Principal Project Managers (Senior Planning Officers) (3 posts) - Exeter City Council

  • Multiple Locations
  • Full Time
  • Grade K £39,571 - £41,591

Service Unit: City Development

We’re growing!

Exeter is the second fastest growing city in the UK and we have plans to deliver 12,000 homes in the next 20 years. To keep pace, we are bucking the trend and investing in all three of our Planning Teams. To support this, we are looking to recruit two Principal Project Managers - Development Management and a Principal Project Manager - Community Infrastructure Levy.

About you
For Principal Project Manager - Development Management: You will be a planner with experience in development management, preferably in major developments. You will be passionate about delivering high quality developments and enthusiastic about working with developers and other stakeholders to achieve the best solutions for sites across the city. The developments you will deal with are the most significant and will contribute to the highest quality environment.
For Principal Project Manager - CiL: You will have experience in local government or the private sector in planning or a related work area. Recent and detailed experience of Community Infrastructure Levy legislation, collection and spending processes, and Section 106 Agreements is essential. You will have demonstrable experience of successfully leading and managing projects and staff.

About the team
We apply a One Team mindset - our City Development service comprises of four core functions - Development Management covering both major and householders projects, Building Control including Land Charges and our new Local Plans and Policy team.
Although differentiated by their technical specialisms, throughout the four functions there is a strong appreciation for collaborative working and each area working to support our shared objectives as a service.
We are a high performing service - in 2022, our Land Charges team were recognised for their exceptional customer service, coming 5th place out of 326 Local Authority Land Charges Teams in the Customer Satisfaction Award at the annual Awards for Excellence hosted by Land Data and in 2019 were highly commended in the Most Improved Services category. Our planning teams were recently shortlisted for three national/regional awards.
We value development of our people - we have supported some of our undergraduate level Project Managers through successfully obtaining their Masters in Town and Country Planning. In Building Control, we have fully qualified Project Managers who started their careers with us as Building Control Apprentices and we regularly host work experience placements to support the development of wider community members.

What next?
If we sound like the right fit for you and you feel like the right fit for us, we would welcome your application.
Alternatively, if you would like to find out more about the post, the team or working with us at the Council, please contact Matthew Diamond, Assistant Service Lead Development Management (Major Projects), at

Our commitment
At Exeter City Council, we are fully committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce to reflect the communities we serve.
To support this commitment, we will strive to implement reasonable adjustments to support any members of our communities who face barriers in recruitment processes, irrespective of the reason.
We are also proud to be a Disability Confident Employer and have committed to guaranteeing an interview to anyone with a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post.
If you would like further information on this, please contact our HR Team at

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Interview Date: 20 and 22 July 2022

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Job Details

  • OrganisationOther Organisations
  • Work LocationExeterDevon
  • Work Postcode

    Civic Centre, Exeter

  • Reference


  • Occupational GroupHousing & PlanningProject & Programme Management

  • Salary Details

    Grade K £39,571 - £41,591

  • Job TermPermanent
  • Appointment TypeFull Time
  • Hours

  • Closing Date


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