Rural Planner (Dorset Team · Blandford Forum, Dorset) | Wessex Internet

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About Wessex Internet

Wessex Internet, a dynamic and rapidly expanding Internet Provider in the South West and revolutionising full fibre broadband deployment in rural areas. Committed to delivering lightning-fast broadband to thousands in the countryside, we design, build, and manage our own cutting-edge FTTP network. We are delighted to be expanding our Network to the New Forest, Wiltshire, and South & West Dorset.

Recipient of multiple awards, including Overall Fibre Provider of The Year 2023, Wessex Internet has doubled in size over the last 18 months. Despite our rapid growth, we prioritize maintaining excellent customer service and invest in staff development. Our commitment to creating a great workplace earned us a finalist spot in the 2023 UK Fibre Awards for the Best Company to Work for.

As part of our vision to enhance the broadband experience, we are actively recruiting individuals to join our innovative team. Wessex Internet fosters a collaborative environment where each contribution is valued, providing ample opportunities for personal and professional growth. If you’re passionate about transforming the broadband landscape and being part of an award-winning company at the forefront of the industry, Wessex Internet is the place for you! Join us in this exciting time as we continue to shape the future of internet provision.

The Role

Do you love the countryside and have a flair for negotiating? If so, this may be the perfect role for you!

This is a full time role, working as part of the Planning and Pre-Construction Department recruiting landowners and negotiating access for our trenchless buried fibre network.

Our successful candidate will need to mix working in the office (which is just outside the village of Shroton, 5 miles north of Blandford) and from home, with frequent appointments across the region, visiting landowners. 

Whilst some background knowledge of internet service provision might be useful, it is by no means essential. We are looking for bright, engaging, rural-minded people who are quick to learn.

Responsibilities

  • Engaging with communities and landowners to seed and discuss WI network expansion schemes
  • Explaining benefits to landowners of participating in the WI model
  • Liaising with landowners to propose suitable construction routes, adapt according to their input and confirm development plans
  • Instil confidence in customers and overcome any concerns they may have around the impact of network construction on their property
  • Walking committed landowners through the legal agreement process enabling the network construction to start in that area
  • Evaluate service maps and accessible land information
  • Handing over a deliverable route plan to the Planning Team
  • Keeping all progress up to date on the company’s central management system

Requirements

  • Excellent agricultural and countryside awareness, including an understanding of possible landowner concerns
  • Negotiation and relationship building skills
  • Knowledge of agricultural and construction machinery operation
  • Strong IT skillset
  • Previous experience in GIS (Advantageous) 
  • A robust grasp of UK arable and livestock farming systems and processes
  • Keen sense of spatial awareness
  • Ability to work on multiple projects at differing stages concurrently
  • Strong analytical skills and attention to detail
  • Proactive, can do and full of initiative
  • Good communication skills, both oral and written, and the ability to work well with a wide variety of people
  • Ability to foresee potential challenges and propose resolutions

Benefits

  • The option to buy or sell an additional 5 days holiday
  • Enhanced Family Pay
  • Use of pool vehicle for landowner appointments 
  • Private Medical Insurance
  • Life Assurance
  • Income Protection
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Tech Scheme
  • Opportunities to progress your career – we’re a young, fast-growing business that is proud of our team of homegrown specialists. Whether you want to step up to lead a team, or expand your skills in a new area, we’ll help you reach your potential
  • Free breakfast – plus fruit, snacks, teas & coffees available throughout the day
  • Regular social events
  • Free onsite parking
  • 75% discount to Wessex Internet package

Find out what it’s really like to work at Wessex Internet from some of our team by visiting https://www.wessexinternet.com/careers/ and watch our short video https://youtu.be/5U1j7GzB3Cc


Salary: £28,000 – £33,900 per annum (depending on experience) with access to a pool vehicle
Role type: Full time / Permanent  
Hours: 40 hours per week
Location: Hybrid – A combination of working in the office based near Blandford Forum, Dorset, working from home and frequent appointments across the region
Holiday: 25 days plus bank holidays 

TO APPLY FOR THIS ROLE CLICK HEREhttps://bvmag.co.uk/RuralPlanner

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