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Principal Placemaking Officer

Job details
Posting date: 22 April 2021
Salary: £45,734 per year
Additional salary information: Competitive
Hours: Full time
Closing date: 12 May 2021
Location: Woking, GU22 7QQ
Company: Surrey County Council
Job type: Permanent
Job reference: orbis/TP/483/13515

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Summary

Surrey as a place has a central role to play in the regional and national economy and is already making a significant contribution to wealth creation, enterprise, jobs, business, homes, physical infrastructure and skills. Across Surrey there is also a deeply held ambition for the future – one that recognises the area’s many unique characteristics and strengths and which brings an unwavering focus on creating great places for people to live, work, learn and enjoy.

Our fierce ambition for the vitality of our places and our communities is at the heart of what defines our approach to “good growth”. This approach is at the heart of the Surrey Place Ambition 2050 – a joint statement produced by key partners that sets out the vision and plans for the future.

To provide support for this and to turn the vision into reality we’re looking to establish an exceptional Placemaking group. As well as working in partnership with external stakeholders, the team will support collaboration and joined-up thinking across the Council, combining our efforts where possible to create better places for our communities.

The Placemaking team will really set the standards for better street design and ensure that through local community participation; schemes are developed and designed to the highest possible standards with our focus on greener futures and strengthening the economy, at the heart of everything we do.

Who are we looking for?

As a Principal Placemaking Officer you will operate within the delivery teams; co-ordinating and joining together activities as well as advising on designs to create better places and better streets. Your technical and professional skills will be relied upon by others to demonstrate quality and ensure schemes are progressed to the highest standards of design as possible. To achieve this, you will need to be a confident and effective communicator who understands the value of collaboration and joined up working - how you work will be key to the success of the role.

Your involvement throughout the entire lifecycle of a scheme, from concept to implementation, will be essential, so we’re looking for someone who can not only plan and innovate, but can also adapt and respond positively to change.

The skills and experience you bring are important to us but equally, your values and behaviours will be key to your success in this role. We're looking for people who:

  • Hold a qualification in a relevant field, e.g. Planning, Transport Planning Regeneration, Sustainable Development, Environmental Management etc
  • Are willing and able to travel around the county to meet the demands of the role
  • Are innovative thinkers, strong influencers and who can work collaboratively to achieve collective success

If you share our vision and have the determination, enthusiasm and ability to create better places; we want to hear from you!

For more information please find the full job description below and refer to this before submitting your application. We also invite you to read our Life at Surrey handbook to see insights of the culture at Surrey and how as a valued employee, you can help shape our Council.

Additional Information

Contact Details

For an informal discussion contact Lee Parker (Director for Infrastructure, Planning & Major Projects) by e-mail at lee.parker@surreycc.gov.uk. We look forward to receiving your application.

Additional Information

The job advert closes at 23:59 on 12th May 2021 with interviews to follow.

Although the administrative base for this role is Quadrant Court, Woking; Surrey County Council embraces agile and flexible working.

From flexible working to job sharing we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 26 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years’ service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.

Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.

Company Information

Our Values

Our values are what support our vision, shape the culture and are crucial in delivering our corporate strategy.

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