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‘Vital to get it right if council HQ moves’

10:53 24 February 2012

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THE professional tasked with leading East Devon District Council’s (EDDC) mooted move will earn up to £50,000 a year.

Authority bosses are considering the viability of leaving Knowle HQ, Sidmouth, for purpose-built premises on the Heathpark Industrial Estate in Honiton, with some services at Exmouth Town Hall – and began a search for a senior executive in January.

The job description for a relocation manager reveals the pay is circa £45,000 to £50,000.

EDDC says the post - for an initial contract of six months - will be extended up to three years if the move proves to be viable.

The job description tells would-be applicants: “You will facilitate the district council office move from its current offices to a new building for approximately 400 staff.”

An EDDC spokesperson said: “The proposed move of a corporate headquarters is a hugely complex, multi-million pound project, with the potential to reap great benefits for the council and its customers over many years to come. We’ve spoken with a range of organisations, both public and private, that have made similar office moves and the overriding message they have given us is that it’s vital to get things right from the start.

“To ensure that this happens, the proposed move will need expert project management and so we are keen to recruit someone with the right experience and skills.

“In the first six months, their task will be to confirm that the project is viable.

“If it stacks up, they will be retained to manage all aspects of the project as it moves forward.”

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