Development Management Manager

Posted 29 July 2022
Salary £450 - £500 per day
Job type Temporary
DisciplineProfessional & Technical
ContactAggie Skibniewska

Job description

Opus People Solutions on behalf of West Northampton County Council are recruiting two Development Managers to join their team on a temporary contract for 6 months, starting 12th August 2022.We are looking for candidates to manage a development management team, in Place Economy and Environment; having 1-2-1s with team leaders, leading change and a programme of improvement, facilitating the change of culture and new ways of working die.
The pa pay is £650 per day umbrella rate, 37 hrs per week; 1 post for Daventry location one for Towcester, the length of assignments 6 months, part remote -2-3 days per week required to be in the offices.

Key Objectives:
1 To be responsible for the strategic and operational management of the Development Management service including major developments, non-major developments, enforcement and technical support in order to provide an efficient and effective value for money service which meets statutory requirements and national targets and which contributes positively to the future of the District.
2 To play a positive and active role in the future planning, enforcement, monitoring and delivery of development within the District, thereby maintaining public confidence in the planning system and ensuring delivery of the service in a proactive way, maximising use of new technology and engaging the local community as far as possible.
3 To provide professional planning advice to meetings of the Council's Planning Committee, senior management, elected members, officers and any other committees as required.
4 Making key-decisions, leading, advising Development Management teams on all forms of planning matters, but more particularly those of a corporate priority to the Council and of national, regional and district significance and/or those of a complex/controversial nature and likely to result in significant local infrastructure and financial contributions.
5 To maintain and improve a customer orientated approach including fostering good relations and communicating important matters relating to planning with District Councillors and local bodies, including Parish/Town Councils and Amenity Societies.
6 To ensure performance meets or exceeds Government performance and quality standards.
7 To actively contribute and promote the highest professional standards in planning across all Council activities in order to deliver high quality developments.
8 To ensure that the objectives of the service are aligned with the Council's priorities and objectives and that these are delivered.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
1 To lead, manage, motivate and develop the service to provide a high quality, efficient and value for money development management service across the districts.
2 To have overall responsibility for operational and financial planning, targeting setting and performance management for the service to ensure it meets professional standards, service and corporate priorities and targets.
3 To ensure that planning and enforcement decisions are made (and seen to be made) with the utmost integrity.
4 To provide information and responses to other parts of the Council, Government departments, national organisations with an interest in planning matters, members of the public and outside bodies in relation to planning matters. To communicate with the press on planning matters, including providing radio interviews and any other media responses as and when directed by the Corporate Director or Assistant Director. To take responsibility for responding to auditor queries.
5 To ensure that the most significant development proposals, including those of a corporate and strategic priority, are appropriately resourced and managed and report back to senior management and Council committees as necessary.
6 To oversee the service's response to complaints/queries about service delivery, in accordance with Council policy and to ensure that any lessons learned are identified and implemented.
7 To provide professional planning advice to meetings of the Council's Planning Committee, senior management,
8 To liaise, communicate and meet with applicants, agents, District Councillors, members of the Public, Parish/Town Councils and any other stakeholders as necessary to discuss and negotiate on planning and enforcement matters.
9 To support and deputise where necessary for the Head of Development Management and Enforcement including the day to day running of the wider department / directorate, attendance at public and private meetings and authorising decisions as appropriate.
10 To oversee preparation, editing and authorisation of reports and their presentation to Planning Committees. To authorise where necessary appeal statements and other correspondence. To advise the Assistant Director and the Council on matters relating to judicial review.
11 To improve service delivery by identifying efficiencies in processes and recommending action and by maintaining a process of continuous improvement. T
12 To be acquainted with the various Acts relating to the Council's statutory responsibilities with regard to planning matters, including the relevant legislation, orders, circulars and policies. Keeping abreast of changes in such legislation and Government advice and making the necessary changes to practices and procedures arising there from.
13 To ensure that the validation and registration of applications and registration of enforcement cases is effective and efficient and does not delay the overall determination of planning applications.
14 To contribute to the development of Council Policy, to include corporate priorities, Business Plans, Service Plans especially on planning matters.
Essential Competences;
Communicates clearly and openly with others in order to inform, instruct, persuade and encourage feedback
Demonstrates a "can do" attitude and focuses energy and commitment on achieving results that are critical to own and organizational success
Understands the role of the organization, its communities and the needs and expectations of internal and external customers. Works professionally and innovatively to meet or exceed these needs and expectations
Demonstrates an open mind to challenge traditional approaches in a positive way, develops innovative ideas, solves problems and continually improves performance
Collaborates and consults with others effectively, in joint pursuit of team and organisational goals
Understands the environment in which the organization operates and considers the financial and wider commercial implications of their decisions and actions
Demonstrates the appropriate level of specialist knowledge and expertise required to effectively
Essential Management Competences
Demonstrates the ability to manage staff performance and development.
Demonstrates a collaborative and adaptive leadership style.