Placemaking Specialist
  • Employer: Surrey County Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/483/13517
  • Published: Thu 22/04/2021, 8:12 AM
  • Closing on: Wed 12/05/2021, 23:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36.0 hours per week
  • Salary: £53,018 per annum
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Woking

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Placemaking Specialist

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 Placemaking Specialist, you will play a key role in the development of major infrastructure projects that affect Surrey, often led by our external partners. Influencing plans for airport or railway developments before they reach the formal planning stage can have huge benefits for our communities. Your knowledge of major project developments and experience of influencing various aspects of these projects will be essential, as will your creative and solution focused mindset, able to see past challenges and plan a way forward - how you work will be key to the success of the role.

You will often be representing SCC at a strategic level so although a broad knowledge of planning and transport planning sectors will be key, you will also be comfortable operating at all levels across the organisation; able to constructively challenge existing practice and influence decisions.

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:

  • Have significant knowledge, experience and ability to work with minimum supervision in the delivery of Infrastructure and planning projects
  • Have substantial experience of working in project delivery in the Transportation Sector or infrastructure delivery
  • Have significant knowledge/experience of consultation and negotiation with external organisations e.g. Network Rail or Highways England
  • 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.

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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.

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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.

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