The city council is due to consider the appointment of a new chief executive at a meeting of full council next Tuesday (26 November).
Stephen Evans, currently director of communities at the Royal Borough of Kingston in London, has been put forward as the recommended candidate following a rigorous recruitment process.
If approved, Stephen will take up the role of chief executive in January.
Alan Waters, leader of the council, said: “The appointment panel were unanimous in their decision to recommend Stephen for the job. He will bring considerable experience from his previous roles both in local government and HM Treasury.
“Subject to approval, we very much look forward to welcoming Stephen and working with him on our ambitious plans for the council and the city in its wider context.”
Stephen said: “I'm delighted to have been selected as the preferred candidate to be the next chief executive of Norwich City Council. Norwich is an amazing, vibrant and historic city.
“It's also one of the fastest growing cities in the UK and is vital to the prosperity of the region. But Norwich also has challenges.
“The Norwich 2040 vision sets a compelling blueprint for the future and I look forward to working with councillors and partners to fulfil that vision, to the benefit of residents and businesses”.
Stephen will replace Laura McGillivray as chief executive after she steps down from her role in December, having spent 14 years at the helm.