Principal Development Management Officer
£41,679 per annum to £49,021per annum inclusive of outer fringe allowance
37 hours per week (Hybrid working)
Are you looking for a new challenge in an area steeped in planning history? Maybe you’re ready to take a step into management? If so, this could be the next Planning role for you. A fantastic opportunity is available at Welwyn Hatfield Council for a Principal Development Management Officer, leading a small team of officers in a busy DM Service.
ABOUT THE JOB
This challenging and hugely rewarding opportunity will see you lead a small but dedicated team of officers in our DM Service. As one of our Principal Officers, you’ll be responsible for managing a caseload of major and complex planning applications, as well as exercising delegated authority to make decisions on a range of applications.
You will be expected to proactively develop a customer-focussed service. This will involve liaising with the Development Management Service Manager over proposed changes that may be required to practice and procedure and working with your team to embed high quality service.
This position will also involve working collaboratively to ensure that demands and pressures across the Development Management Service are addressed, this includes the direction of staff and other resources.
In order to succeed in this role, you’ll need to have completed a first degree or postgraduate qualification in Town Planning or a related subject. Strong development management experience and a proactive, customer focussed approach will also help you to thrive in this position.
Excellent communication skills are also essential, as you’ll be expected to hold meetings with customers and council members to provide advice, guidance, and feedback on planning and related matters.
Welwyn Hatfield includes the two towns of Welwyn Garden City and Hatfield, but also encompasses a significant rural area which is designated as Green Belt. This creates a vibrant mix of opportunities and developments including major brownfield re-development within the main towns, urban extensions delivering new homes and jobs, to rural agricultural development as well as conservation and heritage work. With a strong legacy of planning principles embedded within our area from the Garden City and New Towns movements, the postholder will have a key role to play in delivering major projects as well as helping to make sure our planning service is working in a modern, efficient, and effective way, with customers at is heart.
You will join a forward-thinking council that puts their customers first. We know that in order to provide the best for our residents and visitors, we need to do the same for our people. We have set out to make our workplaces vibrant and happy places to be, places where our people feel safe, content and valued. We can offer you a unique and attractive working environment in the heart of Welwyn Garden City, flexible hybrid working arrangements, free parking and access to electric pool cars as well as the usual Local Government benefits, including pension scheme and generous annual leave allowance.
We can offer you a unique and attractive working environment in the heart of Welwyn Garden City, flexible working arrangements, free parking and access to electric pool cars as well as the usual Local Government benefits including pension scheme and generous annual leave allowance.
If you are interested in working in an ambitious authority, working with a dedicated team of officers, and helping to shape our New Town and Garden City environments, we want to hear from you.
It is a great time to be joining the planning team so if you would like to have an informal discussion about the role, please contact Chris Carter, Assistant Director (Planning), at firstname.lastname@example.org or 07584 886911
Closing date for applications is 11 December 2022.
Assessments and interviews will be held on 14 and 16 December 2022.
How to Apply
Please apply online via the link below. Please read the Role Profile fully before applying for this vacancy. It is essential you refer to the Role Profile when completing your application, particularly the application questions section. You must demonstrate how you meet the criteria set out in the Role Profile and give examples to support your statements. If you do not demonstrate how you meet the criteria for the role your application will be unsuccessful.
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