General Info

Council: Axminster Town Council

County: Devon

Salary: LC3 SCP 33 - SCP 45 (rates due for review) plus Local Government Pension Scheme Contribution

Closing date: 18/03/2022 12:00

Town Clerk & Responsible Financial Officer (RFO)

Applications must be returned by 18/03/2022 12:00

Hours: 37 per week, full time. Permanent Role.

Axminster Town Council is seeking an experienced Clerk to hold lead responsibility for all aspects of Council business including the duties of the Responsible Finance Officer managing a budget of over £400,000. The Clerk is responsible for the strategic development of the Council, overseeing the management of its operations and being an effective partner to community leaders and organisations, and the residents of our Town.  We are seeking a forward-thinking, collaborative, and proactive individual to lead us for the future.

This is an exciting opportunity for an exceptional professional who will provide the information required by councillors so that they can make effective decisions – enabling them to deliver their vision and to uphold their statutory and civic duties.  The post demands high levels of personal autonomy, integrity, and creative leadership skills.

The post holder will build on the strong reputation of the Council to deliver high-quality services including those of the cemetery, allotments and open spaces, and the management of Council owned buildings – a Guildhall and an Old Courthouse site. The post holder will lead a team of six staff and oversee the delivery of council projects and initiatives to ensure delivery on time and within assigned budgets.

The ideal candidate will have experience as a Clerk or Proper Officer and have recent relevant knowledge of working in a local government environment.  Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, proven success in delivering a wide range of projects and services, experience managing finances and staff, and being adept at partnership working are essential.

The ability to manage change, work flexibly, deal with the unexpected, be solution-focussed when meeting challenging circumstances and successfully juggle priorities will be important.  We value equality and welcome applications from everyone meeting the person specification and job description.

This is a full-time role which involves attendance at regular evening meetings and working outside office hours. The successful applicant will hold, or be prepared to work towards, the Certificate in Local Council Administration (CiLCA)


www.axminstertowncouncil.gov.uk (clicking the Job Opportunities tab) or by email to recruitment@axminstertowncouncil.gov.uk or in writing to The Chair of the Employment Committee, Axminster Town Council, The Guildhall, West Street, Axminster, Devon EX13 5NX
or Tel. 01297 32088.

Closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Friday 18th March 2022
Interviews to be held on Friday 25th March 2022                                                                                   

Please only submit applications on the form supplied – CV’s will not be accepted.