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Job Title: Development Manager

Cotswold District Council

£53,807 - £55,605

Contract Type:
Full time

Cirencester, South West

Associate Director


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Development Manager

£53,807- £55,605 per annum, 37 hours per week
Permanent contract

Cirencester/agile working

Create a Cotswold legacy- in one of the most beautiful parts of the country!

An exceptional opportunity has arisen to become the next Development Management Team Leader at Cotswold District Council, as our excellent Team Leader retires. We are looking to appoint a suitably qualified and motivated individual with a ‘can do’ attitude to continue to drive the service forward. We’re keen to hear from you whether you’re already operating at Team Leader level, or looking to take the next exciting step up in your planning career.

With phase 1 of our equivalent of a Cotswold Garden Village under development in Cirencester, Cotswold Airport in Kemble, Higher Education facilities looking to expand and fantastic rural market towns looking to evolve, no two days will be the same.

You will be an experienced planner who is used to dealing with more complex applications and in that role you will be responsible for the delivery of the Councils major new urban extension to Cirencester. However you’ll also have an eye for embedding change and delivering the very best of planning services, looking at new and innovative ways of getting things done and developing the fantastic team around you.

As a Publica employee, as well as a great team of planners, you’ll have access to amazing colleagues in planning policy, economic development, and sustainable transport, all of whom will work with you to ensure planning decisions are robust and holistic. As the Lead Officer for Cotswold District Council, the Councils CEO and Leader and the wider Publica team will be on hand to work with you and support you to ensure the Cotswold place shaping agenda is delivered.

So if you feel you have the drive, determination and forward thinking mindset, we’d love to hear from you. The key information outlining the roles and responsibilities can be found in the attached documents. If having read the details you are interested in taking up this fantastic opportunity, but want a chance to talk it through in more detail, please contact the Recruitment team at Publica, who will be pleased to talk you through what the post entails and the support that will be available to enable you to make a success of it

You will need

  • To be educated to degree level or equivalent in a relevant profession
  • Five years’ experience in the relevant field/dealing with large applications
  • Relevant professional membership/qualification of governing body
  • A proven track record at working at a senior level in the public sector or similar organisation
  • A proven track record to facilitate and manage ongoing change
  • A proven track record to lead, inspire and successfully motivate others towards shared objectives for the area of specialism

Special Conditions

  • Ability to travel
  • This post designated as politically restricted in accordance with the Local Government and Housing Act1989. Politically restricted post holders are restricted from canvassing on behalf of a political party or for a person who is, or seeks to be, a candidate for election to a local authority, the House of Commons, or the European Parliament

You will be employed by Publica Group Ltd which was created by four partner Councils (Cotswold District Council, West Oxfordshire District Council, Cheltenham Borough Council and Forest of Dean District Council) to deliver more efficient and improved services.

What can we do for you

  • Agile working allowing a mix of home and office working
  • Flexible working arrangements (depending on the role)
  • 26 days paid annual leave (pro rata if you are working part time) plus bank holidays and an extra two volunteering days off a year for you to support a charity of your choice
  • Health cash plan giving you cash back on health, dental and eye care
  • Pension scheme with a good employer contribution of 5% of your earnings
  • Employee Assistance Programme 24/7, providing positive, preventative and supportive advice and counselling to deal with everyday events and issues
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Salary sacrifice car lease scheme with huge tax and NI savings to be made on electric cars
  • Access to digital financial advice (covering your pension scheme, mortgages and other finances)
  • Generous sickness cover above statutory entitlements
  • Additional income protection, covering 50% of your salary for potentially a further five years if you are unable to work due to sickness or injury
  • Life assurance, currently four times your annual salary

To apply for this position please click on "apply now" within this page to complete an application form and supporting statement together with your CV. Please tell us about your skills, knowledge, qualifications, experience and how they meet the criteria listed above and in the job description/person specification. It’s important that we’re a good fit for each other, so let us know what’s important to you and why you want to work for Publica Group Ltd. Your CV will not be available to the hiring manager unless you are shortlisted for interview to assist with our non-biased screening process so please ensure you complete the application form in full.

It is important that our staff reflect the diversity of our community, and we therefore welcome and encourage applications from people of all genders and sexual orientation, those from Black, Asian, and other minority ethnic backgrounds, and those with disabilities.

Accredited of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy/ies - Please state this within your covering statement or in a separate email.

Safer recruitment practices are applied to all job vacancies. Successful candidates will be required to complete a pre-employment medical questionnaire; provide references; proof of identity; nationality and immigration status; three years’ employment or education history (if applicable) and, in some cases, verification of criminal record

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