Group Manager

Website Northumberland County Council

Job Information
We are interested to seek out highly motivated and experienced candidates at competent Station Manager levels, as well as inviting applications from existing Group Managers from across the fire sector.

We are preparing for potential Group Manager vacancies across the service. Currently, we have Group Manager positions within Training, Assurance and Safety (TAS), Fire Safety, and Community Risk and Response (CRR). On conclusion of this process a small talent pool will be generated to support our future senior management team retirement profile across the next 18 months.

Northumberland is the northernmost county of England, bordering Cumbria, County Durham, Tyne and Wear and the Scottish Borders with an outstanding North Sea coastline of 103 km and a county of rural natural beauty. The county is steeped in history and heritage and with a population of over 300,000 residents, the council provides a wide range of services across over 5,000 sq. Km, one of the largest counties in England. Northumberland County Council is seeking to appoint to a key post within Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service.

The post holder will be part of the senior management team to support the delivery of our ambitious plans to ensure that we really are a “land of great opportunities”. They will be expected to help deliver an ambitious improvement programme across all parts of the service.

You will be expected to:

Support the aspirations of both the County Council and the Fire and Rescue Service by enabling further integration within the County Council and developing our offering to our communities.
Lead on the services continuous improvement strategies while supporting a positive and innovative organisational culture.
Demonstrate exceptional leadership skills aligned to the ‘Leading the Function’ elements of the NFCC Leadership Framework. NFCC_Leadership_Framework_Final-1.pdf
Lead change in a complex and evolving environment.
Have excellent communication skills and an ability to engage constructively with internal and external stakeholders.
Have demonstrated high levels of ability with regard to the implementation and management of key projects
Model our values and behaviours; promoting a culture which embraces collaboration, inclusivity, high performance and wellbeing, and you will strive to make a real difference to the communities we serve.
Manage and lead operational incidents as Incident Commander, or in other incident command support roles in accordance with the requirements of EFSM2 and local standard operating procedures.
Provide emergency response across all areas of Northumberland and be conditioned to our Flexi Duty Officer Rota. The requirement of providing a base within the service will be discussed with those candidates who may consider applying from outside of Northumberland.

For further information please see the Job Description in the supporting documents attached to this advert.

If you are interested in this exciting role, we would welcome an informal discussion with you. For an informal discussion about the role please contact:
Mr Steve Kennedy, Assistant Chief Fire Officer on 07771865875 or Email:

We are offering a salary range of £53,801 to £59,642 depending upon experience and Officers working on the flexible duty system shall be paid a pensionable supplement of 20% of their basic pay.

Closing date for applications will be midnight on 23rd of June 2024.

Group discussions, interviews, and presentations will take place across the weeks commencing the 8th, 15th and 22nd of July 2024.

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