Thank you for your interest in this role. We are delighted that you are considering applying to join us. The Council, with the community and its partners, is working to make Lewisham the best place in London to live, work and learn.

Our priorities are to make Lewisham a place where people:

  • are inspired and supported to fulfil their potential
  • can be actively involved in their local area and contribute to supportive communities
  • live in high-quality housing and can care for and enjoy their environment
  • can actively participate in maintaining and improving their health and well-being
  • are part of vibrant localities and town centres well connected to London and beyond
  • feel safe and are able to live free from crime, antisocial behaviour and abuse.

Lewisham today is a successful and cosmopolitan part of London occupied by energetic, creative and diverse local communities. People here benefit from attractive residential neighbourhoods, great local schools and a huge number of parks and green spaces.

It is also a place that is changing. We have exciting developments taking place inour town centres and neighbourhoods, bringing new housing, new schools and new leisure facilities.

We have excellent transport connections to the rest of London and the wider region, with Canary Wharf, the City, London City Airport and the new international rail terminal at Stratford all within easy reach of the borough. The London Overground is now connecting more of Lewisham with central London and the rail and tube network.

Lewisham Council is a high performing organisation. With ever decreasing resources the Council is doing everything it can to protect the things people value most, making sure the services we provide are the best they can be and working every penny of taxpayers' money as hard as we can.

Lewisham's directly-elected Mayor, Sir Steve Bullock, is a well-respected and hugely experienced public servant who works closely with local public and private partners to provide leadership to the whole community.

About Lewisham

Lewisham is home to 275,900 people – a figure predicted to grow by 41,000 by 2020. The median age of 33.5 for a Lewisham resident, is lower than the England average of 39. Children and young people aged 0-19 years make up 25.4 % of our residents, compared to 22.7 % for inner London and 24% across England. We are England's 14th most ethnically diverse borough with 46.4 % of our residents from black and minority ethnic background, and this rises to over 75% within our school population, where pupils speak over 170 languages. Almost 31,000 residents are of black-Caribbean origin, with more than 32,000 residents of black-African origin and an ever-growing proportion of residents of dual heritage or mixed race.

Two thirds of working Lewisham residents, travel outside of the borough to do so. Those in full-time employment are also more likely to travel outside of the borough for work. A third of those in employment work in Managerial or Professional occupations, again these residents are more likely to work outside Lewisham. Around a quarter of Lewisham residents are employed within the public sector, however approximately 40% of the jobs which are actually located within the borough boundaries are public sector roles.

Recent evidence suggests that the recession has slowed the rate of residential mobility through a sharp slowdown in private housing sales. This has impacted on the overall rate of 'population churn' in Lewisham.

In Lewisham, 11.4 % of all households are lone parent families – the 4th highest rate in London, where the average is 8.5%. This has significant bearing on social and labour market policy and relative income levels.

We do face increased deprivation levels. The 2010 Index of Multiple Deprivation ranked Lewisham 31st out of 326 local areas in England compared to 38th in 2007. On the specific indicator of income deprivation affecting children, 35 (out of 166) of Lewisham's super output areas are in the 10% most deprived in the country.

Read more about The Borough and its neighbourhoods. Find out about the latest information from the Census 2011.

The Council

Lewisham Council is made up of the Mayor, Sir Steve Bullock, elected by the whole borough, along with 54 ward councillors – three elected by each of our 18 wards.

Our 'One Council' approach aims to ensure that each resident can expect the same high level of service, no matter which arm of the Council they come into contact with. Our residents should be at the heart of the services we offer.

We look at what we do through the eyes and experiences of customers, and re-shape what we do in response. Doing the same thing for more people or more efficiently is not enough if we are not meeting people's needs. The Council's organisational structure enables us to respond more rapidly and flexibly to the needs of our ever-changing population.

Our structure enables us to group services together, improve effectiveness and efficiency and relentlessly focus on service performance.

More about structure, executive management team and four directorates.

Find out who runs the council and information about The Mayor

Vision, Priorities and Performance

Our vision

Together we will make Lewisham the best place in London to live, work and learn.

Lewisham's vision was developed following consultation with Lewisham residents, public sector agencies, local business, voluntary and community sector organisations. This vision is not just for the Council, it has been adopted by the Lewisham Strategic Partnership and continues to be a bold aspiration that stretches and motivates the Council and its partners to set priorities and deliver services that will achieve the vision. This vision is set out in the Sustainable Community Strategy 2008-2020.

Our values

We have a series of core values which provide a benchmark for behaviour across the organisation:

  • we put service to the public first
  • we respect all people and all communities
  • we invest in employees
  • we are open, honest and fair in all we do.

