Governance Manager

  • Full Time
  • Anywhere


Closing date: 30 June 2024

Job Details and Requirements

At North-East Derbyshire District Council we embrace innovation, creativity, new ideas and new ways of working to ensure our Council succeeds. We challenge functional barriers, encourage, coach and empower our colleagues to create an environment where our people want to be successful and take ownership and most importantly believe in our ONE TEAM ethos. Our Council has a strong people-centric culture which provides the foundations for delivery of our services to our communities.

We are looking for someone to manage our small but friendly, enthusiastic and dedicated Governance Team. This is a high profile post offering a chance to manage the Governance Team in North East Derbyshire District Council and thus to manage the Council’s formal meetings. 

You should be able to demonstrate experience of leading a Governance team within a local authority or in a relevant sector background or the strong desire to do so. You should be able to demonstrate how you will provide effective supervision to Team members as well as managing a significant workload yourself. You will be operating at a corporate level so will need to demonstrate a good understanding of the Council’s delivery ambitions and how these will be achieved as well as demonstrating your significant experience.

The postholder will provide expert advice to the Assistant Director Governance & Monitoring Officer, the Managing Director, Directors, Assistant Directors and Senior Officers and Elected Members in the Council. 

You will advise on the operation of democratic processes, both Executive and non-Executive including the Cabinet and Scrutiny Committees as well as the Regulatory Committees. You will also advise on the operation of the Constitution and engage with the Standards Committee in its annual review.  In addition, you will develop the skills, expertise and experience of the individuals in the Team under your management in accordance with the Council’s One Team ethos.

The role will involve introducing relevant new technology and implementing changes to existing technology.

You need to be politically astute, diplomatic, able to respond positively to challenges and demanding deadlines, able to ensure strong governance for the Council and inspire confidence in the service you run from those using it.

If selected to interview, you will be expected to explain what you consider to be the main issues facing the service and the major changes you would make if appointed and demonstrate how you would manage the Team and develop them as individuals and Governance Team Members.  In addition, you will be expected to present what you have achieved in your current role.

For a full list of job details and requirements please view the Job Description and Person Specification.

Why work for us?

North East Derbyshire District Council is a great place to work and if you join our team, you will become part of a talented and dedicated workforce. If you are keen to make a difference to people’s lives and develop your skills and experience, we would like to hear from you.

We offer the following benefits: 

Competitive salary 

·       30 days annual leave (rising to 35 after 5 years service), plus bank holidays and a Christmas close down

·       Flexible working arrangements 

·       Generous local government pension scheme 

·       Free parking

·       Discounted leisure services

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Contact Details

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Sarah Sternberg, Assistant Director Governance and Monitoring Officer on (01246) 217731 or

Application Pack

If you are interested in this post, please apply using the online application, attaching a CV and covering letter explaining how you meet the job spec on our dedicated webpage on Derbyshire Jobs at: North East Derbyshire District Council Vacancies or via Derbyshire – Jobs and Careers by clicking ‘Apply for this job’ and creating an account.  You can save your progress and exit the application at any time, coming back to it at a later stage to complete and submit your application.  Applications close Midnight, 30th June 2024.

Please read the Guidance Notes provided before completing any application and please note that CV’s alone will not be accepted and must be accompanied by a letter as described above.

If you do not have internet access, you can request an offline application pack by contacting North East Derbyshire District Council Contact Centre on (01246) 231111 or emailing:

We welcome applications from all sections of the community.

Please note the Council only consider applications from candidates eligible to work in the UK and who possess a current work permit appropriate to the job role advertised.

If you have not received any communication within 4 weeks of the closing date, please assume you have been unsuccessful on this occasion and we thank you for your interest in the job role.



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