Director of Planning and Development

Guildhall, London EC2
c. £100k
29 Jan 2021
26 Feb 2021
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Level

The City of London Corporation works at the heart of the world’s leading financial and business centre, but also celebrates over 800 years of history and tradition that no ordinary local authority can offer.

Combining centuries of tradition with a truly innovative approach to local government, the City Corporation offers a unique setting for your expertise. The City of London has been a centre for settlement, trade, commerce and ceremony since the Roman period, producing an historic environment of exceptional richness and significance.

The City and its place in the UK and the World is changing in unprecedented times. As the governing body of the Square Mile, a global business hub, the City Corporation must plan for the future as well as preserve the past. Our economic dynamism means there is a high rate of change and development. Demand for new office developments competes with the need for increased housing, social and community facilities, and improved transport. The City’s infrastructure also needs to respond positively to shifts caused by the global pandemic and Brexit, in line with our importance to the wider UK economy.

At the City of London Corporation a programme of transformation has been set in motion to ensure pace, enterprise, agility and inclusivity for our diverse clients in the years ahead. A new target operating model marks an unprecedented moment of cultural transformation for the City of London Corporation and its leadership ambitions ahead. These world class ambitions require world class leadership.

We’re looking for exceptionally talented individuals who will embody the change and transformation ahead and will be exemplars at this historic time for the City of London Corporation, leaving a lasting legacy for a centuries-old organisation and the City it serves.  

This is a great time to join us at the City of London Corporation, as we continue to work hard to promote the City not just as a great place to do business, but one that offers world leading cultural attractions, educational facilities, and open spaces.  We hope you find the possibility of joining us at this time exciting and challenging. If so, we would encourage you to apply, should you feel you meet the person specification. We strongly welcome the best and brightest candidates from all backgrounds.

The role

Your urban planning expertise will be integral to meeting these challenges. At the same time, your excellent leadership skills will come to the fore in contributing to the continued success of the City of London Corporation as we progress through a period of organisational renewal and change.

As our most senior planner, your influence on the future of the City of London and its environment will be immense. You will provide strategic direction for continuing development and enhancement within the wider context of Greater London and national development policies. You will also advise senior officers and elected Members on complex planning matters. Meanwhile as a member of the directorate’s leadership team, you’ll be a key contributor to cross-cutting corporate projects and initiatives.  At every step you’ll help to foster a culture of innovation, collaboration and commercial focus.

About you

An innovative thinker, an experienced strategist and an energetic enabler of change, you’ll be ready for the challenge of shaping the City’s future. Substantial experience of dealing with very large scale, highly complex commercial development proposals is, of course, essential – as is in-depth knowledge of the statutory planning process. You’ll be well-practised in negotiating at a senior level with developers and in influencing key decision-makers. We’ll value your exceptional business and financial acumen, your capacity for inspiring and developing others, and your ability to build productive relationships across the public and private sectors.

For more information or to apply

For a confidential discussion, please contact our retained partners at Penna, Rob Naylor on 07922 417550 or Ben Cox on 07809 374692.

For more information please click the Apply button to download the candidate briefing pack.

Closing date: Friday 26th February 2021

The City of London is committed to Equal Opportunities and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.