Poole is a successful place facing its share of challenges with fantastic opportunities to develop and grow. Over the next 10 years Poole could see over £1bn invested in housing, transport, connectivity, jobs and growth.

We are looking for a Strategic Director for Place who can lead the Council’s work to realise these opportunities and to ensure that this investment is secured and the benefits maximised for the people of Poole.

Poole’s economy is led by businesses of national and international standing - Sunseeker International, Lush, LV and Barclays to name a few. Poole also hosts the University of Bournemouth, the Arts University Bournemouth, the headquarters of the RNLI, the Lighthouse (Poole’s Centre for the Arts) and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

We are seeing confidence and investment growing in Poole. The high level of business start ups along with the quality and the commitment of our forward looking and thriving universities, college and schools are contributing to our dynamic local economy. Not only that, Poole has a brilliant natural environment that is great to live and work in.

With a high level of commitment to promote and develop Poole’s economic future, we see the opportunity of a generation in the next 5 to 10 years. Poole has many development opportunities, amongst them 26 hectares of brownfield land, one of the largest in the south of England. A high level of investor interest particularly in and around the town centre is showing what can be achieved and what the potential is.

With these opportunities in mind our priorities include building the commitment of land owners and developers to regenerate Poole and support local communities, attracting inward investment to create high quality jobs, increasing investment in training and skills for local people, using Council owned land to increase the supply of affordable housing, and meeting the needs of our aging population as the population of working age gets smaller.

We have strong relationships with all our key partners in the private, public and voluntary sectors. Our work with the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership and its Strategic Economic Plan is a focus for this work. Recent success includes the award by the government of more than £22m, through the Dorset LEP, to invest in improvements to Poole’s infrastructure linking the regeneration area with the trunk road network.

We see this post as being pivotal in developing the Council’s plans for the successful future of Poole. We welcome your interest in this and look forward to hearing from you.