This is your chance to translate our vision for Birmingham into a reality.
Shape a city and its people
In this pivotal role, you will be at the forefront of unparalleled change and renewal. You will spearhead the transformation of Europe’s largest authority, while driving the revitalisation of the UK’s second biggest city. From day one, you will make a positive difference for over one million residents. And you will build a legacy of opportunity and growth for generations to come.
This is, quite simply, the most significant role in local government. Under your leadership, the newly formed directorates of People, Place and Economy will help to improve critical services and in particular supporting those safeguarding our children. At the same time you will drive new approaches to delivering other key services, enabling them to maintain their integrity and value in a time of dramatically reducing budgets.
Along with your role as Director of Economy, we will look to you to connect Birmingham, its businesses and its people beyond the city. You will be instrumental in making Birmingham a truly entrepreneurial and inclusive city, including working in partnership with the Birmingham family of schools to improve outcomes for children in the city.
To be equal to our challenges, you will need impressive credentials including a track record of success within a major organisation. You will need to have an exceptional talent for forging links and fostering opportunities. Politically sensitive and commercially astute, you will have the opportunity to create meaningful change.Read more
The council’s vision is to make Birmingham an inclusive city in which many more people can play their part – a fair chance for everyone in Birmingham.
The council has three key priorities:
Tackling inequality and deprivation; promoting social cohesion across all communities in Birmingham; and ensuring dignity, particularly for our older people; and safeguarding for children.
Laying the foundations for a prosperous city, built on an inclusive economy.
Involving local people and communities in the future of their local area and their public services – a city with local services for local people.
Birmingham really is a great place to live and work, a city full of energy and enthusiam.
Based in the centre of the UK we are very accessible by road, rail and air. But when the redevelopment of New Street train station and the new rapid transport systems are completed travelling to and around the city will be even easier
We are the youngest city in Europe, with under 25s accounting for nearly 40% of our population. We have over 400 schools, 15 universities and three university colleges within one hour’s drive of the city.
Our youthfulness provides relentless spirit and ambition which ensures the city has always got a new achievement, breakthrough, creative adventure or something awe-inspiring up its sleeve.
Our appetite for progression is boundless. We have been a champion of innovation since the earliest days of the Industrial Revolution. Today we focus our almighty research and development resources on developing the next generation of everything from greener transport to genetics, from regeneration to faster broadband speeds.
Culturally speaking we have great theatres, museums and the world famous City of Birmingham Orchestra, beautiful historical buildings and of course our new iconic Library of Birmingham. We also have amazing concert and sporting venues such as the NEC, Edgbaston Cricket ground and Alexander Stadium.
Dining out in our city has something for all tastes with Michelin star restaurants across the city, Spiceal Street by the Bull Ring, the Chinese Quarter and our very famous Balti Triangle.
Birmingham is still one of the most popular places to shop in the UK, with the impressive names of Selfridges, Harvey Nichols and Louis Vuitton already established here, the development of the new John Lewis store will add another fantastic dimension to the retail experience.
And that’s just where we are now.
With our Big City Plan taking us forward and the exciting ongoing changing landscape of our city, Birmingham will only keep on improving.
More interesting information on Birmingham can be found at visitbirmingham.com
Here is an indicative timeline for candidate reference
Councillor Sir Albert Bore writes to potential candidates.
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