Current Vacancies

Associate Director

Due to the continued growth and further investment in the Bristol office, DLP Planning Consultants are seeking to recruit an Associate Director with a minimum of seven years’ experience in the private sector. The position represents a key appointment for the growth of the office and offers 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 6 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.

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 15th 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.

The 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:

  1. 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;
  1. Manage the workload of junior staff members who will assist them in the wide variety of projects in which they will become involved
  1. 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.

Person profile

The successful candidate will be able to manage competing demands on their time and prioritise tasks for themselves and others. The role supplements 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.  The 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.

The 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 candidate 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:

To discuss the role, please contact Paul Jobson on 07551 122447.

John HelyarBristol