Conservation Team Manager

Website Camden London Borough Council

About us

Camden is building somewhere everyone can thrive, by making our borough the best place to live, work, study and visit. Because, we’re not just home to the UK’s fast-growing economy. We’re home to the most important conversations happening today. And we’re making radical social change a reality, so that nobody gets left behind. Here’s where you can help decide a better future for us all.

The role

Camden has an extremely rich and varied heritage including 5600 buildings listed due to their national and international importance and 40 conservation areas. This incredible legacy has been enhanced through the development of high quality contemporary development.

The successful candidate will be an experienced conservation and design professional with the motivation, initiative and leadership skills to manage a conservation team. Pressure for development in this tightly constrained borough is high and the post holder will need to ensure the team balance the need to preserve and enhance the historic environment, whilst embracing and supporting the delivery of the next generation of design excellence and architectural style, and delivering good growth. Working closely with the Urban Design Manager, you will positively manage change in the historic environment to unlock growth.

The post holder will be responsible for managing strategic conservation and heritage related projects including ensuring regular reviews of conservation area statements, tackling heritage at risk and considering the use of Article 4s where appropriate.  They will also be required to build a positive working relationship with the CAACs and the Council’s Heritage Champion. The team also supports and advises on planning and listed building applications, ranging from small scale alterations, to large scale strategic development. As well as demonstrable technical and management abilities, the post holder will have passion and energy for their profession, strong communication skills, a commitment to delivering excellent customer service and achieving the best outcome for residents through the delivery of high quality schemes.

Please note a degree of flexibility if required, as they may be occasional evening or weekend work.

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act and will require an Enhanced DBS.

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To be considered for this exciting opportunity it is essential the successful candidate has previous demonstrable experience of providing a lead role on highly complex, politically sensitive planning, regeneration and conservation issues to deliver positive outcomes and good growth. The ideal candidate will have an excellent working knowledge and understanding of legislation and national and local heritage policy alongside substantial experience of historic building conservation and architecture in the planning field. You should also hold a Graduate degree in building conservation or and equivalent relevant qualification, or a postgraduate master’s degree or diploma.  You should be eligible for membership of the IHBC (Institute of Historic Building Conservation) or another relevant professional body. You will be highly organised, with the ability to plan and effectively manage projects of varying scale, to time and to budget, and have experience of management or coaching and mentoring professional staff, and ensuring the quality and output of a team. You should have an enthusiasm for technology and innovation and an awareness of recent tech developments in the sector.

Working for Camden

We’re ready to welcome your ideas, your views, and your rebellious spirit. Help us redefine how we’re supporting communities, and we’ll redefine what a career can be. If that sounds good to you, we’d love to talk.

At Camden, you’ll receive a host of benefits as well as joining a flexible working employer. Click HERE to see full details of our benefits.

Additional information

To view the Job Profile, please click HERE

To apply for this job please follow the “Apply” link. In the ‘Why you?’ section of the application you will be required to demonstrate how you meet the essential criteria listed in the Job Profile.

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Asking for Adjustments

Camden is committed to making our recruitment practices barrier-free and as accessible as possible for everyone. This includes making adjustments or changes for disabled people, neurodiverse people or people with long-term health conditions. If you would like us to do anything differently during the application, interview or assessment process, including providing information in an alternative format, please contact us on 020 7974 6655, at resourcing@camden.gov.uk or post to 5 Pancras Square, London, N1C 4AG

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