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Service Manager for Development Management and Enforcement

East Herts Council
Hertford, Hertfordshire
Grade 12, £57,238 - £65,842 (inclusive of local weighting) +£3500 Market Supplement*
Closing date
27 Nov 2023

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Contract Type
Full Time
Development Control, Enforcement, Planning
Local Authority

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Service Manager for Development Management and Enforcement

Grade 12, £57,238 - £65,842 (inclusive of local weighting) +£3500 Market Supplement*

Full time, 37 hours per week (part-time working and job share considered). Permanent. Blended working available. Based in Hertford. Closing date 27th November 2023.

Are you ready to take the next step in your career and join a new-look team, where together we make up the ninth busiest district council planning authority in the country?

This motivated and highly professional team is looking for an individual committed to the delivery of effective planning outcomes across the Development Management and Enforcement functions. East Herts Council is ambitious. We are firm in our commitment to achieving high-quality, sustainable development with an exciting range of planning proposals coming forward, including the implementation of several strategic sites that hold critical importance for the future of our district.

We also have new leadership in place at a political level, welcoming a Green/Liberal Democrat joint administration following the local elections in May. This means you will have the opportunity to build upon our good work to date, embrace innovative approaches to growth, and actively contribute to our shared vision of a greener future.

The purpose of the role is to lead a Development Management service that is efficient, effective, and provides high quality output. The service should be responsive to customer needs and work in a way that is proactive and seeks to improve, wherever there are opportunities to do so.

About you

This role will suit a candidate who has significant experience of the Development Management function. You will be determined to drive the service forward and be willing to explore new ways of working and be focused on high quality outcomes.

You will be a proactive member of the management team for the service, enjoy working collaboratively and leading a team.

You will be looking to enhance team development and learning, ensuring that your team works in a collective and supportive way to share new ideas and develop.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • A planning qualification
  • Hold MRTPI membership
  • Have excellent working knowledge of relevant planning legislation and regulations relating to Development Management and Planning Enforcement
  • Experience in leading a team of professional staff to maximise the delivery of the service
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to deal with challenging situations using tact and diplomacy
  • Experience of working in a fast-paced environment, with the ability to take robust, well informed and time sensitive decisions
  • Experience of working with multiple stakeholders from both the public and private sector
  • The ability to motivate and support people around them

*In line with their pay policy, EHC will review the application of the Market Forces Supplement annually, and if warranted, will make adjustments in liaison with affected staff.

How to apply

For an informal discussion regarding the role, please contact Sara Saunders, Head of Planning & Building Control on 01992531656.

Closing date: 27th November at midnight.

Interviews will be held on: Week Commencing 4th December 2023.

If you are ready to make a difference and lead a talented, dedicated team, we would love to hear from you, please apply via the button shown.

If your application has been successful, the recruiting manager will contact you to invite you to an interview. We hope you enjoy the process and look forward to making contact with you very soon.

We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer, valuing diversity and maintaining a firm commitment to providing equal employment opportunities for all employees and applicants. We believe that creating inclusive environments leads to stronger collaboration and better outcomes in our work.



The District has Broxbourne to the south, Welwyn and Hatfield and Stevenage to the west and North Hertfordshire as its northern boundary. To the east, the district borders on the county of Essex.

The main centres of population are Hertford, Ware, Bishops Stortford, Sawbridgeworth and Buntingford. Between these main centres much of the area is open countryside, with rural communities of various sizes.

The vision of the Council is to provide East Hertfordshire residents and businesses with a future that is prosperous and sustainable. In order to achieve this, a number of strategic objectives have been developed, which allow the Council in conjunction with its many partners to focus on the key issues that concern the residents of East Hertfordshire.

For more information on the Council's vision and strategic objectives, please see our Vision & Corporate Priorities.

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