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Planning Associate
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Edinburgh – Europe

The Team

Cundall’s Planning team pride ourselves on our exemplary track record of providing first-class planning and environmental input on a wide variety of building projects throughout the UK. Our clients include private developers, house builders, housing associations, local authorities and education providers. We offer a pro-active and collaborative approach to skill development, and professional excellence.  Indeed, Cundall has been accredited as an RTPI Learning partner for a number of years.

The Role

This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced, tenacious and client focused Planner to join our Edinburgh or Glasgow Office, to play the leading role in the strategic development of Cundall’s Town Planning activities in Scotland. This person will manage the successful delivery of innovative planning solutions to some of the most prestigious and technically challenging built environment design projects in the region and across the UK.  They will also have the opportunity to develop a team around them and help Cundall’s UK Director of Planning to grow this important specialism within the overall practice.

The role will to be take over from our current Head of Planning (Scotland) who has built an excellent reputation as a trusted planning adviser in the Edinburgh and wider Scottish market. He will still be available in an advisory capacity and along with the UK Planning Director will support the successful candidate in masking a success of this important role. This could suit someone who is already working at Associate /Associate Director but looking for more freedom to grow their own team within the supportive environment of a major multi-disciplinary consultancy.  This is a part of a planned succession strategy and shows our commitment to growing a strong town planning advice service in Edinburgh and the wider central belt area. Cundall now has a presence in both Edinburgh and Glasgow and there is flexibility to work in either location or share time between each office.

Working across a variety of key sectors including education, residential, commercial, healthcare and retail, you will prepare planning appraisals of land, buildings and concepts, developing original and creative solutions that surpass client requirements. Working closely with colleagues of various engineering disciplines to manage the delivery of technically excellent, profitable projects, you will take the lead on planning, regeneration and master planning commissions, while also developing new and nurturing existing outstanding client relationships that maximise customer satisfaction and repeat business.

Using your wealth of expertise, and your proven ability to manage, motivate and inspire less experienced consultants and you will in time grow and develop a strong team of highly skilled Planners to support and sustain Cundall’s growing workload and reputation in the Town Planning sphere. 

The Skills

A highly experienced planner / surveyor with a strong grasp of statutory planning policy, procedures and requirements, and must be qualified to MRTPI, MRICS or equivalent level.  You will have developed a significant portfolio of relevant technical and leadership experience within a consultancy or public sector environment. In your most recent position, you will have established your excellent reputation as a commercially aware leader in town planning and have consistently demonstrated your ability to manage multiple large-scale projects and teams to deliver and exceed client expectations.

You will be expected to contribute to wider corporate initiatives both in Scotland and across the UK from a planning perspective and be committed to technical excellence and net zero approaches to development. Given the collaborative and client focussed nature of this role, excellent communication and project management skills are essential.

Salary and terms are negotiable and commensurate with skills and experience.

Job Description

Why Join Cundall?

We know that to be the best at what we do we need a diverse workforce underpinned by an inclusive culture. Creating environments where everyone can find joy doing their best work is also great for everyone. That’s why we positively welcome applications from people of all backgrounds and identities, and encourage, support, and celebrate the diverse voices of our people.