Assistant Strategic Planning Policy Officer
On 01 November 2018, it was announced by the government that the five councils in Buckinghamshire will become a single unitary authority in April 2020. This is an exciting opportunity for all the councils in the county to come together to build a brand new council for Buckinghamshire, building on the best experience and expertise of the five current councils. We are developing plans with our District Council colleagues to build a new Unitary Council that is ambitious in its outlook, provides Buckinghamshire residents with simpler ways to access services that they need, and makes best use of public money. Any changes made to the structure of local authorities in the county may affect council employees in the future. Therefore, the five councils have agreed to restrict applications to this position to current employees of the five councils for a period of seven days from 11 January 2019 to 18 January 2019. External candidates are welcome to submit their application at any point; however, if a current employee applies during this seven day period, their application will be assessed prior to the council considering applications from external candidates.
We are investing in our Strategic Planning and Infrastructure Service and recruiting to several key positions. The Assistant Strategic Planning Officer that is suitable for a recent graduate with accredited planning qualification or someone who is looking to widen their experience of strategic planning in a challenging environment.
This is your chance to make a lasting impact on our county. From developing the connected transport networks of the future and driving sustainable business growth, to innovative waste management and ambitious urban regeneration, the future of Buckinghamshire’s environment and infrastructure is in your hands.
About the role
This is an excellent career development role where you’ll be given the support to develop your planning skills, expertise and judgement. You’ll be part of an ambitious team with a dynamic and commercial approach. It’s a great place to develop your career.
Expect to be involved in a range of national as well as sub-national infrastructure projects and to provide professional advice and support to diverse internal and external customers – all with an emphasis on strategic spatial planning, neighbourhood planning, minerals and waste policy. You will gain a considerable amount of experience working with the districts on their local plans, responding to consultations and significant planning applications.
Supporting the Strategic Planning and Infrastructure Manager and Head of Strategic Planning and Infrastructure in the development and delivery of County wide strategic planning policy and infrastructure strategy, including the Buckinghamshire Minerals and Waste Local Plan, you will provide strategic planning advice and intelligence to decision makers, including elected members, both within the Growth & Strategy service, across the Transport, Economy and Environment Directorate and across other County Council business units.
For full details of the responsibilities of this role, please see the job summary below.
The Assistant Officer position you will be educated to degree level or have extensive planning knowledge and work experience within a local authority or private sector working on local planning and environmental issues. These posts would also be suitable for recent graduate with keen interest in town planning, built and natural environment and related area and to pursue a career in the planning profession. You will have good inter-personal skills and be able to build working relationships with councillors, other professionals and the wider public, you will also need good written and spoken communication skills, and a commitment to customer care.
Buckinghamshire County Council is entering one of the most exciting periods of change in its history. We are looking to become a more agile, commercial and digitally-focussed organisation.
We are working to provide maximum benefits to our residents and shape our county for the future. With substantial investment in place, we now need people who are determined to make this transformation happen. In return, we offer some of the best benefits around; everything from a good work-life balance and flexible working to discounted public transport and sports centre membership.
Ambitious. Accountable. Caring. Collaborative.
Our values are what make our culture at BCC unique and we expect all our people to live them in their approach. Ambitious. We want people with a strong desire and determination to succeed. Accountable. Our people take pride in owning actions and decisions. It’s all about using our resources wisely and recognising that the public money we use is all going towards a better future. Caring. We’re people, working for people. Being caring, kind and supportive is intrinsic. Collaborative. Working in a team, sharing ideas and knowledge only means positive things. By creating more effective solutions together, we are able to deliver better outcomes to the county as a whole.
About the business unit
The future of our county's environment and infrastructure is in your hands. Buckinghamshire - one of the fastest growing economies in the UK - is facing an exciting period of major growth. Our aim is to manage the major growth pressures within Buckinghamshire in a tough financial climate. Commercial and innovative, we are developing policies that strike the right balance between environment protection and growth. We’re adopting innovative solutions to service delivery and growth. We partner with businesses and community sectors in virtually everything we do; playing to the strengths of these sectors to deliver first class services to our customers.
We recognise and reward you
Hard work and success deserves recognition. That’s why we pride ourselves on the benefits we give our people. We actively encourage a good work-life balance and promote flexible and agile working arrangements. We provide discounts on various Cafés, restaurants, shops and auto enrolment onto our generous Pension Scheme with an employer contribution of 26%. We also offer a salary sacrifice personal car lease scheme and the opportunity to gain membership to Costco. We have discounted gym memberships, Travel discounts with Arriva and Chiltern Railways and much more.
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