Senior Strategic Planner


    Greater London Authority (GLA)

    About the role

    Looking for a meaningful role where you can work collaboratively to address the range of challenges affecting London?

    Come and play your part in shaping the future of London, working as part of the brilliant team of professionals in Planning and Regeneration at the GLA. You will be leading on implementing the spatial policies of the London Plan through working with and supporting stakeholders in Opportunity Areas and other areas of change.

    This is a key role in the new Spatial Planning team, within the newly formed Regeneration and Growth Strategies team, which in turn forms part of the Place Unit – a matrix team working with TfL’s Growth and Master planning team. You will work within the Place Unit to identify and bring forward the most appropriate process for planning for growth.

    You will draw together and analyse area information to identify strategic areas and corridors with potential for immediate and future growth potential. You will use your mapping and urban design expertise to prepare frameworks, plans and strategies working with TfL and London boroughs. The aim will be to bring together the aspirations of the Mayor, TfL and the boroughs for a growth area in a coherent future vision and deliverable spatial plan.

    You will also work closely with the London Plan team to analyse spatial development patterns and identify current areas that are not realising their potential and prospective new growth areas for homes and jobs.

    You should have a detailed knowledge and understanding of national and regional planning and development issues, legal processes and policy trends. In particular, you should have a good grasp of the spatial planning issues in London.

    You will be expected to present reports to the Mayor and Deputy Mayor directly, so you will need excellent written and verbal communication skills. You will also need good negotiation skills and ability to work successfully with a range of internal and external stakeholders.

    In their application, candidates should demonstrate how they meet the technical requirements for Grade 8 and the behavioural competencies set out in the Person Specification.

    Principal Accountabilities:

    1. Support the production of Opportunity Area Planning Frameworks. The role will involve the review, analysis, interpretation and mapping of varying sources of information and evidence bases (such as data, reports, masterplans and Local Plans). This will inform the delivery of planning and design-led work at masterplanning and strategic scale
    2. Undertake spatial strategies: development, monitoring and review of the Mayor’s strategies, especially the spatial and economic development, housing and transport strategies;
    3. Briefings and reports for the Mayor, Assembly and other organisations on planning and spatial development issues.
    4. Lead or contribute to the initiation, design, management and completion of relevant policy development projects and research.
    5. Lead or contribute to advice on planning briefs, development proposals and the plans and strategies of other agencies especially Local Development Documents and the development plans of adjacent authorities
    6. Lead or contribute to coordination, liaison and engagement processes necessary to address spatial development and planning issues.
    7. Prepare responses on behalf of the GLA to complex issues raised by the public and diverse agencies.
    8. Liaise and work with GLA group staff and external organizations including boroughs, partnerships, consultancies, academic and voluntary agencies to address the Mayor’s planning and spatial development concerns.
    9. Lead on or contribute to the representation of the Mayor’s planning and development policies, concerns and objectives to examinations in public (including those into Local Development Documents), commissions and public inquiries.
    10. Realise the benefits of London’s diversity by promoting and enabling equality of opportunities and promoting the diverse needs and aspirations of London’s communities.


    Technical Requirements/ Experience/ Qualifications:

    • Qualification in planning and relevant professional experience as a senior planner within a similar organisation or business environment;
    • A relevant design qualification and expertise in software packages including GIS/Adobe CS/Sketch Up
    • Demonstrable knowledge and understanding of national, regional and London strategic planning and development issues and trends;
    • Technical knowledge at senior level of at least three of the specialisms set out below as well as a broad appreciation of the bearing of these on other strategic policy areas: –
      • Strategic spatial planning and urban land use policy;
      • Strategic infrastructure planning and funding mechanisms including Section 106 planning obligations, Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) and/or other funding approaches;
      • Urban design and heritage, London views management framework, including townscape and visual assessment;
      • Local Plan and development plan document related policy development and monitoring, including supplementary planning documents and guidance;
      • Development management experience and ability to process and negotiate strategic planning applications or related development

    Behavioural competencies


    is developing rapport and working effectively with a diverse range of people, sharing knowledge and skills to deliver shared goals.

    Level 2 indicators of effective performance:

    • Develops new professional relationships
    • Understands the needs of others, the constraints they face and the levers to their engagement
    • Understands differences, anticipates areas of conflict and takes action
    • Fosters an environment where others feel respected
    • Identifies opportunities for joint working to minimise duplication and deliver shared goals


    is presenting information and arguments clearly and convincingly so that others see us as credible and articulate, and engage with us.

    Level 2 indicators of effective performance:

    • Communicates openly and inclusively with internal and external stakeholders
    • Clearly articulates the key points of an argument, both in verbal and written communication
    • Persuades others, using evidence based knowledge, modifying approach to deliver message effectively
    • Challenges the views of others in an open and constructive way
    • Presents a credible and positive image both internally and externally


    is thinking ahead, managing time, priorities and risk and developing structured and efficient approaches to deliver work on time and to a high standard.

    Level 2 indicators of effective performance:

    • Prioritises work in line with key team or project deliverables
    • Makes contingency plans to account for changing work priorities, deadlines and milestones
    • Identifies and consults with sponsors or stakeholders in planning work
    • Pays close attention to detail, ensuring team’s work is delivered to a high standard
    • Negotiates realistic timescales for work delivery, ensuring team deliverables can be met


    is analysing and interpreting situations from a variety of viewpoints and finding creative, workable and timely solutions.

    Level 2 indicators of effective performance:

    • Processes and distils a variety of information to understand a problem fully
    • Proposes options for solutions to presented problems
    • Builds on the ideas of others to encourage creative problem solving
    • Thinks laterally about own work, considering different ways to approach problems
    • Seeks the opinions and experiences of others to understand different approaches to problem solving


    is being flexible and adapting positively, to sustain performance when the situation changes, workload increases, tensions rise or priorities shift.

    Level 2 indicators of effective performance:

    • Maintains a focus on key priorities and deliverables, staying resilient in the face of pressure
    • Anticipates and adapts flexibly to changing requirements
    • Uses challenges as an opportunity to learn and improve
    • Participates fully and encourages others to engage in change initiatives
    • Manages team’s well-being, supporting them to cope with pressure and change

    The GLA Competency Framework Guidelines further detailing each competency and the different level indicators can be found here: GLA competency framework

    The role is based at London Fire Brigade’s Head Office (169 Union Street SE1 0LL)

    GLA staff are hybrid working up to 3 days a week in our offices and remotely depending on their role. As part of this, you will need to split your time between home working and coming into the office.

    London’s diversity is its biggest asset, and we strive to ensure our workforce reflects London’s diversity at all levels. We welcome applications from everyone regardless of age, gender, gender identity, gender expression, ethnicity, sexual orientation, faith, or disability.

    We particularly encourage applications from Black, Asian and Minority ethnic candidates and disabled candidates who are currently underrepresented in our workforce . click apply for full job details