Cityparks are looking for a fabulous independent, experienced Project Officer, to implement and carry out an array of wonderful projects to improve our parks and open spaces. We have the budget, if you have the talent to ensure; quality, efficiency and value for money.
You will be working with a successful team who have secured on average over £800,000 of external money each year for the last ten years. This includes the £1.2 million which transformed The Level Park and £3.5 million that is currently restoring 20 hectares of Stanmer Park.
You will need to have in-depth experience of handling multiple projects simultaneous from concept to completion, whilst sometimes in demanding and challenging environments.
Key skills include:
- Proven knowledge of contract and project management skills.
- Experience of Health and Safety when working in the public domain.
- Excellent financial management, fundraising and budgeting skills.
- High level of political sensitivity.
- Understanding Corporate Risk and reputation.
About the role
Cityparks is in a critical period of its evolution and you will be central to their growth and future success. Guided by our 2017 Open Spaces Strategy you will be overseeing the delivery of hard and soft land-based projects across the city ranging from new paths to new planting borders, new toilets to historic interpretation, new fences to cycle-parking and much, much, more. If you have initiative and motivation, if you can deliver the bigger vision, if have the proven track record of success; then maybe, we need you.
Your main duties will include to:
- Support planning officers and lead on section 106 and Community Infrastructure Levy payments,
- Support the Parks Projects and Strategy Manager in implementing delivery of the Open Spaces Strategy.
- Lead and manage grant applications and subsequent delivery of small and large scale capital and revenue projects across our open spaces.
For a full scope of the Open Spaces Strategy, please see the PDF attachment.
In addition you will need to:
- To work with Procurement to identify frameworks, develop tenders and procure services and ensure best value and efficiency.
- To manage contractors responsible for elements of project delivery and the budgets allocated to them.
- Provide support for the Planning Service to identify and implement developer’s contributions for our parks, gardens and open spaces, ensuring maximum benefit and efficiency from these.
- Responsible for project support administration such as monitoring of budgets, highlighting risks to management, organising project board meetings, preparing agendas, background papers for discussion, taking minutes and providing further information at meetings.
Please note that this post will require officer to work in inclement weather and traverse steep or uneven ground on occasion.
For an informal discussion, please contact Paul Campbell - Parks Projects & Strategy Manager on 07816 753 581
TO APPLY – as part of your application, please provide a copy of your latest CV and answer the branching questions. A copy of the branching questions and guidance on how to write a CV have been attached to the advert below. When providing examples please try to use the Challenge, Action, Result response method. This is where you explain the what the situation or challenge was, what action you took and what the result was.
At Brighton & Hove City Council we offer staff a range of benefits. If you choose to work for us, in return we can offer you:
A competitive salary
Career average pension scheme
An opportunity to enhance your knowledge and skills
A range of other staff benefits
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Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is part-time or term-time only.
Work Permits: We may be able to obtain a Work Permit for this post but this is subject to meeting the requirements of the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) Points-based Immigration System. Please see Gov.uk for more information on the Skilled Worker Visa.
We welcome applications from all sections of the community but particularly encourage applicants from a BME or White Other background as well as those who identify as disabled, LGB, female or trans as these groups are currently under-represented in our Directorate workforce.
As part of Brighton & Hove City Council's ongoing commitment to redeployment, please note that this vacancy may be withdrawn at any stage of the recruitment process, without prior notice if a suitable redeployee (internal employee at risk of redundancy) is identified.