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Corporate Responsibilities

Initially the postholder will be an employee of Kent County Council until the LATCo is formed. Until this post transfers to the LATCo, KCC’s Corporate Responsibilities will apply.

All Corporate Directors, Directors and Heads of Service have an explicit responsibility to deliver the collective agenda of the County Council. These are fundamental elements of their role not an addition and are summarised as follows;

Whole Council

  • Seek to improve the lives of all residents in Kent and the economy of Kent
  • Act as corporate parent to the Council’s looked after children
  • Take an active role in promoting and ensuring the Council’s responsibilities for safeguarding are met.
  • Understand, communicate and contribute to the delivery of KCC’s strategic aims
  • Meet statutory obligations and promote and ensure compliance with policies and procedures and the Council’s Code of Conduct (Kent Code).
  • Advise elected Members and support the democratic process
  • Promote the Council brand and enhance the overall reputation of the Council
  • Understand and monitor the measures of performance, including customer insight, which define successful outcomes for KCC services.
  • Maintain and ensure a relentless focus on the customer
  • Act to support the Council-wide need to deliver services within budget, thereby avoiding an overspend that could damage the financial viability of the Council
  • Overcome professional and service silos to achieve the County Council’s objectives.

Integration of Services

  • Focus resources where they have the biggest impact
  • Deliver services that are flexible and adaptable
  • Integrate services within KCC and work with partner agencies to ensure a seamless customer experience
  • Fully and inclusively engage all staff in the delivery of services, demonstrating the Council’s values and behaviours.

Embedding Commissioning and Engaging Relevant Markets

  • Establish an outcome focused organisation
  • Meet the financial regulations and standing orders of KCC
  • Challenge the status quo and engage with the market to constantly improve.
  • Ensure all services are delivered effectively and efficiently
  • Proactively and continuously seek to improve service delivery
  • Proactively manage risk to avoid inertia whilst not exposing the Council to needless and avoidable challenge or loss

Managing Change

  • Understand and support the Authority’s overall change agenda
  • Deliver required outcomes of service specific change on time and to budget
  • Understand the quality of staff, support their development, nurture those with talent
  • Identify the skills for the future and the level of staff through robust workforce planning
  • Identify and deal with underperformance.
  • Deliver to agreed budget and income targets.