Assistant Planning Consultant
About Gerald Eve LLP
Gerald Eve provides property consultancy services to investors, landowners, occupiers and developers. We operate a national network of nine offices and an International Alliance, with partner firms covering 20 European countries and all major US markets. Our specialist sectors include industrial and logistics, alternative markets, the London office market, public sector and corporate real estate services.
Gerald Eve’s partners take pride in their reputation as leading experts and our highly regarded sector specialist teams continue to attract the best talent in the market. We offer comprehensive property advice to public and private sector clients, which includes over 40 of the FTSE100 and some of the largest property portfolios in the UK. Clients benefit from long-term trusted advisor relationships, with client teams providing advice across the full spectrum of property services.
What sets us apart from our competitors is the way in which we value our people, our size and open plan workspace which supports collaborative working. Gerald Eve thrives as a privately-owned partnership and the “we are all in this together” approach is respected across the business. Our values define our culture: Trust and Integrity, Respect, Friendliness and Excellence. We are a previous Times 100 Best Employer and Estates Gazette Employer of the Year 2018. Our Diversity approach is central to the business, championed by our Senior Partner, Simon Prichard, who is currently Chair of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) UK and Ireland Board.
What is it like to work at Gerald Eve?
Most new joiners to Gerald Eve remark on the friendly welcome they receive from colleagues. From lunch-time yoga and pilates classes, sports teams and book and chess clubs to pro bono and charity work, we strive to strike the right balance between work and social activities. In 2018, we won the Vitality Healthiest Workplace in the UK award (mid-sized firm) and we encourage healthy eating and mental wellbeing across the business.
We are a responsible business and recognise that our staff often benefit from flexible, agile working arrangements, something we are open to exploring with candidates.
Gerald Eve prides itself on being able to offer the highest standard of training and dedicated support, continuing throughout their careers. We are a well-established, professional and highly regarded Partnership within the industry with an excellent reputation for training and development. As an Assistant Planner, you will receive support towards gaining APC competencies to achieve RTPI chartership and you will be able to attend training days to further develop your knowledge, skills and behaviours.
Our aim is to nurture creative and dynamic property consultants. Working as an Assistant Planning Consultant, you will work within our Planning & Development team, getting real experience from day one on a range of exciting projects.
About the Team
Our Planning & Development team is one of the most respected in the UK. More than 100 people strong, based in London, Manchester and Birmingham, we offer one of the largest integrated teams in our sector. We are a highly experienced, personable team with real depth of skill, knowledge, innovation commitment and resource.
We remain at the forefront of policy making and our unrivalled knowledge of central and local government planning systems ensures our clients receive first class, impartial advice and innovative, intelligent solutions to meet their objectives. We have a blue-chip client base and work hard to create long-term, enduring relationships that will generate added value for our clients.
As an Assistant Planning Consultant, you will work closely with members of the Manchester Planning team and other members of the P&D team providing them with assistance. The role will predominantly focus on assisting one of our key clients with its existing estate, including monitoring planning applications, evolving policy documents and other ad hoc planning matters.
In addition, the role will need to support the other members of the team on a wide variety of tasks including:
• planning history searches;
• reviewing planning policies;
• preparing planning applications;
• undertaking planning appraisals;
• assisting with planning appeals; and
• preparing representations to evolving planning policy documents.
You will work with other members of the team, developing individual expertise in delivering impartial professional advice and developing innovative and intelligent solutions for our clients.
You will build effective, commercial relationships both inside and outside of the firm, based upon developing technical expertise and outstanding communication (both written and face-to-face).
• Experience gained either through completing suitable work experience, a placement year or in a current role
• A proven strong academic record in a relevant degree (RTPI accredited).
• Excellent communication (verbal and written) and IT skills, an eye for detail and commercial acumen, and a desire to have a career in town planning.
• A good personal manner, calm and authoritative, particularly when dealing with clients and colleagues
• Working towards chartered membership of RTPI
Salary and benefits
• Salary: competitive based on market, professional experience and qualifications
• Performance related staff profit share scheme
• 26 days’ holiday, plus Bank Holidays and days at Christmas and New Year.
• Pension scheme membership (after initial probationary period)
• Life and Accident insurance
• Group income protection scheme
• Private Medical Insurance
• Critical Illness Cover
• Fitness Allowance
• Interest Free Season Ticket Loan
• Interest Free Rental Deposit Loan
• Employee assistance programme
• Enhanced maternity and paternity pay after two years’ service
• Professional subscription (MRTPI) paid for by the firm
Alongside our competitive compensation and benefits package we offer all our staff the ongoing opportunities to learn and develop, through in-house CPD sessions, further education support as well as internal and external training programmes. Gerald Eve encourage pro-bono work and volunteering as well as regular social and sporting activities to engage with all your colleagues.
Your progression will be supported and guided by managers and mentors using a transparent framework so you can clearly see what you need to do to get to where you want to be.
The normal hours of work for this position are 0900hrs to 1730hrs, Monday to Friday. This position also involves out of hours working on an ‘as necessary’ basis. The Firm’s core hours are from 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. and you may choose to start and end your day around these hours, provided you still work for 7.25 hours per day (e.g. 8.00 am – 4.30pm, 10.00 am – 6.30 pm). There is no requirement for this to be the same each day, but you are required to keep your manager informed. We are open to considering flexible working arrangements for everyone; this can be discussed during the application process or upon commencement.
The firm is an equal opportunities employer and applications from persons belonging to minority groups are encouraged.
Your personal data submitted and processed in relation to this job application will be stored and processed securely in accordance with our Data Protection policy. By submitting an application you are agreeing to your data being used, stored and processed for the purpose of recruitment.
The terms and conditions of this appointment may be varied by the firm to meet business requirements and/or to meet changes in best practice or legal requirements.