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Chief executive

Chief executive

Job title

Chief executive

Summary

To ensure the efficient and effective management of Kent Fire and Rescue Service and to oversee the implementation of organisational change and development. To advise Authority Members on key business decisions. Specific responsibilities (subject to review) include policy, planning, programme and performance management, service strategy development and communications.

Reports to

  • Kent and Medway Fire and Rescue Authority

Direct reports

Job location

Service Headquarters, Maidstone

Key accountabilities

  1. Direct and lead the Service through change at a strategic level to ensure it successfully achieves its business objectives and accommodates the challenges facing the Fire and Rescue Authority, through the effective use of the resources available.
  2. Ensure that the Fire and Rescue Authority Partnership Strategy is delivered to maximise organisational priorities.
  3. Lead and be accountable for the internal management of the Service, co-ordinating activities to deliver the Authority’s objectives.
  4. Lead and be accountable for planning, programme and performance management and quality assurance processes across the Service.
  5. Lead and be accountable for the programme of organisational development needed to meet current and future needs.
  6. Champion the benefits of diversity to the business of the Authority and ensure that the Service operates and promotes fair and open practices relating to employment and service delivery, in accordance with the relevant legislation relating to equality and fairness.
  7. Manage budgets and the monitoring processes that ensure compliance with the relevant legislation and Authority policies.
  8. Lead and be accountable for the effective promotion and communication of the Service’s priorities and activities, both internally and externally.
  9. Assume the role of Principal Officer within a multi-agency “Gold command” setting or as Chief Executive responsible for the strategic management of the Service during a major emergency.
  10. Provide advice to the Channel Tunnel Safety Authority and the Rescue and Public Safety Working Group (RPSWG), to ensure that Eurotunnel proposals comply with relevant national and international law in terms of fire and public protection, and that dialogue is maintained with appropriate agencies to ensure plans are in place for responding to tunnel emergencies.
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