Assistant Director Planning, Housing and Growth

Reference HQ21691
Service Suffolk County Council
Contract Type Permanent
Location Suffolk
Job Type Full-time
Hours per week 37
Salary Annual salary: £75,745

About the job:

This critical role will support the Executive Director in delivering the council’s strategic agenda pertaining to housing, planning and economic development. The post holder will be expected to represent the council at local, regional, and national meetings and showcase innovative work.  Effective working relationships will be required with a very wide range of senior stakeholders across the “system” of statutory bodies.

Responsible for partnership working of significant numbers of project-specific resources, this leader will draw from across the organisation, external contractors, and our district partners, to engage, deliver and manage complex and often politically sensitive pieces of work. This will require an exceptionally high calibre of individual with the ability to negotiate, persuade, influence, and think laterally to overcome obstacles and ensure delivery of programmes.

The role will report to the Executive Director of GHI and sit as part of the directorate leadership team, managing a multi-skilled team of office, professional, and technical staff including contractors.

  • Responsible for partnership working of significant numbers of project-specific resources, this leader will draw from across the organisation, external contractors, and our district partners, to engage, deliver and manage complex and often politically sensitive pieces of work. This will require an exceptionally high calibre of individual with the ability to negotiate, persuade, influence, and think laterally to overcome obstacles and ensure delivery of programmes.
  • This role is high profile in nature working with and responding to politicians, the public and key stakeholders. This leader understands how to balance the strategic imperatives as well as respond tactically to the operational demands that will be placed on them.
  • The post holder will hold the corporate management responsibility for implementing, developing, and leading the future strategic plan for housing.  This will include the client-side operation and coordination of Joint Venture Housing LLP.
  • The role will work across directorates and in conjunction with Corporate Property to achieve priorities with respect to assets, investments, and housing.
  • This role will be responsible for delivering significant programmes of work and associated projects in the themes of economic growth, housing, and planning, plus associated statutory services.
  • Relevant industry background degree (housing, property, economic development, planning) or management degree
  • Management qualification to degree level or relevant senior level management experience for a significant period (10+ years)
  • Experience of managing a range of successful large-scale change projects.
  • Evidence of having successfully delivered major service redesign / improvements, driving associated cultural change to embed the improvements
  • A record of successful change and corporate management, translating strategic ambitions into achievements within a demanding and politically sensitive environment
  • A record of successful resource management, capital and revenue budget management, monitoring and control of the performance of human, financial and physical resources in a complex / political organisation
  • Extensive knowledge of service delivery across the public sector
  • Evidence of successful multi-partner and / or commercial negotiations which have had a positive impact
  • Ability to commission services and procure and manage internal and external suppliers
  • Knowledge and understanding of process, commercial objectives, and politics of Housing in a local authority context

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