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Principal Project Manager - Community Infrastructure Levy & S106

Salary:£39571-£41591 / Grade K

Service Unit:City Development

Closing Date:10/07/2022

Post Number:2683

Contract type: Permanent 

Hours: Full time

Location: Civic Centre, Exeter

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We’re growing!

Exeter is the second fastest growing city in the UK and we have plans to deliver 12,000 homes in the next 20 years. To keep pace we are bucking the trend and investing in all three of our Planning Teams. To support this we are looking for an experienced Principal Project Manager - Community Infrastructure Levy (CiL) and S106 to manage our CiL and S106 team and service.  

About the role

You will have experience in local government or the private sector in planning or a related work area. Recent and detailed experience of Community Infrastructure Levy legislation, collection and spending processes, and Section 106 Agreements is essential. You will have demonstrable experience of successfully leading and managing projects and staff. Good IT skills and database knowledge is important for this role, as well as the ability to think creatively to solve complex challenges where conflicting priorities may need to be balanced. You will have good communication skills and have experience of developing processes and procedures to make sure the system is as efficient and effective as possible. 

About the role

To enable the delivery of high quality development it needs to be supported by the right infrastructure, which in turn will support the sustainable growth of the City. Community Infrastructure Levy and Section 106 Agreements are mechanisms used in planning to secure financial contributions; this is done via the management and implementation of our system relating to developer contributions through the planning process. This post manages a small team that deliver this important function on behalf of the Council.

The post holder will be responsible for the supervision, management and implementation of the Council’s systems, including the financial responsibilities, relating to the collection of Community Infrastructure Levy receipts and Section 106 obligations, and to ensure that developer funding is collected for the delivery of infrastructure and that agreed requirements are delivered effectively and efficiently. This includes managing CIL and S106 monitoring and collection officers. The CiL system is to be reviewed and this postholder will play a key part in that work. The postholder will work collaboratively with colleagues in City Development as well as in other departments (legal, finance) to deliver this service. There will also be an opportunity to contribute to planning policy development, as well as liaising with developers.

About the team

The CiL Team sit within the Local Plans Team in City Development. City Development covers planning (both development management and policy), Building Control and Local Land Charges. 

We apply a One Team mindset – our City Development service comprises of 4 core functions - Development Management covering both major and householders projects, Building Control including Land Charges and our new Local Plans and Policy team. 

Although differentiated by their technical specialisms throughout the 4 functions there is a strong appreciation for collaborative working and each area working to support our shared objectives as a service.  

We are a high performing service - in 2022 our Land Charges team were recognised for their exceptional customer service, coming 5th place out of 326 Local Authority Land Charges Teams in the Customer Satisfaction Award at the annual Awards for Excellence hosted by Land Data and in 2019 were highly commended in the Most Improved Services category. Our planning teams were recently  shortlisted for three national/regional awards.

We value development of our people – we have supported some of our undergraduate level Project Managers through successfully obtaining their Masters in Town and Country Planning. In Building Control we have fully qualified Project Managers who started their careers with us as Building Control Apprentices and we regularly host work experience placements to support the development of wider community members.

What next?

If we sound like the right fit for you and you feel like the right fit for us we would welcome your application. Please click on the Apply button at the bottom of this page.

Alternatively if you would like to find out more about the post, the team or working with us at the Council please contact George Marshall, Assistant Service Lead - Local Plan via email at 

Interviews to be held 20th and 22nd July 2022.

Our commitment

At Exeter City Council we are fully committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce to reflect the communities we serve.

To support this commitment we will strive to implement reasonable adjustments to support any members of our communities who face barriers in recruitment processes, irrespective of the reason.

We are also proud to be a Disability Confident Employer and have committed to guaranteeing an interview to anyone with a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post.

If you would like further information on this please contact our HR Team at

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Last updated 14 June 2022