Senior Planner/Principal Planner

Oxford, - St Aldate's Chambers, Oxfordshire
Career Grade Scheme: Grade 7 to 8 £34,310 to £41,164 per annum) (pro rata for part time
08 Apr 2019
21 Apr 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Level
Planner, Principal, Senior

Senior Planner/Principal Planner (Vacancies in Development Management and Planning Policy)

Grade 7 to 8 £34,310 to £41,164 per annum) (pro rata for part time)

Contract Permanent Hours Full or Part Time (min 21 hours per week) 

The roles

Are you a forward thinking Planner, a decision maker and keen to make a difference? Do you want to be part of an exciting agenda in Oxford to build a world class city for everyone? We have vacancies in both our Development Management and Planning Policy Teams and there is the flexibility to join us at either Senior or Principal level, depending on your experience and qualifications. We also welcome applications from people wanting to work part-time.

This is an exciting time to be a planner in Oxford. The Council has a positive approach towards development and a track record of preparing innovative planning policies and this is a great opportunity to be involved in that work. We are working with the other Oxfordshire authorities to deliver the Oxfordshire Housing and Growth Deal. There are many facets for planning in this.

The successful candidates will take a leading role in this work; whether it be as part of the production of planning policy documents or in determining applications where the demand to provide new development in the context of one of the world’s finest cities presents a unique challenge. No matter what part of the planning service you are in you will need to be pragmatic with a can-do, solution focussed attitude and the ability to make effective decisions.

Our ambition is to be a ‘Best in Class’ Planning Service; is yours? If so, we would like 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 Innovation (General)’ winners 2017, 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 700 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

More information is available on the role profile document. Please read this document to ensure that you meet our requirements. More information about working for the Council, our values and vision, is available on our web site.

We particularly welcome applicants from the BAME communities, who are currently underrepresented across the organisation.

Applications should be made via our online application system (no CVs please). For further information and how to apply online, please visit

If you are unable to access our website please call 01865 252848. 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: 21 April 2019 Late applications will not be processed. 

Interview Date(s): 02 May 2019 / 03 May 2019.

For an informal discussion about the post please contact Carolyn Ploszynski on 01865 252821 or email for roles in Planning Policy and Andrew Murdoch on 01865 252228 or email for roles in Development Management.

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.

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