Design Champion and Specialist Services Manager

East Suffolk Council
Lowestoft or Melton
£46,845 - £50,705

East Suffolk Council is an exciting place to work and a great place to make a real difference to people’s lives, delivering vital services to a quarter of a million people across East Suffolk.

We currently have an exciting opportunity to join the East Suffolk Council's newly formed Specialist Services Team as a Design Champion and Specialist Services Manager

In this new role, you will lead and manage the multidisciplinary specialist services in providing professional design and conservation, landscape and arboricultural, ecology and rights of way advice, both internal and external to the Planning Service and the Council, to ensure a coordinated and high-quality input to support the planning service and its wider strategic ambitions.

You will champion the delivery of high-quality design and placemaking across the service and the Council, including the co-ordination of on-site quality monitoring for the delivery of schemes, in collaboration with Development Management officers. You will also provide a lead role in the provision of urban design professional advice on major development schemes, including Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects.

With a Full or Affiliate Membership of RIBA or RTPI (or related professional institute), and extensive experience in design and place-making in towns, villages and the countryside, you should have extensive theoretical, technical and practical knowledge of urban design alongside experience in a range of wider planning issues.

Confidence in negotiation, the ability to foster robust working relationships, strong analytical skills and excellent design skills and aesthetic awareness are all essential for this position.

If you think you have what it takes to be successful in this role, even if you don’t meet all of the essential requirements, please apply. We’d appreciate the opportunity to consider your application.


Why work for us?

East Suffolk Council is a great place to work and there are lots of benefits our employees can access. To find out more about why we are so proud of East Suffolk Council, take a look at our video and hear why our employees think it is such a great place to work.

Here are some of the main benefits:

  • Great opportunities for training and development
  • Generous leave entitlement (equivalent to 24 days a year, increasing to 30 days after 5 years’ service, plus bank holidays)
  • Local government pension scheme
  • Free car parking (for when you are working in the office) 
  • Discounts on mobile phones, computers, holiday and travel, fashion and clothing, health and beauty and many other products and services

Please see our benefits brochure for further information. 

Due to the current situation with COVID-19, the majority of our teams are working from home and there are strict social distancing measures in place for the limited number of staff working from our offices. If you wish to discuss how that might impact your working arrangements if you were the successful candidate, please contact the recruiting manager listed at the bottom of this advert. 

For an informal discussion regarding this post, please contact Desi Reed (Planning Policy and Delivery Manager) on 07920 412781 or Ben Woolnough (Planning Manager (Development Management) on 07833 406681

Closing date: 9:00 am, 15 February 2022.

Interview date: wc 28 February 2022.

Design Champion and Specialist Services Manager Job Listing Urban Design Group
Closing Date
Tuesday 15 February 2022