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Assistant Director of Finance – Business Partnering (Deputy Section 151)


Thank you for your interest in this post. The Council has recently appointed me as S151, taking over from Rob Salmon, in June 2024.

Staffordshire is an innovative, ambitious and sustainable county with a proud heritage and bright hopes for the future – well positioned at the heart of the thriving West Midlands to create jobs, growth and prosperity for local people.

Much has been achieved in recent years – a better quality of life for local people, major programmes delivered to secure future growth and jobs, and substantial changes to how we operate, ensuring we can continue to deliver what local people need at a cost we can afford.

We are immensely proud of our county and of the work we do, and the way in which they are presented to our residents, colleagues and the wider world is vitally important to our continued success.

Our businesses and residents look to us to promote the county on a national and international stage and to act as a trusted voice in times of crisis and challenge.

We’re delighted that you’ve taken the time to take a look at this exciting opportunity and we welcome a further informal conversation with you to support you making your mark in Staffordshire.


Pete Shakespear
Assistant Director of Finance

About our Finance Directorate

At Staffordshire, our 300-strong Finance function are integral in delivering crucial services that impact the lives of our residents. With a £1 billion turnover, a £500 million supply chain, and half a million annual transactions, we oversee financial administration and strategic planning, ensuring the best outcomes for Staffordshire’s citizens while managing risks.

We collaborate with politicians and senior officers across diverse services from children’s and adult social care to road network quality, providing top-notch services to Staffordshire’s community. Our finance professionals play a central role in tackling the significant challenges facing the public sector.

We oversee transactional services ranging from debtors, to financial assessment, to debt management. We provide arrangements for Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) members through the Staffordshire Pension Fund and are the lead accountable body for the delivery of economic growth with the Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Local Enterprise Partnership.

We are a Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy accredited employer, prioritising professional development with internal training and CPD opportunities. We actively engage in policy shaping and public finance advancement at national and regional levels, with many staff contributing to forums like the CIPFA regional committee and CIPFA national student network.

As one of the largest local authorities in the country, with that scale comes opportunity professionally.  We want people who are creative thinkers who want to find better value ways to deliver outcomes to Staffordshire residents.