Welcome to Salford. Message from Jim Taylor, City Director at Salford City Council.
Vibrant, resilient, challenging - Salford is all this and more. You could join me in working for one of the most dynamic cities in the UK.
The city is right at the heart of some of the most exciting changes in local government. The devolution agenda in Greater Manchester brings with it an unprecedented opportunity.
Salford has always been willing to change and innovate - and has seen the benefits. That's why I wanted be part of the new Salford success story as the city's first ever City Director, working with an elected City Mayor.
As the home of the UK's only Media City we are at the heart of the regional centre's growth. Salford's economy is set to double in size over the next 20 years, to a value of £4 billion. More and more people are choosing to make the city their home and we have one of the fastest expanding young populations with a growth of 8% forecast by 2021.
Further along the Manchester Ship Canal, in a public-private partnership, £134 million is being invested in developing Port Salford as a high tech hub to move goods by sea, road and rail, with the potential to create 3,000 jobs as the first tenants prepare to move in.
In central Salford, over £600 million investment will create new offices, shops and homes - the 'Creating a New Pendleton' public/private project will offer over 3,500 new training opportunities and jobs, along with modernising and building over 2,800 homes, new parks and public spaces.
Salford, like all inner city local authorities, does have its challenges. Not everyone has been able to take advantage of the economic growth. Many families face deprivation and long-standing health and social problems which have a real and devastating impact.
This is a city with character and resilience and pride, with our communities demonstrating the true Spirit of Salford. We in turn will work with partners to find new and innovative ways to create the quality of life that we want for our people.
As part of a journey of continuous change, we have already created a number of joint ventures and shared services, including a shared legal service with a partner local authority.
To deliver this transformation within the city council, we are currently strengthening the capacity of our top team to ensure we can deliver the services and support our residents and businesses need.
It won't be easy, so we are looking for the best for our most senior legal advisor. If you are a dynamic leader able to shape and develop our governance arrangements, with a strong record of achievement in working with partners then we would like to hear from you. We want to appoint an individual to our senior team who can provide quality legal and constitutional advice to ensure our decisions are made to the highest standards as well as manage a wide array of democratic and other services.
In addition to relevant legal experience in local government we are looking for an individual who is robust and principled, with a 'can do' approach and the ability to provide timely clear advice to officers and members.
With a proven track record, you will be driven and able to join our transformational agenda. If you can rise to that challenge, join me in writing the next chapter of the Salford story.