Job Description

Interim Housing Strategy Manager
Location: London
Salary: £443.10 per day umbrella

We are seeking a highly motivated and experienced Interim Housing Strategy Manager to join a Local Authority in Central London. The successful candidate will play a pivotal role in shaping and executing the strategic improvement initiatives within the housing sector. This position requires a strong analytically mindset, exceptional communication skills, and the ability to work collaboratively across teams and departments.

General Duties:
  • Adopting an agile approach to deliver objectives quickly and efficiently.
  • Providing efficient management of and accountability for staff, including recruitment, development, and performance management.
  • Working as part of cross-functional project teams, ensuring delivery to a high standard.
  • Managing risk effectively and supporting senior leadership to deliver on commitments.
  • Understanding and navigating external inspection frameworks impacting Housing Services, with experience in managing or supporting inspections.
  • Establishing positive working relationships with staff at all levels, corporate colleagues, elected members, and external organisations.
  • Understanding local authority governance, decision-making processes, scrutiny, and performance reporting against Council Plans.
Specific Duties:
  • Lead and support the delivery of critical housing projects.
  • Produce and present consistently high-quality reports to meet the requirements of the Leadership Team.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to develop and execute strategic projects and initiatives.
  • Monitor and evaluate the performance of strategic initiatives, making adjustments as necessary.
  • Provide strategic guidance and support to senior leadership.
  • Prepare and present reports and presentations to communicate improvement and strategic plans and progress.
  • Stay informed about trends and best practices in housing strategy, development, and execution to facilitate decision-making, service transformation, and commissioning.
  • Manage and advise upon political processes, ensuring quality, clarity, and consistency in the Department’s interactions with elected members and senior officers.
  • Scope the demands and maintain oversight of external inspection frameworks, ensuring appropriate preparations are made in advance and that service improvement activities are identified and implemented.
  • Ensure resources are available to provide advice and expertise on consultation, engagement, and co-design of services or service improvements with residents and partners.
  • Ensure issues of diversity and equality inform service development and changes, providing strategic advice and guidance on meeting statutory responsibilities.
  • Develop appropriate reporting through various governance forums.
Top Skills:
  • Agile project management
  • Excellent communication skills in writing and presentations
  • Efficient management and accountability for staff
  • Cross-functional project team collaboration
  • Risk management and delivery support
  • Understanding of external inspection frameworks
  • Interpersonal skills and relationship building
  • Local authority governance and decision-making understanding
  • Extensive expertise in housing strategy
  • Proven ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously