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Planning Obligations Manager OCC11027

Job Details


Salary Range: £37,849 - £48,526 per annum

Work Location: County Hall, Oxford

Hours per week: 37

Contract type: Permanent

Closing date: 9 June 2019



About Us


At Oxfordshire County Council, we’re on a fascinating growth trajectory that is unmatchable in sheer scale and inventiveness. Proposing to transform transport, connectivity, infrastructure and housing within the county, the initial investments have been bolstered by the private sector and central government, producing a pot worth £multi-millions. And we want you to help us oversee this thrilling venture.


Expected to last until 2031, we are looking for people who are in it for the long-term. People who will help us deliver innovative results that will support every individual and ensure a thriving economy. And with plans ranging from building 100,000 new homes to creating roads, schools and the enterprises needed to connect these economies, we’re confident that you will excel in this unparalleled opportunity.

The Role


We are seeking a strong manager to guide the Planning Obligations Team where you will be responsible for the daily management of 6 Planning Obligations Officers to ensure developer-funding agreements are being carefully administered and monitored against partnerships worth £millions. Committed to supporting growth across the county, you will ensure financial contributions are being actively and efficiently managed, and that the team meets its legislative responsibilities.


This is a financial management role with a difference. While you will be responsible for implementing standardised processes to ensure the team's records fully reconcile with the Council's corporate financial systems, you will be directly contributing to the wellbeing of the local population. Crucially, we’ll encourage you to think smarter, using your data management skills to not only balance the books, but to deliver excellent customer service to the developers and their agents who will be in daily contact with you.   


In this role, you will be expected to foster excellent working relationships with various internal and external teams including legal services, client officers within the various County Directorates, finance staff, district councils, councillors (county, district and town/parish), developers and their agents/consultants, public, internal and external auditors, and to represent the Developer Funding Team on corporate and directorate working groups.


You will support the Development Monitoring Manager in delivering service excellence through a period of change to optimise operations, and in doing so are expected to be highly customer focussed. 

In this role your principle duties will include:


  • The management of monitoring and compliance of each S106 agreement (planning obligation) involving liaison with legal services, developers and district councils to ensure that officers are aware of the financial constraints under the terms of the agreements
  • Advice on the appropriateness of expenditure of contributions in relation to existing and future agreements and their effective input to the Council’s capital programme
  • Effective and efficient reporting to ensure the relevant officers, members and district councils are aware of:

- Those funds that are (and may become) available to them as a result of the terms of the legal agreement  (S106 planning obligation) including details of what the funds may be used for

- Relevant obligations within the terms of the legal agreements

- Amounts of contributions, benefits and infrastructure negotiated and secured, when they are paid, and where and upon what they are spent

  • Ensuring appropriate indices are maintained and developed to protect the real value of contributions secured in negotiations
  • Implementation and management of procedures and processes to ensure effective financial management of developer contributions, including reconciliation of local records with corporate financial management information system
  • Conduct year-end financial processes
  • Responding to queries raised by the Council’s external auditors in relation to the final accounts in accordance with agreed timetables
  • Provision of monthly budget monitoring details for revenue accounts and assist with forecasting income and expenditure
  • Pro-actively maintain and disseminate timely and accurate financial and relevant infrastructure/covenant information on contributions and to provide appropriate reports on the status of contributions and obligations etc
  • Identify, justify, co-ordinate, negotiate and secure funding and/or provision for County Council service infrastructure needs arising from development proposals in local development framework and planning applications


As a line manager this post is also responsible for ensuring that all relevant County Council policies and procedures are adhered to and concerns are raised in accordance with these policies. You will manage the recruitment and induction, appraisal, health and safety, learning and development and performance management of 6 staff and other appropriate HR matters in accordance with County Council policies. You will promote a strong customer service focus to ensure directorate, member, district and public understanding of developer funding issues and funds secured.



With such key financial responsibility, you will ensure our partnerships and processes are robust. You will thrive in this team if you:

  • Have an unwavering eye for detail.
  • Can deliver important information in a succinct and user-friendly format. You will therefore have outstanding verbal and written communication skills, and you will be customer-focussed. 
  • Have a high level of financial and data-holding acumen, ideally supported by a relevant qualification.  
  • Are proficient in Excel, SAP or any other data and finance-handling tools


The above requirements relate to a Grade 12 role. If you would like to apply for Grade 13, you will have a substantial body of experience in the field of planning obligations management, while Grade 14 candidates will be comfortable handling high-value service contracts and operating in an environment with risks to safety and reputation. You will ideally hold a management qualification, or have management experience and will be capable of engaging in industry at a regional or national level.


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Rewards and Benefits


In return, we can offer you:

  • A supportive and inclusive team where you will be empowered to make good professional decisions supported by regular supervision
  • An agile working environment with a tailored induction plan
  • A wide variety of learning & development, coaching, mentoring and career development opportunities through our learning zone
  • A staff discount scheme for a range of retailers; holidays; insurance; eating out; health & leisure activities and rail travel
  • 24 – 32 days annual leave each year and an excellent pension scheme, with employer contributions of up to 20% of salary

Contact details for an informal discussion:


Gwen Harris, Development Monitoring Manager on 07586 478825

CVs are welcomed. Please attach your CV to your application.



Our Organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all employees, workers and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment.

As a Disability Confident employer we guarantee an interview for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the job. We also guarantee interviews to care leavers who have completed further education and who meet the essential criteria for the job. For those leaving care without any further education we guarantee an interview for our apprenticeships. 

All posts, unless stated otherwise, are open to flexible working arrangements.

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