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Assistant Director - Planning

South Norfolk and Broadland Councils
Horizon Building, Norwich, Norwich
£75,218 - £86,312 per annum
Closing date
10 Dec 2023

Assistant Director - Planning

£75,218 - £86,312 per annum

Do you thrive in a fast-paced and dynamic organisation? Have you got the ability to lead and influence at the most senior level?

 Role Snapshot…

The role of Assistant Director for Planning offers a high profile and fulfilling opportunity as part of the Councils’ senior leadership team.  Arguably one of the most influential roles in shaping the future of Broadland and South Norfolk, you will lead and enable the operational delivery of the Planning and Building Control functions to plan and facilitate delivery of sustainable growth, whilst also working as part of the nationally renowned Greater Norwich Partnership to achieve our shared ambitions for the area.

What you could be part of…

Working at the Council enables you to be part of an organisation which is proud to deliver high-quality, customer focussed services. Our success comes from us being commercially astute and business-like. Continuous improvement is also vital, and we challenge ourselves to develop new and innovative ways to improve the services that make a real difference to people’s lives.

What you’ll be doing…

 You will oversee a well-established and highly professional Planning team and a leading Building Control partnership which serves 5 local Councils. Broadland and South Norfolk Councils have consistently sought a proactive and innovative approach to enabling sustainable growth in the area whether it is being at the vanguard of the response to nutrient neutrality, uniquely pooling the Community Infrastructure Levy with neighbouring Councils or facilitating the largest growth programme in the region. We look forward to receiving your application to join this exceptional team.

You must have…

  • Substantial post-qualification experience and a proven track record of achievement in a wide range of development and planning-related matters in an organisation of comparable scope and complexity.
  • Significant demonstrable experience of providing advice to Councillors, or Board Members, Chief Officers and/or equivalent.
  • Ability to demonstrate a proactive approach to delivering positive outcomes and developing strong relationships with multiple stakeholders to optimise the benefits of growth in the area.
  • Understanding of the policy context for all the service areas in the business unit, and experience of developing and driving strategy in this context.
  • Proven track record of consistent and demonstrable achievement at a senior management level within an organisation of comparable scope and complexity.
  • Demonstrable track record of leading, motivating managing and empowering teams to achieve high performing and significant, sustainable service improvements and outstanding results, through internal and external partnerships.
  • Experience of providing strong and inspirational leadership, promoting an inclusive culture with ambition, and appetite for risk, high performance, continuous improvement, innovation and creativity, and customer focus.
  • Evidence of establishing a performance management culture to drive continuous improvement, including service planning, objective setting, staff performance reviews and the management of staff groups.
  • Experience of optimising workforce capability, ensuring fair and transparent approaches to talent management and resourcing decisions that promotes diversity and inclusion.
  • Proven experience of working effectively within a political environment, providing clear, balanced advice and guidance on strategic issues that achieve service objectives.
  • Experience of applying commercial judgement in making decisions that will deliver cost-effective and efficient results.
  • Qualified to degree level or equivalent in a subject relevant to the responsibility
  • Evidence of continued professional development in a relevant field.

What’s in it for you…

Why Work For Us?

Do you want to know more about why our staff work for us? Our website has a fantastic why work for us section where our staff tell us what makes working for the Councils so special.

What Flexible and Agile Working Arrangements do we Offer?

The Councils understand the importance of operating a work life balance in the modern world. The Councils operate a flexible working policy and agile working options available for employees where operationally possible.

 What Roles Do the Councils Offer?

The Councils operate a vast and diverse number of services for our residents, so with this comes a vast and diverse amount of job roles within the Councils. Our website has a great graphic showing all our job families and roles within the Councils. From here you can plan your career with the Councils or get some ideas on other roles that you may be interested in.

 What Benefits do our Employees Receive?

View all our amazing staff benefits on offer for our employees. Our website has a brilliant benefits section allowing you to see the range of discounts, exclusive offers and total rewards our employees receive. Make sure you stop by to find out more information.

 If you any questions about the role, then please don’t hesitate to contact the recruiting manager or the HR Team, who will be happy to answer any questions on the role or the Councils.

Recruiting Manager: Phil Courtier


Phone Number: 07879 486982

HR Team: Email:

Phone Number: 01508 533995

Closing date: Sunday 10 December at 11:30PM

To apply click on the 'Apply Now Button'

 The Councils reserve the right to close vacancies at any time if there is judged to be a sufficient number of applications received.

 Interview date: Interviews will be held on Monday 18 December and Tuesday 19 December 2023

Other Information

Please be aware that this role is Politically Restricted 

If you want to learn more about the Councils, then please visit our joint website - South Norfolk and Broadland District Councils Website.



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