Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive Officer – South Wales Fire and Rescue Service

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service is on a journey of cultural change and is seeking a new Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive Officer to lead the organisation through this period.

We are looking for our next CFO/CEO to have a demonstrable track record of strong and inclusive leadership with an ability to build on our existing achievements. They will possess excellent communication skills, and the ability to nurture and manage strong relationships across a wide stakeholder group and be an advocate for the Service.

The successful candidate will play a major role in enhancing the culture and values of the Fire and Rescue Service through engaging and inspiring our people, so that they continue to provide service excellence across South Wales. They will also need to demonstrate an aptitude to operate and influence
at a strategic level in a political and unionised environment whilst fostering collaborative approaches to working with partners both in the public and private sector. They will demonstrate the highest standards of professionalism and be genuinely committed to a culture of equality, diversity and inclusion.

The Service is one of the largest in the UK, serving 1.6 million people over 10 Constituent Unitary Authorities, stretching from Bridgend to Monmouth. It has built a reputation of excellence in the delivery of our services from responding to emergency incidents to an impressive range of preventative
initiatives. South Wales Fire and Rescue Service is committed to making our communities the safest places to live, work and visit, by focusing on community protection, attracting and developing our people, making effective use of resources, achieving organisational improvement.

Candidates for this high-profile role will need to demonstrate a clear understanding of the issues facing today’s Fire and Rescue Service, both within Wales and the UK. Excellent communication and networking skills will be key to advising stakeholders at a strategic level, including working with the
Welsh Government, other FRS within Wales and partner organisations.

We are seeking individuals who meet the skills required for the role. This means you may not necessarily have prior experience of working in the Fire Sector, but rather the expertise and credibility needed to succeed.

Applicants for the role of Chief Fire Officer who operate at Brigade Manager Level will have proven operational experience and will be expected to provide operational cover and as a minimum you must be a current serving competent Assistant or Deputy Chief Fire Officer. The expectation is that the
successful candidate will either live in the South Wales area, or be willing to relocate.

Salary: £150,000 (CEO)*. £174,661 (CFO)*. *The pay differential reflects operational requirements

Contract type: Full Time

Closing date: May 27 2024

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