Manager - Planning Services

Full Time / Fixed Term / 5 Year Contract

Salary starting from $134,311 + Superannuation


About Us


As one of the fastest growing council areas in South Australia, the City of Playford is focused on building sustainable foundations and places the community at the heart of everything we do. With our urban centre as the CBD of Northern Adelaide, our city is enriched by growing and diverse communities in new and established suburbs, rural and hills townships and horticultural lands.


The work that we do and the decisions that we make are in the best interests of the whole and contribute to a sustainable organisational future. Modelling open decision making, we provide a supportive and collaborative environment where employees feel engaged and connected to the work of the organisation, to each other, and the community.

About the role 


We have an exciting opportunity for a self-motivated, driven and customer focused leader to manage our Planning Services team to deliver Development Assessment services to the development industry and our community.


This role provides the opportunity to partner in leading the implementation of Council’s residential and industrial growth areas including Angle Vale, Playford North Extension, Virginia, Riverlea Park and Greater Edinburgh Parks.


Playing a pivotal leadership role within the Development Services department, the Manager - Planning Services will:


  • Build and lead a team of professionals to deliver development assessment outcomes in accordance with legislative and decision-making frameworks.
  • Support planning for our city, including negotiating with developers to ensure the best outcomes for our community are achieved.
  • Analyse and report on current issues and trends related to development assessment and planning functions.
  • Implement, manage, and oversee a quality control framework to ensure high-quality development assessment outcomes are achieved.
  • Project subject matter expertise across development assessment and perform the role of Assessment Manager for the City of Playford.
  • Manage and oversee Council’s Assessment Panel.

About You


People are at the heart of everything you do - your team, your internal and external customers, and your community. You are passionate about contributing to an Organisation which provides information, services and infrastructure that supports a growing and thriving Playford community.


You will hold a tertiary qualification in Urban Planning with extensive knowledge and practical experience in the management of growth and land use developments under the Planning Development and Infrastructure Act 2016. You will also have exceptional interpersonal, negotiation and conflict resolution skills, with a demonstrated ability to lead a successful, high performing and supportive team environment.  

The Playford Employee Experience


It's important to us that you are the right fit to join our team, but it's just as important that Playford is the right place for you. Our team work hard together, but also celebrate together, learn together and support each other. We have a commitment to work/life balance through flexible working conditions and we remain focused on providing a high level of service and positive experience for our customers and stakeholders.


You will also get access to employee benefits, some of them are:

  • Excellent leave entitlements;
  • Attractive salary and benefits including salary packaging, income protection, free onsite parking and a strong health & wellbeing focus including corporate discount on health cover and gym memberships & free employee assistance program;
  • Ongoing professional development supported by study assistance and secondment opportunities.

More information


If you hold an interest in the position and believe you possess the knowledge, skills, and experience to fulfil this role and would like further information, please contact Senior Manager – Development Services, Matt Dineen on (08) 8256 0557.


To apply


Simply complete the application process by clicking the Apply Now button.


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The City of Playford embraces diversity and inclusion. Candidates will have the opportunity to request support and reasonable adjustments during the recruitment process. Any information provided will be kept strictly confidential.


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