Corporate Director, Growth, Environment and Transport

Location: Remote working - Maidstone, Kent
Salary: £147,000 – £201,000
Reference: 0115
Deadline: Closed

NB:  Closing date for this role to be determined

About the Role

Kent has experienced unprecedented growth in recent years and, whilst many elements of this growth are exciting and encouraging; new housing developments, new business expansion and inward investment, the challenges that the county face are broad and complex and our communities have diverse needs. You will be leading a Directorate that delivers over 300 services to the residents of Kent.

During the course of the last year the Administration has refocused the Five year Plan in order to develop our Interim Strategic Plan “Setting the Course” outlining five key challenges to enable sustainable recovery and growth for our County.

As Corporate Director, Growth, Environment & Transport, you will be a skilled strategist and catalyst for unlocking Kent's potential; leading on direct regeneration strategies to promote, enhance and sustain economic development and county-wide infrastructure, working closely with both the Leader of the Council and Cabinet Members. 

Significant progress has been made in managing environmental challenges but tackling the climate emergency and protecting the natural environment continues to be an absolute priority and is a critical element of this role.

This is a real opportunity to make a difference, to utilise your innovative and strategic thinking and create a step change in how we create policies that are future ready, and to continue to develop the relationships that we have with our wide range of private and public sector partners.

As part of the Corporate Management Team, you will lead the management of our organisation and will help us engage with our communities and ensure their future wellbeing remains at the heart of what we do.

In a Council committed to changing for the better, you will be building on success to take the Growth Environment and Transport Directorate forward, this is a great time to join Kent and be part of something bigger. 


About You

You will not only need to influence and persuade through personal credibility and integrity, you will also need to lead and shape the GET strategic agenda within a large, county wide system with multiple partners. 

We welcome and encourage candidates from a variety of backgrounds, although it is likely that you will have had experience of working in a local authority at some point in your career or alongside, as a close partner, helping to deliver positive outcomes. 


Indicative Timetable

Closing date for applications:  To be determined

A Preliminary/Technical interview will take place for shortlisted candidates with Kent County Council.

As part of the interview process for this role you will be required to complete an occupational personality questionnaire and telephone feedback session. 

After the Kent County Council preliminary interviews, you will be invited to attend both a Stakeholder and Member Panel interview if you are successful at the Kent County Council preliminary interview stage. 

In light of Covid-19 it is likely that all assessments will be held remotely rather than face-to-face.

We will keep you up to date with any changes.


Martin Tucker
T: 0113 532 5900

Dawn Faulkner
T: 0121 312 3755


To apply for this job please submit your CV, a Supporting Statement (no more than four sides of A4), a completed Candidate Application Form and a completed Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form to quoting: ‘Vacancy: Corporate Director, Growth, Environment and Transport, Reference: 0115’.

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Your Supporting Statement should set out how you think you meet the recruitment selection criteria outlined in the Job Description using examples to demonstrate how you meet as many of the essential requirements as possible. Please note the indicative timetable above and let us know if there are any dates when you are not available. Please also provide the names and contact details of two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer. If you do not wish us to approach your referees without your prior permission, then you should state this clearly.