In Sutton, there is much for us to be proud of both as a council and as a borough. This includes high levels of resident satisfaction, the quality of our services, our success in addressing our financial challenges to date, the way that we involve and engage with residents on key issues facing the borough, and the enthusiastic and motivated staff that we employ.
Looking ahead, there are plans for the delivery of new homes and new schools and the London Cancer Hub is being developed, while the Council is also seen as a driving force within the South London Partnership of five outer south west London boroughs focused on strategic growth, regeneration and investment.
All of this demonstrates a good track record and an authority that is ambitious and set to deliver more improvements for the borough. We've set out our vision for the future of Sutton in our corporate plan - Ambitious for Sutton. This strategic plan will shape the outcomes we achieve, the services we provide, and the impact we have on residents, to make Sutton a great place to live, work and raise a family.
Situated in Zone 5, Sutton is less than 30 minutes by train from central London, and south and south west London are easily accessible by public transport. There are 10 train stations which serve key neighbourhoods within the borough providing direct connections to London Victoria, London Bridge, London Blackfriars and St Pancras International. Sutton also has direct rail connections with Epsom, Dorking, Guildford and Horsham, as well as Wimbledon for an interchange with the London Underground and West Croydon for the London Overground. There’s also an extensive road network which provides close and easy access to the M25 and M23.
About the Role
We are looking for someone with experience in Strategic Planning to join our team on a 2 year fixed term contract to support our review of the Local Plan and contribute to the work of the Strategic Planning Team. You will:-
- Contribute to the review of the Council’s Local Development Scheme
- Undertake research and write planning policy documents with the minimum of
- To engage with all key stakeholders including members in the preparation of policy documents and business as usual activities in the team
- To be able to present confidently in public
- Be able to manage consultants and project based activity in the preparation of policy documents
The Strategic Planning Team and Development Management Teams are managed by a joint Head of Service which creates a strong sense of cohesion through close working arrangements. The Strategic Planning Team is a small team which we are seeking to expand for the duration of the Local Plan review which we need to complete by 2023. The team produces a considerable number of policy documents in house, and has the capacity to design its own documents. The team includes considerable all round experience and some specialisms in sustainability and transport policy, and we need to build further capacity to carry out our review of the LDS.
You will have:
- An appropriate degree or equivalent qualification accredited by and giving eligibility for membership to the RTPI (E)
- Practical experience of working in Strategic Planning and/or demonstrable experience evidence of sufficient experience to carry out the duties of the post (E)
- Evidence of writing planning policy ranging from simple to complex with the minimum of supervision (E)
- Experience of undertaking research and analysis in relation to planning policy (E)
- Experience of contributing to and participating in public consultation and public engagement events (E)
- Experience of working successfully with elected Members and senior management and reporting to Committees (E)
- Experience of managing consultants and/or projects (E)
- To demonstrate proven knowledge and application of complex Planning legislation and Planning Policy Guidance in relation to the Council’s Strategic Planning Function (E)
- Proven ability to speak clearly, confidently and concisely on a wide range of Planning Policy issues to a range of audiences (E)
- Ability to carry out research work independently and be able to develop simple to more complex policy briefings depending on experience (E)
- Ability to communicate effectively in writing, conveying complex subject matter and advice in an accessible form (E)
- Ability to work on own initiative and to tight deadlines with minimum supervision (E)
Our Offer To You
As an organisation that values and nurtures talent, we’re committed to helping you fulfil your potential and will offer you a supportive, friendly and collaborative environment to grow and develop your career and skills. We’re constantly striving to improve our ways of working so putting your ideas across - however big or small - will be fully encouraged and supported by your colleagues and our dynamic and experienced management team.
In addition, we offer a modern and flexible working environment for our staff, supported by our IT infrastructure, including Google Chromebooks and Google Apps.
Employees have access to a wide range of benefits, some of which include:
- Generous annual leave entitlement plus bank holidays (pro-rata if part-time working hours apply)
- Flexi-time (Please note, this applies to roles at grades 1-9 only)
- Comprehensive learning and development programme
- Local and national discounts for shopping, eating out and leisure activities
- Interest free season ticket loans
- Local Government Pension Scheme
- Car parking scheme
- Bicycle loan facilities and cycle to work scheme
- Zip car scheme
- Free eye tests and contribution towards glasses
- Confidential wellbeing and counselling support
- Subsidised gym membership
Please apply online outlining what skills, abilities and experience you can bring which makes you an ideal candidate for this role. Please ensure you refer to the requirements outlined in the job profile when completing your application.
To support our diversity agenda and reduce the risk of bias in our recruitment activities, our short listing process completely anonymises personal information that can identify job applicants e.g. name, title etc. Our hiring managers review and short list applications based on the information provided as part of your application as to how well you meet the requirements and criteria for the role, as outlined in the job profile.
The closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and submit your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
We pride ourselves on being a diverse, inclusive and welcoming Borough and we aim to create a workforce which reflects the community we serve. We are respectful of difference and realise the positive value of diversity in our workforce. We welcome and encourage job applications from people of all backgrounds and particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic candidates and disabled candidates, as these groups are currently under-represented in our workforce. As part of our Disability Confident Committed status, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum/essential criteria for the role.
We offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, staff engagement forums, and inclusive staff networks who help drive our diversity agenda.
The UK has introduced a new points-based immigration system affecting EU and Non-EU workers and sponsorship requirements. We advise checking the GOV.UK website for right to work guidance.
Please note that these dates are only indicative at this stage and could be subject to change. Due to the ongoing situation, interviews for short listed candidates will take place virtually through video technology for the foreseeable future.
The majority of staff will also continue to work from home, where possible, in line with Government Guidance.