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 email@example.com or Deborah Honan, Senior / Development Officer - Landscape Architecture at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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