the broader environment.


Your skills: You shape the agenda, seeking out ideas & learning from the best organisations, not just from the sector. You’re at the forefront of thinking and influence policy makers


You have strong integrity


We need to build trust with citizens, colleagues and partners if we are to deliver our ambitions. We need people who can deliver what they promise and not be afraid to admit when mistakes are made.


Your skills: You’re not afraid to take a stand, acting on Camden’s values, challenging powerful individuals or groups to act on their stated values and go out on a limb to defend what you believe in.


You focus on citizens


We need to have a continual focus on the outcomes for the communities we serve. This means ensuring citizens and other stakeholders are engaged and listened to when making decisions about their services and enabled to develop solutions for themselves.


Your skills: You embed a culture focused on citizens, ensuring that staff & partners keep the needs of residents at the forefront of everything they do, while role modelling this yourself


You’re committed to Camden


For us to deliver the ambitions of Camden 2025, there needs to be a shift in thinking from being professionals delivering a ‘job’ to working with the energy of our residents in a more relational way.


Your skills: You put the organisation and borough’s needs before your own team’s needs and support decisions made that benefit the Borough, even if they are involve difficult choices to be made


You’re not fazed by anything - including managing people, your time and budgets, you bring a can-do entrepreneurial spirit to your work.


Above all, we’re looking for people who are passionate and have shown they can mobilise people and deliver significant change that improves outcomes for people.


About Camden 

Camden’s main offices are located in modern, award-winning offices at King’s Cross. You can expect an exceptional range of benefits including discounted access to the onsite leisure facilities with swimming pool, recognition and reward for high performance with progression and pay increases, flexible and agile working hours and access to a leading pension scheme.


Camden is proud to be the country’s first Timewise council and as part of this accreditation, we work to help parents balance work with childcare. This fits in with our aim to be leaders in innovative, flexible and part-time working that allows for different patterns of care and for parents to share childcare responsibilities.

Click HERE to see the full details of our excellent benefits

Make it work for you. Make it your Camden.

Discover and Diversity
To “discover” more about Camden and our commitment towards diversity, equality and safeguarding, please visit our recruitment website.

If you want to find out more about what it’s like to work at Camden to help you decide whether we’re a good fit for you, please click HERE to complete our online scenario based questionnaire. Please note, this does not form part of the application and will not be used as part of the selection process.

Mayor of London’s Good Work Standard

Camden are very proud to be accredited to the level of excellence for the Mayor of London’s Good Work Standard.  The Mayor’s Good Work Standard sets the benchmark for the highest employment standards and demonstrates that as an employer, Camden is contributing to a fairer and more inclusive London. These good practices are also an important step in attracting and retaining a diverse, talented and productive workforce.

How to apply

To apply for this job please follow the "Apply" link. In the ‘Why you?’ section of the application form you will be expected to explain how you meet the key requirements for this role listed in this Job Profile attached at the bottom of this Advert. When explaining how you meet each of the requirements, please give examples that clearly demonstrate your skills, knowledge and experience. When writing your examples give a brief description of the situation or task but focus on the actions you took and the result of your actions.

Camden is committed to making our recruitment practices barrier-free and as inclusive as possible for everyone. This includes making adjustments or changes for people who have a disability or long-term health condition. If you would like us to do anything differently during the recruitment process, or provide any information in an alternative format, please contact us on 020 7974 6655, at resourcing@camden.gov.uk, or post to 5 Pancras Square, London N1C 4AG.

Closing dates for applications: 05 January 2019, 23:59

Interviews to be held: TBC

Please quote reference: 190000OT

To view the Job Profile please click HERE

Next Induction Dates: 13 January 2019, 17 February 2019

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