Bedford

Current Vacancies

Planning Director

BEDFORD                                         

DLP Planning Ltd is an independent planning and development consultancy and a key part of the multi-disciplinary DLP Consulting Group Ltd. The business has expanded consistently since its establishment in 1991, and is now one of the leading, independent UK planning consultancies with Offices at Bedford, London, Nottingham, Sheffield, Leeds, Rugby, Milton Keynes, and Bristol.

We seek a Planning Director to assist with the leadership of the ‘Bedford Planning Team’ and further develop the Office’s already well established profile and broad project portfolio. The Bedford Office has a diverse and growing workload ranging from ‘garden village’ proposals to large scale settlement extensions, commercial development of many scales, rural development schemes, including ‘paragraph 79 dwellings, development plan promotion and a range of applications and appeals. The Office has a mix of both public and private clients and works very closely with our growing London and Rugby Offices which have a combined team of over 30 planners.

We are presently looking to expand the teams as we are predicting a substantial increase in instructions, including opening a further office in the East Mids.

The successful candidate should be RTPI or RICS qualified and have a minimum of 10 years’ professional experience. They should have some experience of managing projects and a professional team(s) and be able to provide leadership and vision.  They should also be client facing and be confident with a business development role.

The successful candidate will have an opportunity to develop a wider management role within the business, including both the ‘Regional Planning Directors’ Panel’ and on the main company Board. It is expected that the post holder would have an opportunity to move to equity status after a qualifying period.

Key responsibilities and accountabilities:

  • Development of the client base including oversight of existing client instructions and development of client opportunities;
  • Managing the workloads and professional development of the planning staff and ensuring that the required standards are met;
  • Contributing to Companywide business and development strategy;

Remuneration will be commensurate with the abilities and potential of the successful candidate and will include a competitive salary, performance linked bonus scheme, access to the Company pension scheme, health insurance and a number of other fringe benefits.

A full driving license is essential.

If you wish to discuss the role please contact Simon James, Managing Director (01234 832740) and to apply, email a CV and covering letter to Fay Wagstaff, Practice Manager at fay.wagstaff@dlpconsultants.co.uk

Associate Director – Environmental Appraisal

ANY LOCATION FROM WHICH THE COMPANY OPERATES                                         

DLP Planning Ltd is restructuring its Sustainable Development Delivery Team and seeks to recruit an Associate Director to lead on sustainable environment matters

The candidate is likely to have at least seven years’ experience as an experienced practitioner in the preparation and management of the Environmental Impact Assessment process. The successful candidate will be at least an Associate Member of the IEMA.

The candidate will enjoy working as part of a multidisciplinary practice and will be responsible to both the Director leading individual projects and to the Director for Sustainability Delivery. They will perform an important role in helping expand the Sustainable Development Delivery Team.

Associate Directors are tasked with work commensurate to their experience and abilities and are required to lead on projects and manage their own workload as well as supporting the Directors. They enjoy the support of junior members of the sustainable development and planning teams in completing projects as may be required and also have a high level of client contact and responsibility. Timely and thorough attention to projects and to our wide diversity of clients is the key to the effective completion of work undertaken by the professional team.

The position is a key post and offers an opportunity to progress to Director level on merit and performance in the role.  An exceptional candidate who is a Full Member of the IEMA may be appointed at Director level.

Company Background:

The DLP Consulting Group was formed in 1991 as an independent planning and development consultancy. Having grown consistently over the years the Practice now comprises Town Planning, Architecture/Master Planning/Urban Design and Transportation/Infrastructure Design teams serving a wide variety of clients and operating offices at Bedford, Bristol, London and Sheffield but also Milton Keynes, Nottingham, Rugby and Leeds.

Given the geographic spread of our work this position is open to candidates wishing to be based in any one of our principal offices.

Job purpose:

Candidates will be expected to be able to work independently on projects likely to engage with the requirement for EIA from initial advice and screening to the management and delivery of completed Environmental Statements. Initially it is expected that the successful candidate will serve the needs of existing projects and clients but will be expected to seek to broaden the offer, engaging with new clients and with the potential to work independently of other parts of the Practice.

Whilst part of the Sustainable Development Delivery Team the appointee will be expected to develop and expand the EIA capability through managed recruitment to build a successful and focused team capable of working with clients regardless of geographic location.

