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Agile and flexible working arrangements with offices based at Bodicote, Oxfordshire and other locations that support the opportunity to work in an agile way.

Do you want to help write our next chapter?

 

Location: Bodicote but with opportunities to work flexibly

Salary: £61,094 - £65,110

Want to help shape the growth of a rapidly expanding district? And lead the Development Management service of a fast-moving local authority committed to delivery and improvement? Then this could be just the opportunity you've been waiting for.

Set in the beautiful rolling hills at the northern edge of the Cotswolds, Cherwell District Council serves a population of more than 150,000 people. But while the landscape may be picturesque, life here is not without its challenges.

We have a mix of rapidly growing urban communities with great potential and rural communities with their own needs and aspirations. Being situated on the Oxford-Cambridge arc and the M40 corridor, we are a huge draw for developers. But we also have community, place-shaping and infrastructure needs to address. Cherwell, however, is a bold and ambitious Council, with a strong track record of strategic programmes and initiatives that are tackling these challenges head on. 

Working within the Council's Communities directorate, you'll be the lead officer for all matters relating to Development Management. As such, you'll have a crucial part to play in the continued growth and success of the district as a whole.

Key responsibilities:

  • Lead the Development Management service at a strategic and operational level, in way that delivers maximum value for money, achieves our ambitious growth targets and contributes positively to the future of the District. 
  • Play an active part in the planning, monitoring and delivery of future developments in the District, engaging local communities to build and maintain the public's trust in the process.
  • Provide expert support and advice to the Planning Committee and other Council colleagues, ensure that all meetings comply with statutory requirements, and that planning applications are presented in a timely manner.
  • Recruit, lead and manage a dedicated team of your own, and oversee their on-going professional development as the needs of the Council and the District evolve.

To rise to the challenge, you'll need a rather special set of qualities. Professional capabilities and practical experience are obviously important. But so too are the personal attributes you bring to the role.

Key requirements:

  • A degree or post-graduate qualification, accredited by the Royal Town Planning institute, and membership of the same organisation.
  • Significant Development Management experience in a local government environment, with a specific focus on managing teams to deliver a high quality, customer-focused service. 
  • A depth and breadth of expertise that extends to all types of planning and development activities, including large-scale pre-applications, applications, appeals and enforcement issues.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills, the ability to inspire and motivate your team, and the confidence and credibility to win the trust and respect of everyone you work with.

Closing date: Monday 29th August at 11.00 am

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Location: Bodicote but with opportunities to work flexibly

Salary: £49,614 - £52,939

Want to look at Health & Safety from a whole new angle? And create a long-term strategy that delivers a greater sense of wellbeing for everyone in the community? Then this could be just the opportunity you've been waiting for.

Set in the beautiful rolling hills at the northern edge of the Cotswolds, Cherwell District Council serves a population of more than 150,000 people. But while the landscape may be picturesque, life here is not without its challenges.

We have a complex mix of urban communities and high levels of deprivation that that are often hidden from the wider world. Cherwell, however, is a bold and ambitious Council, with a strong track record of delivering strategic programmes and initiatives to tackle these challenges head on.

In this key role, that sits within the Office of the Chief Executive, you'll introduce a more agile approach to Health & Safety. One that reflects the ever-changing needs of the Council and the community we serve.

Key responsibilities:

  • Help define our long-term Health & Safety strategy. And ensure we have a robust and reliable management system in place to support it across the organisation.
  • Lead and manage a small but dedicated Health & Safety team, overseeing their on-going development so that each individual can excel in their role.
  • Provide all Council colleagues – particularly those in the Leadership Team – with expert guidance, support and advice on matters relating to health, safety and wellbeing.
  • Ensure the work of all colleagues complies with current and future Health & Safety legislation, and that every individual understands their obligations and responsibilities in relation to this.

To rise to the challenge, you'll need a rather special set of qualities. Professional capabilities and practical experience are obviously important. But so too are the personal attributes you bring to the role.

Key requirements:

  • A NEBOSH Diploma (or equivalent) in Occupational Health, plus membership of a relevant professional body, such as the Institution of Occupational Safety & Health (IOSH) and the associated professional qualification.
  • Significant experience in a medium to large organisation, and a strong track-record of achievement that demonstrates your ability to manage a wide range of health and safety risks.
  • A comprehensive knowledge of Health & Safety legislation, regulations and best practice. Plus a deep understanding of how to apply/adhere to them, in order to deliver the best possible solutions.
  • Excellent communication skills – both in person and in writing – together with the confidence and credibility to inspire and motivate your team, and win the trust and respect of everyone around you.

Closing date: Monday 29th August at 11.00 am

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Location: Bodicote but with opportunities to work flexibly

Salary: £61,094 - £65,110

Do you yearn to take a more holistic approach to Housing Services and deliver the kind of change that makes a real and meaningful difference to people's lives?  Then this could be just the opportunity you've been waiting for.

Set in the beautiful rolling hills at the northern edge of the Cotswolds, Cherwell District Council serves a population of more than 150,000 people. But while the landscape may be picturesque, life here is not without its challenges.

We have a complex mix of urban communities and high levels of deprivation that that are often hidden from the wider world. Cherwell, however, is a bold and ambitious Council, with a strong track record of strategic programmes and initiatives that are tackling these challenges head on.

In this key role, that sits within our Wellbeing and Housing Services directorate, you'll be responsible for the strategic and operational leadership of our entire Housing Services function, with teams focused on everything from homelessness to private sector housing and the Council's own residential portfolio.

