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CAREERS - YOUR NEXT MOVE

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Thanet is seeking a manager to help see through its regeneration plans, says Adrian O'Dowd...
Thanet is seeking a manager to help see through its regeneration plans, says Adrian O'Dowd

Thanet DC is on the hunt for a major developments manager who will lead a team aiming to deal with massive regeneration and development in the area.

The post is a new one and resulted from a corporate restructuring. Because of the amount of development locally, a new team has been created, pulling together major planning applications, asset management and capital projects.

Chief executive Richard Samuel says: 'The job originated because of the changing way regeneration is funded - increasingly we have to put together partnerships and deals to get a regeneration project delivered - so we want a professional who can help us do that type of complex deal.'

The job entails negotiating with developers, looking at the impacts of major planning applications, investigating land assembly, leading site master planning, and pulling together the elements of major developments.

Responsibilities will also include leading a team and working with senior people from other public bodies, such as the county council and the regional development agency, as part of creating bids for funding.

The successful candidate will report to the corporate director and will head a team of about five.

The ideal candidate does not need to have a local authority background, but will have experience in property, planning or regeneration. They will probably have spent around five years working in a similar field.

Mr Samuel says: 'What we are really looking for is good project management skills and the sort of person who can pick up a complex situation, run with it, and deliver a project on time. If they have good working knowledge of the planning system as well that would be helpful.'

One of the things that makes the job attractive is the amount of development in the area - including a fast rail link to London and the expansion of Kent International Airport.

The council was given a 'weak' comprehensive performance assessment rating in 2004, but aims to get to 'good' next year and is on track for that.

Thanet is also seeking an HR manager, interim senior finance managers, a housing options manager, a solicitor for planning and licensing, a corporate programme manager, assistant democratic services managers, a corporate projects and improvement officer, and a building services manager.

Facts and figures

Demographics

Population126,702

Males 59,956

Females 66,746

Aged 0 to 15 20.2%

Aged 16 to 74 68.4%

Aged 75 and over11.4%

Born in the UK 94.9%

Work

Percentage of people aged 16-74

Employed 46.5%

Self-employed 8.5%

Unemployed 4.4%

Student 5.8%

Retired 17.5%

Looking after family 7.5%

Sick/disabled 6.8%

Other 3%

Ethnic groups

White British97.7%

Mixed race0.8%

Asian or Asian British 0.6%

Black or black British 0.3%

Other ethnic group0.5%

Average house price (£)

Detached 254,246

Semidetached 169,803

Terraced 152,714

Flat/maisonette 115,190

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