Head of Environment, Planning & Infrastructure

Job title: Head of Environment, Planning & Infrastructure
Contract Type: Contract
Location: Greater Manchester
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Salary: £300 - £350 per day
Reference: BH-131727
Contact Name: Sam Badawy
Phone Number: 0161-942-4000
Job Published: about 1 month ago

Job Description

I am currently working with a public organisation in central Manchester for a Head of Environment, Planning & Infrastructure

This role sits inside IR35 and is working with a public body

Key responsibilities

As Head of Environment, Planning & Infrastructure you will:

  • Develop and deliver the Manchester Local Plan as the long term strategic policy for Manchester’s future development by 2027.
  • Align the long term investment plans of critical infrastructure providers, development plans at the Manchester and Greater Manchester level (detailed in the GM Spatial Framework), and Manchester's ambitions for zero carbon, sustainable transport, clean air, affordable housing, and green and blue spaces. 
  • The role will ensure key partners are engaged with and signed up to the Local Plan in order to drive investment to deliver the changes required to support the future vision for the city.
  • Support the Director to determine strategy and delivery plans in relation to transport in the city and city centre, the environmental agenda, and digital agenda.  This will involve a range of activities at regional, and Greater Manchester levels including working with senior officers of the Combined Authority and Transport for Greater Manchester. 
  • Lead on the development of a Clean Air Plan including plans to develop a Clean Air Zone across the region to improve air quality on local roads.  Work alongside partners at GM level as lead representative for the city.  
  • Provide briefings for Members, the Chief Executive and other key stakeholders on issues relating to infrastructure strategy and policy development.
  • As a member of the Council’s Strategic Highways Board take an overview of all policy and strategy issues affecting the delivery of the Council’s highway service from the perspective of infrastructure planning and environmental improvement and drive forward solutions working directly with the Chief Executive.
  • A member of the Directorate Management Team for Growth and Development, the role holder will work across the Growth and Development directorate and the Corporate Core including Policy, Performance and Reform to draw on intelligence to support key policy initiatives including the refresh of the Local Plan.
  • Work alongside City Policy officers who have the overall lead on Climate Change policy and strategy, supporting the achievement of our ambitions through the local plan, decarbonisation of transport, clean air and green and blue infrastructure.
  • Direct management of Infrastructure teams providing strong leadership to deliver across a range of policies and strategies.

Required Skills

For the position of Head of Environment, Planning & Infrastructure:

  • Policy Skills: Ability to interpret the political context at a national, regional and sub-regional level to identify policy priorities with ability to lead the development of innovative, evidence-based policy options.
  • Partnership and collaborative working: Ability to build and maintain strong networks of support both internally and externally and to forge effective partnerships with external agencies, voluntary and statutory, and key stakeholders for the continuous improvement of services. The ability to harness the full commitment and responsibility of all key stakeholders in delivering the vision of excellence for the city is crucial to success.
  • Communication Skills: Speaks fluently and writes articulately, expresses opinions, information and key points of an argument clearly, makes presentations and undertakes public speaking with skill and confidence; responds quickly to the needs of an audience and to their reactions and feedback; projects credibility.
  • Strategic Thinking: A strategic thinker, with the ability to identify critical issues and formulate programmes of work which respond to these issues and to oversee their effective implementation.
  • Planning and Organising: Ability to turn strategic ideas and objectives into practical, well organised plans, identifying and organising resources, effectively monitoring performance against milestones and deadlines and taking account of changing circumstances.
  • Financial Management: Strategic awareness of the financial structure of the Council and the implications of decisions on the delivery of value for money for taxpayers.
  • People Management: Ability to exert positive influence over the performance of others, promoting others’ self-esteem, inspiring trust and fostering confidence in others’ ability to achieve high standards, thereby enhancing a performance orientated culture which supports the delivery of high quality services to the community.

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