Spatial Planning Manager

Your new role

National Highways have an excellent opportunity for Spatial Planning Manager to join our team in Operations, within the South West region. This role will be based at either our Bristol or Exeter office and will require 40% of your time either on site or in the office.

The Spatial Planning Manager will lead a team of Spatial Planners and Assistant Spatial Planners, ensuring all inquiries and planning applications are appropriately managed, in line with statutory and regulatory duties, operational standards and service delivery manuals. 

The Spatial Planning Manager will also contribute to the development of the strategy and best practice for Spatial Planning across National Highways, working with other regional and policy colleagues to develop and embed continuous improvement initiatives. 

What you’ll lead on

  • Manage National Highways’ involvement in the Spatial Planning System within the Region, ensuring that the development aspirations of local authorities, and other stakeholders, take appropriate consideration of the strategic road network when developing their plans. 
  • To act as the Region’s nominated representative for discharging the relevant statutory and regulatory duties by developing and maintaining efficient processes and procedures along with effective resource management of in-house and consultancy team   
  • Strategic engagement with Local Authorities, developers and other appropriate stakeholders to ensure effective partnership working across spatial planning and transport planning
  • Manage the region’s specialist spatial planning consultancy contract; perform, either directly or through nominated representatives, the necessary duties specified as per the terms of the contract in scope. 
  • Lead a team of around 7 people by fostering a culture which promotes high performance, recognises, and develops talent, and upholds best practice people management.
  • To recommend opportunities to improve spatial planning capability, processes, and approaches, and manage the implementation of changes within Region and as part of wider National Highways Spatial Planning Community
  • To be an active member of the Regional Extended Leadership Team and contribute to the delivery of the Annual Regional Plan.

To be successful 

  • Chartered Transport or Town Planner or equivalent.
  • Awareness and knowledge of the Spatial Planning system in England and the duties and obligations of the parties involved. 
  • Proven track record in a leadership role and significant experience in managing a team
  • Experienced in developing and delivering continuous improvement initiatives and sharing best practice in areas of varied technical expertise. 
  • Proven practical understanding of the complex requirements of infrastructure development programmes and the prioritisation of needs, including funding and business case development, in order to develop, manage and maintain a safe and efficient world-class asset. 

A bit about us

Making sure our customers have safe and reliable journeys is at the heart of everything we do in Operations. We keep the roads open for business and play a key role in making sure the network we manage is fit for purpose today and for the future. Ensuring that customers, colleagues and contractors get ‘Home safe and well’.

Want to know more?

To request a copy of the role profile, please contact quoting reference number #5289


Why you should join us

At National Highways we believe in a connected country. We are passionate about creating a culture where colleagues feel connected, included and enjoy greater wellbeing to achieve this. We’re proud that as an organisation we are continually striving to do better and actively encourage and support our colleagues to do the same with their careers. 

So, if you put safety first, take ownership of your work, show passion for what you do, work effectively in a team, and demonstrate integrity in how you do it – then you’ll be a great fit for our organisation.

A connected and sustainable working approach has been adopted across National Highways. For some roles, this means being able to work in a hybrid way spending up to 60% of time working from a remote location such as home.

Please wait until the interview stage before asking us about flexibility, and we will explore what is possible.

Our benefits package

  • Our total reward package includes basic salary, the potential for a performance related bonus
  • Contributory pension scheme with employer contribution of up to 10%
  • Annual Leave starting at 26 days (plus Bank Holidays) rising by 1 day each year up to 31 days (plus Bank Holidays)
  • Flexible hours and an approach driven by connected and sustainable working which includes hybrid working
  • Life assurance of 4 times annual salary
  • Health and wellbeing support, including an Employee Assistance Programme, available 24/7 365 days and network of mental health first aiders. Plus access to a wellbeing app to enhance your self-care 24/7, Occupational health service and flu vaccines
  • A cycle to work scheme for the purchase of a bicycle and equipment for healthy, low carbon travel
  • Significant investment in your career development, through learning and development, talent management, coaching, mentoring and on job experience

And we are

  • Family friendly with enhanced maternity leave and pay, paternity leave (15 days), shared parental leave, adoption leave. Plus access to financial support for holiday play schemes and paid special leave (up to 5 days pa), eg for caring responsibilities
  • Money friendly with access to a discounts platform including over 3000 discounts for supermarkets, eating out, leisure, holidays. Alongside a financial wellbeing programme
  • Community friendly – offering paid leave to volunteer, 3 days basic/year

If you are successful, it is key to know all offers of employment are subject to satisfactory completion of our pre-employment checks which include:       

  • Right to work check
  • 3 year employment history references
  • DBS criminal record check
  • Social media and adverse journalism check
  • Driving licence check (if applicable)
  • Fit to work questionnaire (for all), followed by a medical check (if applicable)
  • Qualifications and/or professional membership check (if applicable)

And finally 

We reserve the right to close before the advertisement expires.

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