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Senior Public Rights of Way Officer Ipswich

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Suffolk County Council

Suffolk County Council Ipswich United Kingdom

1 month ago

Job Description
• Suffolk County Council, Ipswich, IP1 2BX
• £36,298 per annum (pro rata for part time)
• 37 hours per week (part time working considered)
• Permanent

We are committed to flexible working, so please read the Job and Person Profile (docx) to find out about the types of flexible working available for this role.

We welcome applications from everyone. We particularly welcome applications from disabled people and people from minority ethnic and minority sexual orientation groups because they are under-represented in this Directorate and/or the council.

Job Details.

An opportunity has arisen to join the Suffolk County Council (SCC) Growth, Highways and Infrastructure (GHI) Directorate as a Senior Public Rights of Way (PRoW) Officer, based in Endeavour House, Ipswich. The role will require working in a mixture of office, site, and home-based scenarios delivering National Strategic Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs), specifically Sizewell C (SZC).
• Do you have experience in... managing, building, or maintaining public rights of way?
• Would you like to work in an incredibly varied, challenging, and rewarding role delivering Nationally Strategic Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs) in Suffolk?
• Are you passionate about making a positive difference for the people of Suffolk and our environment?
• Are you able to manage your workload and a small team to ensure key deadlines are met?

Your Role And Responsibilities
• provide expert advice and leadership on topics associated with Public Rights of Way including legal and planning matters
• being a key link with the Rights of Way and Public Access teams
• developing your professional skills and experience through a variety of work-based vocational and personal learning
• reviewing and approving PRoW designs to secure Highways Act Section 278 and Section 38 agreements, including their implementation
• liaising with other specialists within SCC and other Local Authorities to ensure that highway designs are holistic and resolve any tensions between disciplines
• negotiating with the developer and their consultants to agree on appropriate technical solutions
• ensuring that changes to the PRoW network are accurately recorded on the Definitive Map
• providing advice to planning colleagues to discharge planning requirements.

You will need:
• considerable experience or qualification in a relevant field or in project management
• to be able to demonstrate technical ability and an understanding of the use of plans and drawings
• knowledge of national design guidance and specifications
• understanding of Construction Design Management (CDM) and Health and Safety Legislation
• to be passionate about working in a team seeking sustainable engineering solutions
• knowledge of planning particularly with respect to NSIPs would be an advantage.

You can view a full list of requirements in the Job and Person Profile (docx). If you think you have what it takes to be successful in this role, even if you don’t meet all the requirements, please apply. We would appreciate the opportunity to consider your application.

The team

Whilst this role is within the Highways NSIP team you will be line managed by the Rights of Way Manager and have a close relationship with the Rights of Way and Public Access teams.

This role is within the Transport Strategy wider team who are responsible for delivering Inclusive Growth as it applies to Transport in Suffolk. You will also work closely with colleagues in the SCC Project Management, Planning, and Highways teams who support the delivery of NSIPs.

Please take a look at our GHI annual plan which will show you what projects and areas we are involved with GHI annual plan GHI annual plan 2022/23 v2 Aug22 - 1 (

We will offer you
• a supportive, inclusive, and dynamic team to work within
• flexible working hours and hybrid working
• a challenging yet varied workload
• wide range of learning opportunities within the role e.g attending our technical presentations which are undertaken on a regular basis
• support for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and professional accreditation
• the council has a comprehensive staff benefits package, including salary sacrifice lease cars, holiday/retailer discounts, and access to the excellent Local Government Pension Scheme, see below.

Travel And Workplace Requirements

We positively encourage the use of technology to communicate and engage, but in this role, you may need to operate across a wide and rural area, so it would be beneficial for you to either hold a full and current driving licence and have access to personal transport or meet the mobility requirements of the role through other reasonable and suitable means. If you require a reasonable adjustment due to a disability to meet the travel requirements of this role, please speak with the contact detailed below.

This role supports hybrid working, a broadly even balance between working from home and working from an office or site base. Please speak with the contact detailed below if you wish to discuss how that might impact your working arrangements.

For more information

For an informal discussion, please contact Steve Merry by calling: (01473) 341497 or emailing: [email protected]

To apply please ensure
• you read the Job and Person Profile (JPP), before applying for this job opportunity
• you upload a copy of your CV when completing your online application
• when writing your Supporting Statement template , please answer the following questions:

Question 1 - Can you give an example of building good relations with a client or developer-led team?

Question 2 – What personal skills can you use to develop the knowledge and experience of your team?

Closing date: 6 September 2023.

Interview date: w/c 18 September 2023.

This authority is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. DBS checks or police vetting will be required for relevant posts.

About Us

We offer a fantastic, inclusive working environment including diverse and active staff networks, great flexible working options and many benefits, as well as the opportunity to improve the lives of Suffolk residents.

Benefits include:
• Performance-related annual pay progression, in addition to an annual cost-of-living pay increase
• The opportunity to join a large, diverse organisation, with career opportunities across our services
• A supportive culture, underpinned by our WE ASPIRE values
• Access to the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS)
• Up to 28 days annual leave entitlement, plus UK bank holidays and two paid volunteering days
• An occupational sick pay scheme
• Learning and development opportunities, including a range of work-based apprenticeships
• Flexible working options, with the right to request flexible working from your first day
• A range of staff networks centred around equality groups
• Plus more

If you would like to know more about our benefits, values and equality commitments please visit our Working for Suffolk County Council pages ( )
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