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Research Officer

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council
Rotherham, South Yorkshire
£28,672 to £31,346
Closing date
24 Oct 2021

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£25,000 - £29,999, £30,000 - £39,999
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Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

Location: Riverside House, Rotherham, South Yorkshire

Research Officer

Job Reference: REQ06986

37 hours per week, full time, 12 month fixed term contract

Salary: £28,672 to £31,346 

Due to current Coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions we are following Government advice and this may result in interviews being held via video call. 

We have high aspirations for Rotherham, from delivering major town centre regeneration with 1,000 new homes to the exciting Forge Island cinema and leisure development and the Future High Streets Fund bid to redevelop the town’s markets. Clearly, Rotherham is changing. Driving this change is a council that’s passionate about putting Rotherham on the map for all the right reasons. 

Rotherham is a top performing planning authority: winner of the RTPI planning excellence award in 2018, an adopted Local Plan and top of the government’s league table for planning application performance. That’s what makes planning services at Rotherham different; we have talented, passionate people, determined to do their best work for Rotherham, influencing and helping to shape the Borough. 

The council has an exciting opportunity for a Research Officer within its Planning Policy team.  

About the role 

As the Research Officer, you will work within the Planning Policy team on research, data collection and monitoring. This will include: 

Contributing to projects within the team on research, analysis and assessment work to support the development of the Council’s Local Plan. 

Developing and maintaining data collection systems to appraise and review development plan policies, provide data reporting to professional staff and stakeholders, and ensure government data returns are completed in a timely manner. 

Developing and operating Community Infrastructure Levy, Section 106 agreement, housing completion and land supply monitoring systems, geographic information systems and data gathering. 

Providing specialist advice on behalf of the Council and contributing to the research needs of the Planning Service and other corporate strategies. 

Liaising with stakeholders to ensure coordinated working. 

Practical knowledge of geographic information systems (GIS) would be an advantage but is not essential. 

You will play an active role in shaping Rotherham’s sustainable development: meeting the key challenges of continuing the borough’s regeneration, growing the local economy and providing new homes while preserving the best of its environment and responding to climate change. 

About you 

We are looking for an enthusiastic, committed individual, with the experience, skills, and knowledge to quickly integrate into a busy Planning Policy team. You will hold relevant qualifications and, ideally, have experience of working in a planning service. 

You will have some knowledge of how the planning system operates and how data analysis underpins local plan preparation, implementation and monitoring. Knowledge of Excel is essential whilst an understanding of GIS and the planning system is desirable. 

You will be positive in your approach, proactive, and experienced in successfully identifying and introducing changes designed to improve service delivery. 

Your analytical approach will be matched by your ability to present complex information in a clear and easy to understand manner, to ensure understanding by a variety of stakeholders. 

The post is based in our modern offices in the heart of Rotherham, well located for public transport from the Sheffield City Region. We know you must juggle work and life commitments and we will discuss the right mix for you, whether it’s compressed hours or working from home, we are committed to flexible working patterns in our established team. 

The Council’s hybrid working arrangement, our Worksmart policy, makes working as easy in the home as at the office, so there is some flexibility about where and when you work, and we offer a range of other employee benefits. 

COVID-19: Rotherham Council continues to encourage all the behaviours that we know reduces the spread of infection, in line with National Guidance. Therefore, in line with current advice, capacity reductions remain in place in Council buildings and where possible, staff are continuing to work from home in a number of roles, with occasional requirements to attend office locations. We are actively adopting a hybrid way of working which will include both home and office working based on service and customer needs. 

Further information 

For an informal discussion about this role, please contact Andy Duncan, Planning Policy Manager on 01709 823830 or

Provisional interview date: w/c 22 November 2021 

From 1st April 2017 to 31st March 2022 employees paid at Band D and above are subject to a temporary pay reduction of 1.15% spread out by means of a weekly / monthly deduction (dependent on pay frequency) from each pay period over the full financial year. In recognition of implementing this temporary measure, those who experience a pay reduction will be awarded of three additional day’s leave (pro rata for part-time).  

This post will have access to the Public Services Network, if successful you will be required to apply for a disclosure of criminal records check at the Basic level (unspent criminal convictions).

Closing Date: 24th October 2021

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