Council: Somerton Town Council

County: Somerset

Salary: Within SCP Grades 38 – 47 (£41,881 - £52,843 p.a.)

Closing date: 14/10/2022 12:00

Town Clerk/Responsible Financial Officer

Applications must be returned by 14/10/2022 12:00

Salary: (within SCP Grades 38 – 47) £41,881 – £52,843 p.a.

Hours: Full-time (37 hours per week)

Closing date for applications: Friday 14th October 2022

Somerton Town Council is seeking to appoint a new Town Clark with Responsible Financial Officer duties.

Somerton is an historic market town in the county of Somerset, with a population of just over 6,000. This forward thinking-council, at the centre of a thriving community, currently manages and supports a range of public facilities and services including a cemetery and Edgar Hall, a community facility and venue. The Council operates from the Town Hall with monthly meetings taking place plus regular meetings of four sub committees, with a budget of around £500,000 and 15 councillor seats.

In April 2023, the four Somerset district councils, together with Somerset County Council, will combine to form one new unitary authority and as a consequence of this, Somerton Town Council will have a considerably increased future role to play in delivering services to the community, and the new Town Clerk will be at the heart of this.

The excellent nationally based terms and conditions of employment for this full-time post reflects the importance the council is placing on appointing an individual of the highest calibre.

The Council is seeking highly organised and committed applicants for this key role, which is responsible for all day-to-day organisation and management of the Council’s services, staff, facilities and finances. This is a demanding and high-profile position in the town and you will need vision, a high level of motivation, excellent time-management, administrative, inter-personal, accounting and IT skills in order to work successfully with staff, Councillors, external organisations, stakeholders and the community.

Experience of Local Government, including formal Committee work and implementation of Council policies would be ideal but by no means essential. The experience and skills to lead and motivate a team along with the ability to work professionally and impartially with elected members is, however, essential. Applications from those with a level 3 CiLCA qualification as a minimum will be welcomed, or alternatively, a willingness and aptitude to work to towards achieving this qualification. An accountancy qualification would also be an advantage.

The post is full-time (37 hours per week) and some evening meeting attendance is required.

For further information and to apply for this position, please visit:

For an informal discussion feel free to contact Rachel Tucker at Faerfield, our retained recruitment partner, on 0121 312 3755 [email protected].

Closing date for applications: 12 noon Friday 14 October 2022.

Interviews will be held on 20 and 21 October.

Candidates should ensure they are available to attend on these days should they be selected for interview at each stage.

Somerton Town Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.