How to Apply & Timetable

Housing and Customer Services Director (Castle Vale Community Housing, part of the Pioneer Group)
Director of Finance

Thank you for expressing an interest in one of the above posts. If you would like to apply, please follow the guidelines below.

Application Process

Please submit an up-to-date Curriculum Vitae (CV) and covering letter, ensuring that you quote the following reference number EMA337 for the Housing and Customer Services Director and EMA338 for the Director of Finance

It is important that your CV highlights supporting evidence of how your previous experience and skills relate to the criteria outlined in the Job Description and Person Specification. Within your CV, please supply the following:

  • Full name and postal address;
  • Work and home telephone number, mobile number and email address (NB most written communication with you will be electronic);
  • Employment history (explaining any gaps);
  • Education and dates your qualifications were obtained;
  • Current memberships of relevant professional bodies and dates.

Your covering letter (maximum of 3 pages) should be used to convey why you are attracted to this role and what you will bring to the role to further develop The Pioneer Group. The covering letter is considered an important aspect of your application and will be used to assess your motivation for the role.

Please also complete the declaration form which includes equalities monitoring information. The equality and diversity information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence, will not be disclosed to the interview panel and will form no part of the selection process.

The timetable for the selection process is included below. In your supporting letter, please advise us if you have any difficulty with the outlined dates and/or any other dates when you are unavailable for assessment. We try to offer flexibility, but it can be difficult to convene the selection panel outside the advertised selection dates due to diary commitments.

Please return your application by 27th April 2018 (electronic submissions preferred) to our retained consultants at EMA Business and Management Consultancy Limited (EMA) to Your application will be treated with strictest confidence.

If you wish to send a hard copy by post, the full address is as follows:

EMA Business and Management Consultancy Limited
13 Dormer Place
Leamington Spa
CV32 5AA

Assessment and Selection Process

All applications will be considered and assessed against the requirements of the Person Specification to select an initial long list of candidates. If you have been successful at this stage EMA will contact, you via telephone/email immediately following the initial longlisting meeting with Pioneer.

Interview process - There will be a two-stage interview process. The first stage will be a 45-minute interview to assess culture fit with The Pioneer Group and assess technical skills. We will then invite up to four candidates to a final stage interview to explore their application in more detail.


Process Date
Closing Date 27 April 2018
First Stage Interviews 8/9 May 2018
Final Interviews 14/15 May 2018

Contact Details

If you have any queries about the position or the selection process; or if you would like an informal and confidential discussion with our consultant, please do not hesitate to contact Ian Robertson at EMA on 01926 887272.

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