Are you interested in unlocking urban regeneration sites and helping to get new homes built?
If you are, this is an exciting opportunity to change how the city looks long into the future; and to help create thriving new, mixed communities.
The Housing Delivery Project Manager post is a new role at Brighton and Hove City Council. So, you will be able to shape this role and have an impact. You will be based in the Planning Service reporting to the Head of Planning. The main purpose of the role is to lead on developing and implementing a programme of actions to unblock stalled development sites. Measures might include market interventions and accessing government funds. You will need to be a self-starter, have extensive knowledge of the development industry and market; landownership and land values; and some knowledge of local government. Being a creative thinker is important in this role; along with being an influencer with collaboration. You will need to work effectively across multidisciplinary teams in the council; and to identify priorities, solutions and deliver the programme.
About the role
This exciting new role at the city council will be based in the Planning Service and will help to deliver housing and regeneration in the city. This will involve unlocking stalled development sites and facilitating regeneration. Brighton and Hove has a number of strategic sites that we want to see come forward for development. The challenge is that sites are either slow to come forward post-permission; or regeneration areas are blocked due to a number of factors.
We expect you to help to identify what’s holding up development on these key sites and propose and agree actions to remedy the delays. Work will include preparing a programme of projects and actions that you will help to coordinate and implement. In doing this you will also need to work proactively on sites with landowners, developers, public sector partners and with a multidisciplinary council team. So, some stakeholder engagement experience will be important.
You will need extensive knowledge of the development market and the development industry; and have some working knowledge of planning. Project management will also be a key skill needed along with some experience of securing government funding will be valuable in this role.
To be successful in this role, we will expect you to be a self-starter with excellent communication and influencing skills. That you will be able to work collaboratively working across teams and sectors. Creative thinking and problem solving will also be needed in this role.
What you can expect
Brighton & Hove City Council serves a vibrant city by the sea – a place that has ambitions to be a fairer city with a more sustainable future. You will be working with friendly, talented, hard-working colleagues who have experienced rapid change over the past few years. One of our key functions now will be to lead and support the city as we emerge from the pandemic. This is an exciting time to join the council.
The post is for a fixed term contract for a year due to one off funding being agreed, however, the role can be filled on either a full or part time basis. Success of the role could lead to an extension of the contract (subject to further funding). Although you will be reporting to the Head of Planning, you will be encouraged to work across teams in the city council. There will also be an opportunity to be involved in other projects in the city, such as direct housing delivery and one public estate.
We are working towards hybrid working and maximum flexibility, with the focus on what is needed to provide the best service possible for our customers, teams and staff. Subject to this, we will support you to achieve a better balance between work and home, and to take advantage of the flexibility available wherever possible to recognise individual needs.
As an employer we want our staff to be themselves at work, and we welcome applications from all sections of our community. We particularly encourage applicants from a BME, or White Other background as well as those who identify as disabled, LGB, female or trans, as these groups are currently under-represented in our Directorate workforce.
This role is available as a secondment to internal candidates in line with the city council’s secondment policy.
For an informal discussion about the role please contact Liz Hobden on 07701 396943.
Fixed term for: 12 months (or longer if part time)
This role is politically restricted. For further information on what this means for employees in post, please click on the document attachment below.
As part of your application, you will need to upload your CV and a supporting statement. Your supporting statement is the most important part of your application as it will be used in the shortlisting process to assess whether you meet the essential requirements for the role that are set out in the person specification and to decide whether you should be offered an interview. Before you start your application, please read our guidance here (CV guidance (brighton-hove.gov.uk) and Supporting statement guidance (brighton-hove.gov.uk)) as this gives important advice which will increase your chance of success in the shortlisting process.
Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is less than 37 hours or term-time only.
Work Permits: This role does not meet the requirement for UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) Points-based Immigration System. Successful candidates will need to evidence that they have the Right to Work in the UK.
We welcome applications from all sections of the community but particularly encourage applicants from a BME or White Other background as well as those who identify as disabled, LGB, female or trans as these groups are currently under-represented in our Directorate workforce.