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 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.
About the role
Working as part of a friendly team you'll manage a diverse caseload of planning applications, and lead on providing a high quality service through all stages of the planning process, including pre-applications and planning appeals.
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 important to me.'
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 Development Management Team, utilising our colleagues' talent, and making the most of what they have to offer. 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 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. Our current vacancies are flexible and part-time work will be considered.
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 Mark Aughterlony on 01494 732142
This advert will close at midnight on Monday 5th April 2021.
We reserve the right to close the vacancy once we have received sufficient applications, so please be advised to submit your application as early as possible.
We have a set of values, which our employees have chosen, that represent what we are - Proud, Ambitious, Collaborative and Trustworthy.
By joining Buckinghamshire Council, you can expect:
- a fair and inclusive culture
- the chance to really make a difference to those around you
- health and well-being initiatives including an Employee Assistance Programme, Mental Health First Aiders and mindfulness workshops
- a unified voice through our Employee Representative Group
- ongoing support, and the opportunity to develop and progress in your career with us
- opportunities to take part in fun activities such as fundraising and social events
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.