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Please let me introduce myself: my name is Minesh Patel and I am the Corporate Director Finance and Resources at Brent Council. I’d like to thank you for showing an interest in the roles within the finance team and tell you a little bit about myself and the team that you would be joining.

I have worked for Brent for over 14 years and during that time I have worked in some of the roles that we are currently looking to appoint to. The finance team is 97 strong and all the hiring managers involved in this recruitment campaign have been promoted to their current role whilst with Brent. Between us we have over 75 years’ experience with London Borough of Brent. As a management team we have ambitious plans to establish the best finance team across London by sharing our knowledge and experience. All the roles that we looking to appoint to are incredibly important to the success of the team.

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Our goal for finance is to enable change, assist in realising the goals and aspirations of the borough’s plan, and make sure that money is a key consideration when making decisions. The finance department plays a crucial role in safeguarding public funds and borough assets by exercising strong stewardship. It also needs to drive value by making sure every penny is spent as effectively and efficiently as possible. Finally, it needs to add value by interacting with stakeholders, including council members, to provide perceptive analysis that will influence and inform decision-making.

Of course, we want to hire people who are experienced in the world of finance and who are suitably qualified for the positions. In addition to your technical proficiency, your optimistic outlook and innovative mindset will be crucial.

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About Brent

Thank you for taking the time to visit this dedicated recruitment microsite, we have partnered with Hays to carry out this very key recruitment campaign with opportunities across finance.

It’s an exciting time to consider joining London Borough of Brent. The organisation has recently formulated a strategic plan 2023 – 2027 called Moving Brent Forward Together. The plan sets out how we will work with residents, partner organisations, and voluntary organisations, to best serve the people of Brent.

There are 5 priorities. These are

  • Prosperity and stability in Brent

  • A cleaner, greener future

  • Thriving communities

  • The best start in life

  • A healthier Brent

In the words of the council leader, Muhammed Butt,

“It is our community that makes Brent a great place; we make a really positive difference when we work together. The impact of the pandemic and other challenges to the national and local economies will mean that resources will be tight. However, we are committed to improving the lives of those who live in the borough. Our focus remains on the same principle as always – to leave no resident behind. This will be more important than ever.”

Brent is a tremendously vibrant London borough where the iconic arch of Wembley Stadium dominates the skyline. Spanning both inner and outer London, it is a borough of huge contrasts in terms of its economic, environmental, ethnic and social make up.

Brent is the most ethnically diverse local authority in the country, this is evident to all who visit. Our long history of ethnic and cultural diversity has created a place that is truly unique and valued by those who live and work here.

Brent Civic Centre - the council's headquarters - is just a stone’s throw from England's national stadium. The Borough is well connected with 21 tube stations, along with a host of road, rail, and cycle route links.

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Equality in Brent

Brent is the second most culturally diverse borough in the UK and our long history of ethnic and cultural diversity is not only one of our greatest strengths and assets, but valued by those who live and work here.

Respect for equality is at the heart of what we do and we are committed to improving the services we provide to residents and our staff.

We recognise the progress that has been made with our partners in the west London region towards a vision of an equal and diverse society. This has strengthened our commitment to developing our programme on integration and community cohesion.

We are working hard to create inclusive services and employment opportunities for all people who live and work in Brent.

Internally we do this by supporting and monitoring the work of each department to ensure they address the needs of residents and staff from different backgrounds and with different needs.

Our equality objectives 2019-2023

Under the Equality Act 2010, we have a duty to develop and publish equality objectives and make sure we can show how we measure improvement over the next four years. We have set four equality and human rights objectives in order to achieve key outcomes for those who live and work in Brent:

Understand the barriers to equality experienced in Brent and act to remove them.

Provide accessible information and services that are tailored to people’s needs.

Tackle hate, harassment and victimisation.

Lead the way in encouraging diversity to flourish in Brent.

For more information about our objectives and how we implement these, please read our Equality Strategy 2019-2023.

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Benefits include

  • competitive salary

  • the opportunity to join the Local Government Pension Scheme

  • generous holiday entitlements starting from 27 days' holiday a year

  • a full range of family friendly policies, including generous maternity and paternity entitlements and childcare schemes

  • flexible working patterns, including hybrid working

  • training and development opportunities

  • good travel links in and out of Wembley and a range of cost saving travel schemes

  • access to My Brent Rewards, our dedicated website for staff with big brand discounts and local offers

  • work at the outstanding state-of-the-art Brent Civic Centre

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