About the job

Salary: £44,632 - £47,498 a year plus £3,203 Car benefit allowance
Hours per week: 37
Contract type: Permanent

We have an exciting opportunity within our Planning and Transport division. You will manage all planning applications requiring input from the Highway Authority with relevance to the following; Section 38 (Highways Act 1980) and Section 106 (Town and Country Planning Act 1991) Section 278 or any other form of agreement related to construction works.

This will involve:

  • agreeing the scope and reviewing transport assessments and other relevant supporting information (including transport modelling)

  • providing specialist technical advice to developers and others on approved specifications and guidance, material use, proposed highway plan layout and highways regulations at the pre-planning stage as well as on site through to completion.

  • monitoring the progress and quality of any preliminary surveys and the works,

  • reviewing the proposed construction specification,

  • enforcement of non-compliance to ensure council discharges its statutory obligations

  • consulting and coordinating in a timely fashion with other service areas so that approved works may become adopted and maintainable upon completion.

The ideal candidate will develop, monitor and maintain appropriate chargeable fee structures to maximise income for the Council. Prepare fee agreements with developers for associated highway adoptions and undertake regular financial monitoring to ensure these have been charged and received in a timely fashion.

You will represent Luton Borough Council at local and regional meetings, court, project boards etc. as required, providing the necessary professional and technical advice to developers, contractors, 3rd parties, senior managers and elected members, officers and project teams. Prepare and deliver presentations and written reports as required.

The position may be subject to an OCA process within the next 6 months to increase capacity in the service area.

About you

To be successful in this role you will need in depth experience of managing and controlling civil engineering works including practical experience making professional judgements within policy, legislative and regulatory frameworks.

It is essential that you are able to create and maintain effective and co-operative working relationships both internally and externally and to consult, negotiate and influence others inside and outside the Council including site managers, contractors, developers, clients and other parties, holding others to account communicate professionally, credibly and influentially.

You will need to be able to give clear and proactive advice to enquiries and be confident and effective when delivering presentations, negotiations and at meetings.You will be expected to effectively manage a small team and contribute to divisions’ performance targets.

The post holder must be well organised and able to manage multiple work streams at different stages of development simultaneously, work under pressure and prioritise work.

You should have in-depth knowledge and understanding of highway development control and its related legal framework, together with experience in negotiating with developers in reviewing transport assessments or statements and presenting this to Council Members and at appeal, drafting of legal agreements and procedures for the adoption of new infrastructure. You will have the opportunity to develop your existing knowledge and understanding of highway development control and the transport aspects of major developments.

We ask that you are educated to degree level in relevant field i.e. Civil engineering or equivalent qualification or verifiable relevant experience You will need relevant qualifications plus relevant work experience as well as a relevant supervisory/management qualification or equivalent experience or training in management skills.