Associate Director/ Director Designate – Strategic Planning and Research Unit
DLP Planning Ltd are seeking to recruit an Associate Director to the Company’s Strategic Planning Research Unit (SPRU) with, ideally, up to 10 years’ experience gained from either a public or private sector background.
The position will be based in our central Bristol Office but will work nationally within the growing SPRU team providing advice and guidance to all DLP offices and clients across the country. As an Associate Director one of the key roles of the post will be the promotion of the services offered by SPRU to existing and new clients mainly in the south west and south midlands.
DLP Planning Ltd is part of the DLP Consulting Group and was formed in 1991 as an independent planning and development consultancy. Having grown consistently over the years, the Group now comprises of Town (i) Town Planning; (ii) Architecture/Master Planning/Urban Design; and (iii) Transportation and Infrastructure Design teams, serving a wide variety of clients and operating from offices in London Bedford, Nottingham Sheffield, Leeds Milton Keynes, Rugby, Bristol and Cardiff.
The Strategic Planning Research Unit (SPRU), is a specialist team within the Group and provides clients with support and assistance in the following areas:
- Housing demand and need including Strategic Housing Market Assessments
- Local Affordable Housing Needs Surveys
- Housing Supply including 5-year housing land supply assessments
- Employment land demand and supply
- Retail assessments and retail impact statements
- Sustainability Appraisal
- Green Belt Reviews
- Public Sector commissions
- Attendance at Local Plan Hearings
- Expert Witness at Planning Inquiries
- Bespoke research commissions
SPRU also offers advice to Local Planning Authorities and other public/community organisations with respect to the production of development plans, including Neighbourhood Plans and can include assisting in drafting sound policies, negotiating the legal framework as well as appearing at the Plan Examination.
The position is based in our Bristol office.
To assist in providing a specialist planning and research service to both new and existing clients, and help expand the business. This is an important role within an established and expanding part of the nationwide planning team and will require the post-holder to be able to manage a wide and complex workload, provide assistance and support to other members of the Unit and the wider Planning Team and to manage and develop a client base.
Key responsibilities and accountabilities:
- The Associate Director will help to manage the SPRU workload;
- To assist in general management and reporting responsibilities;
- To manage and develop the SPRU client base;
- To work with the various other Group offices and services to help develop and expand the Group as a whole.
The successful candidate will be client focussed and an ability to define and deliver planning and development projects to time and to cost. The candidate will be highly numerate and be able to write and present reports/evidence in a clear, precise and logical manner. The candidate will be IT literate with good skills in word processing, spreadsheets, database management and the Internet as well as being able to work flexibly on a wide range of projects.
The successful candidate should be confident in representing the SPRU team and presenting their findings both to clients and in more formal settings such as examinations and appeals. The ability to work independently as well as taking clear instructions will be an important attribute for this role. A full driving license is essential.
The successful candidate will demonstrate an ability to manage competing time demands and prioritise tasks and work as part of a team or on a solo basis as and when required.
This post is permanent and will commence in immediately. This post would suit a planner with an interest and talent for strategic planning wishing to further their career by working on a diverse range of projects across the UK.
For further information, or to apply, please email your CV and a covering letter to Fay Wagstaff on
co.uk by the Friday 16th March 2018. To discuss either role, please contact Paul Jobson on 07551 122447.
Associate Director x 2
Due to the continued growth and further investment in the Bristol office, DLP Planning Consultants are seeking to recruit x2 Associate Directors with a minimum of seven years’ experience in either the public or private sectors. The positions represent key appointments for the growth of the office and offer an opportunity to progress to Director level for the right candidate.
DLP Planning re-located their Bristol office into the city centre from South Gloucestershire in 2015 and currently have a small team of 5 professional staff who work on a large variety of public and private jobs, for national, regional and local house builders/developers, landowners and Local Authority clients. The firm is looking to grow and strengthen the team, including relocating to larger premises within Bristol City Centre.
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 and is the 12th largest planning firm nationally (based on Chartered Town Planners 2017). The DLP Group operates from offices at Bedford, Bristol, Cardiff, East Midlands, London, Sheffield, Rugby and Leeds. The advertised positions will be located in our Bristol office which is looking to grow its profile and client base across the South West.
General Job purposes:
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 professional planning team in completing projects as may be required and also have a high level of client contact and business development 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 team.
Role 1: Associate Director – Private Focus
The first role requires a candidate with a strong development management background (either public or private) to support the ongoing workload of applications, appeals and site representations. The office currently works for a number of national, regional and local house builders/developers, as well as land owners. Business development, project management of large applications and a network of private connections is advantageous, but not essential. Key roles:
- Responsible for private sector business development and managing projects/clients. Associate Directors report accordingly to the office Director whilst developing their own client base/winning projects for which will have a large measure of responsibility;
- Manage the workload of junior staff members who will assist them in the wide variety of projects in which they will become involved
- Undertake marketing and business development activities (existing network of contacts would be beneficial). Experience in preparing and presenting evidence to hearings, inquiries or examinations in public would be an advantage.
Role 2: Associate Director – Public Focus
Candidates will be expected to be able to lead on the winning and project management of work of development plan policy and evidence work, such as housing, employment, green belt and gypsy and traveller evidence and other Local Plan policy drafting, production/management and critical friend support. They must therefore be able analyse and problem solve, advocate solutions verbally and in writing and also convey ideas clearly to their team. They should, whilst working in a team environment have the determination and ability to work also on their own initiative to win work via competitive tenders and direct invitations from LPA. Key roles:
- Responsible for public sector tenders and managing projects/clients. Associate Directors report accordingly to the office Director whilst developing their own project portfolio which they are responsible;
- Manage projects and workloads of junior staff members who will assist them in the wide variety of projects in which they will become involved.
- Undertake marketing and business development activities for public work. Experience of representing LPA at Local Plan (Other DPD) examination would be an advantage.
The role offers the scope for a diverse workload and whilst the focus of work for this role will be public sector policy and evidence, the role also provides good scope to undertake planning application work for local developers on small scale private developments to diversify candidates’ skill sets.
The successful candidates will be able to manage competing demands on their time and prioritise tasks for themselves and others. The roles supplement a small dynamic team of planning professionals, so good interpersonal skills, can do attitude and ability to work in a small team is essential. A key aspect is consideration of client expectations and the need to provide excellent planning advice/strategy whist conveying/managing risks. Candidate will have a flexible attitude towards working hours, will be self-motivated and will have a good team spirit. Some experience in the management of junior staff would be a benefit.
Candidates will be self-assured and will be able to develop good working relationships and the confidence of clients. They will enjoy the prospect of developing their own client base and making a real contribution to the prosperity of the office, Company and of themselves. The successful candidates will be numerate with the ability to write English in a clear and concise manner. They will be IT literate with good skills in word processing, spreadsheets, database management and the Internet. They will be organised and punctual. A full driving licence is essential. Membership of the RTPI preferable, borderline essential.
Remuneration and Application
Remuneration will be commensurate with the abilities and potential of the successful candidate. Package to include salary, health insurance, pension and bonuses similar to other private sector firms.
To apply, please email your CV and a covering letter to Fay Wagstaff on: email@example.com by the Friday 16th March 2018. To discuss either role, please contact Paul Jobson on 07551 122447.