Place Strategies Manager & Chief Planning Officer - PKC11678

Job Description Place Strategies Manager & Chief Planning Officer - PKC11678 £72,209 - £77,784 Pullar House, Perth As Service Manager, you'll be responsible for leading around 35 professional and technical staff as well as contributing ...

Job Description

Place Strategies Manager & Chief Planning Officer - PKC11678
£72,209 - £77,784
Pullar House, Perth

As Service Manager, you'll be responsible for leading around 35 professional and technical staff as well as contributing to the wider Economy, Development & Planning Management Team.

This is an exciting time to join the Service as we continue our mission to tackle inequality and poverty through place investment. You'll lead work on Local Development Plan 3, our mobility and housing strategies, and support our ambitious proposals for Perth city centre. You will also act as the Council’s first statutory Chief Planning Officer, providing strategic advice, delivering national planning priorities, championing place and ensuring a culture of continuous improvement.

You’ll also drive innovation in service excellence and be passionate about supporting organisational transformation and change.

So, if you are an effective and collaborative senior leader able to find solutions to a range of challenges, we'd like to hear from you. For an informal conversation contact David Littlejohn, Strategic Lead - Economy, Development & Planning on 07715 160753.

For purposes of connection and collaboration with colleagues and with the community we serve, our full-time employees work on site for a minimum of 2 days per week with the arrangements for part time employees being agreed on a basis which will ensure that they benefit to an equivalent degree. Our FAQs on hybrid working can be found here Hybrid working FAQs. We are committed to being a more inclusive employer - to ensure we can consider any reasonable adjustments, please either contact the recruiting manager to discuss any individual circumstances, discuss at interview or, if you prefer, after any conditional offer is made.


To carry out this role effectively you will have a degree, or equivalent experience, in town planning or a related discipline such as housing or transport engineering. You will also have significant relevant experience in a leadership role. Given the nature of the job, it's likely that you will be a chartered member of the Royal Town Planning Institute.

We offer a competitive salary and excellent range of additional employee benefits including hybrid and flexible working to support a healthy work life balance, access to the Local Government Pension Scheme, a Low Carbon Car Scheme, up to 36 days annual leave entitlement plus 6 public holidays, and a range of lifestyle and wellbeing offers through our employee benefits platform.

Interviews for shortlisted candidates will be held in person in Perth on 21 August 2024.

The Individual

For further information about this vacancy, please contact David Littlejohn, Strategic Lead, Economy, Development & Planning, by emailing

When completing your application for this post, please ensure that you provide contact details (including e-mail addresses) for two referees. One should be your current or most recent employer.

Please APPLY ONLINE. Facilities are available at all public libraries in Perth and Kinross. If you have a disability and require reasonable adjustments, please call 01738 475555 to discuss.

As part of our safer recruitment measures, any offer of employment will be subject to the successful completion of mandatory checks including eligibility to work in the UK, Disclosure Scotland or PVG, qualifications, references, and fitness to undertake the post. This may also include an Overseas Criminal Records Check if you have spent time living overseas.

A healthy work life balance is important to Perth & Kinross Council and we provide supportive management and flexible working arrangements to help you achieve a healthy work life balance. You will have access to training and support for continued professional development.

Some jobs may have been traditionally carried out predominately by one gender, but we would encourage you to apply if you meet the requirements, irrespective of your gender.

Perth & Kinross Council welcomes applications from former armed forces personnel/reservists. Many of the skills picked up during your military career could be transferred directly into a role with local government.

At PKC our values and behaviours influence our work and support us in the delivery of the Perth and Kinross Offer. In your application, and should you be invited to interview, you will be asked to describe situations that support the criteria required in the role and which also demonstrate our values and behaviours. Find out more about PKC and you could soon be joining our team!

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If you are successful in a role with Perth & Kinross Council, you will have access to a range of benefits to help your physical, mental and financial wellbeing.

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