Close this search box.
Close this search box.

Planning Manager

About the Company

Job Information

  • Region


  • Location

    Flexible - Scotland

  • Salary

    £45,348 - £49,371

  • Date Posted


  • Closing Date

    Closing Soon 30/10/2023

Job description

Would you like to manage how we plan and care for public land across South West Scotland? Forestry and Land Scotland not only manages extensive forests and diverse habitats but also restores peatlands, manages busy recreation sites and supports renewables sites across Galloway, Ayrshire, Arran and the Solway coast.

We are seeking a Planning Manager for our South Region, who will use their management skills to lead, develop and support the team, overseeing how we plan future sustainable use and management of our land, organise our work programmes and take forward biodiversity initiatives.

If you have experience of spatial planning, or forest planning, have successfully managed a team, have some experience of working with stakeholders or collaboration, and you are looking for a role that gets you out and about while working with a committed team, we want to hear from you.

What you will do

As Planning Manager you will:

  • Oversee the preparation of our ten year land management plans aiming to make the most of the land that we manage to achieve a wide range of objectives
  • Oversee the preparation of work programmes that set out how and when we implement the land management commitments
  • Lead on identifying, prioritising and planning the implementation of management to support biodiversity, habitat and species management across South Region; and Lead and support a motivated team


You will directly manage three staff, and have responsibility for up to six more staff across the land management planning, programming and environment teams.

You’ll need to maintain a strategic overview to make sure we are focused on the most important issues at any one time; maintain momentum to ensure we achieve objectives; and take initiative, liaising across teams and sometimes with external stakeholders to make sure plans and programmes are deliverable.

You will also have a say in the future direction of the Region, as a member of the Region’s Leadership Team, and use your strategic overview of plans and programmes to inform business planning and develop, adapt and innovate approaches to efficiently deliver FLS and Scottish Government objectives.

Professional membership of the Institute of Chartered Foresters or another relevant professional body is desirable.

Join Us

Do you want to know more about the Institute of Chartered Foresters?

Join us as a member, subscribe to our monthly newsletter or ask us a question.