Lead Specialist - Legal / Monitoring Officer

Lead Specialist – Legal / Monitoring Officer

Leading the delivery of our legal function and leading on the governance and standards within the Council.
Salary: £61,777 to £66,869
Hours: Full Time

South Somerset is one of the largest and most fascinating district local authorities in the country. The area has a thriving, diverse economy and is home to world leading, high tech aerospace, engineering and manufacturing businesses. A strong agricultural sector drives world renowned food and drink production and tourism. The quality of life in our villages and towns is unrivalled attracting many to visit, settle and develop their careers and businesses here.

The Council has undergone a significant transformation over the last 2 years, which has changed our approach throughout the organisation, including ways of working, how we deliver services to our communities and our structure. But most importantly we are passionate about doing everything we can to protect front line services and deliver for our communities. We are confident we can continue to deal with the financial challenges without cutting services despite the challenges.

With innovative strategies, we are striving to make South Somerset an even better place to live, work and invest. A key part of this vision is to deliver quality, pioneering new infrastructure and major developments. Regeneration projects are already being implemented in our major market towns of Yeovil, Chard and Wincanton.  Oh, and we were highly commended for both our workforce transformation and commercial approach at the 2019 MJ Awards – something we are really proud of!

We are recruiting for a Lead Specialist – Legal and Monitoring Officer.  As well as being our most senior Legal Officer, this role leads on the governance and standards within the Council. We are therefore seeking a qualified solicitor with significant technical expertise to assist with the most complex areas that we face and lead the delivery of our legal function.  Our Monitoring Officer ensures the highest level of conduct for our Councillors and employees, so possessing the ability to challenge constructively and with gravitas is of paramount importance. Experience of working with elected Members is essential and experience of governance around Commercial approaches within the public sector would be an advantage.  Ensuring that we deliver services and our wider ambitions in line with our constitution and within the law, the successful candidate will be supported by Legal Specialists and a Case Team.

We are One Team – Ambitious for South Somerset. To be successful in this role you will need to be collaborative and share our ambition for doing our best for the council and the communities of South Somerset.

In return we offer a progressive place to work with flexibility, extensive benefits and a local government pension scheme, oh and one of the best places to live in the country! Come and be part of an ambitious and progressive organisation, and help us make our ambitions a reality.

Please contact Netta Meadows, Director Strategy & Support Services on (01935 462200) should you wish to discuss the role in more detail.

Closing Date – 5pm 19/9/19

Interview Date – 10/10/19

Job Ref – 1793

Lead Specialist – Legal Monitoring Officer JD CS 1793



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