If you are a University Graduate or have completed a Level 7 Diploma and have a keen interest in Planning & Environment, this could be the role for you.
By joining us as a Graduate Planner at Buckinghamshire Council, you'll not only be offered a competitive benefits package, you'll also gain invaluable experience and potentially extra qualifications to help you kick-start your career. Through our excellent training programme, we'll support you to process and determine planning applications and provide a high-quality service that is responsive to our customer demands.
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 undertake hands-on-training and development to gain an overall understanding of how our planning processes work. Throughout your time here, you'll develop skills which will help shape your career as a Planner, including commercial awareness, great customer service skills and the legislation and regulations expertise required to excel in your profession.
As you grow with us, you'll start dealing with more specialist planning applications and will assist with Public Inquiries, Informal Hearings and prosecutions.
Career development is something we take seriously at Bucks; we love nothing more than seeing our colleagues grow and develop with us, with many of our graduates progressing quickly as they gain more experience and responsibilities within their specialist areas.
Daniel, a Planner at Buckinghamshire Council, said: 'I started at BC as a Graduate Planner three years ago. There have been so many great opportunities offered to me so far. I am currently studying for my Master's Degree which is being supported by the Council. There is so much to get involved in, such as working on mainstream infrastructure and applications; we're also quite blessed in the fact that we work in a diverse area, which offers both urban and rural experiences.'
We are committed to building our 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 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 as you help shape the future of Buckinghamshire for generations to come.
Naturally, you'll have good communication skills and be comfortable talking to people of different levels. You'll come to us with a keen interest in planning and environmental issues, and be ready to grow and learn from our established team.
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 own 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 minimum of 25 days annual leave allowance per year; a flex-time scheme; discounts in local shops, restaurants and gyms; and very competitive employer pension contribution.
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.