Infrastructure Implementation Officer (Housing Development) .
South Oxfordshire District Council and Vale of White Horse District Council are forward thinking local authorities, based in one of the most attractive areas of the country. They are looking for a professional, competent and enthusiastic person who is able to communicate well at all levels. An excellent benefits package is on offer including annualised hours (flexible working) and a career average pension scheme. They have modern open plan offices and smart working practices and the technology to support mobile working.
Position: Infrastructure Implementation Officer
Location: Milton Park, Oxfordshire
Job type: Full Time, Permanent
Hours: 37 hours per week
Salary: £34,155 per annum
Benefits: A basic 24 days annual leave per annum, rising to 29 days after five years. You also have all the bank holidays to look forward to and time off between Christmas and New Year. Flexible working and annualised hours; pension scheme; childcare voucher scheme; Cycle scheme; car lease scheme; ample free parking; reduced gym membership, free swims, contributory medical schemes, wellbeing appointments, free eye tests for DSE users, after work sports clubs and more.
About the role:
This is a chance to join our infrastructure and development team at an exciting time. The councils have strong growth agendas to create homes, jobs and improved spaces within our districts. New development generates a need for improved facilities and infrastructure. The delivery of infrastructure is key to achieving our aims and goals and you’ll be part of a busy team ensuring that infrastructure is planned and delivered for communities.
You will need to be enthusiastic, dedicated, have a strong customer service ethos and be driven to achieve targets. If that sounds like you then this is the job for you. You will be liaising with infrastructure providers such as parish councils and health services over the need for new infrastructure. Your role will be to ensure infrastructure monies are passed to providers in accordance with the council’s procedures and constitution, using the council’s financial systems and databases. You will also provide professional advice on infrastructure matters and liaise with both internal and external bodies to enable the delivery of infrastructure across the districts.
- To be informed of S106 and CIL funding monies available for community infrastructure.
- To be familiar with the areas of large housing development (existing and proposed) in the districts.
- Advise parish council and other organisations regarding the availability and restrictions around infrastructure funding.
- Assisting third parties with applications for funding.
- Checking computer records relating to Section 106 agreements and Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) payments.
- Ensuring contributions are received and spent in accordance with legal requirements and targets.
- Liaising with and providing information to internal departments, Oxfordshire County Council, parish councils and developers.
- Preparing spending reports for authorisation and processing payments to third parties in accordance with internal procedures and the constitution.
- Responding to Section 106 legal agreement / Community Infrastructure Levy enquiries.
- Overseeing provision of new buildings and other infrastructure as provided through Section 106 agreements is fit for purpose and completed to satisfactory standards.
- To liaise with planning officers and provide information on the community needs for infrastructure.
- Respond to consultations on Neighbourhood Plans in respect of community infrastructure needs.
- Creating, updating and maintaining computer records relating to S106 agreements and Community Infrastructure Levy payments.
- Monitoring development progress in relation to S106 agreements through internal sources, GIS, telephone, email and site visits.
- Calculating contributions due and raising invoices for the payment of section 106 contributions.
- The collection, analysis and reporting of monitoring data.
- The presentation of monitoring data using GIS.
- Preparation of written monitoring reports.
- 2 ‘A’ Levels or equivalent qualifications or level of experience.
- Understanding of, and capacity for, statistical work.
- Ability to understand and interpret legal agreements.
- Experience of working in a customer focused environment dealing with the public face to face and on the telephone.
- Analytical and problem-solving skills with an understanding of database systems.
- A good knowledge of MS Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint and good keyboard skills.
- Ability to relate well to Councillors and the public.
- Diplomatic, tactful and able to maintain discretion in difficult circumstances.
- An interest in the built and natural environment.
If you have the following experience or qualifications – it’s a bonus:
- Degree or other high-level qualification in planning, finance, law or statistical management.
- An understanding of Geographical Information Systems, Financial Management Systems or Content Management Systems.
- An understanding of planning procedures and processes.
- Ability to interpret scale drawings and be able to read Ordnance Survey maps.
- Experience of working in the public sector.
You may have experience of the following: Section 106, CIL, S106, Planning Assistant, Affordable Housing, Local Government, Infrastructure Planning Officer, Civil Infrastructure, New Build Housing, Clerk of Works, Community Infrastructure Levy, etc.