Head of Planning

Oldham Council
Oldham, Greater Manchester
£60,932 to £64,769 per annum
Closing date
4 Oct 2020

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Head of Planning
People & Place Directorate

Ref: SM1/OL-40255

Contract: Permanent

Salary: £60,932 to £64,769 per annum

Hours: 37 per week

Based: Oldham Council, Civic Centre, West Street, Oldham, OL1 1UH

Closing Date: Sunday 4th October 2020          

Shortlisting Date: Monday 5th October 2020      

Interview Dates: Wednesday 14th & Thursday 15th October 2020                     

Role Overview:
We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual, a professional planner to be Oldham’s Chief Planning Officer to embed place-shaping, to support investment opportunities and to ensure quality developments are built across the borough. The role requires a strategic leader for both the Development Management and Strategic Planning teams, a great communicator to work with elected Councillors, local communities and developers and someone who can nurture and inspire the service to create a better place for our residents to live and work. 

Key Responsibilities:

  • To provide leadership to the service to set vision, direction and performance goals.
  • To embed a culture of continuous improvement, putting the needs of the customer first and providing a proactive service.  
  • To reduce costs, improve performance and productivity, embed innovation, change management and the digitalisation of the service.
  • To improve engagement and effective working relationships with local communities, developers, and all stakeholders and partners, both internal and external

Key Requirements:

To succeed in this role you will need as a minimum:

  • Experience of successful strategic leadership of a planning service in an organisation of comparable scope and complexity
  • Experience of in leading organisational and cultural change with evidence of innovative and transformational thinking.
  • Ability to provide visible and supportive leadership, empowering, motivating and developing staff to create a positive organisational culture.

About Us:

Oldham is committed to developing a Co-operative future; one where citizens, partners and staff work together to improve the borough.  Anyone joining the council is coming into an ambitious organisation with big plans. We are working hard to build a brighter future for our borough and we need people from a wide range of backgrounds to continue delivering the best for our communities.

The Council has a clear set of Values and Behaviours, our Values outline how we do business and we share these borough wide with our residents, partners and businesses.  Internally we have translated these values into five cooperative behaviours which outline the priority areas of focus for all staff at all levels. You can view the Values and Behaviours on our Greater.Jobs pages. For details of how we use your data please see our privacy notice.

Please note that should a vacancy that has been released for internal or external recruitment be deemed suitable for an at risk employee, it can be pulled back at any point up to the post being formally offered to an external candidate or an internal candidate that is not at risk of redundancy. 

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