DIRECTORATE OF REGENERATION ECONOMY AND SKILLS
HEAD OF PLANNING AND TRANSPORTATION
£57,687 - £72,057
1. Letter from the Human Resources Manager
2. The Council’s Vision and Values
3. Job Description
4. Person Specification
5. Conditions of Service
6. Information on Exempted Posts
7. Equal Opportunities and Diversity Strategy Leaflet is available
to view on
8. Equality and Diversity Sub Groups
9. Application Form and Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form
POST OF HEAD OF PLANNING AND TRANSPORTATION
Thank you for your enquiry about the post within Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council.
Please find enclosed further details about the post and an application form for you to
complete and return by the 16 February 2009. Any potential applicant who wishes to find
out more about Knowsley MBC can access our website at www.knowsley.gov.uk.
Interviews are likely to take place week commencing 2 March 2009. If you have not heard
by then you should assume that your application has been unsuccessful. If you wish your
application to be acknowledged, please enclose a stamped addressed envelope with your
The Council places great importance on maintaining high levels of attendance at work and
all Directorates operate under well-established guidelines to monitor and control absence. If
you are selected for interview the Council will, of course, be seeking references and your
present or last employer will also be asked to give details of your sickness and attendance
record over the last three years.
If due to a disability you require any assistance during the selection process please contact
us in confidence, e.g. you may need a sign language interpreter, require an accessible
interview room, or need help completing a written application [for example taped
applications may be submitted by prior agreement] please contact the Recruitment and
Employee Services Section on 0151 443 3509.
‘The Council is working jointly with the trade unions to implement a fair and equitable
pay and grading structure in line with the 1997 Single Status Agreement. This will be
achieved by reviewing every post within the Council through the job evaluation
exercise which is currently being conducted. All posts are subject to the review and
therefore advertised grades are provisional and will not be confirmed until the
outcome of this exercise.
You should note that you are applying for posts within the authority on this basis.’
You should return your application to: Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council,
Human Resources and Development, PO Box 84, Ground Floor, Poplar House, Huyton,
Knowsley, L36 9WU, or via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
I look forward to receiving your application and thank you for your interest in this post.
Human Resources Manager
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Job Title: Head of Planning and Transportation
Grade: PMG 4/5
Directorate: Regeneration Economy and Skills
Reports to: Service Director- Regeneration
Accountable to: Service Director- Regeneration
To ensure that the Council fulfils its statutory obligations in relation to its Planning
(Development Control) and Transportation/Highway functions.
To provide strategic leadership for the Planning (DC) and transportation functions
operating within a collaborative framework with Officers, Members and Stakeholders.
To provide a significant contribution and direction towards the achievement of the
Council’s vision along with the development and delivery of the Council’s corporate
policy and objectives.
To support the Directorate’s Leadership Team in the provision of excellent services
which meet community needs and maximise opportunities for partnering arrangements
at all levels.
To ensure that strategic corporate requirements are translated effectively into the
delivery of the Planning and Transportation Service(s).
To carry out specific corporate roles and assignments as allocated by the Service
To model culture change within the service areas and promote communication that is
clear, effective and transparent at all levels, both inside and outside of the Council.
To drive the Council’s agenda for excellent customer service, in collaboration with
public, voluntary and private sector partners.
Directorate Responsibilities (generic):
To promote and implement the Council’s Equal Opportunities Policy in all aspects of
employment and service delivery.
To develop effective working partnerships and relationships with Members, other
Directorates, local, regional and national organisations.
To influence decisions relevant to Planning and Transportation at a national level as
To represent the Council as required at national, regional and local levels ensuring that
the reputation of the Council is effectively managed.
To ensure all Council Standing Orders and Financial Procedure Rules are upheld, both
personally and within the Directorate.
To ensure that service users are fully appraised of their rights and responsibilities and
are involved in the planning and delivery of services.
To ensure (in collaboration with others) that continuous improvement, value for money
and best value are delivered within the service area(s) by challenging existing
practices, setting targets for improvement and intervening as necessary.
To support the Directorate Leadership Team in the development and implementation
of strategies, plans, policies, procedures, relevant to the work of Planning (DC) and
To ensure that all legislative, regulatory and national guidance relating to Planning and
Transportation is adhered to and reported as appropriate.