It is likely that the successful candidate will become involved in EiP and appeal work. Some experience of Examinations and Planning Appeals would be advantageous but is not essential. Candidates must however be able analyse and problem solve, advocate solutions verbally and in writing and also convey ideas clearly. They should, whilst working in a team environment, have the determination and ability to work also on their own initiative.

Key responsibilities and accountabilities:

  1. Associate Directors will work normally to Directors and report accordingly whilst managing and developing their own client base for whom they will have a large measure of responsibility;
  2. Associate Directors will also, as necessary, manage the workload of junior staff members who will assist them in the wide variety of projects in which they will become involved.
  3. Associate Directors will have wide ranging personal responsibility for daily database management, input and reporting and the completion of discreet projects / tasks as part of the wider professional team.

A full driving licence is likely to be essential. Membership of the IEMA is required. Membership, or eligibility for Membership of the RTPI advantageous.

Remuneration will be commensurate with the abilities and potential of the successful candidate.

To apply, please email your CV and a covering letter to Fay Wagstaff, Practice Manager at

fay.wagstaff@dlpconsultants.co.uk

Associate Planner    

Role and Responsibilities 

Due to continuing growth, we are looking for a qualified and experienced Town Planner to join our friendly and busy team in Bedford.

As an Associate Planner you will work under the supervision of senior staff but also be given the opportunity to lead on projects and engage in a range of development plan / policy and development management work. This will include, but is not limited to, local plan representations, site promotion, appeals, EiP and public inquiry work.

With excellent stakeholder management skills, you will also be offered a high degree of client interface and the opportunity to attend networking events in order to grow your personal contacts and promote the company. You should be self-motivated and will be excited the prospect of developing your own client base and making a real contribution to the growth of the business.

Qualifications

We are looking for a qualified Town Planner ideally with 5-10 years’ professional experience (in either private or public sector). Candidates should be educated to undergraduate level (2:1 or above) and should also obtained a postgraduate qualification in Planning.  You should also be a be a chartered member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).

Salary and Benefits

We offer flexible and competitive salary and benefits including; pension, bonus scheme and private healthcare.  Candidates will be considered on a full or part-time basis.

DLP does not have a ‘glass ceiling’ and offers opportunities for advancement within the Practice to shareholder level. There is also a staff mentoring programme to encourage this and further opportunities for tailored training.

A full driving licence is essential.

 About DLP Planning Ltd

DLP Planning was formed in 1991 and is one of the largest independent town planning consultancies in the country and has offices in Bedford, Bristol, Cardiff, Nottingham, Rugby, Milton Keynes, London, Sheffield and Leeds (www.dlpconsultants.co.uk). DLP has many high profile long standing clients for whom we provide bespoke advice on various sites across the country.

DLP is an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age.

 Contact us

Should you wish to discuss the role informally, please contact Andy Parry, Director, on 01234 832740.

Alternatively, to apply, please email a CV and covering letter, detailing your suitability for this role to Practice Manager Fay Wagstaff at fay.wagstaff@dlpconsultants.co.uk

Senior Planner    

Overview

An exciting opportunity has arisen at DLP Planning for the role of Senior Planner within our Bedford Office. The successful candidate will join our growing and friendly team and play a key role on range of exciting projects.

Roles and Responsibilities

The role offers a fantastic opportunity to continue your career in Planning and work across the spectrum of town planning activities including; the promotion of large-scale development projects; the preparation and submission of planning applications; appeals for a range of development types; and local plan representations.

The successful candidate will be a positive, proactive individual with the drive to meet client expectations and promote the business.  You will be expected to possess good analytical, presentation and written skills, together with a proven ability to manage your time effectively.

As a Senior Planner in the private sector and you will be exposed to a range of tasks, as well as CPD training opportunities to develop you as a professional.  We also have an established staff mentoring system to help guide your professional and personal development.

 Qualifications and Experience

We are looking for a qualified Town Planner ideally with 3-5 years professional experience (either private or public sector). Candidates should be educated to undergraduate level (2:1 or above) and should also obtained a postgraduate qualification in Planning.

Ideally you will have already obtained chartered membership of the RTPI.  We will however consider candidates who are still working towards accreditation and full support and sponsorship towards this will be provided by the company.

