Chief Executive

 

Up to £90K

Chief Executive

 

Up to £90K

Chairman’s Introduction

Ken

Councillor Ken Meeson, Chair of the WME Board

Thank you for taking the first step in what could turn out to be an excellent and exciting opportunity for you and West Midlands Employers.  Finding the right person to be our new Chief Executive is the most important decision we will have taken in the 5 years since WME re-emerged out of the former larger regional structures, to stand alone as the Regional Employers’ Organisation for local authorities and public sector partners across the West Midlands.

As Chair of the elected member Management Board to whom the successful candidate will report, I am very proud of all that we have achieved since 2013.  Not only have we built on our reputation for high quality services, but we have established a strong brand and reputation that reaches beyond our region and enables the team to exert influence upon and develop strong partnerships with our national and regional colleagues both within and outside of the public sector. 

We are a not for profit organisation and through the continued development and delivery of our diverse portfolio of products and services, we have;

  • Succeeded in achieving many of our strategic objectives in what is an inevitably challenging financial environment for the sector as a whole
  • Grown our income generation to meet over 80% of our operating costs
  • Continued to offer high quality subsidised services to our 32 ‘shareholder’ local authorities and have reduced our WME membership subscriptions by over 30% in cash terms since 2013.

It is clear to myself and my Board colleagues that WME remains an organisation with an appetite for positive change.  We know that finding the right person to lead and shape WME and our services into an even stronger and brighter future will bring an exciting and new approach to our vibrant organisation.

If you think you are the right person with the ideal mix of talent and ambition, then we’d love to hear from you.

Thank you for taking the first step in what could turn out to be an excellent and exciting opportunity for you and West Midlands Employers.  Finding the right person to be our new Chief Executive is the most important decision we will have taken in the 5 years since WME re-emerged out of the former larger regional structures, to stand alone as the Regional Employers’ Organisation for local authorities and public sector partners across the West Midlands.

As Chair of the elected member Management Board to whom the successful candidate will report, I am very proud of all that we have achieved since 2013.  Not only have we built on our reputation for high quality services, but we have established a strong brand and reputation that reaches beyond our region and enables the team to exert influence upon and develop strong partnerships with our national and regional colleagues both within and outside of the public sector. 

We are a not for profit organisation and through the continued development and delivery of our diverse portfolio of products and services, we have;

  • Succeeded in achieving many of our strategic objectives in what is an inevitably challenging financial environment for the sector as a whole
  • Grown our income generation to meet over 80% of our operating costs
  • Continued to offer high quality subsidised services to our 32 ‘shareholder’ local authorities and have reduced our WME membership subscriptions by over 30% in cash terms since 2013.

It is clear to myself and my Board colleagues that WME remains an organisation with an appetite for positive change.  We know that finding the right person to lead and shape WME and our services into an even stronger and brighter future will bring an exciting and new approach to our vibrant organisation.

If you think you are the right person with the ideal mix of talent and ambition, then we’d love to hear from you.

Ken

Councillor Ken Meeson, Chair of the WME Board

The best HR/OD job in local government…

Colin Williams, Director at WME

Colin Williams, Director at WME

I’ve been doing this job in various forms for over 20 years which means one of two things; either I’m very boring and stuck in my ways or as I have told people over many years, being the Director of one of the 9 Regional Employers’ Organisations is the ‘best HR/OD job in local government’.  I’m reassured that my peers across the country confirm the latter.

The most important thing I can say to my successor is that you’ll inherit a great team who live up to WME’s ‘can do’ principles; they work hard and thrive in an environment of high trust and innovation, they are encouraged to lead and take decisions and they recognise the importance of a healthy and supportive team as essential to making our ‘business’ successful.  We have invested our time and energy developing a commercial approach to how we do business but remain an integral part of the public sector and have lost none of the ethos that brought most of us to where we are today.

The autonomy and opportunity at WME extend to the leadership team and in the last 5 years alone, I have been incredibly proud of many WME achievements; leading the development of new initiatives, programmes and services, some of which have become embedded into the fabric of the client base we exist to serve and established at a national level.  You don’t get that type of opportunity very often.

I’ve been doing this job in various forms for over 20 years which means one of two things; either I’m very boring and stuck in my ways or as I have told people over many years, being the Director of one of the 9 Regional Employers’ Organisations is the ‘best HR/OD job in local government’.  I’m reassured that my peers across the country confirm the latter.

The most important thing I can say to my successor is that you’ll inherit a great team who live up to WME’s ‘can do’ principles; they work hard and thrive in an environment of high trust and innovation, they are encouraged to lead and take decisions and they recognise the importance of a healthy and supportive team as essential to making our ‘business’ successful.  We have invested our time and energy developing a commercial approach to how we do business but remain an integral part of the public sector and have lost none of the ethos that brought most of us to where we are today.

The autonomy and opportunity at WME extend to the leadership team and in the last 5 years alone, I have been incredibly proud of many WME achievements; leading the development of new initiatives, programmes and services, some of which have become embedded into the fabric of the client base we exist to serve and established at a national level.  You don’t get that type of opportunity very often.

Colin Williams, Director at WMEColin Williams, Director at WME

About WME

West Midlands Employers (WME) is the Regional Employers Organisation offering a range of services aimed at local councils and the wider public sector to support performance improvement at both an individual and organisational level. We are all about ‘people and leadership solutions’ helping our diverse client base to make the best use of their greatest resource – their people.

