Planning Business Manager

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  • Sector:

    Public Sector

  • Job type:

    Full-time Flexible

  • Salary:

    £50877 - £55307 per annum

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  • Published:

    29 days ago

  • Duration:

    2 year fixed term contract

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Planning Business Manager
This role will deliver the central and specialist administration of the planning system for the councils (including links to other corporate systems) and ensure an effective, efficient, consistent and transparent level of service to customers. You will ensure ensure the planning specialist team provide the right level of expertise to clients

Planning Business Manager Responsibilities:

- working closely with heads of service to help create and embed the necessary changes in culture and practice to meet the needs of both councils
- contributing to the achievement of both councils’ overall goals by aligning the service, via its service plan, to identified priorities
- working with colleagues across both councils to effectively and efficiently deliver joined-up programmes, projects, policies and initiatives
- establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with elected councillors, internal and external partners, stakeholders and communities in order to develop and improve services
- attending and actively participating in senior management team (SMT) meetings and events to help each councils in meeting their goals and ensuring that a corporate and co-ordinated approach is adopted and maintained in the provision of all services
- leading by example in modelling the conduct, behaviour and values expected of the councils’ employees and establish a working environment within your service in which individuals and teams can excel
- assisting the head of service to prepare and deliver the annual service plan which aligns with both councils’ corporate strategies, goals and priorities.
- delivering excellence across your service through the development of high performance, effective delegation, communication, cross-authority working and prioritising customer service and satisfaction.
- assisting the head of service in the development of new approaches to service delivery, ensuring continuous improvement in performance, value for money and quality of service for customers
- ensuring performance management is embedded into the day-to-day work of the teams within your service. Performance reviews to be undertaken by the due dates and recorded as required by the review processes. Also ensure all service plan and workplan monitoring is undertaken by the due dates and entered onto the performance management system(s)
- taking responsibility for identifying training and development needs in discussion with the staff from the teams within your service; and to encourage participation in any training and development activities. This to include coaching, mentoring and evaluation of all training undertaken
- assisting the head of service to plan, monitor and manage the service team’s budget to achieve financial and performance targets and work with the head of service to ensure budgets are aligned to both councils’ corporate strategies, goals and priorities
- supporting HR processes, such as investigations or hearings, where requested or required, for own or other services

Planning Business Manager Requirements:

- a relevant professional qualification or equivalent demonstrable vocational experience.
- proven successful line management experience.
- in-depth knowledge and experience of at least one of the significant functions or teams within your immediate team.
- experience of planning, monitoring and managing budgets.
- local government experience preferred.
- a corporate leader and successful line manager who is energetic, determined and positive to develop the joint working arrangements of the councils.
- excellent leadership and line management skills, including the ability to delegate appropriately, empowering Team Leaders and employees to effectively deliver operational duties, tasks and goals.
- well-developed communication and networking skills.
- able to support staff at all levels through periods of change, ensuring they understand both councils’ perspective and stance.
- to communicate in a clear manner, seeking the views and opinions of others.
- tough approach when dealing with staff ‘under performance’ issues.
- proven and successfully applied business and financial acumen.
- a track record of operating in a political context and winning the respect, trust and confidence of councillors, staff, customers and partners is desirable.
- willing to travel, as required

About the councils:

South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils are forward-thinking local authorities, based in one of the most attractive areas of the country. They are looking for a professional, competent and enthusiastic person who can communicate well at all levels. An excellent benefits package is on offer including annualised hours (flexible working) and a career average pension scheme.

Location: Milton Park, Abingdon (Didcot)

Salary: from £50,877 - £55,307

Role / hours: Fixed term – Two years, full-time, 37 hours per week

The benefits we offer: 33 days annual leave per annum, plus bank holidays and time off between Christmas and New Year. Salary pay awards – we review salaries each April. A generous career average pension scheme which includes life insurance of three times your salary. No car park costs as there’s ample free parking available. The opportunity to purchase a bike through the tax efficient Cyclescheme. A salary sacrifice car lease scheme – a fully inclusive driving package for a fixed monthly cost. Various schemes to keep you healthy (reduced gym membership, free swims, contributory medical schemes, wellbeing appointments, free eye tests for DSE users, after work sports clubs and more). We give you two days per year to volunteer within the local community.

Closing date – 17/02/2021
Interview date – 22/02/2021

Under Government guidelines, many of our employees are being asked to undertake their roles from home. This will be discussed in more detail during this roles interview process where required.

You may have experience of the following: Planning Manager, Commercial Manager, Business Manager, Public Sector, Local Authority, Local Government, Planning Policy Officer, Town Planning Officer, Urban Planning Officer, Development Management Officer, Planning Officer, Planning Consultant, Town Planning, Urban Regeneration, etc.

Ref: 96784