Assistant Director – Governance

We are excited about our future – where we are proud to champion our communities and revitalise our town. As Assistant Director, Governance you will also be our Monitoring Officer. You’ll be at the heart of decision making, providing strategic legal advice to both members and senior officers and support colleagues to identify and implement innovative solutions and transformation. This is your opportunity to shine and to share our pride in Ipswich.

A member of the Corporate Management Team that drives the case for transformation and change, you will ensure that the Council has excellent governance, sound decision making and compliance. That means working closely with colleagues to enable the delivery of our new corporate strategy. Your role as lead legal advisor to the Council will give you scope to contribute broadly and significantly, providing clear and practical legal advice and support and enabling our major projects to succeed.

You will lead and manage the Audit & Fraud Team and Legal & Democratic Services, which includes Land Charges and Elections, at an important time as we seek to build on the investment already made in the town and secure the financial sustainability of the Council. You and your team will have a crucial role in ensuring effective governance that helps us capitalise on our many opportunities and maintain the pride employees, businesses and residents have in the county town of Suffolk.

As well as a good salary, we offer a career average pension scheme, generous holiday and sick pay entitlements, subsidised parking, public transport discounts, free swimming, cycle purchase scheme, plenty of personal and professional development opportunities, flexible working, hybrid working opportunities, Employee Assistance Programme and the opportunity to work with great colleagues.

Please download the Job Description and Person Specification to find out more about this role: Job Description and Person Specification

Early applications are encouraged as we reserve the right to interview candidates who meet the essential criteria prior to the closing date and / or to close the opportunity to applicants once we receive sufficient applications.


£84,000 – £88,000

Application closing date

21st January 2024

Job type

37 hours per week



Ipswich Borough Council

Grafton House
15-17 Russell Road

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  • 01473 432000