Chief Fire Officer
C. £160,000

Your role

As the Chief Fire Officer for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, you will be responsible for delivering an outstanding operational fire and rescue service to our Greater Manchester (GM) communities. You will be a transformational leader and, with the Mayor, set the strategic direction for GMFRS, its workforce and our partner organisations across GM.

GMFRS has already gone through a significant Programme for Change over recent times, including full service reviews and organisation restructure. The foundations have now been laid for the future of our service and it will be up to you to shape and lead our organisation into progressive new ways of working, as well as delivering a first class front line service to the citizens of GM.

As a member of our Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) Strategic Leadership Team, you will work with other Chief Executives from Local Authorities and other partner organisations across GM, You will be an important contributor to the achievement of our shared vision to make “Greater Manchester one of the best places in the world to grow up, get on and grow old” by delivering the GM Strategy and developing our place-based approach to Public sector Reform.

As our CFO you will have a seat on the National Fire Chief’s Council and be part of the wider National Fire Chief’s team in influencing and shaping the future of Fire and Rescue Services across the UK.

You will work closely and in partnership with our other core Blue Light services, including Greater Manchester Police, and North West Ambulance Service, forging an integrated approach to protecting and saving lives, preventing and responding to emergencies in GM.

Reporting and accountable to the Greater Manchester Mayor, Andy Burnham, this role has specific delegated authority over the day to day operations of GMFRS. The devolution of significant powers from Westminster makes GM a unique context for the next CFO to be a key part of the exciting work in shaping public services for the future.

As the CFO you will have direct management responsibility for our Corporate Leadership Team (CLT) – more information about the team can be found on our website.

About you

What is most important to us are the values that our next CFO will bring to the job and demonstrate to others by example. We are looking for an inclusive and passionate leader who shares our ambition to make GMFRS a modern, flexible and resilient fire and rescue service, fulfilling our mission of saving lives, protecting communities and working together a leader who wants to think about new ways of working to achieve that end.

We are looking for someone with high potential and with proven successful strategic senior management experience. Success in leading transformation and change programmes is a must. GM is ever evolving and we need a compassionate thought-driven leader to support and drive this change.

A high level of influencing and negotiation skills is essential: this role will involve working with key figures across Greater Manchester and the UK, including elected members and public, private and voluntary sectors Experience in successfully engaging and working with multi-agency partnerships is also essential.

At GMFRS we are big on inclusivity, and our next CFO will have this high on their agenda – ideally you will have proven experience in shaping workplace cultures in this area.

For more information on the key skills, knowledge, experience and behaviours that we are looking for, please see the role profile.

About us

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service is one of the largest Fire and Rescue Services outside London. We cover an area of approximately 500 square miles and a culturally diverse population of 2.8 million people. 

From modern inner-city developments to traditional mill towns, Greater Manchester is made up of ten very different districts - BoltonBuryManchesterOldhamRochdaleSalfordStockportTamesideTrafford and Wigan.

Our vision is to make GMFRS a modern, flexible and resilient fire and rescue service, fulfilling our mission of saving lives, protecting communities and working together.

The fire service is part of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority. On a day-to-day basis CLT are responsible for overseeing the running of the fire service, please see an overview of the management team here.

The GMCA is made up of the ten Greater Manchester councils and Mayor, who work with other local services, businesses, communities and other partners to improve the city-region.

The ten councils (Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan) have worked together voluntarily for many years on issues that affect everyone in the region, like transport, regeneration, and attracting investment.

The plan looks at 10 priority areas which affect all Greater Manchester residents and details how life will be improved for all who live in the city-region, from being ready for school, to starting work and growing old, as well as everything else in between.

More information about our 10 priority areas can be found on our website:

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Our offer

In return for your hard work, we offer our employees a competitive package as part of our offer which includes;

  • Flexible working conditions
  • Family friendly policies including parental leave (maternity, shared parental, adoption, maternity support)
  • Ability to buy additional annual leave
  • Generous Annual leave scheme - 37 days + Bank Holidays per annum upon starting, after 5 years’ service increase to 40 days + Bank Holidays.
  • Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Employer investment in training and development, and professional sponsorship including CPD
  • 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
  • Sports and welfare club
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusivity with 4 active staff networks; LGBTA, BAME, Disability and Women’s

Privacy Notice

The GMCA is an Equal Opportunities Employer and we positively welcome applications from all candidates regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment and/or change in gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.

This role requires Police and National Security Vetting, successful candidates will be subject to these checks.

This role is a politically restricted post.