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Senior / Development Officer – Landscape Architecture

Employer
Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council
Location
SMBC Council House, Manor Square, Solihull, B91 3QB
Salary
£33,820 - £46,549
Closing date
25 Feb 2024
Reference
SOL000005837

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Sector
Local Councils
Job Type
Environment / Conservation
Contract Type
Full time permanent
Working Pattern
Standard
Hours
Full-Time

Job Details

Hours:
37.0 Hours per Week

 

We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced Landscape Architect who is Chartered or working towards Chartership to join the Council’s award-winning multi-disciplinary Conservation of the Historic Environment, Landscape Architecture, Urban Design and Ecology Team, working within Planning Design and Engagement Services at Solihull Council.

In this varied role, your focus will be split between landscape planning and project delivery. You will design and manage the implementation of a wide range of high-quality hard and soft landscape improvement schemes. Delivering well-considered, attractive, and sustainable schemes that have a positive impact on people’s quality of life. Managing all aspects of project delivery from concept to completion, within agreed time scales, budget parameters and quality objectives.

In addition, you will provide timely landscape advice to colleagues in the Development Management and Planning Policy Teams, on selected planning applications and in the plan-making process.

Why Solihull? There’s plenty going on to get you out and about in our beautiful borough. As well as supporting the growth aspirations at Arden Cross, Birmingham Airport, Jaguar Land Rover and the National Exhibition Centre, we handle a wide range of work which covers a variety of urban centres, rural villages and open countryside, including Solihull’s 16 Green Flag parks, and 23 Local Nature Reserves.

​We are currently negotiating the complexities of delivering a revised Local Plan and working hard to do what is needed to welcome the arrival of HS2. We pride ourselves on being a Council that is small enough to care, but big enough to make a difference. To help achieve this we seek to protect, enhance, and restore our historic, built and natural environment, and deliver the best development in the right locations, championing design quality, community benefits, and green and blue infrastructure.

With such a big agenda, we are looking for a dynamic, positive, and committed landscape architect with good communication skills, who is customer focussed with a can-do approach to help us rise to the challenge.

To join us you will have practical experience of landscape architecture and related issues.. In addition to having a good understanding of planning, whether at local authority or private practice, you will have demonstrable design experience and a proven track record of delivering projects. You will also have a sound knowledge of project management, contract administration, and an understanding of relevant policy, procedure, and legislation relevant to the role.

We are committed to delivering our services as efficiently as possible and an ability to work flexibly with technology will be required. You need a valid driving license, access to a vehicle for business purposes and possess the necessary ability to carry out site visits across the Borough.

In return we can offer:

  • A friendly, supportive, and inclusive working environment.
  • Flexible and agile working including hybrid working.
  • Annual leave starting at 25 days and rising to 30 days after 5 years’ service with 8 public holidays and the opportunity to purchase up to 10 additional days holiday per year.
  • A generous flexitime scheme (available for most roles) with up to 24 days flexitime allowed per year.
  • Access to the Local Government Pension Scheme.
  • A wide range of learning and development opportunities.
  • A range of family and carer friendly policies.
  • Employee benefits including subsidised travel passes, Cycle 2 Work Scheme, confidential Employee Assistance Programme and staff discounts.

To apply, please click on the link below. If you have any questions regarding the role or would like to chat further about your suitability for it, please contact , Mike Eastwood, Team Leader, Conservation of the Historic Environment, Landscape Architecture, Urban Design and Ecology Team-on 07768 553099 or email meastwood@solihull.gov.uk or Deborah Honan, Senior / Development Officer - Landscape Architecture at dhonan@solihull.gov.uk

Closing Date: 25th February 2024 - where sufficient numbers of applications are received, we reserve the right to close the vacancy before this closing date.  We therefore encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible.

Interview Date: 5th March 2024

Please note we do not accept CVs for this role.

The Fluency Duty is outlined in the Code of Practice on the English language requirements for public sector workers. The Fluency Duty for this role is Required.

This post requires the following Disclosure and Barring check: Not required.

Solihull Council is proud to be an Equal Opportunities Employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees - a place where we can all be ourselves and succeed on merit.

Solihull Council has a responsibility for, and a commitment to, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk and requires all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

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About Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council

Solihull

Solihull is regarded as a popular and vibrant place to live in the UK. As one of the most prosperous towns in the Midlands, almost two thirds of our borough is designated as green belt. We have over 1,500 acres of parks across the borough, with 16 Green Flag Awards. Solihull is very well connected, with great transport links such as the M40, M42 and M6 all close by, and an excellent rail network, plus, of course, an international airport. We are home to the award-winning Touchwood Shopping Centre, National Exhibition Centre, Resorts World Birmingham, and the Resorts World Arena.

It is an exciting time for Solihull, although we are a relatively small local authority (c. 6000 employees), we still have ambitious plans including the development of UK Central and HS2.

Here at Solihull Council, we want to ensure that all our citizens have an equal chance to share in Solihull’s success. We do this by putting our customers at the heart of everything we do.

We recognise that our employees are the key factor in achieving our vision and as such, we are always on the lookout for talented individuals, who want to make a real positive difference to people’s lives and can help us to continue building on our success.

Both Smarter Ways of Working and Employee Wellbeing are key Council Priorities.

The transition to Smarter Ways of Working has presented us with the opportunity to re-think how and where we work. With the option to access portable technology, dependent upon the requirements of the role, a lot of our people are not bound to a single workplace or traditional ways of working, with many choosing to spend a good proportion of their week working from home.

tomOur people told us that they value flexibility, and that choice enables them to have a better work-life balance, manage family responsibilities, enhance their personal wellbeing, and continue to deliver excellent outcomes for the residents of Solihull.

Our people are our number one asset, and our aim is to have a healthy, happy engaged and thriving workforce.

Wellbeing is at the heart of our employee offer and we are a bronze accredited West Midlands Combined Authority Thrive at Work employer.  This recognises our commitment and action in support of employee wellbeing; we are currently working towards silver accreditation.

Unpaid carers carry out a key role within our community and know that this can be challenging when combined with employment.  Our Carer’s Policy and the ongoing support we give to our employees has resulted in us winning Employer of the Year 2022 at the Carer Friendly Awards.

We will offer you:

  • A friendly, supportive and inclusive working environment;
  • Competitive salaries including, for those at the top of their scale, the opportunity to receive a non-consolidated lump sum;
  • A range of flexible working options;
  • Annual leave starting at 25 days and rising to 30 days after 5 years' service in addition to public holidays with an opportunity to purchase up to 10 additional days' holiday per year;
  • A generous flexitime scheme (available for most roles);
  • Access to the Local Government Pension Scheme;
  • A wide range of learning and development opportunities;
  • A range of family friendly policies;
  • Employee benefits including subsidised travel passes, Cycle 2 Work Scheme, confidential Employee Assistance Programme and staff discounts.

Solihull Council is proud to be an Equal Opportunities Employer.  We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees – a place where we can all be ourselves and succeed on merit.

As users of the Disability Confident Scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who demonstrate they meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

Solihull Council has a responsibility for, and is committed to, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk, and requires all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

For roles eligible for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check this will be indicated in the advert and supporting recruitment documents.  Where the post involves working with children, other vulnerable groups or in a position of trust it is exempt from the provisions of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.  Further guidance is available at https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/945449/rehabilitation-of-offenders-guidance.pdf

Please note, where sufficient numbers of applications are received, we reserve the right to close a vacancy before the advertised closing date. We therefore advise that you submit your application as soon as possible.

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Telephone
0121 704 6000
Location
Council House
Manor Square
Solihull
West Midlands
B91 3QB
United Kingdom

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