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Landscape Development Officer

Southampton City Council
Southampton, Hampshire
£34,728 - £38,890 per year +
Closing date
13 Jun 2021
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We have an opportunity for someone with Landscape design and project management skills to join a small design team as part of our Landscaping Service. Under our commercial and service development offer you will be providing support to our Operations Managers in delivering a range of landscaping design and project management services to both the Council and private businesses/organisations.

You will be responsible for:

  • Delivering excellent levels of customer service and satisfaction to enable the sustainable growth of income
  • Providing good quality design which is sustainable, biodiverse and future proof for a wide range of publicly accessible installations/landscapes
  • Finding innovative and cost effective solutions to urban landscaping problems
  • Providing accurate advice, estimates and quotes for chargeable services
  • Managing projects from initiation, through design stages and on to delivery on site
  • Generating new business by using market data, Officer intelligence and cold calling to engage with businesses
  • Up-selling and cross-selling our services to existing clients.

To be successful in the role you will hold an appropriate professional qualification in landscaping design to at least NVQ4 or equivalent experience in landscape design and horticultural developments along with a City and Guilds Level 2 award in Computer aided design or equivalent experience and certificates and relevant project management experience such as Prince 2 to undertake the job and be able to demonstrate experience of good organisational skills. You will require excellent communication skills and have a high level of IT literacy. You will also need to demonstrate your ability to understand market trends and provide high levels of customer care.

This is a 37 hour per week, permanent, full time contract which falls within Grade 9 of the Southampton City Council’s pay grades. This will equate to an annual salary of £34,728 – £38,890 plus contractual car users allowance.

Working for Southampton City Council will have its rewards, we are part of the Hampshire pension scheme and the post will come with a minimum of 25 days annual leave (not including bank holidays) dependant on your continued service in Local Government. There are lots of other employee benefits open to SCC employees, from childcare vouchers and discounted travel, to money off at selected restaurants, shops and salons.

You will be based at the Red Lodge Depot, in the heart of the City which has excellent transport links to all of the surrounding areas of Hampshire and beyond. Travel around the city is easy by bus or there are pool bikes that can be used, parking is provided.

The Commercial and Service Development Team provides high quality services including Tree Surgery, Landscaping, Schools Ground Maintenance, Pest Control and Allotments to Council departments and private businesses and organisations. Grounds maintenance contracts throughout Hampshire give us a broad customer base and provides good opportunities for cross-selling our services. We are keen to develop our commercial offer and this role will help us to drive forward with this.

If you feel you have the necessary background, experience and skills to undertake this role we would like to hear from you.

If you would like an informal chat about the team and what Southampton can offer then please contact Matthew Lovell on 07973167173

This post requires a Basic DBS check.

Please note the salary quoted is based on full time hours (37 hours).

The supporting statement section of the application form must be completed detailing how you meet the essential, and if applicable the desirable criteria for the role.

Please note uploading a CV is optional but does not replace completing the online application form. A CV on its own will not be considered.

The supporting statement section of the application form must be completed unless there are specific criteria questions for you to evidence against. Applications are shortlisted against the essential and desirable criteria found within the job description for the post. Please refer to the job description when completing your application form and evidence how you meet the required criteria/questions. A CV on its own will not be considered.

To apply for this role please click on the 'Apply' button below to complete the online application form.

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