Birmingham City Council has taken the unusual step of attempting to recruit seven assistant directors of finance on salaries of up to £85,000 each.
An advertising campaign to fill an entire senior management team urges “visionary business leaders with drive and determination” to apply for the positions.
The recruitment exercise runs alongside the council’s business transformation project, which aims to cut £634 million from the annual budget by 2017 largely through the use of better IT systems and more productive working methods.
The wage bill for the assistant finance directors would hit £6000,000 if all seven are paid at the top end of the salary scale.
One of the successful candidates will be given responsibility for making sure that major council projects, including the refurbishment of New Street Station and the new Centenary Square library, remain on budget and are delivered on time.
Others will have the task of making sure the adults and communities and children, young people and families departments do not over-spend.
Deputy council leader Paul Tilsley has stressed that none of the jobs are new and there would be no additional impact on the local authority budget.
Coun Tilsley (Lib Dem Sheldon) said reorganisation at the council over the past two years meant several assistant finance director posts had not been filled, while other positions were presently being undertaken by staff who were “acting up”.
He said the council was keen to “spread the net wide” and would be looking to attract suitably qualified private sector high-flyers.
Coun Tilsley added: “You could describe it as a job lot, really. There will be a number of candidates who are internal but we are also keen to test the water to see what talent there is outside of the council.”
The advertisement describes the council as having an enviable reputation for forward-thinking and fiscal discipline.
It adds: “You are a capable and visionary business leader, a skilled team worker and a shaper of ideas.
“Someone with the drive, determination and outlook to deliver improved performance for the city of Birmingham and its people.”