Placemaking Specialist
  • Employer: Surrey County Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/174241/27011
  • Published: Fri 23/09/2022, 14:16 PM
  • Closing on: Mon 03/10/2022, 0:59 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36.0 hours per week
  • Salary: £53,918 per annum
  • DBS Check: Yes
  • Location: Woking

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Placemaking Specialist

The starting salary for this role is £53,918 per annum for working 36 hours per week.

Placemaking Specialist

The Infrastructure, Planning and Major Projects division, for the first time, brings planning and infrastructure under one roof at Surrey County Council so that all our work is delivered to the same vision. Our multi-million-pound programme includes improving our town and village centres most in need. The Placemaking team are setting the standards for better street design whilst ensuring thorough 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.

As well as working in partnership with external stakeholders, the team collaborates to join up thinking across the Council, combining our efforts where possible to create better places for our communities.

Who are we looking for?

As a Placemaking Specialist, you will be instrumental in the development and delivery of key infrastructure projects that affect Surrey, sometimes led by our external partners. Influencing masterplans and designs for town centres 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 substantial technical knowledge and experience of working in project delivery in the Transportation Sector or infrastructure delivery.
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision in the design and delivery of Infrastructure and planning projects.
  • Have significant experience of public consultation and negotiation with stakeholders.
  • 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 then we want to hear from you.

At Surrey, our values and behaviours are just as important as our skills and abilities. They shape who we are as an organisation. Find out more about the values we follow.

Additional Information

The job advert closes at 23:59 on Sunday 2nd October 2022. Interviews will be held on Friday 7th October 2022.

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

Contact Details

For an informal discussion please contact Kerry James (Placemaking Team Manager) by e-mail at We look forward to receiving your application.


From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) 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.

Our Commitment

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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