Job opportunity: Service Director Legal and Governance - Monitoring Officer


£68-£74k plus £10k statutory officer allowance. 


37 hours per week. 




Castle House, Newcastle-under Lyme, ST5. Hybrid-working you can expect to be in the office circa 3 days / week on average. 

About the job 

This is an excellent opportunity for a legal professional to develop their leadership potential with a supportive and high-performing corporate leadership team. Your ideas, innovative thinking and vision will support the sustainable delivery of good local services, a prosperous borough, and safe and welcoming places for all.

Reporting to the Chief Executive, you’ll lead the council’s legal, solutions (i.e. information governance, land charges et cetera), member support, elections, and procurement services; as the council’s principle legal advisor you’ll be responsible for the statutory duties of the monitoring officer, ensuring that the council fulfils its lawful obligations, as well as administering all elections and ensuring the highest levels of governance and probity.

As an important part of the senior leadership team, you will be tasked with providing sound guidance and governance advice to colleagues and elected members, with exposure across a range of key corporate areas and exciting projects, contributing at the highest level to further the council’s ambitions.  This role calls for a legal professional with leadership experience who understands local government and who will be able to contribute positively to helping the council successfully deliver its goals. Thinking strategically and building relationships will be required for success.

Contact and how to apply 

For further information or a confidential discussion, please contact our consultants at Penna: Andrew Tromans on 07805 226 301 or Kelly Ridley on 07709 512 415.

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Why work for us? 

Newcastle-under-Lyme is a borough with big ambitions.  We’ve already started our transformation, however, we still need to find better ways of doing things because we are determined to do the very best we can for our communities.   

If our vision is to be the best, then we need the best people working for us. Our people are at the heart of what we do and have the freedom to innovate, grow and develop.  We recruit people who share our vision and values; people who have the drive to deliver our ambitious Council plan.

Our historic Borough is a place of marked contrasts. We are the home of a world class University at Keele, a leading light known internationally for its research and sustainability record, which stands side by side with former mining communities including some which register amongst the most deprived areas in the country. Our Borough is also a mixture of urban centres, affected by some of the same social issues facing our neighbouring city, Stoke-on-Trent, but also outstanding rural landscapes in our less populated villages. Our plans and priorities aim to address the needs of all our communities.   

Our People Offer 

We reward our people with a competitive range of benefits including; access to the local government pension scheme, minimum 23 days annual leave plus 5 extra days after 5 years' service, flexible working options and family friendly policies, local and national high street discounts, free car parking, green travel scheme including cycle to work and electric car salary sacrifice, free employee 24 hour employee assistance and counselling services, flu vaccination service and health checks plus development and training opportunities.

View our full people offer and 'working for us' video here

Closing date

5pm on Monday 4 September 2023. 

Supporting documents and information 

Download the job description and person specification