Belfast Telegraph

Executive hunts for top civil servants to fill leadership roles

By Emma Deighan

Senior sought-after roles at the civil service (NICS) have been announced as the Executive seeks permanent secretaries for various departments.

The positions, which have a pay scale of between £114,047 and £133,327, are described as "strategic leadership" roles and are thought to be rarely advertised, becoming vacant mostly through current post holders' retirement.

While the Executive wouldn't confirm what departments these roles fall under, it is thought that the Department of Finance could be one section of the NICS seeking a permanent secretary following David Sterling's move to head of the NICS earlier this year.

The present line-up of eight permanent secretaries doesn't include any females and the Department of Finance is urging women to apply. Its spokeswoman said: "Applications are particularly welcome from women as they are currently under-represented at this level of the senior NI Civil Service."

She added: "This exercise will be used to fill vacancies that arise over the lifetime of the competition so we cannot be specific at this stage about the department(s) to which the successful candidate(s) may be assigned."

Post holders will be expected to "be the principal adviser to departmental ministers for all departmental activities; manage their department, its staff and resources, and work corporately to deliver the Northern Ireland Executive's Programme for Government; and as an accounting officer, be responsible to the NI Assembly (through the Public Accounts Committee) for the sound management of public funds".

The permanent secretaries will also have a role to develop the NICS into a "well-led high-performing service".

Belfast Telegraph

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