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Graduate Planning Officer

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council
Southend-on-Sea, Essex
£26,975 - £31,895 
Closing date
19 Jun 2022

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Graduate Planning Officer


£26,975 - £31,895 

Your new organisation

Southend-on-Sea City Council is a Unitary local authority, providing vital services to meet the needs of the local community.  We employ around 1,800 staff who are working alongside our partners and local communities to deliver the Southend 2050 ambition and make lives better for the people of Southend.  Southend itself is a vibrant place to live and work, offering coastal living alongside excellent and fast transport links into London.

Working for Southend-on-Sea City Council offers a challenging and rewarding career in local government within a collaborative and innovative environment.  As a Unitary Authority we are responsible for all local government functions ranging from regulatory services, transport, public health, and parks through to planning, social services, community safety and education, so we offer a wide range of career opportunities.  The diversity of our economy and communities and investment in a number of exciting regeneration projects makes our Council a great place to work, learn and make a difference.

Your new role

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Development Control Team at Southend as a Graduate Planner on a full-time role and permanent basis. You will be joining a high performing and friendly team who have a strong track record of delivering high profile projects on behalf of Southend City Council. This role is offered on a hybrid working pattern which based on current circumstances will be predominantly home working.

From the outset the successful candidate will be focused on delivering decisions on simpler planning related applications and providing wider advice to stakeholders. However, they will also have the opportunity to input into the wider work of the Service.

For an informal chat about the role and/or to request a copy of the full job description, please contact Uzo Nebechi on 01702352452.

What you’ll need to succeed

To be successful in this role, you will need to have good attention to detail and excellent organisational and communication skills. You need to be able to work on your own initiative, be numerate and proficient in the use of Microsoft Office packages. You will engage effectively across all levels and be able to work to deadlines, carrying out your duties accurately at speed, establishing good relationships with customers and other stakeholders. This role will suit an individual who has a can-do attitude, is keen to learn and is seeking a career in local government planning. Knowledge of the planning system, legislation and procedures are desirable but not essential, as full training will be provided.

This role would suit graduates from a wide range of subjects, particularly individuals with a genuine interest in areas such as the built environment, planning, sustainability, the law and local government.

What you'll get in return

If you join the Council, you will enjoy a range of benefits including flexible working (with a blended approach to office and home working), salary sacrifice schemes, 24 days holiday (excluding bank holidays) and excellent training and development opportunities. A full list of benefits provided by Southend-on-Sea City Council can be found on the Jobs at the council web page under the "Why Work for us Tab".

What you need to do now

If you are interested in this role, click on the 'Apply Button'

“Please note: Applications for this vacancy may close prior to the date advertised above. This will be dependent on the volume of applications received.”

The Council is an equal opportunities employer. They welcome applications, regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, age or religion or belief. All applications will be considered solely on merit. 



Southend on Sea Borough Council is a unitary authority in southwest Essex, on the Thames Estuary. The Council was voted Council of Year in 2012 and has one of the country’s highest performing planning authorities. The offices are within 1 mile of an international airport and 40 minutes from central London by rail.

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