Operations Manager – Town Planning 

Full-time Position

To be town planning lead professional officer for the Council. To promote Planning of the town by, managing policy, development management, conservation and our special projects team. Leading, managing and being accountable for the Strategic Operational Area, reporting directly to the Director / Assistant Director and to be part of the senior management group for the Council.

Job Description

To be town planning lead professional officer for the Council. To promote Planning of the town by, managing policy, development management, conservation and our special projects team. Leading, managing and being accountable for the Strategic Operational Area, reporting directly to the Director / Assistant Director and to be part of the senior management group for the Council.   

Day to day

  1. Responsibility for the development, co-ordination, implementation and review of the annual Operational Plan for the Operational Area, incorporating the Council’s risk management procedures.

 

  1. To lead and develop operational area employees To manage and supervise employees in accordance with Human Resources policies and procedures and management competencies including a positive duty to promote diversity and equal opportunities.

 

  1. To be responsible and accountable for the operational areas budget/s including monitoring and reporting and the preparation of estimates as and in accordance with the Council’s financial procedures. Maximise value for money services.

 

  1. To identify, co-ordinate and promote new and innovative opportunities to develop the service for the future including alternative methods of service delivery.

 

  1. Contribute to the development and implementation of corporate projects and policies.

 

  1. To advise the Council on the interpretation, preparation and implementation of evolving planning policies and to formulate and implement policy and operational organisational changing needs.

 

 

Operational Duties

 

  1. To be the lead professional officer on all matters relating to policy and operational delivery for the town planning operational area including the strategic planning agenda, development management and conservation and urban design, reporting directly to Director / Assistant Director and Portfolio Holder; be responsible for the formulation of relevant service strategies, policies and objectives to deliver efficient and cost effective planning services to meet statutory and Council priorities.

 

  1. Take overall responsibility for the annual Operational Plan and day-to-day delivery and strategic direction of the planning service, ensuring that a joined up coordinated approach is taken; ensure appropriate flexibility for the teams to be able to adapt to fluctuating workloads inherent in the planning policy, development management and conservation and urban design workloads;

 

  1. To manage and support the planning work of the teams within the operational area as necessary including determination of major applications, appeals and enforcement cases, the preparation and examination of plans and the promotion of heritage.

 

  1. Identify and co-ordinate new and innovative concepts, principles and practices in the delivery of planning services; promote strong performance management and connect policies, strategies and decision making to action and outcomes; monitor, review and feedback information on individual and team performance, providing help and assistance as necessary to enable improvements in their delivery of services.

 

  1. Exercise delegated powers including those for the determination of planning applications.

 

  1. Responsible for the preparation, co-ordination and presentation of reports to Council, Committees, Corporate Management Team, Working Groups, Panels, public examinations and external forums; manage the implementation of actions and policies agreed; deal with major appeals and attend Hearings and public Inquiries as the Council’s lead planning officer and specialist witness.

 

  1. Provide expert advice on planning and conservation matters to include committee Chair, Portfolio Holder, Councillors, and Corporate Management Team, and to deal with complex and sensitive issues of a political nature.

 

  1. Plan for the operational delivery of customer focused services to continuously improve the outcomes for both businesses, residents and other Regularly review service delivery with key stakeholders. Develop partnership working.

 

  1. To be responsible for Continuous Professional Development (CPD) in own specialist/professional area in order to remain abreast of new developments, local and national issues, case law and relevant legislation, also maintaining comprehensive CPD records.

 

  1. Such variations as may be required from time to time without changing the general character of the duties shown above or the level of responsibility entailed.

About you

Degree level education in Planning or proven equivalent level of technical and organisational knowledge in own specific field.

Knowledge of appropriate regulation, legislation and practice.

Chartered Planner with Membership of RTPI or other relevant professional body as required for the post.

Evidence of continuing professional development.

Will be required to work outside of normal working hours and to attend evening meetings.

For more information about this role please contact xxxxx

Please download the Job Description and Person Specification to find out more about this role:

Job Description and Person Specification

The selection process will be an interview. Interviews will be held the week commencing xxxxx

Early applications are encouraged as we reserve the right to interview candidates who meet the essential criteria prior to the closing date and / or to close the opportunity to applicants once we receive sufficient applications.

 

Location

Grafton House – Ipswich

Salary

TBC

Application closing date

TBC

Job type

Full-time

Job reference

 

Office

Ipswich Borough Council

Grafton House
15-17 Russell Road
Ipswich,
IP1 2DE

Contact Us

  • 01473 432000