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I am delighted you are interested in this job role of Strategic Director of City and Neighbourhood Services for Belfast City Council.

It is no exaggeration to state that Belfast is a city transformed and has become one of the most attractive cities in the UK and Ireland. There’s a quality of life here to rival that of any European city making it an ideal place to live, work, visit or study. It is the economic and cultural heart of the region with world-class universities, thriving creative industries and a world-recognised technology sector particularly in the areas of cyber security and fin-tech.

Investor and developer confidence in Belfast is strong and we have clear plans to sustain that momentum as we seek to maximise the impact of the Belfast Region City Deal, and to build Belfast’s recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic moving forward.

Our aim is to make a real difference to the lives of our residents on a daily basis.  In November 2017, we published the Belfast Agenda, our first community plan which is our long-term strategy for Belfast. This shaped our 2017 – 2021 Corporate Plan, reflecting on the needs of the people of Belfast and defining key priorities for the Council to address.

Like all cities across the world, throughout 2020 and 2021, we have been facing up to the challenges posed by the Covid pandemic. In October we published ‘Belfast: Our Recovery’ – a comprehensive framework setting out how we will lead and deliver on recovery priorities for an inclusive and jobs led recovery, taking a sustainable approach to building back better, while ensuring our services adapt and focus on supporting our communities. In 2021, we reviewed our city strategy, the Belfast Agenda, through this ‘recovery lens’.

The key strategic programmes of particular interest to the City and Neighbourhood Services Department for 2021 – 2022 include leading on the development of area plans for community and social recovery from Covid-19, Review of Community provision, Customer Focus Strategy, Leisure Transformation and the Physical Programme.

The job role of Strategic Director of City and Neighbourhood Services will be pivotal in ensuring that the city and neighbourhood services are provided in a customer-focused, flexible and cost-efficient manner. While we have embarked on a significant programme of change and much has been achieved, there is more to be done. The post-holder will work with partners to shape and drive the future direction of the city and neighbourhood services, leading on strategic planning and developing the services in a way that underpins Belfast as a great place to live, work and visit for everyone.

If you see your future career ambitions reflected in our vision, we would very much welcome your application.

Should you wish to discuss any aspect of the post in more detail, please contact Seb Lowe from GatenbySanderson, our executive search partners for this critical leadership assignment, on seb.lowe@gatenbysanderson.com

Yours faithfully

Suzanne Wylie, Chief Executive

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