Current Vacancies

Associate Director

Approximately 5-7 years’ experience

Due to continued expansion, DLP Planning Consultants is seeking to recruit an Associate Director with a minimum of seven years’ experience in either the public or private sectors.

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 have 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 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.

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/Infra Structure Design teams serving a wide variety of clients and operating offices at Bedford, Bristol, Cardiff, East Midlands, London, Milton Keynes, Sheffield, Rugby and Leeds.

This position is based in our office in Rugby.

Job purpose:

Candidates will be expected to be able to work on development plan/policy and development management projects and appeal work. They must therefore be able to 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.

Key responsibilities and accountabilities:

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

Person profile

The successful candidate will be able to manage competing demands on their time and prioritise tasks for themselves and others. A key aspect is consideration of client expectations. They will be self-motivated and will have a good team spirit. Some experience in the management of junior staff would be a benefit.

They will be self-assured and will 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 Company and of themselves.

They may have experience in Planning policy or development management. Some experience in preparing and presenting evidence to hearings, inquiries or examinations in public would be an advantage but is not essential.

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.


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 on

John HelyarRugby