To co-operate with organisations in order to improve the quality of life of all residents.
To promote Planning and Transportation as a fundamental aspect of service delivery
To support and encourage innovation, the creative use of resources, the generation of
ideas to improve quality of services and processes.
To fulfil any other duties as reasonably directed by the Service Director –
Directorate Responsibilities (specific):
Development and implementation of procedures and programmes in the following
o Development Control
o Building Control
o Conservation, including urban design and energy conservation
o Network development and Management
o Traffic management
o Road safety
o Highways Maintenance
o Street Lighting
o Tree Preservation Orders/Tree maintenance
Manage the delivery of the Transportation element of the Council’s Capital
Programme in accordance with the Council’s Financial Procedure Rules and
Contract Procedure Rules.
To facilitate the delivery of the Council’s key objectives, particularly relating to
employment generation, population stabilisation, liveability and sustainability.
To manage and develop all services effectively and efficiently ensuring:
o Appropriate consultation and communication with all stakeholders
o A customer-oriented approach, with effective accessibility
o Income generation is maximised
o Performance targets are met
o Continuous improvement through business transformation
o A significant contribution is made to the Council’s efficiency agenda
o Efficient use of resources
To motivate and inspire staff and create a positive, customer focused culture within
the services and projects allocated to the post, ensuring that employees have a clear
sense of purpose, know what they are accountable for, receive regular feedback, and
are developed to provide excellent services.
To act as the Council’s professional advisor and representative on Planning (DC) and
Qualifications and Experience;
A recognised professional qualification in a Planning and /or Transportation related
discipline, along with membership of an appropriate professional body. Evidence of
continued professional development will be rquired. Significant experience at a
strategic level with proven record of success.
Please see separate framework.
Underpinning Knowledge and Skills;
Leadership Knowledge, understanding and experience applying
current policies, legislation and management practices
Working with others Knowledge of Equalities Standard and protocol
Effective presentation and report writing skills
Experience of developing partnerships and
Effective negotiation and customer care skills
Achieving Results Project and programme management skills
Knowledge of strategic commissioning
Resource management skills
Financial and contract management skills
The post holder will be expected to display the knowledge, skills and behaviours outlined
above at the level indicated in the following table.
Leadership Significant experience of leading a multi-disciplinary
Experience of implementing culture change
Working with others Experience of partnership working in a multi agency
setting. Ability to influence and support third party
organisations in achieving their goals through
Achieving Results Track record of delivering tangible results in a related
Proven experience of developing and implementing
policies and strategies.
Proven experience of developing and delivering major
Underpinning Behaviours Framework
This document defines the way in which the activities and core responsibilities
contained within the job description must be consistently deployed as a manager
LEADERSHIP Strategic Looks at issues with a broad view to achieve
Perspective the organisations goals. Thinks ahead and
prepares for the future. Understands outside
expectations and influences on the
organisation. Identifies common goals,
interests and views with other agencies.
Supports the vision for the future and
implements the strategy for how it can be
Openness to Recognises and responds to the need for
Change change, and uses it to improve organisational
performance. Identifies ways in which the
organisation needs to change. Personally
champions change within their area and
encourages and supports the team to make it
Negotiation and Persuades and influences others using logic
Influencing and reason. Sell the benefits of the position
they are proposing, and negotiate to find
solutions that everyone will accept. Develops
strategies for influencing others at all levels in
the organisation. Negotiates satisfactory
solutions on issues with stakeholders.
Maximising Actively encourages and supports the
Potential development of people. Motivates others to
achieve organisational goals. Implements
systems and strategies that develop people
at all levels. Creates an environment where
people are motivated to achieve results.
WORKING Respect for Considers and shows respect for the
WITH diversity opinions, circumstances and feelings of
OTHERS others regardless of their positions,
background, circumstances, status or
appearance. Shows respect and
understanding for people and their situation.
Treats others with dignity and respect at all
Team Working Develops strong working relationships inside
and outside the team to achieve common
goals. Breaks down barriers and involves
others in discussions and decisions. Creates
working partnerships inside and outside the
organisation. Develops links with outside
stakeholders to get different views. Develops
strategies to help people work together to
achieve organisational goals.
