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Water Neutrality Project Manager

Horsham District Council
Horsham, West Sussex
£43,570 - £47,665 pa
Closing date
17 Jun 2022
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About the role:

An exciting and ground-breaking opportunity has arisen to support a group of 5 Local Authorities to deliver Water Neutral Local Plans and unlock development and economic growth which is currently stalled. This will ensure that new development that takes place does not increase the demand for drinking water in this part of Sussex and which will contribute towards planning decisions that shape the future environment of the area.

Chichester District Council, Crawley Borough Council, Horsham District Council, the South Downs National Park and West Sussex County Council are looking for a talented, self-motivated and enthusiastic individual to provide project management support to produce and deliver a ‘Water Neutrality Mitigation Strategy’.  The post will be based at Horsham District Council.

Your challenge will be to co-ordinate the ongoing work of consultants, Local Authorities, Southern Water, Natural England and other relevant organisations including Government departments, securing the necessary agreements, governance and additional resourcing required to produce and implement the Strategy.

To succeed in this role, you will need proven relevant qualifications and understanding of land use planning and water resource issues, excellent project management skills, and the ability to develop and maintain professional relationships at all levels including elected Members and colleagues alike. You’ll also need lots of initiative and good organisational and time management skills.

The post is initially for 12 months with potential for it to extend. For an informal discussion about this role please call Catherine Howe, Head of Strategic Planning on 01403 215505.

Horsham District Council encourages and supports their employees to have a healthy work life balance by supporting their professional development as well as offering 27 days’ annual leave plus bank holidays (pro-rata), a generous benefits package and an online platform offering discounts from online retailers. Staff are eligible to join a contributory pension scheme where the Council contributes 20% of pensionable salary. The Council also provides reimbursement for professional subscriptions and access to a car lease scheme. Most of our office-based roles have the potential for hybrid working, we are currently trialling a 50/50 home/office working model, subject to review.

If you would like to apply for the role, we highly recommend you show clearly within the ‘Experience Section’ of the application form how you meet the essential criteria detailed within the Role Profile when applying. If you do not make this clear, it is unlikely you will be shortlisted for interview.

Applicants invited for interview will be asked to complete Thomas’ Personal Profile Analysis (PPA) which provides a rapid and deep insight into behavioural preferences and communication style. Further information can be found at

Closing date: 17 Jun 2022 12:00

Interview date: 5-6 Jul 2022

Ref: P1509

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