West Berkshire Council

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Service Director - Development and Regulation

Vacancy Summary
West Berkshire Council
From £97,571 to £104,088 per annum (Grade O)
Council Offices, Market Street, Newbury
Working Pattern:
Full Time
37 hours per week.
DBS Check:
Closing Date:
04/04/2024 at 23:59
Vacancy Description

West Berkshire Council is a forward thinking and ambitious council. We have a positive attitude to our work and focus on excellent teamwork to deliver award winning services for our residents and businesses.

West Berkshire is an excellent place in which to live and work, with beautiful countryside, bustling towns, culture, sport and heritage on our doorstep. With 74% of West Berkshire within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it offers all the benefits of a strong rural economy with the buzz of places like Newbury easily connected to London, Bristol and Oxford.

We are now looking to recruit a new Service Director to lead our Development & Regulation services.  We are looking for someone who can provide place shaping leadership for our Planning, Economic Development, Housing and Public Protection services, driving their delivery to support a strong economy and to enhance the quality of the built and natural environment of West Berkshire.  

We are looking for a candidate with the passion for place making and a successful track record in leading and developing large multi-service teams.  You will play an active role within the Senior Management Team working closely with the Executive Director Place, Chief Executive and Members.  You will be responsible for developing and overseeing the delivery of the Development & Regulation Services ensuring alignment against the Council Strategy.

You will need to be confident working with a wide range of stakeholders, be commercially astute with an understanding and commitment to the development of policies to promote sustainable development and community resilience.  

The successful candidate will be someone with a range of relevant and transferable skills and experience which will both complement our existing Senior Management Team and provide the leadership we look for from our Service Directors.

West Berkshire Council offer excellent employment benefits such as:

  • Flexible working wherever possible between the hours of 07.00-19.00
  • Hybrid working wherever possible working 40% in the office
  • Access to a wide range of training and development opportunities 
  • Generous Local Government pension scheme
  • Family friendly policies
  • A range of local discounts
  • Wellbeing Programme including Employee Assistance Programme and employee benefits
  • You will also be entitled to a generous annual leave entitlement starting at 30 days per annum (plus public holidays) Rising by an additional 5 days after 5 years’ service.

We are ideally looking to offer the successful candidate the full number of hours advertised above. We may however consider offering less hours than advertised providing they meet the requirements of the role and service which will be determined by the recruiting manager.

The Council's relocation expenses scheme will apply to this post, paying a maximum of £8,000 where appropriate.

For further information contact Clare Lawrence on 07584385363 or email clare.lawrence1@westberks.gov.uk

Closing Date: Thursday 4th April.

First stage technical Interviews expected to take place W/C 15th April.

Final Interview expected to take place on the 23rd April.

Equal Opportunities
The Council supports Equal Opportunity of employment, and positively encourages applications from people who fall within any of the nine protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010.
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