Mole Valley District Council

Development Management Team Leader

£41,438 to £45,462
07 Jan 2019
04 Feb 2019
Officer, Team Leader
Full Time
Contract Type


Development Management Team Leader


Do people, passion and progress motivate you? Are you a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)? Do you have previous Team Leadership experience?

If so…….. Make Mole Valley Your Next Move

About us

Mole Valley lies at the heart of Surrey. The towns of Dorking and Leatherhead are the District’s main centres.

Our purpose built open-plan offices have recently been refurbished. We are located opposite the Sports Centre which offers a swimming pool, sports hall, gym, aerobics studio and café and Dorking Halls, which provides a range of facilities including a café, cinema, theatre and concerts.

About the role

The Development Management Team Leader is jointly responsible for the efficient day to day management of the Development Management Team including; Senior Planning Officers, Planning Officers, Planning Assistants, Tree Officer and Historic Environment Officer. Ensuring applications, appeals and all related work is processed in a timely manner in accordance with corporate and national standards.  

Supporting the Development Management Manager in providing a high quality and professional Development Management service to all customers in a timely manner.  

Managing the day to day workload of the Development Management Team promoting efficient and effective decision making in relation to the Council’s planning policies, service quality standards, customer care objectives and key performance indicators.

This is a politically restricted role.

About the team

The Development Management Service delivers high quality decisions in a timely fashion, to ensure that the high quality environment of Mole Valley is protected and enhanced.

We embrace innovation and new team members will help us to maintain our high performance while promoting new ideas, constantly looking for ways to improve our working practices.

We are looking for someone who can work with the Development Management Manager and other Development Management Team Leaders in cultivating a one-team approach with the planners managing planning applications.

Collaboration and sharing knowledge is key to our success and working in an open plan office you will be part of a wider-service mentality. Working with colleagues from development management, planning policy, planning support and more.

About you

We are looking for talented and ambitious individuals, keen to progress their careers, with the drive to make a difference and shape the future of Mole Valley. Working with a close knit group of dynamic professionals you will bring your expertise and enthusiasm to the team.

You will be working in a constrained area with Green Belt and AONB considerations the norm which introduces interesting challenges for decision makers.  The urban areas include historic market towns and associated heritage issues, which pose a different set of thought provoking issues for decision makers.

You will have your own caseload dealing with the more contentious issues planning and you will also be responsible for signing off cases under delegated powers.

You are a team player, with a ‘can do’ attitude, who can contribute innovative ideas and be committed to achieving high quality results.  Your team will look to you for support and guidance and a confident approach will be needed. In return, we will support and encourage you and help you to realise your potential.

Our Members, Residents and colleagues expect motivation and quality.  Excellence will not be unusual for you – if this is something you can deliver please get in touch.

For You

We want you to be the best you can be. Therefore, we promise to support you with our annual Performance and Development Review and identify training and career development opportunities.

We offer

  • 22 days holiday a year plus a further allocated day at Christmas rising to 28 days after 5 years’
  • Scheme to purchase additional annual leave and eligibility for potential additional days through the flexi-time scheme providing the ability to take additional days off when the business allows
  • Substantial employers contribution into the local government pension scheme
  • Free parking
  • Remote and flexible working.  Laptops will be provided for all employees enabling remote working by arrangement with the manager based on the needs of the service. 
  • Wellbeing package including:
  • Cycle scheme
  • Free eye tests
  • Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)
  • Yearly flu jab
  • Discounts at local shops & businesses, films and shows at Dorking Halls and at the café
  • Ability to participate in targeted activities during regular ‘Wellbeing Weeks’
  • Located opposite Dorking Sports Centre which offers a 6 lane 25m swimming pool, sports hall, gym, aerobics studio and café

Further information

Closing date for applicants:  4 February 2019

Interview dates: W/C 18 February 2019 & 4 March 2019

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