Principal Urban Design Officer

06 Mar 2021
15 Mar 2021
Engineering, Design
Contract Type
Full Time
This is a maternity cover post which will run from March 2021 - November 2021 (precise end date TBC). Hourly paye rate: GBP35.40 per hour PAYE / GBP44.11 per hour Umbrella PAYE

To provide bespoke specialist input into the service's planning application process, optimising quality design outcomes for a range of new development types across the borough, through the application of architectural design / urban design best practice in accordance with planning policy.

To provide lead specialist design advice on pre-application discussions and Planning Performance Agreement schemes in relation to architectural design / urban design.
To contribute to the preparation of design policy and design guidance, and to manage more junior design colleagues on this work.
To contribute to the promotion of best practice through work with Lambeth's Independent Design Review Panel.


A relevant degree or post-graduate qualification in architecture, urban design or RTPI-recognised qualification in planning.

Key Knowledge

Thorough knowledge of all relevant planning legislation, policies and procedures and thorough knowledge of architectural and urban design best practice.

Relevant Experience

Experience of town planning process, and the role of the post as a specialist consultee within that system.

Experience of providing design advice to applicants, developers and their agents and negotiating on the delivery of design excellence in architecture and urban design.

Experience in working in programs such as: Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign), Sketch up, AutoCAD and VU-City.

Experience of giving evidence at public inquiries, examinations and/or hearing and working at a high level of advocacy and sensitivity in dealing with contentious information, combined with a particular awareness of political sensitivities.

Core Behaviours

Focuses on Citizens: Level 3 -Systematically engages with citizens on a regular basis • Engages with and listens to citizens and stakeholders on a regular basis in order to understand their needs and concerns

• Empowers and supports citizens and stakeholders to make informed choices and co-design future services

Takes Ownership: Level 2 - Spots opportunities

• Spots opportunities or problems in own area and takes action to capitalise on opportunities or resolve problems

• Proactively gets involved in projects that are outside of immediate work area where value can be added.

Works Collaboratively: Level 3 - Builds partnerships and relationships internally and externally

• Takes the time to get to know others and their perspective

• Manages relationships and partnerships for the long term - sharing information, building trust, constructively and openly tackling conflict and finding win/win solutions. • Sets priorities and makes choices based on the wider needs of the Borough or the community and not just own service area.

Integrity: Level 3 - Walks the talk

• Champions the values of the Cooperative Council and own personal values through words and actions

• Acts as a role model for others

• Is prepared to admit to having made a mistake

Committed to the Borough: Level 2 - Supports the Borough

• Takes action in own service area to support the vision and goals of the Cooperative Council

• Gets involved in organization-wide activities and activities not directly related to own service area

Manages performance for outcomes: Level 3 - Sets expectations of standards

• Sets clear expectations about what is acceptable and unacceptable behavior or standards of work

• Addresses conflict between groups or individuals directly, constructively and objectively

• Shares performance improvement learning with the wider organization

Thinks strategically and creates clarity: Level 2 - Synthesises complex data

• Is able to synthesise data from a range of sources to identify key issues and develop practical solutions

• Recognises patterns, themes and connections between data and information and uses this to tackle issues or create solutions

Politically astute: Level 2 - Understands the Borough politics

• Understands the big and little 'P' politics in the Borough

• Uses this understanding to identify opportunities/consider the best approach for getting things done

Scans the Environment

• Keeps up to speed on an ongoing basis with trends, new thinking, demographic and context issues

• Uses this understanding to pre-empt issues, spot opportunities or develop innovative solution