Leeds City Council is the second largest metropolitan local authority in the UK, in terms of both population and geographical area, serving a population of over 800,000. The Council is the largest single employer in the city with over 36,000 staff, including schools. We are values-led with a clear ambition to be the best city council in the UK.
A city that is compassionate and caring with a strong economy, which tackles poverty and reduces inequalities. We want Leeds to be a city that is distinctive, sustainable, ambitious, fun and creative for all, with a council that its residents can be proud of: the best council in the country.
It’s an incredibly exciting time to consider Leeds City Council as your next career step. With a multitude of innovative projects currently underway to help support the cities ambition to be ‘The Best’, this is an excellent opportunity to join a forward looking workforce, to contribute to the delivery of major transport infrastructure, regeneration and housing growth.
The city has built momentum over the last decade with substantial levels of development and investment laying the foundations for our ambitions to double the size of the city centre. To plan and deliver major new transport infrastructure in our Connecting Leeds proposals and to capitalise on growth opportunities around major transport hubs.
There is strong and clear political leadership in Leeds City Council that is fully focused on realising the further potential for the city to grow in an inclusive way, meeting the challenges of the climate change emergency and leading wider partnership work across the Leeds City Region and Northern Powerhouse. Recent projects involve the successful flood alleviation works in around the Kirkstall Road area of Leeds, Completion of Phase one of the East Leeds Orbital Road, and the completion of a new retail park and associated infrastructure in the East of Leeds.
We’re based in a high quality recently refurbished office environment at St George House in the heart of Leeds City Centre. We are forward looking, commercially minded and politically aware. As a result of a new structure, we are looking for experienced, professional individuals with the agility, aptitude, technical know-how and enthusiasm that will help us in continuing to develop and drive the Site Developments Service role at the heart of the city’s ambitions.
I hope you find this information and our roles of interest and I look forward to hearing from you.
Site Development Manager
Highways and Transportation
The Site Developments Service plays a vital role in supporting the delivery of regeneration and new development projects in Leeds and across the West Yorkshire Region. Working as part of the Civil Engineering Department, within the City Development Directorate.
The Site Developments Teams are in the process of restructuring and reshaping service delivery. This has created a number of job opportunities within it. This is an exciting opportunity to join us and be part of the journey. You will have an opportunity to influence and participate in the development of the services, supporting the delivery of some flagship projects both within Leeds and the surrounding areas.
Our services are constantly developing and improving to ensure we are able to respond to the needs of our clients and partners. We work in partnership with other public sector teams, local councils across the West Yorkshire Region, communities, the private sector including major Developers and Engineering Consultants. We work collaboratively to provide a joint approach to the support delivery of the regeneration and development of Leeds.
The service consists of the following 4 teams:
The Geotechnical team have a high and varied workload and are heavily involved in a number of projects within Leeds and across the West Yorkshire Region. Key areas of work include geotechnical, geoenvironmental and mining investigations, earthworks control and soils testing. It involves undertaking desk studies, site supervision and monitoring along with the analysis and interpretation of data. The team produce high quality technical reports and correspondence.
The Geotechnical Team produce detailed recommendations for clients when constructing new developments to ensure that the Highways being built will meet the Councils adoptable standards. They provide geotechnical information on a number of the major development schemes within Leeds including all S38 and S278 applications.
Advice is provided on remedial highways works when required along with expert analysis on damage caused by trees adjacent to the highways responding to insurance company claims. Technical support to Flood Risk Management, Bridges and Structures within Leeds and other West Yorkshire Councils is afforded.
Section 38 Team
The Section 38 Team is responsible for implementing Section 38 and 278 agreements relating to the 1980 Highways Act. They oversee construction of new highways and changes to existing highways to support the development of new homes, businesses and infrastructure. They carry out technical auditing and verification of designs, processing of agreements, site inspections and the adoption of new highways via S38 and 278 works.
They work closely with Planning and Development Control to ensure the design of new highways meet adoptable standards.The team are involved in some major projects including, The East Leeds Extension, Manston Lane Link Road and Skelton Lake Motorway Services.
The Site Development team provide a consultancy service to both internal and external clients and departments in delivering a number of key strategic Council aims. These include the Council House Growth Programme and the Schools Expansion Programme.
The team provide guidance on self-build plots and ex demolition sites. They support social housing providers with site access and pre planning application advice. They provide transport assessments on new developments and school expansions. . The team deliver topographical surveys and undertake surveys on council housing properties being sold through the Right to Buy policy, producing plans showing land ownership and boundaries which are included within the sale. The team process Stopping-Up orders when part of a public highway or footpath needs to be closed or access restricted.
The Operations Team will support colleagues across the whole of Highways and Transportation in undertaking service reviews and process improvements. They support teams to undertake value for money assessments on key services and implement performance management frameworks and principles. The team will drive improvements and enable teams to operate on a more effective and efficient basis delivering increased levels of performance and value for money.
I hope this information has been of interest to you. We would welcome any applications from those that have the skills, experience and drive to work within our exciting and vibrant new service.
Working for the Council
We offer staff a very generous package of benefits including the following.
When you start work for the council you will automatically join the Local Government Pension Scheme
(LGPS) if you have a contract of employment that will last for at least 3 months and are under the
age of 75.
Training and development
Leeds City Council is recognised under the Investors in People (IiP) scheme. We are committed to
making sure all staff receive the right training and development to help deliver excellent services
to the people of Leeds. Our aim is to develop an empowered, motivated and effective workforce.
You will receive generous holiday entitlements. The amount of annual leave you get depends on the
grade of your job, but it will be at least 32 days holiday (including 8 statutory bank holidays).
After five years service you get at least four days of extra annual leave. Holidays are reduced
proportionally for staff who do not work full-time.
Flexible working and job share arrangements
We have a range of flexible working options including flexi time, term time only working and
compressed hours to help you to achieve work-life balance. We also operate a job share scheme which
allows you to apply for all full-time posts (unless the advertisement states otherwise), on a half
post basis (usually 18.5 hours per week). Job share applicants will be treated in the same way as
full time applicants.
Maternity, paternity and adoption benefits
We offer very generous maternity and adoption benefits in comparison to many employers. New fathers
(or partners, husbands or civil partners) can also benefit from two weeks paid leave, and take
advantage of options for sharing part of the maternity entitlement.
Employee assistance programme
When you work for us, you and your family can use a free, confidential helpline service offering
advice and support on legal, financial and health issues.
£42,683 to £45,591 per annum plus excellent benefits
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How to apply
This is a unique opportunity to join Leeds City Council, at a time where they aim to bring more capacity in-house, offering the successful applicant(s) not only an enjoyable career, but a diverse range of projects to deliver autonomously.
Please upload a copy of your CV, along with a covering letter which explains both why you are attracted to this post, and why you are the right person for us. Please limit your covering letter to no more than 1 page.
Due to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions we are following Government advice and this may result in some interviews being undertaken remotely as social distancing and health and safety guidelines need to be adhered to.