Planning Policy and Place Manager

Oxford - St Aldate's Chambers
Circa £67k per annum. Relocation package available, up to £8k (subject to qualifying criteria)
09 Jul 2018
03 Aug 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Level
Manager, Planner

Service Area / Directorate: Planning, Sustainable Development and Regulatory Services

Do you have exceptional place shaping skills and the passion to lead and inspire a team to deliver our agenda for growth? Do you want to join an ambitious organisation and help shape the future of our local environment?

This is an excellent opportunity to work in a world-class city, in one of the UK’s most successful economic regions. It’s a chance to be at the heart of the national growth agenda delivering cutting edge work in partnership with other stakeholders.

We are looking for a talented individual with vision, drive and exceptional place shaping and influencing skills to help deliver our new local plan for Oxford and support the work on the related Oxfordshire Joint Statutory Spatial Plan and the Oxfordshire Growth and Housing Deal. In this role you will also lead the design and heritage areas, ensuring new development in the city achieves the highest standards and the historical and architectural significance of Oxford is protected now and in future.

Sound exciting? We think so. If you want to be part of this exciting journey then we would love to hear from you.

About us

Oxford City Council prides itself on delivering high quality, cost effective public services. Oxford is a world class city and the Council has high aspirations for its services and employees. We are a multi-award winning Council and in May 2017 we were re-accredited at Gold level for Champion IiP status. Our other awards include the Institute of Revenues Rating & Valuation (IRRV) ‘Excellence in Corporate Fraud’ winners 2016, Oxfordshire Environment Partnership (OEP) ‘Best Food Waste Reduction and Collection System’, and several ‘Team of the Year’ national and regional awards across our Service Areas. This builds on our previous success in achieving ‘Council of the Year’ in 2015.

With over 1,200 staff dedicated to delivering the best service possible to our communities this is an exciting time to be working in Local Government. We focus on improving outcomes for local people and you might be surprised at the range and quality of the services we provide.

We offer a fantastic range of staff benefits that include generous holiday (from 28 days a year plus bank holidays), local government pension scheme, subsidised leisure membership, discounted travel and flexible working in many roles. We offer well-defined opportunities through our learning and development programme. We also have an employee wellbeing programme, an employee assistance programme and support via our dedicated occupational health service.

How to apply

Please either send your CV and supporting statement to or Apply Here

Note: If we don’t receive a CV and a supporting statement your application will not be submitted to the recruiting manager.

Note: For roles that require a DBS Certificate (Enhanced and or Barred List check), candidates are required to supply their complete work history. Please ensure you explain any gaps in your work history.

Note: For roles that require a DBS Certificate (Enhanced and or Barred List check), candidates are required to supply their complete work history. Please ensure you explain any gaps in your work history.

Closing Date: 03 August 2018

Preliminary Interview Date(s): 15 & 22 August 2018

Online Leadership Profiling Assessment: 30 August 2018

Final Panel Interview: 06 & 07 September 2018 

For an informal discussion about the post please contact Patsy Dell, Head of Planning, Sustainable Development and Regulatory Services on 01865 252356 or email

We want our workforce to reflect the diversity of the community we serve so we welcome applicants from all communities. As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for any vacancies.

Oxford City Council is not currently licensed as a sponsor and cannot employ migrant workers outside the European Economic Area and Switzerland under the Point Based System rules, issued by the UK Border Agency.