If you have relevant experience within the development management, planning or environmental sector and are looking to develop your career, this could be the role for you.
By joining us as a Planning Officer at Buckinghamshire Council, you'll not only be offered a competitive benefits package, you'll also be part of an established team committed to shaping the future of Buckinghamshire for generations to come.
About the role
Working as part of a friendly team on a wide variety of complex projects, you'll be based in our Buckinghamshire offices, where you'll manage a diverse caseload of planning related applications, appeals and compliance investigations. Spanning from interpreting complex policies, to representing the Council at Local Authority meetings - this role will offer you exposure in all areas of our Planning and Environment Service.
Career development is something we take seriously at Bucks; we love nothing more than seeing our colleagues grow with us, with many members of the team progressing quickly as they gain more experience and responsibilities within their specialist areas. We are committed to building an exceptional Planning Team, utilising our colleagues' talent and making the most of what they have to offer.
Our recent transformation to a unitary council is already creating diverse and multi-disciplined opportunities across the service, and we are excited to see what is to come. In this rewarding and fulfilling role, you'll see the impact of your work in front of you; Bibi, a Planner at Buckinghamshire Council said, 'I love helping to create accessible, beautiful new places in the district that we can be proud of. Ensuring that Buckinghamshire is an attractive place to live whilst preserving the identity of Aylesbury Vale is really important to me.'
With a strong and supportive management team behind you, you'll play a key part in helping us achieve our Planning and Environment Business plan and help drive forward our vision as a new unitary authority.
Naturally, you'll have excellent communication skills and experience of dealing with complex customer queries. You'll come to us with the relevant specialist experience within the service or a related area, and a proven ability to prioritise a demanding workload. Most importantly, you'll be people-focussed and enjoy building new relationships, with the welfare of our residents at the heart of what you do.
Our response as an employer to Covid-19 has shaped the way we want to work in the future. Microsoft Teams, Skype and vlogs from our Senior Leadership Team have all played their part in allowing us to become even more flexible in how, when and where our teams work.
There will be times where you'll need to be in the office, whether that's for meeting clients or collaborating with peers; but we actively encourage our colleagues to adopt a flexible working approach and take control of their work-life balance.
If that's not enough reason to join us, you'll be entitled to a range of benefits from Buckinghamshire Council including a very competitive employer pension contribution; a minimum of 25 days annual leave allowance per year; a flex-time scheme; and discounts in local shops, restaurants and gyms.
Take a look at our dedicated career social media pages @bucks_careers for exclusive content from our Planning Team, and to find out more about life at Buckinghamshire Council.
For an informal chat about this role in more detail, please contact Susan Kitchen on 01296 585436.
About the Business Unit
Our Planning, Growth and Sustainability directorate work with partners to help shape the future of Buckinghamshire. We deliver services on planning, economic growth, regeneration, strategic infrastructure, transport and property.
Our key priorities include developing the economic narrative for Bucks, creating more jobs and delivering the right infrastructure to help businesses and residents thrive. We also aim to provide a proactive planning service that is responsive, whilst making the best use of the Council's land and property portfolio. This will in turn support community services and create housing, jobs, regeneration and income to support public services.
It's a great time to join one of our teams. As part of the Planning, Growth and Sustainability function you will not only get to help shape the economic future of Buckinghamshire; you'll also be involved in delivering high-profile development projects and work on some of the biggest infrastructure projects in the UK. You will support us to deliver the results that our local residents and businesses deserve.
We recognise and reward you
Hard work and success deserves recognition. That's why we pride ourselves on the benefits we give our people. We actively encourage a good work-life balance and promote flexible and agile working arrangements. We provide discounts on various Cafés, restaurants, shops and auto enrolment onto our generous Pension Scheme. We also offer a salary sacrifice personal car lease scheme and the opportunity to gain membership to Costco. We have discounted gym memberships, Travel discounts with Arriva and Chiltern Railways and much more.