Colchester is a fantastic place to live and work. We are very proud of our heritage and are ambitious for our future, with plans for further growth and a commitment to deliver the extra housing that is so important to our region. Colchester is an important and exciting centre both in Essex and the region - a busy and vibrant borough, with a growing population, a diverse arts and cultural offer, good schools and affordable housing. The Council is leading a range of major regeneration programmes including Garden Communities, Northern Colchester Gateway development, major sporting development and many others.

We are not a traditional Borough Council and we pride ourselves on being forward thinking, entrepreneurial and dynamic. We have embraced our community leadership role in a very positive manner. We have a clear strategic vision for the borough and strong internal corporate goals, based on the themes of Customer, Business and Culture that everyone at the Council owns and works to.

We also have an ambitious change programme focusing on digital transformation and are furthering our commercial ambitions through Colchester Commercial (Holdings) Ltd and its three subsidiaries: Colchester Amphora Homes, our housing development subsidiary; Amphora Energy Ltd delivering sustainable, carbon-saving heat for local homes and businesses; and also Amphora Trading Ltd, which runs the Council’s commercial services.

As our Chief Operating Officer, you will occupy a central and influential role within our organisation. You will have the opportunity to develop a thorough understanding of all service areas, with a focus on performance, strategic financial planning and developing our ability to assess and manage risk. I want this individual to ask questions of others, mirroring the constructive and collaborative style that already exists within the Council, and to act as a catalyst to continuous improvement. It’s a role that presents the ideal platform on which to build your credentials as an organisational leader.

If this sounds like you, and you are up for the challenge, I very much look forward to receiving your application.

Adrian Pritchard
Chief Executive