Fire Knowledge

Assistant Chief Fire Officer

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service

Salary: £135,388.29 – £144,414.18 per annum

Your role

We are pleased to share that we are now actively recruiting to our Assistant Chief Fire Officer (ACFO) vacancy and looking for a high performing senior leader to join our Executive Leadership Team. Based on current  retirement profiles we have one opportunity available.

At Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) we have over 1,600 members of staff and work across 41 Fire Stations covering 500 square miles and serving a diverse population of over 2.8million people. As our next ACFO, you will be responsible for providing strategic leadership and direction for a large functional area and delivery teams.

In the role you will be expected to bring outstanding leadership to our organisation – Leadership that encourages new ways of thinking, collaborative working and an inclusive approach to everything we do. You will influence the future plans and direction for the organisation and will ensure the continued development of GMFRS.

About you

We are actively recruiting for high performing individual, and this role is open to existing Principal Officers, as well high potential Group and Area Managers who are working towards Strategic Leadership roles.

We are looking for someone who has significant experience in organisational transformation, inclusive leadership and operational command. With well-developed communication skills, you will establish and maintain effective partnerships with all relevant agencies and our communities, and you will have solid experience of developing and maintaining relationships with external stakeholders at authority, local and potentially national levels. The successful postholder will be able to demonstrate an ability to embrace and lead change, to build effective partnerships at a strategic level and to deliver an inclusive leadership style across the service.

About us

This is a really exciting time to be joining GMFRS, we are well on our way to delivering our 2021 – 2025 Fire Plan , whilst embedding our ‘Culture First’ approach to all aspects of our work. We are making significant investments in our organisation and our people, including through our Fleet and an Estate development plan. An example of recent investment is our new state of the art Leadership Development Academy.

Under the progressive leadership of CFO Dave Russel, we are making clear strides towards improving our organisational culture and embedding positive change. This can clearly be demonstrated in our latest HMICFRS inspection report, and our recent achievement of becoming a Stonewall Top 100 Employer.

We are proud to serve our Greater Manchester Communities, and as part of the GM Combined Authority we have established governance structures and support in place. This is  driven and supported by the GM Mayor Andy Burnham and Kate Green who is GM Deputy Mayor for Policing, Crime, Criminal Justice and Fire.

We value the diversity of our employees and aim to recruit a workforce which reflects our diverse communities across Greater Manchester. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified individuals, irrespective of people’s age, disability, trans status, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. We have guidance in place to ensure that all applicants are treated fairly and consistently at every stage of the recruitment process, including the consideration of reasonable adjustments for people who have a disability.

Our offer

As well as a generous starting salary we are offering a generous relocation package of up to £8,000

As a Principal Officer you will be entitled to a provided car and have your own Personal Assistant.

As an organisation we have many benefits including:

  • Commitment to diversity and inclusivity with 4 active staff networks for; LGBT+, Black and Racially Diverse, Disability and Women’s
  • Family friendly policies including parental leave (maternity, shared parental, adoption, maternity support)
  • Employer investment in training and development, and professional sponsorship
  • Corporate travel loans
  • Cycle scheme
  • Discount scheme (MiRewards) on local and national high street brands
  • Health and wellbeing offer – Occupational Health and Employee Assistance programme
  • On-site gym at our Fire Service HQ
  • Sports and welfare club

If you are interested in applying for this role, please contact our recruitment partners, Fire Knowledge Executive Recruitment for an informal and confidential discussion with Dave Etheridge:

Email: [email protected]
Mob: 07775 827265

The closing date for completed applications will be 09.00hrs on Monday 4th of September 2023 and a range of assessments will take place leading up to Panel Interviews around the 2 – 4th of October 2023.