Job Summary

We are seeking to appoint an experienced Development Management Officer within a fast-paced Development Management Team in one of London’s key growth areas. This is an opportunity to join a dynamic, forward-thinking Development Management Team with a ‘best nationally’ level of performance. At all levels, you will need to be able to demonstrate a keen interest in town planning, outstanding organisation, be solutions-led and have excellent customer service skills.

Job Salary

£34,000 - £40,000 plus eligibility for performance related bonus

Closing Date

February 9, 2024

Job Description

Key responsibilities for the role will be (but are not limited to):

  • To make high quality planning assessments drawn from a spatial policy basis having regard to the Local Plan, Regional Plans and the NPPF.
  • To assist with all Development Management and Spatial Planning work.
  • To draft delegated and committee reports, briefing notes, evidence, discussion papers, etc., on Development Management and Spatial Planning matters.
  • To prepare and present evidence for planning appeals, compulsory purchase orders, and spatial planning matters
  • To liaise with a wide range of public and private bodies in order to provide the planning input to projects securing the redevelopment or improvement of land in the Borough.
  • To work on conservation, listed building, ecological and tree preservation matters, and the processing of applications for works to trees.
  • To provide technical and procedural advice and problem-solving to the public on site, in meetings, by phone or correspondence in circumstances that can be confrontational and would require an immediate response.

Person Specification

Essential experience

  • Educated to degree level with a related degree and ability to gain entry to a course leading to a professional qualification.
  • A working knowledge of planning legislation and related guidance.
  • At least 1 years’ experience of case managing Development Management work
  • A knowledge of the statutory planning function of a local authority.
  • Experience of providing high quality advice to Councillors and other stakeholders
  • IT literate with experience of using Word, PowerPoint and other software packages to record and manage data.
  • A proven record or experience of communicating in person, by telephone and in writing in a calm, courteous and confident professional manner.
  • Demonstrable understanding of the equality and diversity agenda, and experience of embedding a fair and ethical approach within a team and wider organisation

Essential Skills

  • Able to work successfully in a team
  • Creative and innovative in solving complex problems
  • Able to think and work proactively, “self-start” and work autonomously with the minimum of direct supervision
  • Scrupulous attention to detail, particularly with regard to technical aspects of operational processes and practices, accuracy of records and reports, efficiency and accuracy around schedule and diary management
  • Have a corporate approach to managing her/his/their areas of responsibility, seeing the bigger picture, supporting fellow executives and board members in meeting their objectives
  • Able to work under pressure, organise and prioritise own work and that of others, ensuring agreed programmes and project requirements are met and customer demands accommodated
  • Strong influencing and persuasion skills
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Strong reporting writing and communications skills, abilities to flex communication style and approach to meet the needs of a diverse range of stakeholder groups
  • Ability to prioritise under pressure
Apply for this position

Competitive salary range of £34,000-40,000p.a. plus company benefits including 30 days annual leave, pension and possible eligibility for performance related bonus.

Working arrangements are currently hybrid with one compulsory day in the office per-week (subject to change). Our office is at MAKE IT Barking, 15 Linton Road, Barking, London IG11 8HE.

Be First will review applications as received and reserves the right to end its recruitment to these roles prior to the 09th February 2024 where an exceptional candidate presents themselves.

Please submit an up-to-date CV and a cover letter of no more than 2 A4 pages setting out how you meet the requirements of the role.

bfhr@befirst.london