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Head of Planning

Osborne Richardson
Greater Manchester, England
£500 - £700 per day
Closing date
22 Dec 2023

Job Details

Osborne Richardson have a fantastic opportunity for an experienced Interim Head of Planning to join a busy and dynamic Local Authority in the North West England.

Our client is looking for strong leaders, who can think creatively, are not afraid of change and who can inspire those around them. You will have proven experience of managing complex budgets and programmes and of working directly with residents, councillors and developers. Experience is also necessary of strategic planning at a senior level including planning legislation and policies.

You will be responsibilities will include:
* Provide leadership, motivation and day-to-day management for the professional and support teams involved in Planning Development Management, Planning Policy, Planning Enforcement, Building Control, and the GM Ecology service.
* Deputise for the Director of Place, as and when required at Single Leadership Team, Executive Board, Executive Cabinet, Scrutiny Committees and GMCA Leader's briefings as required on Planning matters.
* Support the Director of Place with MP briefings relating to Planning matters.
* Project sponsor on regeneration and development programmes.

Applicants for this post must be qualified Town Planners with recent experience of working in a similar role within a local authority Town Planning Department. Your strong technical knowledge of UK planning legislation will need to be complimented with good management skills and the confidence and ability to direct a team. Critical to this role will be the ability to communicate effectively and to engage in negotiations that can often be sensitive and complex so you will need to be able to engage productively with third parties to develop good relationships that ensure successful development.

You must be able to work under pressure and to manage organisational change in response to service needs.

Our client offers hybrid working which will require you to be in the office 2 days a week.

The post will initially be offered for 3 months but could be extended beyond this. The rate offered will depend on your experience. This role is inside IR35.

Please get in touch for further details.


Here at Osborne Richardson our business is people - Our simple philosophy recognises the need to fully understand the objectives and needs of both our Candidates and Clients to provide the highest level of service and the most effective tailored solutions. 

We act on behalf of a diverse range of clients, including Private Sector Consultancies, Developers, Design Consultancies and Central and Local Government bodies 

Our consultants have a thorough knowledge of their specialist sectors and extensive experience of recruiting for Permanent, Interim and Contract positions throughout the UK.

We are committed to providing both Clients and Candidates an informed, personal and high-quality level of service, dedicated to achieving their recruitment and personal career objectives.

For further information on how we can help please contact one of our consultants on 0207 5801500 or alternatively email;

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