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Career Grade Senior to Principal Planner

Salary – £34,202-£44,972

Closing date – 19th September 2021

Progressing within a career is one of the biggest milestones in most of our lives and it can be a challenge to find a career that truly fits our ambitions and aspirations. There are a few great organisations that can help you excel, achieve, and support you in discovering your true potential – Publica Group is one of these organisations. We’re looking for Senior Planners who are looking to develop into Principal Planners to join our Planning Service.

This is a supervisory post where you will be expected to train/mentor and supervise more junior members of staff alongside dealing with the more complex and sensitive applications. It will involve management and leadership responsibilities as required and being recognised as an expert in the field of Development Management.

This post is career graded to enable you to develop as experience/skills/qualifications are gained or to be appointed at a higher level if they are already in place. We will take account of your current salary, qualifications and experience when assessing your application. You do not have to start at the bottom of the career grade as we are looking to appoint at higher salary levels dependant on qualifications and experience.

You will be a team leader largely responsible for the preparation/organisation of the monthly schedule of applications to be determined by Members and for the day to day supervision of the work and output of part the wider Development Management team as well as carrying a caseload of the more complex and sensitive applications.

The appended Role Description and Employee specification sets out the entry level requirements to be appointed at Senior level and the attached matrix indicates the likely criteria to determine where appointments will be made and how career advancement to Principal level can take place.

These are new roles to expand the planning team to help with the increased demand, which will cover Cotswold and West Oxfordshire District Council, and you will have the opportunity to work at Forest of Dean District Council to further develop your career progression. Within these Districts, there are plenty of places to see and visit whether you love hiking or cycling. With our agile working ethos: you will be spoilt for choice.

The appended Role Description and Employee specification sets out the entry level requirements to be appointed at Senior level and the attached matrix indicates the likely criteria to determine where appointments will be made and how career advancement to Principal level can take place.

You will need…

  • To be educated to degree level or equivalent in a relevant profession
  • Five ability to facilitate and manage ongoing change
  • The ability to resolve complex issues and complaints by negotiation
  • The ability to remain calm and confident when dealing with challenging customers and environments
  • Ability to inspire and successfully motivate others towards shared objectives

Special Conditions…

  • Ability to travel

For more information about this role please see the Job Description/Person Specification.

If you wish to have an informal discussion about this role, please contact: Phil Shaw on 01993 861687 or email

Closing date for CV’s: Sunday 19th September 2021 @midnight

Interview Date: week commencing 27th September

You will be employed by Publica Group Ltd which was created by four partner Councils (Cotswold District Council, West Oxfordshire District Council, Cheltenham Borough Council and Forest of Dean District Council) to deliver more efficient and improved services.

Publica is a unique place to work – we are a local government organisation with a twist! Publica wants to transform the way local services are delivered. To help do this we have started to fundamentally rethink the way we design our services in the digital era so that Publica is a customer-focused organisation driven by real user needs.

What can we do for you…

  • agile working allowing a mix of home and office working
  • flexible working arrangements (depending on the role)
  • 26 days paid annual leave (pro rata if you are working part time) plus bank holidays and an extra two volunteering days off a year for you to support a charity of your choice
  • paid for health cash plan giving you cash back on health, dental and eye care
  • pension scheme with a good employer contribution of 5% of your earnings
  • paid for Employee Assistance Programme 24/7, providing positive, preventative and supportive advice and counselling to deal with everyday events and issues
  • cycle to work scheme
  • paid for access to digital financial advice (covering your pension scheme, mortgages and other finances)

These are just a handful of the benefits that you can enjoy when you join us!


If you feel this is the role for you please email your CV and supporting statement detailing how you meet the criteria above by emailing us at or contact the recruitment team on 01285 623319

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