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Development Manager - Remote Working

Macdonald & Co
£34 - £34.11 per hour + Umbrella Co
Closing date
16 Nov 2020

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One of London's most prestigious borough councils has an urgent requirement for a Development Manager to work in their fast moving Planning Service (Development Management).

You will play a pivotal role providing additional management support to the existing DM Management Team that will include supervising less experienced and graduate planning officers by allocating cases and signing off delegated reports.

In addition, you will work across teams reviewing officer caseloads, identifying complex issues, bottle necks, or where a scheme may have stalled, providing the officer with technical advice and assistance to "unblock" the application.

As part of this multi-faceted role, you will also attend to and resolve service complaints, member enquiries and present at virtual planning committee.

Key responsibilities include;

  • Provide managerial support to the DM management team
  • Manage and mentor Planning Officers and Graduate Planning Officers
  • Allocate cases to the Development Management Team
  • Sign off delegated reports
  • Trouble shoot and resolve complex planning issues to "unblock" applications
  • Review officer caseloads and performance in relation to meeting service targets and statutory time frames.
  • Re-allocate development management cases if and when necessary
  • Review and resolve complaints and Member enquiries
  • Present at virtual planning committee
  • Assist with the implementation of service improvements


This is an ideal opportunity for an enthusiastic Principal Planner, Deputy Team Leader or Senior Planner in with a strong background in Development Management who would like to progress in to a managerial role.

You must have acquired practical experience in either of the above professional grades at a UK planning authority, have in depth technical planning knowledge and an aptitude for identifying and devising strategies to resolve complex planning issues in a pro development environment.

Furthermore you will have a supportive and encouraging approach to the management of more junior members of staff, a natural desire to assist their professional development and in still the knowledge and confidence to deal with complex planning issues.

Finally, applicants must have a degree in Town & Country Planning with excellent written and verbal communication skills, as well an aptitude for dealing with complex planning issues and applications.

For further details, please feel free to contact Jeremy Wright at Macdonald & Company on 0207 318 5263.



Macdonald & Company is the leading professional recruitment consultancy for the real estate, built environment, energy and environmental sectors. Established in 1994 and headquartered in the UK, we apply local knowledge with true global connection through our offices in Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa.

Our specialist teams act for every class  of organisation owning, occupying, financing or advising on property, construction and engineering – developers, investors, institutions, funds, banks, consultancies and contractors. We are the preferred recruitment partner of RICS - the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

The Company’s Energy & Environmental division acts for clients across oil and gas, maritime, utilities, natural resources, power generation, renewable energy and sustainability sectors.

Macdonald & Company is a subsidiary of the London Stock Exchange quoted Prime People Plc.

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