One Public Estate Partner Engagement Manager - Working for Essex
Salary: Up to £48,960 per annum
Closing date: 03 Jul 2022
Location: Chelmsford
Hours: Full-time
Req ID: 7637
Role: Property
About the role

One Public Estate Partner Engagement Manager

Fixed Term, Full Time or Part Time

Up to £48,960 per annum

Location: Chelmsford

Working Style: To be confirmed

Closing Date: 4th July 2022

Development Operations Manager (Essex One Public Estate Partnership)

Secondment Opportunity/ Fixed Term Contract (18 Months)

We are able to offer full time or part time for the right applicant.

Essex Housing are delighted to offer an exciting secondment opportunity for a new role working on behalf of the Greater Essex One Public Estate Partnership.

Overview:

The Greater Essex One Public Estate Partnership is a collaboration of public sector partners across Greater Essex to make better use of surplus or underutilised assets to address housing need and drive operational efficiencies. The Partnership has secured grant funding from Government, including over £1m of OPE revenue funding and around £4.5m of capital grant through the Land Release Fund to bring forward our programme.

The One Public Estate Partnership is the backbone of collaborative working in government property across Greater Essex and is led by the Essex Housing team, Essex County Council’s in-house property developer set up specifically to support public sector partners in their housing development ambitions. The role will build upon and expand the current pipeline of schemes to support common strategic aims across the partnership.

The Role:

The purpose of the role is to find and develop estate-led opportunities that support more efficient, joined up and improved public services and the creation of quality housing in the form and location that it is most needed in Greater Essex. By promoting the value and potential of more collaborative use of public assets, you can directly contribute to partners achieving shared outcomes whether that be in health, housing, education, the economy, climate action or the spread of opportunity by developing estate-led projects.

The role will be responsible for the delivery of three primary workstreams:

• Harnessing opportunities post-pandemic for efficiencies and improved / more joined up public services

• Identifying potential residential development sites where there is market failure

• Developing the legacy of this work to ensure sustainable longer term continuation of this activity

The activity associated with delivering these workstreams will include:

• Engagement with all partners across the Greater Essex One Public Estate Partnership

• Triaging opportunities and determining strength of case for public investment

• Reviewing potential outputs of each project

• Identifying collaboration opportunities across themes/localities

• Identifying barriers to progress, e.g. funding/planning/abnormal costs

• Identifying risks and issues, which are to be monitored and managed

• Monitoring and reporting progress on potential projects against key milestones

• Working with OPE partners to identify and bring in expertise to develop projects

• Developing a pipeline of ‘bid-ready’ projects that could benefit from capital funding

• Identifying shared processes/data to encourage sharing of estates needs/ voids/ disposals

We anticipate that through this activity, we can grow the reach of our projects as well as exponentially increasing the number of schemes we are able to investigate and proceed with. Your role, on behalf of the partnership, would be to pro-actively engage with each public sector organisation directly and to identify areas of collaboration between partners to achieve the stated aims above. You will work with each partner to gather intelligence on potential opportunities and seek to make links where they exist between partners ambitions and opportunities.

The types of opportunities that we anticipate bringing forward include:

• Releasing constrained public land for housing

• Collaboration in use of public estate. Co-location to bring efficiencies and/or improved public services

• Regeneration of town centres/place- shaping to level up, addressing inequalities

• Feasibility opportunities seeking revenue funding – proof of concept

• Providing housing to meet known demands (specialist uses/key worker housing/general housing needs)

• Multi- site projects with a core theme – e.g. zero-carbon housing or estates where more learning/efficiencies/scale will make a stronger case for investment.

• Investment in the retrofit of estates and or development of carbon neutral public sector buildings and homes

We are looking for a candidate that is collaborative, innovative and has excellent communication skills and local knowledge.

Ideally we are seeking a candidate that meets the following criteria:

• Educated to degree level or equivalent by experience.

• Evidence of continuing professional development and expert knowledge in a relevant professional area.

• Experience of working with external partners in the public sector/local government and/or in a political setting.

• Experience of working on complex projects/programmes and familiarity with project/programme management methodologies.

• Articulate and ability to communicate effectively and utilising such skills in developing a pipeline of ‘bid-ready’ projects

• An ability to work independently and take decisions within a defined framework of delegations.

The successful candidate will work on a job share basis with the Essex County Council funded OPE Programme Manager and work closely with the rest of the OPE team. Our ambition is for the role to demonstrate its value over this 18-month initial contract and would look for future opportunities to fund this role within the partnership assuming it demonstrated good value for money. 

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Please note that the job role requires you to be mobile throughout an operational area. Therefore, the post holder will need to have a driving licence and access to a vehicle, or the ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means.

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What you should do next?

If you are interested in finding out more about this role, we would love to hear from you. Please apply via the Working for Essex website.

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