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Vacancy Details

Planning Enforcement Manager

Sevenoaks District Council
£39,516 – £42,507
Council Offices, Argyle Road
Working Pattern:
Flexible Hours
37 hours.
DBS Check:
Closing Date:
22/09/2020 at 23:59 PM
Sevenoaks District Council

Sevenoaks District Council

Planning Enforcement Manager

Salary £39,516 – £42,507 per annum (plus a Car Allowance of up to £1,239).

A generous annual leave allowance of 30 days (plus an additional 5 days depending on having Continuous Local Government Service).

About us

Here at Sevenoaks we pride ourselves on treating both our employees and communities we serve with dignity and respect. We are an award winning Council having achieved the Guardian Public Service Awards 2016 for being financially self-sufficient, are one of the few organisations in the country to retain its Platinum Investors in People status. We were voted LGC Council of the Year 2017 and won a Pushing the Boundaries of Innovation award in 2018.

The Role

A key part of this role is to support the Planning Standards & Improvement Manager in driving change, continuous improvement, efficiency and effectiveness in all aspects of process, service delivery and customer interface. You will play a key role in delivering our Service in accordance with our vision and mission statement by working in accordance with our values and behaviours. An experienced Manager you will be able to deliver an excellent Enforcement service through empowerment, commitment and being positive role models for the service and our colleagues.

You must be willing to work smarter by keeping working practices under review, being innovative and proactive in the face of potential change.

The Team

The Planning Enforcement Team is part of a wider Planning Function made up of two Development Management teams and a Support Team. Altogether, there are approximately 30 staff as shown in the attached structure chart; You will enjoy working with a team of competent Planning Specialists, but have direct line management responsibility for two individuals, a Senior Investigation Officer and one Investigation Officer.

The Successful Applicant must have:

  • Significant experience of inspections and investigations into breaches of planning control and to make appropriate decisions on the course of action. 
  • Excellent communication skills and proven experience of working closely with a wide range of customers. 
  • Ability to take initiative to solve issues and problems and suggest proactive solutions.
  • A demonstrable track record of leading a team of investigation officers, ensuring good and strong performance in their work. 
  • Performance management experience and of driving out inefficiencies through improved methods of working, equipment and the use of technology.  

Interested in the role and want to know more?

Please take a look at our Enforcement Plan for more information about how we engage with our customers & visit our Careers in Planning at SDC Video.

Please contact Evelyn Gilder, Planning Improvement & Standards Manager on 01732 227 306 for an informal discussion about the role.

Need advice on how to ensure you have the best chance of being shortlisted?

Read the Job Description and Personal Specification attached to the role and ensure that your supporting statement explains how you meet the essential requirements as your application will be judged against these criteria.

How to get to us: 

Sevenoaks is only half an hour from central London by train. You will be based at the Council Offices, Argyle Road, Sevenoaks, Kent. TN13 1HG. A free staff car park is available on site

Closing date: Tuesday 22 September 2020

Selection process & Interviews: week commencing 5 October 2020

If you’re ready for your next challenge, we’d love to hear from you.


Equal Opportunities

Sevenoaks – Working for Equality. We welcome applications from all sections of the community.

Sevenoaks District Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

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