City Downland Estate Programme Manager

Posted on 27 February 2023
  • Directorate BHCC: Economy Environment & Culture
  • Salary £52560 - £57445
  • Contract Permanent
  • Closing Date This vacancy has closed


Hove Town Hall, Norton Road, Hove

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    Brighton & Hove City Council

Job introduction

A unique, exciting new role has arisen in the Council, vital to its Agricultural Estate. The council is immensely fortunate to own nearly 13,500 acres of the South Downs within and beyond the City’s boundaries  - a stunning farmed landscape and hugely valuable asset for all our residents and those who visit it.

Do you have experience in the delivery of land management initiatives?

Are you an experienced and skilled Programme Manager?

Are you able to effectively engage with a diverse range of stakeholder groups?

Are you passionate about the natural environment?

If so, we would love to hear from you

We are seeking an exceptional Programme Manager with a proven track record and experience of managing and implementing complex programmes to deliver the City Downland Estate Plan, engaging with a diverse range of people with varying degrees of interest, specialisms and influencing and negotiating at a senior level. You will have knowledge and experience of property and land management practices and a passion for the natural environment.

The City Downland Estate Plan is a policy document endorsed by South Downs National Park Authority, that sets out the council’s aims, objectives and vision for its rural estate over the next 100 years.

City Downland Estate Plan (

What you’ll get in return

Salary £52,560 - £57,445pa plus relocation expenses up to £2,500 if qualifying criteria is met.

30 days paid leave plus public holidays

Local Government Pension Scheme including employer contributions

Interest free rental deposit loan scheme

Family Friendly policies

Staff discounts including travel and wellbeing

Employee Assistance Programme 24/7 support

Extensive learning and development opportunities

This is a significant opportunity to play a key leadership role in an ambitious council and contribute to our Climate Change and Carbon Neutral Agenda alongside a committed and strong Property and Design service.

You will have strong interpersonal skills, be a highly skilled communicator, a values-driven and politically astute leader committed to partnership working and passionate about the equality, diversity and inclusion agenda.

You will be working collaboratively with colleagues across the council and relevant organisations across the city to make connections to deliver shared goals. You will have the qualities to build effective relationships, and to ensure action is targeted where it is most needed.

Deadline for applications: 20th March 2023 at midnight

Interview dates: Week commencing 27th March 2023

About the role

What you can expect:

Brighton & Hove City Council serves a vibrant city by the sea – a place that has ambitions to be a fairer city with a more sustainable future. We have made a pledge to become an anti-racist city, these ambitions, along with our Covid recovery plans will shape the work of our teams over the next few years.

You will be working with friendly, talented, hard-working colleagues who have experienced rapid change over the past few years in the ways we deliver our services. One of our key functions now will be to lead and support the city.  This is an exciting time to join the council.

We can offer flexible working arrangements including office accommodation in Hove, and the option to work from home.  The role is very much place based and there will be a requirement to work from a range of locations including some not reachable by public transport, therefore the ability to drive would be required.

As a council we want our staff to be themselves at work, and we welcome applications from all sections of our community.  We particularly encourage applicants from a BME, or White Other background as well as those who identify as people with disabilities, LGBT, female or trans, as these groups are currently under-represented in our Economy, Environment and Culture Directorate workforce.

To arrange an initial conversation about this role please contact or

Please read our Apply for a job at the council ( pages carefully. They give you all the guidance you need to complete your application as well as information on what will happen after you’ve submitted your application and at interview.

As part of your application, you will need to upload your CV and answers to some shortlisting questions. Your answers to the shortlisting questions are the most important part of your application as they will be used in the shortlisting process to assess whether you meet the essential requirements for the role that are set out in the person specification and to decide whether you should be offered an interview. Before you start your application, please read our guidance here (CV guidance ( and Shortlisting questions guidance ( as this gives important advice which will increase your chance of success in the shortlisting process.

Additional information

Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is less than 37 hours or term-time only.

Work Permits: This role does not meet the requirement for UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) Points-based Immigration System. Successful candidates will need to evidence that they have the Right to Work in the UK.

We offer the opportunity for the suitable candidate to choose to  work in a hybrid way. Your specific working arrangements will be subject to team and service working arrangements already in place alongside Government guidance.  Your contractual location will be the designated council office for your team and travel to and from your contractual location would be at your own expense.

For more information about our values and the benefits of working at the council, visit Why work for us (

Company information

Encouraging a diverse workforce

Our city is known and loved for its diversity. Not only is the mixture of people, culture and skills vital to the economic and social development of the city, it's what makes Brighton & Hove such a great place to live, work and visit. We are committed to developing and retaining a workforce that is representative of the diverse communities we serve so we welcome applications from individuals from all backgrounds. In order to achieve our aims of proportionate representation, we particularly encourage applicants from a BME or White Other background as well as those who identify as disabled, male or trans.

Find out more about our commitment to being a fair and inclusive place to work where everyone can achieve their potential by reading about our fair and inclusive actions, our anti-racism strategy and the work we are doing to encourage a diverse workforce (


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