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Guide Working at East Devon District Council

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1. About us

Our ambition is to keep East Devon an outstanding place.

Our priorities that will help us to do this are:

  • encouraging communities to be outstanding
  • developing an outstanding local economy
  • delivering and promoting our outstanding environment
  • continuously improving to be an outstanding council

For more information on the council's priorities see our council plan 2016-2020.

Our ambition

At East Devon District Council our ambition is to make East Devon an outstanding place. As a Gold Investor in People, making this an outstanding place to work is also at the very top of our agenda.

Our relocation to Blackdown House in Honiton, investment in new mobile technologies and a flexible approach means that staff can achieve a great work life balance as well as meeting the needs and expectations of our customers.

As an innovative and forward thinking Council we offer a range of exciting career opportunities across a diverse range of services.

Better still, you’ll be working in one of the most beautiful parts of the UK, with award-winning beaches and stunning scenery – which includes two Areas of Natural Beauty (AONB).

In addition to great learning and development opportunities, you’ll also enjoy a wide range of employee benefits and be surrounded by dynamic and committed teams all striving to provide the very best for the people of the East Devon District.

Our People

In our last Staff Engagement Survey, 93% of respondents said they would recommend EDDC as a place to work.

People are our most valuable asset.  We know that through great teamwork, our staff ensure excellent services are delivered to our community. For this reason, we are committed to recruiting the best and continuing to invest in learning and development.

This commitment has led to us being awarded the Investors in People Gold Standard in recent years.

As a people-centric organisation, we recognise the needs of individuals and create opportunities for part time working, job sharing and flexible working.  We also operate a flexi-time scheme for most posts.

Our values

  • listening
  • open
  • caring
  • accountable
  • looking forward
  • brave and bold

Promoting diversity

East Devon District Council is an employer which places an emphasis on creating a diverse, inclusive and respectful company culture.

This has created an environment which allows our staff – regardless of age, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or disability - can reach their full potential.

If you have a disability or long term health issue and would like help with applying for a job, you could contact Pluss, an organisation which helps people with a disability find and keep work.

Mindful Employer

East Devon District Council is an open, safe an understanding environment. As a result, we have received a Mindful Employer status and we making it easier to talk about mental health in the workplace.

The council has signed the charter for Employers who are positive about Mental Health.

As an employer we recognise that in the UK, people experiencing mental ill health continue to report stigma and discrimination. We are committed to creating a supportive and open culture where colleagues can talk about mental health.

We are also committed to ensuring that our employees feel safe in disclosing any mental health conditions and confident that they will be properly supported and offered reasonable adjustments when required.

As an employer, we have made an ongoing commitment to:

  • Provide non-judgemental and proactive support to individual staff who experience mental ill health
  • Not make assumptions that a person with a mental health condition will be more vulnerable to workplace stress or take more time off than any other employee or job applicant
  • Show a positive and enabling attitude to all employees and job applicants with a mental health condition. This will include positive statements in local recruitment literature.
  • Ensure all line managers have access to information and training about managing mental health in the workplace.
  • Ensure that all staff involved in recruitment and selection are briefed on mental health conditions and The Equality Act 2010 and given appropriate interview skills.
  • Make it clear that in any recruitment or occupational health check that people who have experienced mental ill health will not be discriminated against and that disclosure of a mental health problem will enable both employee and employer to assess and provide the right level of support or adjustment.

Our corporate priorities

The council is committed to delivering outstanding services across our district and we have set out how we will do this in our Council Plan.

  • Priority one: Encouraging communities to be outstanding

We want to encourage healthy and safe communities through delivery of our services. Underpinning this aim is ensuring any new developments and communities have all the facilities they need.

  • Priority two: Developing an outstanding local economy

People living in East Devon also need jobs, so we must ensure that a strong economy with well-paid employment is high on our agenda. We will do this through facilitating further development on strategic employment sites to attract new jobs into the district.

  • Priority three: Delivering and promoting our outstanding environment

We recognise the importance of leisure time and somewhere to enjoy it. We need to ensure that East Devon has an abundance of leisure opportunities and quality open spaces whilst ensuring we protect our natural environment by reducing waste and pollution.

  • Priority four: Continuously improving to be an outstanding council

Our aim is to promote a culture which promotes continuous improvement, innovation and commercial thinking in order to help us deliver services that matter to our residents and customers. Our planned relocation to Honiton, ‘systems thinking’ principles and advancing technology will contribute to an efficient and effective way of working.

How the council is organised


The council has 59 members and employs approximately 500 permanent and fixed-term employees.

East Devon administers the services of a non-metropolitan district council including car parking, cleansing, environmental health, grounds maintenance, housing, planning and revenue collection.

Senior Management Team

The Senior Management Team is known as ‘SMT’. This comprises of:

  • Chief Executive
  • Deputy Chief Executive – Development, Regeneration and Partnership (this includes Planning, Building Control, Property and Estates, Economy and Regeneration, and Exeter and East Devon Growth Point team)
  • Strategic Lead – Housing, Health and Environment (this includes Environmental Health, Countryside and Street Scene)
  • Strategic Lead – Finance, (this includes Customer Services Centre, Revenues and Benefits, Procurement, Land Charges and the Section 151 officer)
  • Strategic Lead – Organisational Development, Equalities and Transformation (this includes Human Resources, Learning and Development, Payroll Services, Communications, Council performance and strategic planning, and Funding and Engagement)
  • Strategic Lead – Governance and Licensing

Service Leads

The Strategic Leads are supported by Service Leads in the following key areas:

  • Street Scene
  • Countryside and Leisure
  • Environmental Health and Car Parks
  • Revenues and Benefits
  • Planning Strategy and Development Management
  • Regeneration and Property

You can this in full on our Council Structures page.

About our area

East Devon is one of eight Devon districts and in population terms is the largest in the county. Our district is set in a particularly attractive part of Devon in which to live and work.

The coastline forms part of England’s first World Heritage Site designated for its natural environment. There are two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and within the district generally, there are extensive leisure opportunities and sports facilities.

East Devon District Council has an area of 81,477 hectares that borders Exeter, Somerset and Dorset and comprises the area between the River Exe and outskirts of Exeter to the west, and Somerset and Dorset to the east. 

Our larger coastal resorts are Exmouth, Budleigh Salterton, Sidmouth and Seaton and the major towns in the mainly rural inland area are Honiton, Ottery St Mary, Colyton and Axminster.

You can search for all our jobs and apply online through our online recruitment section.