Planning Officer - Public sector

Job Description

Planinng Officer

We are thrilled to be working with our client, a leading Public Sector body, in the search for an Planning Officer.

Job Description

To provide support to the Senior Planning Officer in meeting all statutory requirements and ensuring effective performance management in the area of work assigned, whilst supporting training and development for staff within the team to meet the needs of the business and all customers in accordance with best practice standards and other performance indicators.

Responsible for the day to day management, leadership and development of Planning Assistants and any technical support staff in the area of work assigned through the provision of guidance and advice on relevant planning and technical issues.

  • Assist Senior Planning Officer in managing and motivating team, deputize when needed.
  • Contribute to achieving objectives in the Planning Section Business Plan and wider initiatives.
  • Provide professional advice and training on planning matters to team members and stakeholders.
  • Prepare reports, presentations, and evidence for Planning Committee and other meetings.
  • Conduct research, inspections, and consultations related to planning across the Borough.
  • Supervise Planning Assistants and provide direction in line with performance management principles.
  • Allocate work and support team to ensure integrated planning functions delivery.
  • Review reports and provide advice at internal meetings as required.
  • Handle inquiries from various stakeholders via different communication channels.
  • Assist in developing briefs, commissioning consultants, and managing contracts.
  • Undertake assigned tasks such as providing advice and drafting policy documents.
  • Stay updated with professional practices and adapt to changing responsibilities.

Essential Criteria

  • Degree in a recognised planning qualification or equivalent and 2 years' relevant experience


  • HNC/HND/BTEC Higher National Certificate in Planning, Surveying and Cartography or BTEC Higher National Certificate in Land Administration (Planning) or equivalent qualification and 3 years' relevant experience
  • Town and Country Planning, Environmental Science, Geography, Landscape Architecture, Architecture, Urban Regeneration or other relevant degree qualification.

Desirable Criteria

  • Current member of the Royal Town Planning Institute/Irish Planning Institute or equivalent
  • One years' experience of managing staff in accordance with the principles of performance management and personal development
  • One years' experience of working with GIS software/ applications

For further information on this vacancy, or any other jobs in Belfast or wider Northern Ireland, please apply via the link below or contact Glenn Roberts in the strictest confidence.