Penguin Recruitment is delighted to be supporting a successful and reputable Planning Consultancy on the hire of a Planning Director to join their team in Manchester.

The successful Planning Director will join this company in a strategic position and help drive the business forward. In practical terms, this means that you will be responsible for your team’s performance and to this end, you will be provided with all the support you need in terms of advice and staff to deliver your projects and targets.

Projects can fall into multiple sectors including build for sale, build for rent, co-living, student housing, affordable homes, self-build and private homes. Truly diverse!

You will take a strategic position on a team’s activities and tasks with the management of professional and administrative work carried out by your team’s Manager (Usually an Associate or Associate Director). Because of this, your focus will be on project delivery and sales, but you will also be expected to contribute to the sharing of knowledge across the business and, as a line manager to your team, you will also lead on staff development.

Qualifications & Experience Required

  • Relevant qualification and Chartered status with the RTPI.
  • Suitable experience in a previous role.
  • Strong coaching/mentoring skills.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Numerous connections in the market.
  • Good negotiation skills.
  • Project management skills.
  • Demonstratable experience / confidence of delivering fees at 3.5x salary
  • Excellent understanding of the UK planning process.

Salary / Benefits

In return for your commitment and hard work, you will be rewarded with a competitive starting salary (Salaries from £80,000pa), a strong benefits package, a varied workload and an experienced leadership team for inspiration and support.


If you are looking to join an established and busy practice with a truly great reputation in the market, this is the role for you!

The Managing Director is looking to meet with suitable candidates ASAP so if you meet the above criteria, please contact Matt Fraser on 01792 365 001 or

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