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Service Development Officer - Parks and Leisure

  • Location

    City of London, London

  • Sector:

    Housing Benefits & Planning

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  • Salary:

    Up to £17.41 per hour

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  • Published:

    4 months ago

  • Duration:

    5 Months

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Our client is seeking a Services Development Officer on an initial 5 Month contract with the possibility of an extension

Working Hours and Pay Rate:

Monday - Friday, 09:00 - 17:00. At a pay rate of £17.41 Per Hour PAYE.

Job Description:

To perform a key role in shaping future strategy and policy in the borough's parks and leisure facilities and deliver capital investment projects in these facilities.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Contribute to the regeneration of the borough through the strategic development of parks and leisure facilities
  • Work independently, with a high level of creativity, within broad instructions and objectives. This includes drafting complex reports, committee items and briefings for senior managers and Members. Represent the council's view at a wide range of forums at senior levels.
  • Lead on ensuring that the leisure programme board is updated on all projects within clusters.
  • Manage major high profile capital projects. Procure and manage teams of consultants and contractors; ensuring consultation, management of risk, quality, and effective delivery to programme and within budget.
  • Be responsible for financial forecasting, reporting and maintaining accurate records of cluster and project finances. Ensuring all expenditure commitments and all payments are properly authorised, controlled and monitored.
  • Establishing, maintaining and managing relationships with key stakeholders throughout the delivery process, and providing briefings for elected members
  • Identify and secure funding for strategic projects that support local residents and address local issues.

Skills and Experience:

  • Degree or equivalent in Landscape Architecture, Landscape Management, Business Administration or Management (an appropriate level of experience would be a suitable substitute for a qualification) (ESI)
  • Knowledge of all aspects of project management including feasibility, contract specification, letting, monitoring and the processes and procedures associated. (ESI)
  • Knowledge of local authority procedures and funding structures. (DSI)
  • Knowledge of external funding sources and the relationship between local authorities, the voluntary sector and other non-statutory agencies. (DSI)
  • Knowledge of risk management when delivering projects (DI)
  • Understanding of the role of external organisations in the provision of parks and leisure services. (DI)
  • Understanding of legislation, standards and professional guidelines relevant to the job. (DSI)
  • Delivering projects in partnership with customers. (ESI)
  • Business planning and research. (DI)
  • Contract development and planning, monitoring and implementation. (DI)
  • Working in partnership with internal and external agencies. (ESI)
  • Financial management to include budget preparation and monitoring. (ESI)
  • Preparation of reports. (ESI)

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