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Senior Planner / Principal Planner (Planning Policy) (Fixed term)

Oxford City Council
Oxford, Oxfordshire
G7 / G8: £35,783 to £41,679 - (pro rata for part time) – Part of a Career Grade Scheme
Closing date
8 Mar 2021

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Full Time
Planning, Policy and Strategy
Local Authority
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Job Details

Job Title: Senior Planner / Principal Planner (Planning Policy)
Job reference: 001854
Service Area: Planning Services
Salary: Senior Planner Grade 7 £35,783 to £36,910 (pro-rata for part time)Principal Planner Grade 8 £40,696 to £41,679 (pro-rata for part time)
Contract: Fixed Term up to 12 months (Indirect maternity backfill)
Hours: 37 hours per week
Location: Oxford - St Aldate's Chambers

The role

Are you looking for an opportunity to develop your career in a Planning Policy role? Do you want to be part of an effective, forward thinking team with an exciting and stimulating workload? Oxford City Council has a positive approach towards development and a track record of preparing innovative, proactive planning policies and this is a great opportunity to be involved in that work.

The successful postholder will play an important role in the production of Oxford City Council’s planning policy documents, in particular the emerging Local Plan 2040. You will get involved in a range of tasks including researching evidence, collecting monitoring data, drafting policy documents, carrying out and analysing the results of councillor and public engagement, sustainability appraisal work and leading on a range of project areas.

Organised and methodical, with the ability to work well as part of a team and to make effective decisions, you will help us to provide excellent service to our customers and support our ambition to build a world class city for everyone.

About us

Oxford City Council prides itself on delivering high quality, cost effective public services. Oxford is a world class city and the Council has high aspirations for its services and employees. We are a multi-award winning Council and in May 2017 we were re-accredited at Gold level for Champion IiP status. Our other awards include the Institute of Revenues Rating & Valuation (IRRV) ‘Excellence in Innovation (General)’ winners 2017, Oxfordshire Environment Partnership (OEP) ‘Best Food Waste Reduction and Collection System’, and several ‘Team of the Year’ national and regional awards across our Service Areas.

This builds on our previous success in achieving ‘Council of the Year’ in 2015. We are accredited with the Customer Service Excellence Quality Mark which helps us to ensure that the customer is always placed at the heart of everything we do.

With over 700 staff dedicated to delivering the best service possible to our communities this is an exciting time to be working in Local Government. We focus on improving outcomes for local people and you might be surprised at the range and quality of the services we provide.

We offer a fantastic range of staff benefits that include generous holiday (from 28 days a year plus bank holidays), local government pension scheme, subsidised leisure membership, discounted travel and flexible working in many roles. We offer well-defined opportunities through our learning and development programme. We also have an employee wellbeing programme, an employee assistance programme and support via our dedicated occupational health service.

How to apply

More information is available on the role profile document. Please read this document to ensure that you meet our requirements. More information about working for the Council, our values and vision, is available on our web site.

Applications should be made via our online application system (no CVs please).

For further information and how to apply online, please visit

If you are unable to access our website please call 01865 252848.

Note: For roles that require a DBS Certificate (Enhanced and or Barred List check), candidates are required to supply their complete work history. Please ensure you explain any gaps in your work history. Coronavirus information: It is intended to conduct interviews via a video conferencing platform such as Zoom or Jitsi; please contact us if this is not an option for you. For most roles the successful applicant will be expected to work from home for the immediate future. They should ensure that they have reliable and secure wifi access; a suitable workspace and are prepared to undertake distance learning and training.

Closing Date: 08 March 2021

Late applications will not be processed

Interview Date(s): 16 March 2021

For an informal discussion about the post please contact Sarah Harrison on 01865 252015 or email

We are an equal opportunity employer:

We value the diversity of our people and actively seek to have a workforce that represents the rich diversity of the community we support. We have policies in place to ensure that every applicant and employee can flourish and succeed. Currently we are underrepresented in some areas, and would particularly welcome applicants from BAME communities. All applicants will be given fair consideration for work and will not receive less favourable treatment on the grounds of any protected characteristic.

Oxford City Council is not currently licensed as a sponsor and cannot employ migrant workers outside the European Economic Area and Switzerland under the Point Based System rules, issued by the UK Border Agency.

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