We have an exciting opportunity in our Manchester office for a Senior Planner/associate director for candidates with three or more years’ experience and who can give advice on planning and economic development matters to a variety of clients including leading housebuilders, retailers, developers and landowners as well as local planning authorities.
Lichfields is the pre-eminent planning and development consultancy in the UK and is recognised as one of the ‘Best Places to Work in Property’ by Property Week magazine. We are looking for bright, creative and committed people who can deliver high quality advice to our clients and help continue to grow our office in Manchester.
We are owned by an employee benefit trust and run and managed for the benefit of its staff with no obligations to external shareholders. Our profits are reinvested into the business and shared with staff through bonuses.
You would be involved in a wide variety of private and public sector projects to support the planning and development consultancy work of Lichfields, and to advise clients independently on the promotion of development schemes through Local Plans and planning applications.
You will have an excellent understanding of planning policy issues in general and will be particularly comfortable in working with statistics to support the case for development. It would be advantageous if you were able to demonstrate a proficiency in undertaking statistical analysis such as demographic modelling and/or socio-economic analysis.
Your workload will be broad in scope and alongside day to day planning policy analysis it will also involve working with statistics to support the case for development. This will include planning statements, housing needs studies; demographic and economic analysis; economic benefit assessments; development plan representations; site appraisals; planning strategies; planning evidence base studies and providing advice and guidance to clients throughout all stages of the planning process.
Lichfields will provide a great environment for you to develop your career working on a wide range of projects and supported by our learning and development programme. You may currently be in either a private or public sector planning role in England.
If you have excellent planning expertise and a desire to succeed we can help you realise your ambitions.
We will expect all candidates to have at least a 2:1 (or equivalent) at undergraduate degree level and full information on A level, GCSE (or equivalent) and other qualifications should be provided. Candidates will also have a first or second degree qualification in economics, statistics, geography, planning or equivalent, and have achieved chartered membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute (MRTPI). Ideally, you will be a member of the Institute of Economics and Development, although this is not a prerequisite.
Candidates should demonstrate excellent analytical, presentation, and writing skills, together with a clear commitment to working in the planning and property development field. The role will require working on a number of projects, so a proven ability to manage your own time, workload and problem solve is critical. Ideally, you will also have good contacts within the development industry and be able to demonstrate an ability to develop existing and new client relationships.
Lichfields offers a highly competitive benefits package which is subject to negotiation. We are a very sociable company and it’s a great place to work.
We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age.