Effective Communicates effectively, both verbally and
Communication in writing. Uses listening and questioning
techniques to make sure that they and others
understand what is going on and can
effectively transfer ideas and information.
Explains complex issues, making them easy
to understand. Makes sure that important
messages are being communicated and
understood throughout the organisation.
Resilience Shows resilience, even in difficult
circumstances. Prepared to make difficult
decisions and has the confidence to see them
through. Shows reliability. Remains calm
and confident, and responds logically and
decisively in difficult situations. Able to
monitor one's own and other's feelings and
emotions, to discriminate among them, and to
use this information to guide one's thinking
ACHIEVING Community and Focuses on the customer and provides high
RESULTS Customer quality service that is tailored to meet their
Focus individual needs. Understands the
community that is serviced and shows an
active commitment to serving a diverse
society. Maintains a broad understanding of
social trends and identifies what effect they
will have on the organisation. Creates
processes that make sure stakeholders’ and
customers’ views and needs are clearly
identified and responded to.
Managing and Plans, organises and supervises activities to
using make sure financial, technological, physical
resources and human resources are used efficiently and
effectively to achieve organisational goals.
Uses effective project and programme
management across a range of activities that
may be complex. Monitors progress towards
Personal Takes personal responsibility for making
responsibility things happen and achieving results.
Displays motivation, commitment,
perseverance and conscientiousness. Acts
with a high degree of integrity. Readily
accepts responsibility for self and others.
Takes responsibility for managing situations
and problems. Leads by example, showing a
commitment and determination to success.
Continues to learn and develop.
Problem Commissions services by logically analysing
Solving and all relevant factors. Gathers information from
decision a range of sources. Analyses information to
making identify problems and issues, and makes
effective decisions. Applies a range of
analytical techniques to understand complex
CONDITIONS OF SERVICE
DIRECTORATE OF REGENERATION ECONOMY AND SKILLS
Post Head of Planning and Transformation
Grade PMG 4-5
General The conditions in the National Joint Council for Local Authority
Services (Green Book) will apply.
Hours of Work 36 hours per week.
Salary £57,687 to £72,057
Annual Leave Basic Leave is 29 days, rising to a maximum of 35 days with 10
years continuous Knowsley service.
Medical The successful applicant will be required to complete a medical
questionnaire and may also be required to undergo a medical
Training The Council is a recognised ‘Investor in People’ and encourages
training and development for all employees.
Pension You are automatically entered into the Local Government Pension
Scheme, unless you elect not to join. Employees with contracts of
employment of less than three months are not eligible to join the
scheme. Contributions rates are dependant on salary as per the
contribution rates shown below.
Childcare The Council is in partnership with a Childcare Voucher Provider
Vouchers which offers employees a salary sacrifice scheme. Further details
are available from Humans Resources.
Politically This post is considered to be politically sensitive and falls under the
Restricted Post terms and conditions of Politically Restricted Posts
Disclosure The post is not subject to receipt of satisfactory disclosure.
With effect from 1 April 2008, contribution rates will be on a sliding scale based
upon a scheme member’s full time annual pensionable pay. Part time employees’
percentage contribution rates will be based upon the pro rata full time
From 1 April 2009, the new contribution rates will be as follows:
Band Pensionable Pay Contribution Rate
1 £0 - £12,600 5.5%
2 £12,600.01 - £14,700 5.8%
3 £14,700.01 - £18,900 5.9%
4 £18,900.01 - £31,500 6.5%
5 £31,500.01 - £42,000 6.8%
6 £42,000.01 - £78,700 7.2%
7 More than £78,700 7.5%
From 1 April 2008 for those employees who were paying 5%, the changes to
contribution rates are as follows;
Year Commencing Contribution rate
1 April 2008 5.25%
1 April 2009 5.5%
1 April 2010 6.5%
EXEMPTED POSTS - CRIMINAL RECORDS BUREAU DISCLOSURE
Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council aims to promote equality of opportunity
for all with the right mix of talent, skills and potential. We welcome applications
from diverse candidates.
Certain posts are subject to a Criminal Records Bureau check due to the nature
of the work being undertaken, therefore all candidates who are successful at
interview to one of these posts will be asked to complete an application form for a
Disclosure check before the appointment is confirmed.
