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Temporary Assistant Chief Fire Officer

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service
£108,598 per annum
Closing date
15 Jul 2024

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Temporary Assistant Chief Fire Officer – x2 Vacancies


  • Director of Corporate Support 
  • Director of Service Delivery
  • Up to 12 month Secondment Opportunities

Salary: £108,598 per annum

Car provided + Employee Benefits

We are excited to announce an opportunity for two inspiring and inclusive leaders to join our Executive Leadership Team as Assistant Chief Fire Officers (ACFO). The secondments are for a period of up to 12 months with defined review periods. The posts provide unique development opportunities to make a significant impact both in our service and to the communities we serve. 

Here at Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service, we have over 550 dedicated staff operating across 23 Fire Stations, covering over 1,346 square miles, serving a diverse population of over 480,000 people. The county of Shropshire has varied risk profile that requires the use of a range of established and innovative ways of working both individually and with partners to keep our communities safe. 

As an ACFO, you will provide strategic leadership to either Service Delivery or Corporate Services. We seek leaders who will encourage fresh thinking, foster collaboration, and champion inclusivity in all aspects of our work. 

In 2025, SFRS will launch its 2025 to 2029 Community Risk Management Plan (CRMP). These roles will be pivotal in shaping this plan, ensuring it reflects our commitment to delivering the best possible service to Shropshire through clear and strategic priorities. 

**About You** 

We are seeking applications from high-performing and high-potential competent Area Managers or Heads of Departments who are aspiring and working towards strategic leadership roles. Ideal candidates will be able to evidence a range of skills and experiences that are key to the core responsibilities in strategic leadership of functions and strategic operational command.  

You should be able to demonstrate excellent communication skills internally and externally with the ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships with agencies and communities. You will engage with external stakeholders at local, national, and authority levels. Confidence, resilience, transparency and integrity are essential qualities for success in this role.  

**About Us** 

Our staff are our greatest asset. You will work closely with the Deputy Chief Fire Officer and the Senior Management Team to advance our service, enhance our organisational culture, and embed positive change. Listening to and valuing our staff is at the core of our leadership approach. Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service is proud of its strong community links and high on-call availability, showcasing our staff’s daily commitment. Our full-time firefighters are always ready to respond to a wide range of incidents and engage with the community at every opportunity. 

 Currently, we are undergoing our third HMICFRS Inspection. You will play a key role in leading this process with the senior management team, ensuring continuous service improvement and the safety of Shropshire’s communities. 

 We are committed to diversity and inclusion, aiming to recruit a workforce that reflects our diverse communities. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals, regardless of age, disability, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation. We ensure fair and consistent treatment for all applicants, including reasonable adjustments for disabilities.

 **Essential Criteria** 

 - Strategic Command Level 7 or Multi-Agency Gold Incident Command or equivalent. 

- Relevant Level 6 strategic level business or management qualification or equivalent.

- A current UK driving licence. 

- DBS checks. 

 The Assistant Chief Fire Officer is part of the Executive Officer Rota and as such you are required to provide executive cover.  The position is subject to Gold Book terms and conditions. The Service provides a vehicle with an option for private mileage, subject to respective taxation.

 **How to Apply** 

 If you are interested in this opportunity, please submit your CV and a personal statement (each no more than two sides of A4, 11 font) outlining your knowledge and experience by 12pm on 15th July 2024. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview the week commencing 22nd July 2024. 

 For those interested candidates that would like an informal conversation please contact ACFO Guy Williams or after the 11th July, DCFO Samantha Burton by contacting the executive support team to arrange a telephone discussion on 01743 260200. 

 We very much look forward to receiving your application and potentially welcoming you to our leadership team. Together, we can make a difference in Shropshire. 

Attached documents
ACFO Service Support Job Description.doc
ACFO Person Spec.doc
ACFO Service Delivery Job Description.doc


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01743 260200
Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service
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