Practice Manager - Working for Essex
Salary: Up to £56,995 per annum
Closing date: 28 Feb 2023
Location: Countywide
Hours: Full-time
Req ID: 9063
Role: Public Health
About the role

Practice Manager, Place Services

Permanent, Full Time

Up to £56,995 per annum

Location: Countywide

Working Style: Anywhere worker: Hybrid - flexible within London/East of England with weekly visits to Chelmsford

Closing Date: 28th February 2023

Place Services is a multi-disciplinary practice within Essex County Council, with expertise in ecology, arboriculture, landscape, countryside management, urban design, planning, archaeology and built heritage. We provide environmental assessment, planning, design, and management services to the public sector. We specialise in partnership working with local planning authorities in Essex, London, the East of England, South-East and East Midlands. Our purpose is to support the public sector to deliver sustainable development, enhancing and conserving the natural, historic, and built environment, and achieving well-designed places.

Following a decade of growth, we are looking to appoint a Practice Manager to take a leading role in delivering our ambitions for the future. 

Place Services is a unique business and a great place to work. To find out more about us please visit:

About the role

As a member of our senior leadership team, you will be responsible for the effective development and delivery of our business and administrative functions, creating the right conditions for our experts to excel:

· Through detailed and insightful analysis and planning, you will inform the direction of our business and the way we achieve sustainable growth.

· Through diligent financial control and management of resources you will ensure we remain commercially viable and continue to deliver value for money.

· By improving our systems and processes you will affect efficient service delivery, making us fit for the future.

· By managing communications, client relationships and customer experience, you will enhance our reputation and recognition of our brand.

· By cultivating a progressive team culture and building our collective capabilities, you will ensure everyone achieves their potential, boosting performance and meeting our client’s changing needs.

· By ensuring service compliance, and overseeing health, safety, and well-being, you will manage our risks, protecting our business and our people.

About You

We are looking for commercially astute and forward-thinking candidates who have substantial experience and expertise in business, finance, and administration, preferably gained working within professional services.

Motivated by passion for the environment and a strong public sector ethos, you will be an effective communicator with the desire to deliver great customer service.

You will also be an outstanding organiser with excellent people management skills, able to influence and develop positive cultures and high performing teams and to build and sustain relationships with our clients.

The ability to complete methodical analysis, including to inform business planning and strategic decision-making, and to identify improvements to systems and processes, is essential.

Knowledge of relevant business practices, legislation and regulations, and a sound understanding of health and safety, and well-being, is also important.


Why Essex? Essex County Council has a location to be proud of. Our 1,300 square miles stretch from Constable Country to the Thames Estuary, from the dynamic M11 corridor to the traditional seaside resorts of Clacton and Walton. England’s oldest town, Colchester, and two of its newest – Basildon and Harlow – are right here. Along with the City of Chelmsford, the county town, they form our major population centres. It means real choice and makes Essex the ideal place for your career. Read more about us here.

Essex County Council is proud to offer an excellent benefits package to all its employees. More information can be found here pay and reward

To view our Organisational Behaviours information please follow this link.

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. Please include a supporting statement (maximum 1000 words) which explains how your skills, knowledge and experience meet the requirements and why you think you feel you are suitable for the role. Please email for a copy of the Job Profile.

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