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Planning Reporter

Scottish Government
Falkirk (Hybrid working)
Salary: £49,420 - £61,617
Closing date
2 Dec 2021
IRC86548 E2

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Planning Reporter

Salary: £49420 - £61617

Location: Falkirk

Hours: Around 37.00 per week / Permanent

Reference: IRC86548 E2

We are currently seeking applications for a Reporter within the Scottish Government Planning and Environmental Appeals Division (DPEA) based in Falkirk. This is a permanent and pensionable appointment and new entrants will normally start on the minimum of the pay range. Candidates with a disability who meet the essential criteria below will be invited to the assessments.

DPEA is responsible for determining on behalf of or reporting to Scottish Ministers on a range of planning and environmental casework. DPEA deal with a wide variety of cases including high profile housing proposals; other major infrastructure projects; and proposals for onshore wind farms.

The successful candidate will primarily work from home but will, in normal times, be expected to travel to Falkirk on occasion for meetings concerning case management and training. Normal business will also entail travel around Scotland.

Qualifications Required

A professional qualification related to planning, environmental management, architecture or law is required as well as membership of an appropriate professional body, such as RTPI.

Please note: If you fail to demonstrate how you meet the minimum qualifications as stated above, your application will be automatically sifted out.

Essential Criteria

  • Knowledge and significant experience of dealing with planning and environmental casework and/or policy.
  • The ability to communicate concisely and accurately, both verbally and in writing, and to engage people at all levels.
  • A recent track record of participating at a senior level in decision making on high profile projects or in the preparation of development plans.
  • Strong analytical skills.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UKs
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with (or eligible for) status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals

Further Information

For further information on this vacancy please download and review the “Person Specification and Further Information for Job Applicants” which you will find below.

To apply, you must fully complete and submit an online application via this website before the closing date as well as a CV (no longer than two pages) setting out your career history, with key responsibilities and achievements.

Add to your CV your personal statement (no longer than 700 words) explaining why you consider your personal skills, qualities and experience suitable for this role, with particular reference to the criteria in the person specification.

These must be combined into one document as the system can only accept a single document upload per application. Failure to submit a single combined document (CV and personal statement) will mean the panel only have limited information on which to assess your application against the criteria in the person specification.

When considering how your experience relates to the role, please tailor your CV and personal statement to reflect the role and the essential skills/criteria as described in the job description/person specification.

To learn more about this opportunity, please contact David Henderson by email at [email protected]

Important Information Regarding Interviews

In recognition of the Scottish Government's ongoing measures and guidance in its response to Covid-19 (Coronavirus), we would like to advise applicants that a decision has been taken that all interviews must be conducted in a virtual/remote setting.

In order to facilitate this new way of working, we are asking all applicants to ensure that they have a suitable space to complete the virtual interview. In addition, a personal device of choice, which has the interview application downloaded. This could be MS Teams or Webex for example. This will allow candidates to undertake the interview/assessment if selected. We are also asking you to ensure that your personal Wi-Fi/Broadband capacity will be sufficient to carry both audio and video feeds.

The Scottish Government is a diverse and inclusive workplace and we want to help you demonstrate your full potential whatever type of assessment is used. If you require any adjustments to our recruitment process, please let us know via [email protected].

To apply please click on the 'Apply Button'


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