Planning Specialist - 12502

London, South East
London , Welwyn Garden City
Staff Grade 5
Environment & Sustainability
£34,879 Pro-rata
We are looking for a highly motivated and positive individual to work as part of a team that engages with local planning authorities and developers to secure the best possible environmental outcomes. The work will focus on the proposed expansion of Heathrow Airport as well as other Major Infrastructure Projects. The successful candidate will lead on our engagement with the relevant Development Consent Order applications.

Your work will involve:
• Influencing customers and building relationships internally and externally on site-specific and strategic matters
• Leading and participating in local and national projects to achieve integrated solutions that progress effective change and improvement
• Training and coaching others to equip them with the technical knowledge and skills
• Supporting the Team Leader, utilising strong leadership and project management skills
We are creating a new team which will provide a dedicated full time resource, with a greater ability to focus wholly on the proposed expansion at London Heathrow Airport as well as other Major Infrastructure Projects. The team will consist of specialist staff across a number of disciplines who will be contributing their expertise and knowledge to the project.
You will be qualified to at least degree standard (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline. Expected skills and experience include:
• Experience working with major planning applications and local plans
• Project management skills
• An ability to work in a high workload, high pressure environment
• Effective influencing and negotiation skills
• Excellent customer service skills
• An ability to communicate to a wide range of audiences
• A flexible, positive approach and a proven ability to achieve results
• An ability to effectively train and coach others
• An awareness and understanding of the political framework and internal national context we work within
Phillip Petrou,

We encourage everyone who feels they have the right skills for this role to apply, including those of you who work part time or compressed hours. Please let us know your working preferences if you are selected for interview.

23/09/2019, 23:55 hours

Basic Check
Legislative Knowledge
As part of this role, you need to demonstrate a strong knowledge and understanding of both Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) and Town and Country Planning Act legislation. Please give an example that demonstrates your understanding through your current or previous roles.
Achieves Results
Please give an example that demonstrates your ability to prioritise and organise tasks and resources, using your legislative and/or regulatory knowledge, to ensure timely achievement of results.
Communicates Effectively
In this role it will be vital to listen and ask questions, to understand others and engage with them effectively. You will also need to be able to convey information and ideas clearly, accurately and persuasively both through speech and writing.

Please can you tell us how you do this in your current or in previous roles?
Full UK Driving Licence or equivalent.
If you are applying from the Civil Service please note that the Environment Agency is not a part of HM Civil Service and you would not be a Crown Servant in the event of being appointed. Therefore, you will not be eligible for continuous service. For applicants who currently work in local government or other bodies listed in the Redundancy Payments (Continuity of Employment in Local Government etc) (Modification) Order 1999, you may be eligible for continuous service for the purpose of calculating any future redundancy payment. If you are unsure of your status then you should contact your own HR Team.

We are fully committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce to reflect the communities we serve. We welcome flexible working patterns for all our vacancies, including job share, so please include clearly any information regarding your preferred working arrangements on your application.

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