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Strategic Planning Manager / Full time

Oxfordshire County Council

Up to £75,000

Oxford, South Central


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Strategic Planning Manager (Oxfordshire Plan 2050) OCC53697

Salary range: Up to £75,000 per annum
Work location: Oxford (+ ability to work from home)
Hours per week: 37 - we are open to discussions about flexible working
Contract type: Fixed Term until June 2023
Closing date: Tuesday 6th April 2021

If you are looking for a unique challenge, then this role working for Oxfordshire County Council and the Oxfordshire Local Authorities’ partnership may be precisely what you're seeking.

Currently in the midst of a bold venture to successfully deliver the Oxfordshire Housing and Growth Deal, this role will be pivotal in working across the Oxfordshire partnership to develop a Joint Statutory Spatial Plan to prioritise sustainable development and quality of life.

About us
Due to an innovative Oxfordshire Housing and Growth Deal agreed with Government, this Deal provides an unparalleled opportunity to immerse yourself in the heart of a county-wide challenge. It is a challenge that we are determined to deliver. Join us, and you could be central to this fascinating work.

The post holder will lead the Oxfordshire Plan 2050 team which sits within the Oxfordshire Growth Deal team and in partnership with Oxfordshire Councils, Local Enterprise Partnership (OxLEP), Government representatives and key stakeholders within a structured and transparent framework.

About the role
Join us in this specialist lead role and you'll take full responsibility in leading the development of Oxfordshire’s Joint Statutory Spatial Plan (the Oxfordshire Plan 2050).

The post holder will be expected to understand and work with Local Planning Authorities to shape partners efforts to deliver the Oxfordshire Plan for submission and then to take the plan through Examination for adoption. This will involve the post holder working across all partners (Local Planning Authorities, the County Council, and OxLEP) involved in the effort to create innovative and effective solutions to secure delivery of the Oxfordshire Plan within the timetable agreed between the Partnership and Government.

You will play a key role in providing professional leadership for the team preparing the Oxfordshire Plan and act as the key professional advisor to the Oxfordshire Growth Board on the Oxfordshire Plan and associated planning matters.

Coaching, motivating and inspiring your team, you'll help develop them professionally to establish and develop effective working relationships with partners, especially local authorities and other stakeholders, including influencing the pace and take up of a continuous improvement culture.

This is a highly networked role, so you'll be expected to build, promote and maintain effective communication with all relevant stakeholders - including council members, parish councils, the public, district councils and government representatives.

About you
We are looking for a very impressive planner with extensive knowledge of best practice in strategic planning, statutory processes and policy development. A track record in developing and delivering strategic spatial plans and strategies in a partnership context, is vital. As is a background of leading and evaluating large scale community and stakeholder engagement and public consultation programmes across a range of channels involving multiple partners and stakeholders.

Ideally the successful application will have a professional planning qualification, membership of a relevant professional body and with substantial experience in a senior planning role. On a personal level, you'll be team-spirited, articulate, well organised and decisive.

Rewards and benefits
Working in local government has never been more interesting, innovative and challenging. The commitment of our teams to public service - in everything from social care to schools to infrastructure - is inspiring to see.

In return, we've invested real time and resources creating an environment where people flourish professionally and belong personally. We have also developed a rewards package that will make a really positive all-round difference to your life inside and outside work.

Rewards package:
24 - 32 days' annual leave
Excellent pension scheme, with employer contributions of up to 19.9% of salary
Flexible working arrangements

Would you like to know more?

For an informal discussion about the role please contact Paul Staines, Interim Head of Programme on email: [email protected]


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