Digital Planning Lead
PO7: Starting Salary £52,569 per annum. The salary for this role will be enhanced through a Market Supplement of 7%.
24-month fixed term contract
Lambeth is at the forefront in its work around innovating the planning system to bring it into the digital 21st Century. An exciting new opportunity has arisen to be part of a number of high-profile pilot projects that form part of the Government’s overarching ambitions for a digitally transformed planning system as set out within the Planning for the Future white paper.
The Reducing Invalid Planning Applications (RIPA) MHCLG funded project has been led by Lambeth since the Autumn of 2019. This project is developing a digital solution to the submission of planning applications in a bid to reduce the number of invalid applications received by councils nationally. Lambeth is also partnered on the Southwark led Back Office Planning System (BoPS) MHCLG funded project, which looks to design a new, intuitive and improved back off system that allows for speedier and more effective officer assessment and decision making.
The role of Digital Planning Lead is a newly created role that will require an experienced planning professional to lead and partner on these key projects, as well as any arising associated projects. The role will have responsibility for managing a small team of Digitally focused Senior Planner roles – all of whom will work collaboratively together on the digital planning programme.
The successful candidate will be integral to both the RIPA and BoPS projects, providing expertise and specialist advice that will help inform the design and content of the digital tools being developed.
The role will require someone with extensive experience and knowledge of town planning and the relevant planning legislation, policies and procedures. They will need to have experience of and/or a strong understanding of policy underlining the planning system. Policy work within local government would be desirable.
Key will be collaboration: the RIPA project currently has 5 partner councils working collaboratively together with a developer, a user researcher and a content designer.
There will be lots of really interesting workstreams and opportunities to develop and learn new skills.
BoPS is also a multi-partnered, collaborative project and the Digital Planning Lead will be able to immerse themselves in these two, inter-related projects to help move the design and development forward into the next phases of the projects.
The role will have the opportunity to represent the council at key MHCLG Digital workshops and seminars as well as deputise for senior planning officers providing them with the necessary support and advice across digital projects, dealing with chief officers, senior members and external contacts on the full range of matters relating to project issues both simple and complex.
The successful candidate will need to have a flexible approach able to use/adapt themselves to different project management approaches. Experience in Agile as a methodology would be great, but the right attitude is the most important skill. Having the willingness to try new approaches, be brave, be prepared to fail and learn and improve by iterative design will be critical.
This is a really exciting prospect – providing the opportunity to be at the vanguard of the newly emerging digital planning programme.
Closing date: 30th August 2021
For further details please visit the link below to apply online.
CVs will not be considered.
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