Parks Project Officer

Hays Building
London, North London
£34884.00 - £37722.00 per annum
10 Jun 2021
08 Jul 2021
Daniel Shuttleworth
Job Function
Landscape Architect
Job position
Contract Type
Full Time

Your new company
You will have the opportunity to join a large local government organisation out of North London to support the vast Borough.

Your new role
Your new role will offer you the chance to join an ambitious team that is tasked with projects across an expansive area. In your new role You will be responsible for a range of duties including:

  • Overseeing the day-to-day management of the capital and revenue funded parks projects, in line with agreed programmes, budgets and quality criteria, as well as bidding and securing funding from a range of sources.
  • You will take responsibility for the development and delivery of allocated projects in accordance with robust project planning procedures, procurement rules, health and safety regulations and the council's financial and contract standing orders.
  • Ensure that all projects are developed in conjunction with colleagues, residents and partners and take on board their views in developing final proposals for each project.
  • You will be responsible for the completion of all necessary project documentation from initial scoping documents, regular progress reports and risk registers, through to lessons learnt logs and benefit realisation reports.
  • Support the Principal Park Development Manager in the development and ongoing management of an improvement programmes that enables all Haringey residents to have access to vibrant, inclusive greenspace.
  • Assist with the recruitment and co-ordination of project teams including appropriate technical, professional and support staff to ensure that projects are delivered effectively and in-line with agreed objectives and develop and actively manage regular delivery reviews.
  • You will assist with securing funding from a range of sources, in order to take projects forward in line with agreed plans, and for the day-to-day allocation and monitoring of these finances. You will work in partnership with stakeholders, partners etc to ensure funding objectives are met and manage risk.
  • Undertake procurement in line with corporate guidance, including where necessary in conjunction with Strategic Procurement, to prepare specifications, analyse supplier and contract management, liaising as required with colleagues and seek efficiencies through projects and procurement in batches.
  • Ensure all necessary permissions are in place and legislation is being followed, in line with project plans and that active monitoring is in place for successful project delivery.
  • Support the development and ongoing management of an improvement programme that enables all Haringey residents to have access to vibrant inclusive greenspace.
  • Be proactive with dealing with any incidents, hazards, defects etc proactively, ensuring safe usage for all, including appropriate consideration of CDM.
  • You will help to develop, maintain, and review procedures and working methods and ensure that these are integrated with council systems, and are effective and efficient. This includes monitoring of KPIs and other performance information.
  • Actively engage stakeholders to build partnership working, building relationships across groups and organisations, ensuring collaborative working is used effectively to achieve better results for all, while fostering transparent and engaging work practices. This will include attending meetings with stakeholders and partners.
  • Prepare project-specific communications plans and communicate progress to stakeholders, ensuring the provision of timely, transparent, and relevant information is provided.
  • Assist with the day-to-day budget management of projects, including raising orders and reconciling payments. You will be part of a team delivering projects on time, within budgets and to the agreed outcomes.
  • Assist with the preparation of committee reports, attend meetings, and advise on matters concerning the management and maintenance of park infrastructure.
  • Work collaboratively with the Principal Parks Development Manager and wider service colleagues to research, identify and evaluate new initiatives, operating models, or good practice, to secure continuous improvement in service delivery.
  • You will assist with investigating and responding to customer complaints, Members and MP enquiries relating to your duties, and take appropriate action to address any procedural and operational deficiencies and ensure that lessons learned are reflected appropriately.

What you'll need to succeed
In order to succeed you will be a hard working and innovative individual with a strong desire to achieve and exceed targets whilst being able to work to budgets and deadlines. It is essential for the right candidate to possess the following:

  • 2 years' experience working in a park's development role / parks improvement projects
  • Ability to establish positive working relationships and work closely with members, officers, community groups, residents, and contractors
  • Experience of undertaking research and developing policy documents and statements
  • Ability to work under pressure and on own initiative, objectively, calmly, and effectively
  • Knowledge of legislation, regulations, policies and standards, systems and tools for modern management and best practice of managing parks including health & safety and CDM requirements

In addition to the above it would also be highly advantageous for applicants to also possess as many of the following as possible:
  • Degree in land-based industry sectors
  • Strong planning skills, including the ability to plan projects, taking account of interdependencies and conflicting demands
  • Experience of managing project budgets and ensuring costs are contained within budget
  • Ability to write and present formal reports, collate data and information on complex issues
  • Commercial awareness and business acumen, sufficient to identify and secure new sources of income
  • Experience of partnership working and contributing effectively to cross cutting agendas
  • Experience problem solving and a methodical approach

What you'll get in return
In return you will receive a competitive salary of between paying between £34,884-£37,722 PA and a starting holiday entitlement of 34 days inclusive of Bank Holidays. Alongside the holiday entitlement you also have the opportunity to mature your entitlement with service years as well as the ability to buy up to an additional 5 days per annum. As you will be joining a Local Government Authority you will also have the chance to join a Local Government Pension Scheme which offers very favourable terms. The Borough also offers all the standard 'extras' such as season ticket loans, cycle to work schemes etc and some Borough specific perks such as reduced leisure memberships for example.

What you need to do now
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