Developer Obligations Team Leader

Aberdeen City Council

  • Location: Aberdeen
  • £40,731 to £46,561 per annum, G15
  • Hours: Full Time
  • Contact: Please see description
  • Reference: ABC04765

Job Description

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Location: Marischal College, Aberdeen.
Duration: Full Time / Permanent

About this job:

Aberdeen is a forward looking and culturally vibrant City with a proud architectural heritage situated at the heart of a region with an enviable quality of life.
We are looking for an experienced and dynamic individual who can help shape and manage the developer obligation process at Aberdeen City Council. The post holder will work with staff across the council to develop policies, lead engagement with the development industry and engage with community groups to secure and manage developer contributions relation to planning applications.
With allocations of over 20,000 houses and 209 hectares of employment land in its current Local Development Plan, Aberdeen City has experienced, and continues to experience, significant growth. This is reflected in the recent City Region Deal which saw Aberdeen City partnering with Aberdeenshire Council, the Scottish and UK Governments to deliver a 10 year £250 million housing, transportation and development program with a further £254 million committed by the Scottish Government. Focusing on regenerating the City Centre, the Council have also adopted the City Centre Masterplan, a 25 year multi million pound programme. The Council has also become the first local authority in Scotland to launch and complete a £370 million bond issue which will be used to invest in a substantial capital investment programme over the coming years. This is over and above the near £1 billion pound investment in both road and rail improvements across the City that are already under construction.
The provision of infrastructure and services will be intrinsic to supporting this growth. To help secure this, the role of Developer Obligations Team Leader has been created. Based the iconic Marischal College in the City Centre the post holder will report directly to the Planning and Environmental Policy Manager.
All queries relating to this post should be directed to David Dunne, (01224) 523329

Job Purpose:

Leading and managing the development obligations process on behalf of Aberdeen City Council. Working with all parties to the application process, to co-ordinate communications with consultees, applicants and elected members and ensure timely responses to the case officer. Negotiating developer obligations and assisting in the preparation of policies and guidance on developer obligations for the Council. Managing the monitoring and dispersal of collected funds and developing community asset plan in conjunction with local communities and elected members. Providing training to case officers and consultees on issues relating to developer obligations.

Critical to this role will be strong and effective experience in programme management, engagement of, and liaison with elected members and consultees, and strong negotiation skills.


The post holder needs to hold as a minimum:

Experience of operating at a managerial level in development industry.
Considerable experience working in the financial/developer obligations aspects of Town Planning, Construction or the Development Industry.
Honours Degree in Surveying, Land Economy, Planning or Planning related Environment, Building/Construction
Full Membership of an appropriate professional body related to the demands of the post.
Experience of monitoring team budget and ensuring value for money and effective utilisation of financial resources
Experience of working simultaneously with multiple stakeholders in a challenging environment
Knowledge of the house building industry and familiarity with the techniques of land and property valuation
In depth knowledge and expertise in a Planning / Surveying discipline
Ability to find constructive solutions on own initiative and work with minimum supervision
Ability to manage time within a high pressure political environment


Please see attached job profile for further information.

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