We have an exciting opportunity in our Thames Valley Office (based in central Reading) for a Planner / Senior Planner for candidates with two or more years’ experience and who are working towards or have achieved MRTPI status.
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.
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.
We work with all sectors of the development industry to assist them in formulating and implementing development schemes.
You would be involved in a variety of private and public sector projects to support the planning and development consultancy work of Lichfields, and to advise clients on the promotion of development schemes through Local Plans and planning applications.
Your workload will be broad in scope and involve shaping and assessing the case for development projects. This will include undertaking site appraisals, developing planning strategies, preparing planning applications and appeals and drafting development plan representations. You will provide advice and guidance on planning and land use to a variety of clients including leading housing developers, land promoters, investment institutions and retailers as well as local planning authorities 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 another consultancy role or working in local government or elsewhere. If you have good 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 planning (or equivalent) and have achieved or be working towards chartered membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute (MRTPI) (A RICS accredited qualification (planning & development route) would also be acceptable; this will be at Master’s level).
Candidates should demonstrate good 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 be able to demonstrate the skills needed to market, win new work and innovate as these are important elements of this role.
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.