The role

Director: Harlow and Gilston Garden Town

This strategic regeneration leadership role will be fundamental to the success of the Harlow and Gilston Garden Town project. You will be the key figure in ensuring that the strategic Vision and supporting plans translate into action on the ground, and will oversee the transition phase from design to delivery. You’ll lead the project delivery team, co-ordinating the different workstreams that make up the programme and reporting regularly on progress to partners and stakeholders. When required, you’ll get close to the detail, intervening to unblock issues and ensuring that interdependencies are identified and managed. Partnership working and relationship management will be core strengths: you can expect extensive engagement with government; local, regional and national stakeholders and developers. You will ensure that the programme is always on the front foot in terms of its activities. Through listening, negotiation and influence you will need to be able to build consensus around the priorities and practicalities of the programme – a responsive but resilient style will be essential to achieving this.

It’s a role that will suit an experienced regeneration professional who can fulfil an enabling role between partners and who understands the legislative framework in which you are required to operate. While you don’t have to be a qualified Planner, it’s important that you have the right level of technical understanding of Planning and relevant subject matter, and that you can draw on the expert advice and support of others in arriving at sound recommendations. You need to be accustomed to working with different stakeholders and sometimes conflicting priorities, maintaining a focus on the core strategic objectives to ensure ongoing project momentum. Strong commercial skills and financial awareness in a range of contexts will be key. You’ll be familiar with different funding mechanisms, models of financing for infrastructure projects, and ideally have experience of setting up alternative regeneration delivery models.

This role is varied and demanding, it requires an individual who can interpret and deliver an ambitious strategic regeneration vison; who can deliver with ambition that is tempered by tact and patience; and who can win the confidence and trust of a wide range of partners.

Please note that this post is employed by Epping Forest District Council.