Job Vacancy Details

Principal Planning Officer (Policy and Implementation)
East Herts Council

Salary: Grade 9-10, up to £42,443 (inclusive of local weighting)
Contract: Permanent
Hours: 37 per week (part-time working and job share considered)
Location: Hertford
Closing date: 5pm Monday 17 December 2018

About the role

As a Principal Planning Officer in our Policy and Implementation team you would be dealing with a range of policy development projects.  Following the recent adoption of our Local Plan, a number of exciting and challenging development proposals are now coming forward.  These include residential, commercial and regeneration development in our town centres. 

The Council has adopted a master planning approach to the development of significant sites and it is likely that you would be taking the lead in relation to the delivery of at least one of these sites, supported by DM colleagues.  This is an exciting time to join the Council and gain experience across a range of strategic and policy development issues.

You would work with colleagues to ensure that the workload of the team is delivered.  You would also guide, mentor and develop more junior staff, ensuring that good quality output is achieved to demanding targets.

Some of the key responsibilities include:

  • Responsibility for complex and significant work projects, often acting as the lead officer involved
  • In applying professional judgement and experience, take a leading role in the preparation, monitoring, and review of the Council’s local planning policy documents
  • Monitor and review the policies and proposals of all agencies that have an impact on the planning policy environment, including national government, HCC and Herts LEP, to provide advice and make representations in relation to them
  • Prepare plans, reports, briefing notes and policy statements as necessary in accordance with the agreed work programme.

About You

This role would suit a candidate who has experience of policy development work, probably at the senior officer level.  You would be confident leading complex policy development issues, working with a range of stakeholders to ensure that solutions are achieved.  You would be a good team player, contributing to the team and supporting the development of more junior staff.

An ideal candidate will have:

  • A first degree and post graduate qualification in town and country planning or a related discipline.
  • Experience of dealing with a range of policy development work.
  • Ability to coach, mentor and develop staff
  • Detailed technical knowledge of the relevant legislation and regulations.
  • excellent communication skills with an ability to relate to all customers, dealing with difficult and challenging circumstances on occasion

About us

We are consistently rated as amongst the best areas in the country to live, with excellent schools and healthcare, a huge array of green space, beautiful waterways, unique market towns and picturesque villages.  We also enjoy high levels of employment and a diverse local economy.

The vision of the Council is to provide East Hertfordshire residents and businesses with a future that is prosperous and sustainable. In order to achieve this, a number of strategic objectives have been developed, which allow the Council in conjunction with its many partners to focus on the key issues that concern the residents of East Hertfordshire.

Whatever their role, everyone contributes to delivering great services to our local community. Our vision is to preserve the unique character of East Herts and ensure it remains one of the best places to live and work. To accomplish this, our focus is to improve the health and wellbeing of our communities, enhance the quality of people's lives and enable a flourishing local economy.

Our team is at the very heart of our council – we recognise that together with our elected members, we make the difference to our local communities. We are dedicated to staff development and individual success within a team framework. To help our staff deliver, we provide a supportive work environment, development opportunities and work to help everyone achieve their potential, whilst enjoying a positive work-life balance. 

Benefits of working for us

  • A variety of flexible working options available, including part-time working, job share, compressed hours and home working
  • Flexi-time scheme
  • Free tea and coffee
  • Local Government pension scheme
  • Generous  annual leave
  • A range of discounts including high street retailers and local leisure centres
  • Professional environment where your career path really matters and your development is supported by the organisation
  • Flexible and supportive team

As part of our Green Travel agenda we actively encourage employees to explore more economical and eco-friendly means of travel to work, e.g. public transport, cycle, walk or car share, and support this through a number of initiatives such as Liftshare.

How to apply

For an informal discussion regarding this role, please contact Claire Sime, Service Manager on 01992 531626.  To apply please go the authority's website.

If you do not hear from us within 2 weeks of the closing date please assume that your application has not been successful.

If your application has been successful, the recruiting manager will contact you to invite you to an interview.  We hope you enjoy the process and look forward to making contact with you very soon.

EHC is an equal opportunity employer committed to embracing a diverse and inclusive work environment. We aim to attract and retain the best people regardless of their gender, marital/parental status, ethnic origin, nationality, age, background, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity


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