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Assistant Director (Planning, Housing and Growth)

Suffolk County Council
Ipswich, Suffolk
£75,745 - £93,245 (pro rata for part time)
Closing date
1 Aug 2021
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An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Growth, Highways and Infrastructure Directorate within Suffolk County Council (SCC), as an Assistant Director Planning, Housing and Growth, working from Endeavour House, Ipswich, although a mix of hybrid working is acceptable.

The next year is about bringing to life the SCC’s housing approach and we will be procuring a private sector joint venture partner to help accelerate the delivery of housing and other specialist accommodation on SCC owned landholdings.

Short and long-term economic recovery is a key priority for the region and a significant part of this role is working collaboratively across the organisation, and with external partners to deliver the county council’s sustainable and inclusive growth ambitions, including supporting business cases for infrastructure requirements to enable wider growth ambitions.

The planning function will play a critical role in the county’s recovery and a critical part of this role will be to elevate the planning function within the council and ensure resources are available to support the strategic leadership for Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs) and the county council’s coordinated response to them.

You will be a leader who is flexible, agile and creative, with an ability to build meaningful relationships and negotiate mutually beneficial outcomes. You will need to be calm and comfortable with both fast-moving operational areas as well as looking forward and bringing together wider strategic direction. Experience of leading change and quality improvement approaches will be important.

As a new function, you will have the opportunity to shape the directorate’s approach going forward - building on our strengths and assets. The role offers the opportunity to be a member of the Directorate Leadership Team across a large and diverse portfolio, making and shaping key decisions.

Please take a look at our recruitment brochure for further information about the role.

We are committed to flexible working. To view the types of flexible or part time working available for this role, please see the Job and Person Profile. 

Travelling requirements for your role

Infrequent Travel - We positively encourage the use of technology to communicate and engage, but on occasions, there may be a requirement for you to travel using reasonable and suitable means available to you. If you require a reasonable adjustment due to a disability to meet the travel requirements of this role, please speak with the contact detailed below.

Informal discussions with Mark Ash, Executive Director of Growth, Highways and Infrastructure are welcome and can be arranged via email to Emma Cook at:

To apply and for more information, please follow this link and take note of the application instructions: 

Closing date: 11.30pm, 1 August 2021.

Due to the current situation with COVID-19, we have strict limitations on staff working in our offices and most of us are being asked to work from home. If you wish to discuss how that might impact your working arrangements, please contact the recruiting manager listed above.

This authority is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. DBS checks or police vetting will be required for relevant posts. We are also committed to flexible working. For the types of flexible or part time working available for specific roles, please see the Job and Person Profile.

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