Non-job of the week

September 07, 2011 2:25 PM

The London Borough of Havering is still looking for a Programme Office Manager. It isn’t the first time that Havering has been under the microscope. The council has recently been searching for a Performance Improvement Officer. The vacancy for the former says that an “exciting opportunity has arisen to manage the programme office for two programmes”. The description suggests that the successful candidate will work with the existing Transformation Manager. Which makes you wonder why, if the position is so critical to providing taxpayers with a good service, is it only being created now?

Mole Valley District Council is on the lookout for an Environmental Services Monitoring and Enforcement Officer. One of the key objectives will be to ensure “the district looks great when it hosts the Olympic cycling road race next year”. Taxpayers expect to receive an efficiently-run service anyway, and the Olympics should not have any effect on the council’s determination to provide excellence and value for money.

Non-Job of the WeekOnce again, Oxford City Council get a mention, and they provide this week’s winner. This time, it’s for an Environmental Control Service Manager. The £41,000 a year post has a large number of requirements, ranging from “experience of successful partnership working” to “a clear understanding of the major challenges in local government and of the social policy issues to be faced in a multi-cultural city when delivering the services in the job portfolio”. It also lists “experience of developing and maintaining lean and efficient systems”. Considering some of the vacancies, this is painfully ironic.

The essential and desirable criteria in full:

Degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant subject (E)
Post graduate management qualification or equivalent (D).
Evidence of continuing professional development (E)
Demonstrable experience in environmental work (E)
A proven track record/experience of operational, financial resource and people management (E)
Experience of integrating services to ensure efficient delivery (D).
Experience of successful partnership working (E)
Experience of developing and maintaining lean and efficient systems/ structures (E)
Expert knowledge of the key legislative framework and best practice for Environmental Control work (E)
A clear understanding of the major challenges in local government and of the social policy issues to be faced in a multi-cultural city when delivering the services in the job portfolio (E).
A sound understanding of the business community and interface issues (E)
Experience of best practice capital & revenue management (E).
A high level of understanding and commitment to diversity and community cohesion (E).

The London Borough of Havering is still looking for a Programme Office Manager. It isn’t the first time that Havering has been under the microscope. The council has recently been searching for a Performance Improvement Officer. The vacancy for the former says that an “exciting opportunity has arisen to manage the programme office for two programmes”. The description suggests that the successful candidate will work with the existing Transformation Manager. Which makes you wonder why, if the position is so critical to providing taxpayers with a good service, is it only being created now?

Mole Valley District Council is on the lookout for an Environmental Services Monitoring and Enforcement Officer. One of the key objectives will be to ensure “the district looks great when it hosts the Olympic cycling road race next year”. Taxpayers expect to receive an efficiently-run service anyway, and the Olympics should not have any effect on the council’s determination to provide excellence and value for money.

Non-Job of the WeekOnce again, Oxford City Council get a mention, and they provide this week’s winner. This time, it’s for an Environmental Control Service Manager. The £41,000 a year post has a large number of requirements, ranging from “experience of successful partnership working” to “a clear understanding of the major challenges in local government and of the social policy issues to be faced in a multi-cultural city when delivering the services in the job portfolio”. It also lists “experience of developing and maintaining lean and efficient systems”. Considering some of the vacancies, this is painfully ironic.

The essential and desirable criteria in full:

Degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant subject (E)
Post graduate management qualification or equivalent (D).
Evidence of continuing professional development (E)
Demonstrable experience in environmental work (E)
A proven track record/experience of operational, financial resource and people management (E)
Experience of integrating services to ensure efficient delivery (D).
Experience of successful partnership working (E)
Experience of developing and maintaining lean and efficient systems/ structures (E)
Expert knowledge of the key legislative framework and best practice for Environmental Control work (E)
A clear understanding of the major challenges in local government and of the social policy issues to be faced in a multi-cultural city when delivering the services in the job portfolio (E).
A sound understanding of the business community and interface issues (E)
Experience of best practice capital & revenue management (E).
A high level of understanding and commitment to diversity and community cohesion (E).

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