A full driving licence is essential.

Salary & Benefits

We offer a flexible and competitive salary and benefits including; pension, bonus scheme and private healthcare. DLP doesn’t have a ‘glass ceiling’ and offers opportunities for promotion within the company.  Candidates will be considered on a full or part-time basis.

DLP is an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age.

 About DLP Planning Ltd

DLP was formed in 1991 and is now one of the largest independent town planning consultancies and has offices in Bedford, Bristol, Cardiff, Nottingham, Rugby, Milton Keynes, London, Sheffield and Leeds (www.dlpconsultants.co.uk). DLP has many high-profile long-standing clients for whom we provide bespoke advice on various sites across the country.

 Get in touch

To discover more about this role, please contact Bedford office Director Andy Parry on 01234 832740.   

 To apply please email your CV and covering letter explaining why this role is for you to Practice Manager Fay Wagstaff at fay.wagstaff@dlpconsultants.co.uk

Planner    

Overview

An exciting opportunity has arisen at DLP Planning for the role of Planner within our Bedford Office. The successful candidate will join our growing and friendly team and assist senior staff on a range of exciting projects.

Roles and Responsibilities

The role offers a fantastic opportunity to build your career in Planning and work across the spectrum of town planning activities including; the promotion of large-scale development projects; the preparation and submission of planning applications; appeals for a range of development types; and local plan representations.

The successful candidate will be a positive, proactive individual with the drive to meet client expectations and promote the business.  You will be expected to possess good analytical, presentation and written skills, together with a proven ability to manage your time effectively.

As a Planner in the private sector and you will be exposed to a range of tasks, as well as CPD training opportunities to develop you as a professional.  We also have an established staff mentoring system to help guide your professional and personal development.

 Qualifications and Experience

We are looking for a qualified Planner ideally with 1-3 years professional experience (either private or public sector). Candidates should be educated to undergraduate level (2:1 or above) and have obtained (or are at least working towards) a postgraduate qualification in Planning.

On appointment you will be expected to commence the process of gaining chartered membership of the RTPI as soon as possible – full support and sponsorship towards this will be provided by the company.

Salary & Benefits

We offer a flexible and competitive salary and benefits including; pension, bonus scheme and private healthcare. DLP doesn’t have a ‘glass ceiling’ and offers opportunities for promotion within the company.  Candidates will be considered on a full or part-time basis.

DLP is an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age.

About DLP Planning Ltd

DLP was formed in 1991 and is now one of the largest independent town planning consultancies and has offices in Bedford, Bristol, Cardiff, Nottingham, Rugby, Milton Keynes, London, Sheffield and Leeds (www.dlpconsultants.co.uk). DLP has many high-profile long-standing clients for whom we provide bespoke advice on various sites across the country.

 Get in touch

To discover more about this role, please contact Bedford office Director Andy Parry on 01234 832740.   

 To apply please email your CV and covering letter explaining why this role is for you to Practice Manager Fay Wagstaff at fay.wagstaff@dlpconsultants.co.uk

Graphic Designer

BEDFORD                                         

A national planning and development consultancy Group, with an HQ office in Bedford is looking for a creative thinking graphic designer to support the business. This is an excellent opportunity to join a dynamic, forward thinking organization and to contribute to its multi-media creative output from concept to execution, in both print and digital platforms alongside our marketing manager.

The successful candidate will be based at Bedford but will work closely with all parts of the business (town planning, sustainable development and architecture) and will have the opportunity to travel to and work from other offices.

You must be able to demonstrate effective idea generation and a thoughtful approach to design, and be able to carry this through to delivering a very high standard of visual presentation for the Co and also for clients. You will be involved in a broad range of design projects, both internal and external, including email campaigns, a range of marketing and presentation materials, websites, illustrative boards for exhibitions, and technical and business documentation.

You should have a good technical knowledge of digital design and experience in Adobe Creative Suite (In-Design, Photoshop, Illustrator), the Microsoft suite of programs, and website design including WordPress. AutoCAD, SketchUp and HTML coding would also be an advantage.

We offer a competitive salary + benefits.

If you think you have the relevant experience, a creative outlook and portfolio to show your work, please contact Fay Wagstaff on 01234 832740 or apply directly with your latest CV to fay.wagstaff@dlpconsultants.co.uk

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