We are a small team of highly experienced individuals striving to provide a responsive and flexible service. Our services are framed around the employee life cycle and organisational journey, from providing ‘advisory, representative and coordinating roles as an employers organisation’ through to a wide range of consultancy support and commercially focused products and services spanning many aspects of HR, OD and LeadershipWe are committed to continuing to develop our role as a shared services provider through expanding our WMJobs ‘end to end’ e-recruitment systems aiming to get the right people in the right place, in reduced time and at a reduced cost; and the WM Coaching & Mentoring Pool which provides cost effective and high quality support in the continuous development of management and leadership capacity across the sector.

To learn more about WME please click on the below buttons.

Another aspect of WME are our annual conferences. Our most recent conference to date, the inaugural Love Your HR Conference, was a huge success with around 200 delegates attending and a fantastic speaker line up including international HR thought leader Dave Ulrich. The conference, along with the Love Your HR blog (the blog that started it all), was created to give HR a face lift and showcase exactly what there is to love about HR, whilst challenging perceptions and helping the public sector write its own blue print for reform.

Our video library below will give you a flavour of our past conference’s and what we do.

Dave Ulrich – Talking about his keynote at the Loveyourhr Conference on “Where can HR add value?”

Another aspect of WME are our annual conferences. Our most recent conference to date, the inaugural Love Your HR Conference, was a huge success with around 200 delegates attending and a fantastic speaker line up including international HR thought leader Dave Ulrich. The conference, along with the Love Your HR blog (the blog that started it all), was created to give HR a face lift and showcase exactly what there is to love about HR, whilst challenging perceptions and helping the public sector write its own blue print for reform.

Dave Ulrich – Talking about his keynote at the Loveyourhr Conference on “Where can HR add value?”

Our video library below will give you a flavour of our past conference’s and what we do.

Working at WME

With a unique culture and supportive team, working at WME is the perfect place for an individual looking to lead an innovative and successful group of people. Here you will find staff who are not afraid to work outside of the realms of their job description and work collaboratively across departments to ensure we continue to deliver our high quality services. You can find out more about the team by viewing our staff organisation chart. 

To ensure our staff perform to their highest potential, continue to develop communication and team working skills (and have fun along the way), our annual WME Team Away Days are something our employees look forward to and are a great opportunity to come together to reemphasise the WME core values and principles.

WME is a separate legal entity, registered as an Employers Association owned by our 32 member Local Authorities and operates on a ‘not for profit’ basis.  Our small office and meeting space are leased from Sandwell MBC at the Council House in Oldbury and Staffordshire County Council act as our host employer.  Reflecting our public sector ethos, we are committed to supporting our communities and as a feature of our larger events over the past two years have raised funds for MIND and the Edwards Trust.  The 17 participating teams at our forthcoming  LA Challenge event will be working together with us to support Severn Hospice.

The Role

Our mission statement “Everything we do supports a strong public sector workforce” defines what we stand for at WME. Small, big in ambition, well-connected and influential, we put ourselves forward and take the lead when we see opportunities or challenges for our region and sector. Whilst we don’t have all the answers to the current and future workforce issues facing the public sector, we do have the passion to be part of the solution.

We are looking for a collaborator, a strategist, an innovator, an influencer, and most importantly an effective leader who can build trust and respect across our team and at all levels of our significant and diverse client base.

We know it’s a big ask but it’s a big job, some say “it’s the best HR/OD job in local government”. Ultimately, it’s about nurturing and building effective relationships whilst also having the business and commercial mind set to develop key services and collaborate effectively with our increasing range of partners both regionally and nationally.

This is a fantastic opportunity for someone looking to influence, shape and deliver the future strategy of one of the Country’s most forward-thinking regional employers organisations.

Do you have the ideal mix of talent and ambition to take on the challenge?

If so, then click here to download the Job Description and Person Specification

The Role

Our mission statement “Everything we do supports a strong public sector workforce” defines what we stand for at WME. Small, big in ambition, well-connected and influential, we put ourselves forward and take the lead when we see opportunities or challenges for our region and sector. Whilst we don’t have all the answers to the current and future workforce issues facing the public sector, we do have the passion to be part of the solution.

We are looking for a collaborator, a strategist, an innovator, an influencer, and most importantly an effective leader who can build trust and respect across our team and at all levels of our significant and diverse client base.

We know it’s a big ask but it’s a big job, some say “it’s the best HR/OD job in local government”. Ultimately, it’s about nurturing and building effective relationships whilst also having the business and commercial mind set to develop key services and collaborate effectively with our increasing range of partners both regionally and nationally.

This is a fantastic opportunity for someone looking to influence, shape and deliver the future strategy of one of the Country’s most forward-thinking regional employers organisations.

Do you have the ideal mix of talent and ambition to take on the challenge?

If so, then click here to download the Job Description and Person Specification

Your Application and the Selection process

Click the button below to apply and simply send us your CV with a statement of no more than 2-3 pages describing why your experience, achievement, ambition and vision make you the right person for this exciting role.

Selection Timetable:

Closing Date: Sunday 30th September 2018 Technical Interview: Friday 19th October 2018 Final Interview: Wednesday 31st October 2018

Selection Process:

The technical interview will be conducted by a panel of four WME stakeholders. The final interview and appointment will be conducted by a Member appointment panel.  For an informal discussion contact our specialist advisor Bryony Houlden, Chief Executive of South West Councils on 01823 270101 or Bryony.Houlden@SWCouncils.gov.uk