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Head of Service - Planning & Environment

Aberdeenshire Council
Closing date
29 Sep 2019

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In this pivotal role, you will be leading the Planning and Environment Service of Aberdeenshire Council. We are the largest Council in the North of Scotland with our Planning and Environment Service managing and planning both town and rural development while protecting and enhancing the rich heritage and landscape on offer in Aberdeenshire.

Reporting to the Director of Infrastructure Services you will provide leadership for all 4 elements of Planning and Environment Services including Development Planning, Development Management, Historic/Natural Environment and Specialist Services (Archaeology/Ranger/NESBREC).  Experience of successfully leading a service within a large multi-functional organisation is essential as well as demonstrable achievements at a strategic and corporate level. Your leadership skills allow you to successfully encourage a culture of strong and embedded performance, improvement and innovation.

Aberdeenshire Council recognises that in order to recruit and retain high quality employees across the organisation it is necessary to have a competitive relocation and resettlement scheme.  Under the terms of this procedure relocation expenses of up to £8,000 (including vat) will be reimbursed.

Informal Enquiries to Stephen Archer, Director of Infrastructure Services, 01467 530757.

Further information on the role and living in Aberdeenshire.

It is Aberdeenshire Council's procedure that applicants for vacancies of this nature require to participate in an online assessment centre as well as interview.

Key Recruitment Dates

  • Assessment Centre: W/c 7th October
  • Long Leet Interview: W/c 21st October
  • Short Leet Interview: W/c 11th November

These dates are subject to change.

This is a Politically Restricted position as identified by the Local Government and Housing Act 1989. Further information on restrictions as a result of this designation is available here.

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