Reading is a place with ambition where your skills and experience can contribute to making a difference. This is an important position within the forward-thinking Economic Growth and Neighbourhood Services Directorate with a focus on delivering the ambitions set out in a newly emerging Parking Strategy and supporting the Local Transport Plan.
We seek the best talent from the widest pool of people as diversity and inclusion is the key to our success. Reading Borough Council is a Disability Confident Employer and is committed to the recruitment and continued employment of people with disabilities.
About the role
This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced people and projects manager to join our team helping to shape our parking service during a period of change and opportunity. The service is critical to supporting a thriving local economy, our climate ambitions and supporting other frontline services through revenue generation.
Reporting to the Assistant Director for Planning, Transport & Public Protection and working with a small, dedicated team and across Directorates, you will have responsibility for maintaining our assets, delivering new technology, procuring and managing contracts, generating revenue and coming forward with innovative approaches which balance these needs against our climate ambitions.
You will need to be a seasoned people manager who is adept at successfully managing relationships, engendering a ‘can do’ spirit and bringing stakeholders with you on a journey of change. You will also have a demonstrable track record of implementing projects and initiatives together with a working knowledge of civil parking enforcement services.
Your experience in this sector will already give you an understanding of the ways in which car parking services can impact upon local communities, businesses and other stakeholders as well as traffic congestion, local air quality management and the climate emergency.
As someone who understands and embraces new technology and digital solutions, you will be able to make best use of them to deliver a problem free customer experience. You will also be adept at working with suppliers and other stakeholders for the success of the service.
You’ll be part of a team that relies on each individual to play their part to the best of their ability. As well as the colleagues that you work closely with every day, you’ll also be part of Team Reading, playing your personal part in making Reading a successful and vibrant place. Our vision is to ensure that Reading realises its potential as a great place to live, work and play, and that everyone shares the benefits of this success.
Our values and behaviours guide how we will achieve this:
Work Together as one team - champion and inspire a culture which ensures that all employees across the organisation work together to provide excellent outcomes for Reading.
Drive Efficiency - create an environment in which resources are used efficiently and employees’ skills are developed and used effectively.
Be Ambitious - aspire to deliver excellence and inspire and support others to reach their potential.
Make a Difference to Reading - inspire a culture in which the customer is the focus and where change is welcomed as an opportunity.
We offer a supportive environment to grow and develop your career with the opportunity to put your ideas across. Innovation and ambition is strongly encouraged, and you’ll get a great feel for that working in our friendly and collaborative environment.
We are currently operating a hybrid working model which includes working from the Council’s centrally placed Civic Offices and working from home.
A competitive salary alongside a range of benefits including:
- Generous holiday entitlement - 25 days holiday each year plus bank holidays - rising to 33 days after 10 years' service, with the option to buy additional leave
- A wide range of flexible working opportunities
- Modern working environment at the Civic Offices in the heart of Reading
- Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS)
- Life Assurance - three times your annual salary (for members of the LGPS)
- On-site day nursery (Kennet Day nursery) rated outstanding by Ofsted
- Season Ticket Loan - a loan to help with the cost of your rail or bus journey, to and from work
- Lease car salary sacrifice scheme allowing you to lease a brand new, greener car for three years. The monthly fee includes insurance, servicing and road tax
To arrange a confidential discussion on this position please contact: James.Crosbie@reading.gov.uk
Interview Date: 17 October 2023
Interview Process: A panel interview with a short exercise conducted in advance.
Please note that the closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and return your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.