City Downland Estate Programme Manager

Brighton and Hove

Salary: £52,560 – £57,445

Job reference: orbis/TP/490/31023

A unique, exciting new role has arisen in the Council, vital to its Agricultural Estate. The council is immensely fortunate to own nearly 13,500 acres of the South Downs within and beyond the City’s boundaries – a stunning farmed landscape and hugely valuable asset for all our residents and those who visit it.

Do you have experience in the delivery of land management initiatives?

Are you an experienced and skilled Programme Manager?

Are you able to effectively engage with a diverse range of stakeholder groups?

Are you passionate about the natural environment?

If so, they would love to hear from you.

Brighton & Hove City Council are seeking an exceptional Programme Manager with a proven track record and experience of managing and implementing complex programmes to deliver the City Downland Estate Plan, engaging with a diverse range of people with varying degrees of interest, specialisms and influencing and negotiating at a senior level. You will have knowledge and experience of property and land management practices and a passion for the natural environment.

The City Downland Estate Plan is a policy document endorsed by South Downs National Park Authority, that sets out the council’s aims, objectives and vision for its rural estate over the next 100 years.

What you’ll get in return

  • Salary £52,560 – £57,445pa plus relocation expenses up to £2,500 if qualifying criteria is met.
  • 30 days paid leave plus public holidays
  • Local Government Pension Scheme including employer contributions
  • Interest free rental deposit loan scheme
  • Family Friendly policies
  • Staff discounts including travel and wellbeing
  • Employee Assistance Programme 24/7 support
  • Extensive learning and development opportunities

This is a significant opportunity to play a key leadership role in an ambitious council and contribute to our Climate Change and Carbon Neutral Agenda alongside a committed and strong Property and Design service.

You will have strong interpersonal skills, be a highly skilled communicator, a values-driven and politically astute leader committed to partnership working and passionate about the equality, diversity and inclusion agenda.

You will be working collaboratively with colleagues across the council and relevant organisations across the city to make connections to deliver shared goals. You will have the qualities to build effective relationships, and to ensure action is targeted where it is most needed.

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Closing date: 20 March 2023.

Interview dates: Week commencing 27 March 2023.

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