Two fixed term/secondment positions available until 31 March 2020
One Public Estate – 5 years on…
OPE is an established national programme delivered in partnership by the Office of Government Property (OGP) within the Cabinet Office and the Local Government Association (LGA). It provides practical and technical support and funding to councils to deliver ambitious property-focused programmes in collaboration with central government and other public sector partners.
Since our first pilot phase in 2013 we’ve expanded to cover over 90% of all English councils working in 76 partnerships whether in City Deal, Combined Authority, or some other arrangement for cross Whitehall/local government land & property programmes:
- We’ve distributed over £50m in revenue grants to councils to deliver over 450 projects that will see the creation of 25,000 homes and 44,000 jobs by 2020, as well as £615 million in capital receipts and £158 million in running cost savings;
- In 2017 we administered MHCLG’s Land Release Fund, a capital allocation that will unlock a further 7000 homes on tricky, often unviable, public sector sites;
- And this year we cemented that relationship with MHCLG who are funding most of the latest OPE Phase, targeted specifically at producing new homes.
This year we celebrated our 5th anniversary and it’s an exciting time to join OPE. We commissioned an independent review earlier this year that confirmed we’ve embedded the basics of good asset management amongst public sector land owners – mapping the assets; establishing a partnership; applying dedicated project management; and leadership at all levels – and now it’s time to protect the investment of the last five years, really enhance delivery, and take the programme to the next set of challenges.
We want to support partnerships more; we want to lever in greater levels of patient investment to some of the larger, 30+ hectare, schemes; and we want to become a sector influencer through our academic partnership with Liverpool and Manchester Universities.
To this end we have a range of posts at all levels that we’re seeking top calibre candidates for including an Adviser role supporting the Regional Team and analysing data with an acute attention to detail. You will work closely with a Regional Programme Manager, supporting them in their partnership work, and standing in/deputising for them at local Partnership Boards and other meetings. Challenging Partnerships’ performance, holding them to account, and helping to ensure delivery of agreed outputs is critical to us in the next few years.
You’ll be coming into an established Programme, and partnership: we’ve worked closely with our Cabinet Office colleagues for five years now. Although these posts will be working in the LGA, our strategy is jointly agreed; our Regional Managers work together in pairs; and our team structures are intertwined. You’ll find a Cabinet Office team who are open minded about change; flexible in the way we operate our rules; and relentlessly focussed on delivering better services, and better outcomes for people locally.
You can find out more about the programme here: https://local.gov.uk/topics/housing-planning-and-homelessness/one-public-estate
For more information on the Adviser role, speak to Craig Egglestone on 07824 371818.
Closing Date: 5pm, 21 January 2019
Interview Date: 31 January 2019
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