Job Summary

To take a lead in supporting Be First’s vison and to contributing to the delivery of an efficient and effective ‘best national’ Development Management and Spatial Planning service, including engagement with developers and other key bodies in the delivery of quality developments and a robust planning policy framework.

Job Salary

£33,82.67 – 50,734.00 (Grade 6) + benefits and 30 days annual leave entitlement

Closing Date

June 24, 2024

Job Description

– The post holder reports to a Principal Development Management Officer or a Senior Principal Development Management Officer.

– The postholder may have management responsibility for up to 2 Graduate Development Management Officers.

– The post holder will be required to work some evenings, in order to meet service requirements.

– The post holder has no budget responsibility.

– The post holder may be expected from time to time to work across the Planning, Transport Infrastructure and Policy Planning functions.

– The post holder will work flexibly and work as an effective team member.

Key Tasks and Accountabilities:

Key tasks and accountabilities are intended to be a guide to the range and level of work expected of the post holder. This is not an exhaustive list of all tasks that may fall to the post holder and employees will be expected to carry out such other reasonable duties which may be required from time to time by the Head of Development Management.

– To contribute towards the implementation of a working culture that is result-orientated, customer-focused and an ethos of ‘right first time’ service delivery.

– To undertake all duties with minimal supervision.

– To be responsible for continuous personal development by requesting and attending training when necessary.

– To demonstrate a strong commitment to the promotion of equal opportunities.

– To take a lead in providing high quality planning services to external and internal customers and stakeholders, meeting evolving delivery priorities, issues and challenges to agreed standards defined in the service offer.

– Undertake a full range of operational business tasks a portfolio of projects which may be within some or all of the planning functions. Activities include:

– To lead on all types of Development Management projects or Spatial Planning tasks as necessary including pre-application, application and appeal work. In particular to deal with complex smaller major developments including all pre-application and application work associated with these.

– To prepare and present written or oral reports and briefings to the Lead Member, Cabinet, Planning Committees, Members’ Forum and other bodies, and to attend and lead meetings with Members as necessary, and to support the preparation and management of agendas and meetings as required by the Deputy Chief Planning Director

– To make high quality planning assessments drawn from a spatial policy basis having regard to the Local Plan, Regional Plans and the NPPF.

– To manage a complex personal workload, dealing with a variety of schemes or Spatial Planning tasks across the Borough, as well as the daily allocation and supervision of work to junior staff and support for senior staff and the best allocation of resources

– 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

– A recognised degree in Town Planning and sufficient post qualification experience to qualify for chartered membership of RTPI or a related degree and ability to gain entry to course leading to a professional qualification.

– A comprehensive knowledge of the practical application of the legislation and standards relating to the Planning Act commensurate to the specific requirements of this post

– Experience of supporting and/or mentoring junior members of a team

– A knowledge of how to assess the impact of legislative or administrative changes affecting the service and to proactively implement changes to comply with those requirements.

– The ability to undertake complex Development Management projects or Spatial Planning work and in a high-pressure environment.

– Demonstratable successful innovation, initiative and consistent achievement in a planning environment

– The ability to manage, lead and motivate staff and foster their professional development

– IT literate with experience of using Word, PowerPoint and other software packages to record and manage data.

– Able to listen and respond sensitively to the needs of the community and to deliver the service around the needs of customers.

– To build effective and productive working relationships with colleagues and elected members.

– 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

– At ease in the presence of company directors, senior client representatives and able to command a sense of personal professional gravitas without being overbearing

– Have a corporate approach to managing 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

If you are interested in applying for this role, please submit a CV and cover letter (2 sides of A4) setting out why you are interested in the role and how you meet the job description to:

BFHR@befirst.london