Head of Planning Services
About the role
Elmbridge Borough Council is an exciting and engaging environment in which to work. We have robust corporate and financial management practices in place to support our high-performing services.
But we are not complacent and know there are challenges ahead. We are looking for a forward-thinking, innovative professional to head up our busy Planning Services Team. We are in the midst of one of the most significant and challenging periods of change in planning and therefore we are looking for the right individual who will ensure the service remains fit for purpose.
The components of the Planning Services Team have undergone a period of continuous improvement, seeking to be at the forefront of innovation and performance. We are looking for someone with vision and leadership skills to continue to build on what has been achieved, and drive forward further efficiencies and customer improvements
Key to your success will be your ability to balance significant development pressures against the protection of our environment and greenbelt. Putting the right developments in the right places with high quality design will be paramount.
In this mainly outward-facing role you will act as the Council’s face of planning, encouraging new businesses and developing a thriving local economy. As such, you will be able to quickly establish credibility in this arena and develop relationships of mutual trust and respect with a range of stakeholders.
While it is essential you are suitably experienced in planning developments or policy, we firmly believe it is your ability to lead and develop effective relationships with elected members, staff and the business community that will ensure your success in the role.
Furthermore, you will be committed to providing the highest standards of services and evidence a commercial mindset.
Lying in north Surrey, on the edge of London midway between Heathrow and Gatwick, Elmbridge is a great place to live and work and the Council has a strong reputation among residents, staff and elected members. We work hard everyday to maintain and enhance this on the basis of excellent service delivery.
We are a values-based organisation and ‘One Council’, ‘Innovation’ and ‘Customer Service’, lie at the heart of all that we do. We believe in collaborative working, challenging ourselves to work in more intelligent and innovative ways. We believe our residents should come first.
We are an employer of choice and our planning service enjoys a justifiably strong reputation, high retention rates and good staff morale.
As our new Head of Planning you will enjoy considerable opportunity to make a difference and will have plenty of scope for further development.
How to apply
If you are looking to advance your career, or work in a more progressive Council, we would like to hear from you. We want you to come and share in our success, help us move forward even further and give your career a boost.
We wish to make the application process as straightforward as possible and we just ask that you complete our online application form providing further information against just a couple of specific questions. You are also welcome to attach your CV to further support your application.
For informal enquiries, please contact Eleanor Clarke or Sue Wait at Jobsgopublic SmartSearch, our retained consultants, on 020 7427 8255 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To find out more and apply, please click on the ‘Apply’ button. Closing date: 3 April 2017 Interviews: 26 & 27 April 2017