About the London Borough of Tower Hamlets
Tower Hamlets is one of the most diverse boroughs in London delivering significant economic growth alongside a rapidly expanding population, in locations such as Canary Wharf, Poplar Riverside and the City Fringe. Alongside this, the borough benefits from the amazingly rich history of East London and an abundance of heritage assets such as the Tower of London, Island Gardens and Victoria Park.
Recognising the importance of infrastructure, the Council has an extensive Infrastructure Planning Team, which you will lead and manage. The team are a core planning function with expertise on infrastructure planning, CIL and S106, but that is not the half of it. The team are breaking new ground and establishing infrastructure planning at the heart of great place making, and spatial planning and delivery.
With the aim of enabling the planning, funding, development and delivery of infrastructure, we are utilising data and technical knowledge as well as seeking out new and innovative ways, with a wide range of partners, to make sure the Council delivers the right infrastructure, in the right place, at the right time. You will be leading a wide and varied work programme, focused on delivering high quality infrastructure outcomes.
Working closely with the Infrastructure Planning Manager and Development Viability Team Leader, you will help set the agenda for the future of Infrastructure Planning. This is a fantastic opportunity for an experienced planner to get involved and develop their career at the forefront of a new and developing part of planning. The position offers the successful applicant with a high profile role that engages with major developers, strategic partners, senior managers and members of the Council.
Tower Hamlets is a great place to live and work and we are passionate about what we do. We are committed to creating great places that make our communities proud to live in and that can be enjoyed, now and long into the future. To help us achieve this we are looking for someone who will share our passion and relish the opportunity to tackle the exciting challenges ahead.
Your technical and professional knowledge will be important and you will be expected to be able to deliver high quality outcomes using practical programme management and team management skills. More important will be your ability set the right example and inspire. You will be skilled in leading, motivating, and creating a positive and effective working environment for both the team and the individuals within it. In addition, you will make great relationships with your team, colleagues, partners and management, to enable the collective delivery of our aims.
This post is open to candidates with appropriate knowledge, skills and experience to fulfil the job description and person specification attached to the role.
Benefits and Allowances
Annual Leave – generous leave allowance with continuous service provisions, granting additional leave to be achieved;
Learning & development – the Council promotes continuous development of staff members at all times and support a wide range of internal and external training including project management, leadership development framework & technical training.You will receive support and guidance from qualified members of staff (RTPI Accredited Planners) if you are commencing/progressing on to certain routes within the RTPI Licentiate Assessment of Professional Competence (L-APC) to gain Associate/Chartered status. Staff loan scheme for annual season ticket - The council gives interest-free season ticket loans to staff who have successfully completed their probationary period; Travel schemes/allowances – this includes: cycle to work scheme, pool bike scheme and expenses covered with all travel related to working task; Employee Assistance Programme - the council offers an employee assistance programme that provides confidential counselling support services for both personal and work-related issues to staff.