Our priorities for action are to work with partners to:

  • improve the wellbeing of the people of Lewisham
  • develop and engage local communities
  • improve public sector performance and delivery.

Find out more about how we are performing as a Council.

Find out more about Lewisham Corporate Strategies.

Budget Position

Since May 2010 the Council has cut £56m from its budget. We will have to cut a further £53.5m in the next two years with the expectation of further cuts of around £25m in the following year.

The Council is protecting spending on services that people value most, making sure that the services it provides for people across the borough are the best they can be and working every penny of taxpayers' money as hard as it can.

'To deliver savings it is not simply a question of spending less – managers have to be creative about how to spend differently so that less is spent but that service is, where feasible, sustained if not improved.' (Serving Lewisham Smarter, Mayor and Cabinet paper, July 2011.

Traditional efficiency gains will not be enough to unlock the resources needed to deliver the services communities demand. Managing that demand for services and changing citizen behaviours present the single greatest opportunity to reduce costs. This will require:

  • addressing mismatched expectations through changes in process and communication
  • reducing costs of those who do have needs by tapping into citizen-driven innovations: personalisation with a purpose
  • transforming the relationship with the citizen to build the community skills and capacity to take on more responsibility.

In short it means building a new understanding between the Council and its citizens about what each can expect of the other. In the summer of 2010 the Council ran Our Lewisham, Our Say – the Council's biggest ever conversation with the community about its budget. This opened up the conversation about which services citizens value most and where they felt that the Council could do less, or they, as citizens, could do more.

The following themes came out strongly from Our Lewisham, Our Say:

  • The Council should protect spending on services to the most vulnerable in the community.
  • It was ok to reduce spending in some areas, but generally only in those areas where the Council spends relatively small sums.
  • Citizens were prepared to pay more for some services.
  • Businesses could do more and the Council could help people to do more.
  • The Council should continue to find efficiencies and cut its costs.

HR at Lewisham

Delivering high quality services in Lewisham is as challenging as it's ever been. Reduced income, population growth and an evolving relationship with our community mean transformation is vital if we are to continue serving our borough to the high standards we've set. This process of change is well underway and HR is at the heart of it.

We've developed a strategy that's designed to help us lead, develop, manage and engage our people, so they are able to address the challenges that lie ahead. High levels of unemployment and changes to the benefits systems; as well as opportunities arising from regeneration and development, are all due to have a big impact, so it's imperative that we're prepared.

By building a workforce that's as skilled and engaged as possible, we can tackle obstacles to progress and continue to deliver great services. Indeed, we're determined to excel, despite the difficult climate and achieve an ambitious vision: to make Lewisham the best place in London to live, work and learn. And we can only do that with a flexible, motivated workforce that's well-led and managed. With the best possible team in place, there's no telling what we can do – or how far our borough can go.


Talent Management in Lewisham

The team is accountable for ensuring the organisation is resourced with sufficient and competently talented people for the council to deliver services. The team has a key accountability for ensuring that the HR resource in recruiting either a permanent or temporary workforce alongside developing an internal or externally sourced workforce is done in a seamless fashion with a single focus to ensure the delivery of services are supported and resourced.

It is responsible for delivering corporate workforce priorities while balancing the development of the internal workforce with the procurement of external talent including:

  • the effective development, evaluation and implementation of Management
  • Development and Learning to ensure that it contributes to the overall performance of the organisation
  • ensuring the effective management, administration and commissioning of learning provision
  • ensuring the organisation and Council's workforce is developed in line with the Council's objectives including recruiting key workers, apprentices and graduates
  • oversight of resourcing strategies for permanent and temporary staff

The function drives, leads and influences the strategic organisational learning and development of the council by developing enabling strategies to steer the transformation of the council. The team is also responsible for ensuring there is strategic coherence between the delivering of generic, management and social care training. It ensures that emerging social care service pressures, strategic developments and operational delivery issues are incorporated into social care learning and development. These roles provide us with an opportunity to rationalise and achieve economies of scale in the management of the two large contracts within the HR division, on matters such as ensuring compliance and monitoring spend.

As part of the responsibility for developing a corporate workforce planning approach this area has accountability for the delivery of management information in support of this plan and the wider HR performance needs.

How to Apply

To find out more about us and the role, please contact our Penna consultant, Andy Hammond, for an informal discussion on 020 7332 7794. If you wish to apply, please complete the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form and send your current CV to: andy.hammond@penna.com

Closing date: 6th April 2014.