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Technical Lead - Planning and Climate

Oxfordshire County Council
Blend of home working and County Hall, Oxford OX1 1ND 
Salary range: £43,421 - £46,464 per annum
Closing date
17 Jul 2024

Technical Lead - Planning and Climate

Reference: OCC617191

Salary range: £43,421 - £46,464 per annum

Work location: Blend of home working and County Hall, Oxford OX1 1ND 

Hours per week: 21 - we are open to discussions about flexible working 

Contract type: Permanent

Are you passionate about climate change and being at the forefront of climate action?

Would you like the opportunity to help shape and influence new developments and climate policies across Oxfordshire and challenge existing positions?

Are you an experienced environmental or planning professional and a good communicator with a strong record of partnership working?

About us

Oxfordshire County Council is at the forefront of addressing climate change and planning for a sustainable future and is the highest scoring county council in the Climate Emergency UK Scorecards. We're inviting a passionate Climate Officer to join our efforts. This vital new role supports our environmental initiatives and contributes to the council's sustainability goals.

About the role

As a Climate and Planning Technical Lead you will be working with national and local government authorities, key stakeholders and partner organisations to help deliver the council’s climate objectives through Planning. You will lead on and develop projects and initiatives to support the delivery of net-zero development.

You need drive and ambition, coupled with a good understanding of the planning system or the ability to navigate it, to help embed innovative climate change policy, and work closely with district planning authorities and developers to secure exemplar net-zero developments.

About you

We are seeking a highly-motivated, enthusiastic person with proven experience in climate action and planning within a local government setting. The successful candidate will have strong project management skills, excellent stakeholder engagement and partnership working abilities, and a forward-thinking mindset. 

Join us in shaping a sustainable and resilient Oxfordshire. Apply now to make a difference!

Hours can be worked flexibly across the week and you would only be required to work from County Hall in Oxford 2-4 times a month. r.

Rewards and benefits

  • Culture of flexible working with a team day at County Hall every Wednesday
  •  Technology to support agile working where role permits
  • 30 day’s holiday p.a. pro rata, plus bank holidays.
  • Option to ‘buy’ additional holiday
  • Employee Assistance Programme including access to health and wellbeing support
  • Membership of the Local Government contributory pension scheme, with an employer’s contribution of up to 19.9%
  • Enhanced family friendly policies
  • Local and national discounts for shopping and travel
  • Great learning and development opportunities to support your ongoing development.

Would you like to know more? 

Please click here to view the Job Description and Selection Criteria 

For an informal discussion about the role please contact the Ariane Crampton via email at

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Our commitment to:

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

At Oxfordshire County Council we are proud of our diverse workforce. Everyone is accepted for who they are, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marital status, race, faith or belief, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, and whether you’re pregnant or on family leave. We have a number of staff network groups which provide peer support and safe spaces for staff.

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Guaranteed Interview Schemes

As a Disability Confident employer, we guarantee an interview for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the job. We also guarantee interviews to care leavers who have completed further education and who meet the essential criteria for the job. For those leaving care without any further education, we guarantee an interview for our apprenticeships. We are also committed to helping and supporting those transitioning from HM Armed Forces to civilian life and guarantee an interview for those demonstrating the essential criteria for the role, within three years of leaving the service.

Our commitment to:


Oxfordshire County Council are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all employees, workers and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect these commitments.

Our commitment to:

Flexible Working

We are open to discussions about flexible working, which can include flexi-time, part time working, job sharing, nine-day fortnights and annualised hours, depending on the requirements of the role and the service.

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Work location: Blend of home working and County Hall, Oxford OX1 1ND 

Please note we are actively looking at our ways of working using everything we have learnt and heard from our people about the organisational and personal benefits of agile working. What you can absolutely expect from working at Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) is that you will have the support to do your job and deliver great results, wherever you are based. Each role at OCC is different and we know the needs of individuals are also varied, and so our approach to where and how often we would like to see you in person will be taken depending on the requirements of the role and in collaboration with you as part of the recruitment process. 

Closing date: Wednesday 17th July 2024.


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