Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Group Manager

The opportunities

Are you a:

Group Manager looking to make a difference for a Fire and Rescue Service on a journey of change and improvement?

Successful Station Manager looking to take on challenges at the next level?

Talented individual looking for permanent, secondment or development opportunities at Group Manager level?

If so, and you are looking for a challenging and varied role within a Fire and Rescue Service that is driving forward change on a local and national perspective, a role as Group Manager within Essex County Fire and Rescue Service could be for you.

A Service of Firsts

ECFRS is on a journey of transformational change, working to radically transform the culture in our organisation; creating an open, collaborative and professional environment for our dedicated work force to thrive and deliver the best services for the people of Essex. 

With a new Chief Fire Officer / Chief Executive in place, and newly established Service Leadership Team driving forward new ways of doing things, we are committed to developing and improving our Service. We need motivated and innovative colleagues to help us realise our goals, to make this a great collaborative place to work, to make us one team, and to deliver outcomes that will make a real difference to our communities.

We are one of the largest Fire and Rescue Services in the country, providing services to an area over 1,400 miles and a population of 1.7 million, from over 50 stations. Having been the first Fire and Rescue Service in the country to change its governance and report in to the country’s first Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, we are leading the way in cross service collaboration and will work with Essex Police and wider partners to deliver further improvements to keep our communities safer. We are committed to becoming a Service of Firsts.

Application process

In order to apply, please submit a covering letter that details how you meet the essential requirements of the person specification and send it, no later than 5pm on Tuesday 3 September to

If you are interested in applying and would like to know more about the opportunities in Essex, please contact the recruitment team on 01376 576000.

Assessment process

We are looking to run assessment centres on the week commencing 30th September, and role specific interviews on the week commencing 7th October. Further details will be shared with shortlisted candidates.

Group Manager Talent Pool

If you are a Station Manager looking for development to prepare you to progress to Group Manager level in the near future, our Group Manager Talent Pool could be for you. Alongside offering you access to development opportunities, including but not limited to shadowing, training courses, coaching & mentoring and promotional opportunities, by successfully taking part in the Talent Pool assessment process you will be eligible to be considered for future promotion opportunities to Group Manager level positions, even if you are not ready to progress at the current time.

The offer to apply for our Group Manager Talent Pool is open to Grey Book employees of all Fire and Rescue Services of the appropriate level (substantive Station Manager, substantive Group Manager). If you any questions about the ECFRS Talent Pool, please direct them to Jane Brown

Applications should be made in the same way as listed above.

Essex Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Fire and Rescue Authority is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

It is our policy to require all applicants for employment to disclose if you are currently being investigated by any regulatory body or have any decisions or sanctions pending or in progress in respect of your suitability to work for the Service.

You agree to inform the Service within 24 hours if you are subsequently investigated by any agency or organisation in relation to concerns about your behaviour towards children, young people or vulnerable adults.

The information you provide will be treated as strictly confidential and will be considered only in relation to the appointment for which you are applying.

We are an equal opportunities employer who welcomes applications from everyone and values diversity in our workplace. A commitment to promoting diversity and developing a workplace environment where all staff are treated with dignity and respect is central to our recruitment process. All applications will be considered solely on merit.


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