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Associate - Town Planning (London)

RPS has been one of the leading Town Planning practices in the UK and Ireland for over 20 years. We have over 100 chartered Town Planners who can provide up to date advice and innovative approaches to obtaining Local Plan allocations, planning permission and other consents for all types of development.

Our London office are seeking to hire an Associate to join our established team, to grow and develop the division further alongside providing mentoring to the junior planners.

The Town Planning division successfully deliver planning applications and permissions for some of the UK’s most important strategic development sites and infrastructure projects. Regularly working with the country’s other leading organisations in the development of property and infrastructure and we also provide integrated services drawing on other planning, environmental and design services offered by RPS.

Main responsibilities for the Associate role are:
• Working under the strategic guidance of a Director, an Associate Director is responsible for growing a profitable planning consultancy.
• Main Responsibilities:
• Complete business development, whilst maintain strong working relationships with existing clients
• Be able to generate 50% of own billable work
• Represent the company at external meetings as required
• Prepare fee proposals and provide input into tender submissions
• Report review of junior staff members
• Coordinate small/medium & large projects including coordinating project finances, overseeing the production of deliverables in line with the client’s expectations and ensuring delivery is on time
• Line management of Senior Planners
• Ensure that projects are managed to ensure good profitability
• Financial control and billing including responding to client queries and credit control queries in event of non-payment
• Chair Planning Meetings and take a lead role in debates, and ensure their ongoing development through appropriate CPD
• Organise internal CPD sessions as required
• Assist the Planning Director where applicable on project management of multi-disciplinary teams
• Provide input into business plans and attend key planning meetings

Skills, Qualifications & Experience Required:
• An RTPI accredited Honours Degree and/or Diploma or master’s Qualification
• A full member of the Royal Town Planning Institute
• Excellent knowledge of a technical discipline including the current methods, legislation, techniques and guidance
• Significant experience of delivering consultancy to a range of clients
• Excellent writing skills and ability to provide robust written deliverables on behalf of the business
• Competent user of the complete Microsoft office package
• Knowledge of project management coupled with a solid understanding of financial management
• Great attention to detail and able to prioritise workload (both team and individual)
• Previous line management experience

What we can offer you
24 days holiday + 8 bank holidays, share and pension schemes, life assurance, group disability, one professional membership covered yearly, ongoing CPD, cycle to work scheme, option to buy up to 5 extra days holiday, BUPA MOT Health check

About RPS Group
RPS is a leading global professional services firm of 5,600 people. We define, design and manage projects that create shared value in a complex, urbanising and resource-scarce world.

Connecting with our global expertise we make it easy for our clients to create winning solutions for their communities and their clients. By being confidently pragmatic we solve problems that matter. We make complex easy.

RPS is an equal opportunity employer.