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Group Commanders, Surrey Fire and Rescue Service (REF: GC/SFRS)

£54,416 - £60,324

Listed 23 July 2019

Group Commanders, Surrey Fire and Rescue Service 

  • £54,416 - £60,324 per annum (plus Surrey Allowance £1,327) for 42 hours per week at Surrey Fire and Rescue Service.
  • An enhanced DBS ‘Disclosure and Barring Service’ check for regulated activity (formerly known as CRB) and the Children’s and Adults’ Barred List checks will be required for this role.
  • Flexible working is supported, laptop and mobile supplied. 33 days and 3 long service days annual leave, Firefighters pension scheme. Travel across sites would be required.

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service has the responsibility of protecting over one million people who live in the 650 square miles of Surrey. The Service employs just under 700 people across the County in a variety of roles. Comprising both uniformed personnel and support staff, they all share one vision:

With you, making Surrey safer. We do this by: 

  • Serving the needs of our community.
  • Flexibly responding to a constantly changing environment.
  • Recognising and embedding diversity in everything we do
  • Solving challenges through intelligence driven collaboration, innovation and improvement.

Do you see yourself providing strong and visible leadership across the Fire Service and its partners, inspiring people to build a culture of high performance?

Do you see yourself providing immediate and long term leadership within your functional area/s to create professional, resilient, effective and high performing teams?

Do you see yourself driving performance, effective Service delivery and achievement of the organisation’s objectives taking responsibility for ensuring continuous improvement in service delivery and support?

About the role

We are looking to recruit a pool of Group Commanders, for a period of 18 months, to be responsible for leading teams and functions.  You will be required to ensure the right people are in place to ensure successful project implementation and allocate work appropriately. In addition, you will be expected to lead, manage and support people to resolve operational incidents, swiftly and safely including emergency, critical or major incidents, and other rescue operations as well as providing support and mentoring to Level 2 officers. You will be required to undertake the role of NILO. To be successful in the role, you will need to be aware of external and internal factors that may influence strategy, development and implementation of projects under your control and utilise coaching and mentoring to develop and stretch staff taking into account potential for development and succession planning.

To be shortlisted to interview for this position your application will clearly evidence:

  • Experience of having managed projects and Service delivery
  • Experience of having been willing to make decisions and encouraged decision making at the right level reflecting the key priorities and requirements of the organisation, sometimes in complex strategic environment as well as day to day running of the team
  • The ability to lead by example inspiring, coaching and steering the efforts of those within your team. Motivating them to deliver continuous improvement in everything we do and engage with the Services vision. Engaging external partners that can contribute to the aims of the organisation
  • The ability to enable self-development to take place, as well as setting and achieving personal goals for the benefit of the stations or teams and the Service as a whole
  • The ability to effectively communicate verbally and in written form to all levels, including senior managers and county councillors. Utilising diverse and innovative methods to communicate the Service vision and to engage internal and external stakeholders to work collaboratively to improve Service delivery
  • Ability to work effectively with technology and able to demonstrate competence with basic software or IT equipment.

Applicants will also be expected to have achieved the following level of training and qualifications:

• Competency at Assistant Group Commander (Station Commander) or developing/competent Group Commanders

  • Level 5 leadership and management qualification or equivalent
  • ICS Level 2 qualified
  • Driving Licence
Contact Details

 Interested in finding out more? Please contact Area Commander Andy Treasure at andrew.treasure@surreycc.gov.uk / 07968 834456 or Area Commander Gary Locker on 07968 834490 Gary.Locker@surreycc.gov.uk.

 Additional information

Closing date for applications 30 August 2019Psychometric assessments will take place week commencing 9 September.  Interview and presentation will take place during week commencing 9 and 16 September.

Values and behaviours

Our values are what support our vision, shape the culture. They are also aligned to Surrey County Councils values and are crucial in delivering the corporate strategy.

Surrey Fire and Rescue want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from underrepresented groups.

How to apply

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Closing date: 30 August 2019

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