The Planning Service is looking to recruit a Senior Urban Design officer in the Development Management service. The successful candidate will champion excellent design and place-making in the Planning Service and wider Council for the wider city.
About the role
Can you help unlock the city’s aspirations for high quality buildings and place-making so that Brighton & Hove can adapt and develop attractively and sustainably this decade?
This is an exceptional opportunity to give design and place-making advice to one of England’s busiest and most improved unitary Development Management services within easy reach of London. You will have a wide-reaching impact on the city’s architecture and appearance including realising the goals set out by our City Plans and recently adopted Urban Design Framework; working with council teams to shape strategic projects; and supporting our ambition to become Carbon Neutral by 2030.
Reporting to one of the Planning Managers, you will need a positive, solution-finding approach to work whilst supporting income and meeting deadlines. You will be a lead officer at Design Panel meetings, provide advice on major and minor applications to case officers and the Planning Committee; and represent the Council at appeals. As such you should have a sound and thorough knowledge, with extensive practical experience, of all aspects of building design and place-making.
The Planning Policy Team will be developing a new style Local Plan alongside design codes and you will have an important role in leading on this new area of work.
As a Senior Design Officer, you will be expected to provide training and to develop design skills of case officers with varying levels of experience. You will be delivering projects, interventions and initiatives and develop policies in-line with corporate and business plans.
For an informal discussion, please contact Jane Moseley - Planning Manager on 07821 802839.
As part of your application, you will need to complete your education and work history and upload a supporting statement. Your supporting statement is the most important part of your application as it will be used in the shortlisting process to assess whether you meet the essential requirements for the role that are set out in the person specification and to decide whether you should be offered an interview. Before you start your application, please read our guidance here (Supporting statement guidance (brighton-hove.gov.uk)) as this gives important advice which will increase your chance of success in the shortlisting process.
Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is less than 37 hours or term-time only.
Work Permits: We may be able to obtain a Work Permit for this post but this is subject to meeting the requirements of the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) Points-based Immigration System. Please see Gov.uk for more information on the Skilled Worker Visa.
We offer the opportunity for the suitable candidate to choose to work in a hybrid way. Your specific working arrangements will be subject to team and service working arrangements already in place alongside Government guidance. Your contractual location will be the designated council office for your team and travel to and from your contractual location would be at your own expense.
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Encouraging a diverse workforce
Our city is known and loved for its diversity. Not only is the mixture of people, culture and skills vital to the economic and social development of the city, it's what makes Brighton & Hove such a great place to live, work and visit. We are committed to developing and retaining a workforce that is representative of the diverse communities we serve so we welcome applications from individuals from all backgrounds. In order to achieve our aims of proportionate representation, we particularly encourage applicants from a BME or White Other background as well as those who identify as disabled, male or trans.
Find out more about our commitment to being a fair and inclusive place to work where everyone can achieve their potential by reading about our fair and inclusive actions, our anti-racism strategy and the work we are doing to encourage a diverse workforce (brighton-hove.gov.uk).
We welcome applications from all sections of the community but particularly encourage applicants from a BME or White Other background as well as those who identify as disabled, LGB, female or trans as these groups are currently under-represented in our Directorate workforce.