Corporate business services
We share a number of services with Kingston Council, one of them being the Shared IT Service, which has acted as a key enabler for other shared services and flexible and collaborative working.
At both authorities, there is recognition that technology is a driver for change and, as ambitious organisations, investment in digital transformation has been made a key priority.
We’re in an exciting position in that, between our two councils, we boast a dynamic and varied customer base that extends beyond the residents of the two boroughs. We have clear objectives to stand amongst the best in the country when it comes to service delivery and performance. Our leaders recognise the crucial role that our ICT services have to play in this.
The IT Service are always looking to push the boundaries and find innovative and creative new ways of delivering key services.
We share a number of services with Kingston Council, one of them being the the Shared Finance Service. The Shared Service was established in April 2017 and provides financial services to the both Councils. With over 130 staff and almost 60 different roles we are a large service and have many customers including, front-line Council services, Councillors, residents, Council owned companies, businesses and partner organisations from other sectors.
The Shared Finance Service supports all areas of Council business, providing strong financial governance and stewardship as well as expert advice and strategic thinking. We are involved in a wide range of innovative and transformative projects in both Councils and help drive the development of strong commercial acumen across the Councils.
We share a number of services with Kingston Council, one of them being the the Shared Human Resources (HR) Service.
HR play an exciting and critical role in enabling Kingston and Sutton Councils and other clients to deliver their strategic outcomes, through enabling the organisation to create the right ‘people’ conditions.
HR look after a number of different areas that make up the employee lifecycle, including: workforce strategy, recruitment, onboarding, performance management, learning and development, payroll and health and safety.
Sutton council is a commissioning council, this means that we are committed to using the commissioning cycle to make evidence-based decisions about the services we provide and how we deliver them e.g. in-house, through a shared service with another organisation, or by outsourcing the service.
The Commissioning Team are responsible for this process and the ongoing monitoring and contract management of services that are outsourced, and the procurement team provide advice on the procurement/buying of goods and services in line with legislation.
Our legal service is shared with with Kingston, Merton, Richmond and Wandsworth Councils, it’s London’s first five borough legal service and Merton Council are the lead Council for the shared service.
The service is divided into four teams:
- Property and Commercial Team – The team provides legal advice and support in relation to procurement, contracts, property and employment matters for all councils.
- Litigation, Housing and Planning Team – The team litigates on behalf of all the Councils in the civil and criminal courts. The team also advises on all planning and highways matters.
- Social Care and Education – the team provides legal advice and support to adults’ and children’s social care teams as well as to the education teams for all councils.
- Practice Management Team – the team supports the legal service by providing administrative support to the legal officers and practice management support and information to legal services managers.
For career opportunities in our legal service, please visit Merton Council’s website
Our Environment, Planning and Regeneration Service hosts a number of different departments, including Planning, Waste and Refuse Services, Highways, Engineering, Housing Regeneration, Community Safety and Transport. The Service also includes Opportunity Sutton which provides a focus for economic development, growth and regeneration in Sutton, working across departments and with partners in business, retail, education, development and housing, to make Sutton a great place to invest, live and work.
For more information on Opportunity Sutton, please visit their website
There are 60 schools including academies, community, voluntary aided, secondary, primary, special, and nurseries in Sutton. Several schools also have children’s centres and offer extended services.
Schools offer a variety of different career opportunities, including qualified teachers, learning support staff and corporate support staff.