This was always going to be a challenging recruit, particularly given the location and the paramount importance on a candidate to embrace the commercial elements of the role. The council had also unsuccessfully attempted to recruit this position through another agency previously, and were using two further agencies alongside Allen Lane.
With this in mind, we left no stone unturned. We approached a wide range of potentially suitable candidates from our extensive database and gained referrals through our network. Given the location, we proactively approached candidates working in local authorities who were ready to take the step up to Deputy Section 151 level, further building our ever-growing outer-London network. In addition to this, we looked to identify candidates who were currently travelling in to London and looking at opportunities closer to home, or candidates that were looking to move out of London to step up to Deputy Section 151 level within an exciting organisation.
We then vetted and interviewed all longlisted candidates, not only taking skillset and track record into account, but also considering factors key to Cherwell, including leadership qualities, resilience, business acumen and ambition. Following this, we produced a shortlist of candidates which we presented to our client.