The role

About Southwark:
We are the largest local authority social landlord in London, managing 55,000 homes lived in by 40% of Southwark’s residents. We are home to over 18,300 businesses including iconic London venues and social enterprises and we have a young, diverse and growing population.
At Southwark we are committed to making our borough just and fair and are taking positive action to tackle inequalities.  Our residents and communities are our greatest asset and the passion we have for Southwark is shared by millions of Londoners who enjoy our outstanding cultural offer, use our hospitals and attend our universities. Our refreshed borough plan and focus on Southwark Stands Together, (which is our work with Southwark’s communities and the council’s staff to tackle racism, injustice and inequality) underpins all that we do.

In this role you will be using your knowledge of transport planning, policy and placemaking to: provide professional comments on a range of projects including small to medium-sized developments; manage a range of transport programmes and projects; prepare transport planning and spatial policy documents and determine planning applications.

The Design Conservation and Transport Team is a busy multi-disciplinary team of specialists enabling the delivery high quality developments across the borough. In addition to contributing to the work of the team your day-to-day work you will include working closely with colleagues in Development Management as well as across the council with colleagues in Highways, S106 and CIL as well as Parks and Leisure.

We work to deliver innovation, service improvement and sustainable transport solutions for our diverse neighbourhoods.

About You:

If you are looking to progress and have demonstrable team-working skills and experience, a detailed knowledge of delivering high quality developments in a diverse inner city context and have a track record of delivering projects on time and to budget then you are encouraged to apply.

We especially encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds with knowledge of delivering transport planning advice for medium-to large scale developments.

*Please note, we reserve the right to close applications prior to the closing date indicated above - please apply as soon as possible - we look forward to receiving your application. 

Additional details

A full list of Knowledge, Experience and Aptitudes can be found in Job Description. These include:

  • The Post holder must Educated to degree level or equivalent, eligibility for membership of an appropriate professional institute.
  • Knowledge of the Planning Acts and Government guidance relevant to of town planning and transport planning and policy issues in a major city context is essential
  • Post-qualification knowledge of the statutory planning process and local planning authority context relevant to Transport Planning, Policy and Placemaking in an inner city context
  • An understanding of management concepts, practices and principles gained through experience of working in multi-professional/disciplinary team environment.
  • Experience of managing projects to planned deadlines requiring complex technical work
  • The post is Full time (36 Hrs per week based in the council’s Tooley Street offices) flexible working arrangements are subject to agreement by senior manager

Benefits and more information:

In your role, we want you to feel supported, challenged and rewarded. You will benefit from our family-friendly policies including flexible working, home working, and a local government pension scheme, plus many other staff benefits. You will join a motivated, driven and supportive team that strives for excellence and values its members. You will also be part of a successful and high-achieving development team that is making a real difference to the lives of residents in the borough. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit our Staff Benefits page.

Recruitment timetable

Advert closing date: 22/07/2024

Interview date: 05/08/2024

As part of our commitment to inclusion, we offer guaranteed interviews for specific groups of people. To qualify, you'll need to meet the minimum requirements for the role, and identify with one of the below criteria:

•  Members of the Armed Forces and veterans
•  Are currently in care, or have previously been in care
•  If you consider yourself to be disabled or if you have a long-term health condition


We are an organisation who is passionate about our people and understands that richness of diversity is a requirement to provide the best possible services to our communities. This is demonstrated through our council-wide ambitious commitment to tackle racial inequality in our communities and workforce through our Southwark Stands Together programme. We particularly welcome applications from members of the Black, Asian and ethnic minority communities to increase representation at senior management level in the Council.