Key responsibilities:

  • Develop our overall strategy for Housing Services that combines the strengths and co-ordinates the efforts of the individual teams within it.
  • Oversee the delivery of individual action plans that are closely aligned with our homelessness and housing objectives.
  • Enable and empower senior Council officials to make informed decisions by keeping them up to speed with the latest housing issues and offering best practice professional advice.
  • Develop strategic relationships with colleagues in other areas of the Council – particularly those in Planning and Property Services.

To rise to the challenge, you'll need a rather special set of qualities. Professional capabilities and practical experience are obviously important. But so too are the personal attributes you bring to the role.

Key requirements:

  • Educated to degree or postgraduate level, or a willingness to study for the necessary qualifications.
  • Significant management experience in the housing sector, and extensive knowledge of the policies, procedures and legislation around it.
  • A creative and collaborative approach to problem-solving, and the ability to inspire and motivate everyone around you.
  • Excellent communication skills, the ability to influence at a senior level, and a talent for producing clear, concise and compelling written reports.

Closing date: Monday 29th August at 11.00 am

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Location: Bodicote but with opportunities to work flexibly

Salary: £42,348 - £47,259

These are exciting times for Cherwell District Council. We are strengthening our information governance function and we are recruiting a specialist in the field of information governance, data protection and freedom of information law.

Our successful candidate will be someone who has the vision and experience to lead the Council’s co-ordinated and cohesive approach to information management. Someone who is focused on delivering the very highest standards of governance.

If this could be you, read on!

This key role sits within the Council's Legal function, and you'll have the chance to re-invent the way we manage information and comply with our statutory obligations from the ground up. The technologies we use. The policies we develop. The structures and processes we put in place. You'll help define it all, and more.

You will be a strategic thinker but have close attention to detail when it comes to statutory compliance.

Key responsibilities:

  • Monitor how data is managed within the Council on a day-to-day basis, and lead the development of Information Governance at both a strategic and operational level.
  • Provide Council colleagues – particularly those in the Leadership Team –with expert guidance, support and advice on all matters relating to Information Governance.
  • Ensure that all information held by the Council is managed in accordance with Data Protection requirements, and that the Council itself complies with its Freedom of Information responsibilities.
  • Foster a culture of continuous improvement. Encourage colleagues – both within your own team and across the wider organisation – to share ideas on how we could be doing things better.

To rise to the challenge, you'll need a rather special set of qualities. Professional capabilities and practical experience are obviously important. But so too are the personal attributes you bring to the role.

Key requirements:

  • A relevant professional or management qualification, and plenty of practical experience that demonstrates the importance of taking a strategic approach to information management.An in-depth understanding of the Freedom of Information Act, GDPR and the Data Protection Act, their specific requirements and how they relate to organisations like ours within the public sector.
  • Highly developed IT skills, a sharp analytical mind and the ability to draw meaningful insights from data using a variety of tools and techniques.
  • Excellent communication skills – both in person and in writing – together with the confidence and credibility to inspire and motivate your team, and win the trust and respect of everyone around you

Set in the beautiful rolling hills at the northern edge of the Cotswolds, Cherwell District Council serves a population of more than 150,000 people. But while the landscape may be picturesque, life here is not without its challenges.

We have a complex mix of urban communities and high levels of deprivation that that are often hidden from the wider world. Cherwell, however, is a bold and ambitious Council, with a strong track record of delivering strategic programmes and initiatives to tackle these challenges head on.

Closing date: Monday 29th August at 11.00 am

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Location: Bodicote but with opportunities to work flexibly

Salary: £52,939 - £57,078

Want to redefine the way an entire organisation thinks about climate change? Transform the way it works and make a positive difference to the wider world? Then this could be just the opportunity you've been waiting for.

Set in the beautiful rolling hills at the northern edge of the Cotswolds, Cherwell District Council serves a population of more than 150,000 people. But while the landscape may be picturesque, life here is not without its challenges.

We have a complex mix of urban communities and high levels of deprivation that that are often hidden from the wider world. Cherwell, however, is a bold and ambitious Council, with a strong track record of delivering strategic programmes and initiatives to tackle these challenges head on.

In this key role, that sits within our Communities directorate, you'll inspire Council colleagues to engage with new technologies, embrace new ways of thinking, adopt new ways of working, and help us overcome what is arguably our greatest challenge of all.

Key responsibilities:

  • Lead, review and develop the Council's response to the challenges presented by climate change, including the development of policy and strategy across all Council Services.
  • Build strong relationships with external partners, including other councils, Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership and the Oxfordshire Greentech network.
  • Deliver – either directly or by partnering with or commissioning others – a range of projects that support the Council's climate change objectives.
  • Provide sustainability expertise to the Council's Planning Policy team in its review of the Cherwell Local Plan and contribution to the wider Oxfordshire Plan.

To rise to the challenge, you'll need a rather special set of qualities. Professional capabilities and practical experience are obviously important. But so too are the personal attributes you bring to the role.

Key requirements:

  • A relevant degree and plenty of real-world experience in an environmental field such as energy management or energy efficiency.
  • A deep understanding of environmental issues, energy efficiency techniques and principles, and the policies – particularly around low carbon planning –that steer energy projects in the public sector.
  • Demonstrable experience of delivering and managing sustainability projects, with a particular emphasis on managing stakeholders, controlling budgets and securing external funding.
  • A creative and inventive approach to sustainability. A flair for pulling together information and resources from different areas and using them to create solutions that work.

Closing date: Monday 29th August at 11.00 am

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