Whilst the Council supports the rehabilitation of ex-offenders it is obliged in the
recruitment of all employees to utilise an Exemption Order of the Rehabilitation of
Offenders Act 1974 in order to ensure safe recruitment to posts where working
with children, vulnerable adults or other positions of trust are involved. These are
referred to as Regulated Posts.
If you apply for a post that is Regulated and subject to a disclosure you will be
advised in the recruitment Job pack.
If applicable you are required to disclose convictions on the recruitment
Application Form under Section 8. Unless the nature of the work demands it, you
will not be asked to disclose convictions that are `spent` under the Rehabilitation
of Offenders Act 1974.
If you are successful at interview you will be asked to complete an application
form for a Disclosure check before the appointment is confirmed. Knowsley
Metropolitan Borough Council is registered with the Criminal Records Bureau to
request Standard and Enhanced Disclosures on cautions, reprimands and final
warnings, as well as convictions. We will process the application and pay the
charge to the Criminal Records Bureau.
Applicants should be aware that having a conviction or a record of some type of
unacceptable behaviour would not necessarily bar you from employment in
Regulated Posts, as any decision to employ will be considered on the individual
circumstances of each case.
If you are in doubt about what you should declare you can ask advice from a
member of the Human Resources and Development Department on 0151 443
Further information about the Criminal Records Bureau, including how
information is assessed in line with the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 can
be found on their website:
Where the post involves working with children, in addition to a candidate’s ability
to perform the duties of the post, the interview will also explore issues relating to
safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, including:
Motivation to work with children and young people
Ability to form and maintain appropriate relationships and personal
boundaries with children and young people
Emotional resilience in working with challenging behaviours
Attitudes to use of authority and maintaining discipline
EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY SUB-GROUPS
Knowsley Council has four established sub groups to support the equality and
diversity agenda. The groups are the Black and Minority Workers’ Group, the
Knowsley Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Forum, the Disability
Workers’ Group and the recently formed Women’s Operational Workers’ Group.
The groups are supported by the Corporate Equality and Diversity Manager, Paul
Peng who can be contacted on 443 3073.
Knowsley’s Black and Minority Workers Group (KBMWG)
The group’s vision is to ‘promote respect and value diverse cultures within
Knowsley’, and they are committed to challenging all forms of discrimination,
racial harassment and bullying to promote race equality in employment and in
the delivery of services. Through development days, members of the KBMWG
have established and discussed terms of reference and decided on ways to
be involved with the council corporately.
Contact: Keith Gabbidon-Thompson 443 4466
Knowsley’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Forum
This group aims to promote the council positively as an employer which is
supportive of the group and its members.
The group will act as a consultation forum when new policies and strategies
are formed and they hope to influence change. Through this group it is
planned that a two-way process for exchanging ideas, problem solving and
information sharing will be formed with their main aim to raise awareness and
reduce discrimination within the workplace.
Contact: Ken Greensmith 443 3088, Vee Wright 443 5377, Sean Donnelly
443 5331, Carl Phillips 443 2398
Disability Workers’ Group
The Disability Workers’ Group meet to discuss issues surrounding disability
within Knowsley. The council recognises that people are disabled by society
and not their impairment.
The group advises on all policy and procedure, whether related to
employment or service delivery for the council and the Primary Care Trust.
They also provide a networking opportunity across the groups to discuss
common issues and link with similar employee forums in other local
Contact: Margie Hill 443 3098 or Peter Mowat
Women’s Operational Workers Group
The Women’s Operational Workers Group first meeting was in January 2006
when the Terms of Reference for the group was agreed and an Action Plan
put in place. Within the action plan are objectives to deliver Focus Groups to
gain women’s views on topics/issues they have identified at the annual
Celebration of International Women’s Day. The group’s primary focus will be
the consideration of gender equality issues relative to every aspect of
employment and service delivery.
As with the other three groups there will be representation at the Corporate
Equality and Diversity Strategy Group meetings. The advice and guidance
which this forum is anticipated to contribute will be a valuable asset to the
Equality and Diversity agenda of Knowsley council, particularly as women
make up 63.9% of the total work force.
Contact: Maire Gollock 443 5847 or Chris Kneale 443 3175