Penguin Recruitment is delighted to be supporting an award-winning, national, multi-disciplinary consultancy on the hire of a Planning Director to join its Sheffield office.

My client’s Sheffield team serves a wide area covering Yorkshire and The Humber and the wider north of England. The Sheffield Office includes Planners, Researchers and Designers and this mix of specialisms allows for collaborative working.

With the support of other members of the senior management team, the Director will assume take part in leading the Sheffield Planning Office with the expectation that they will further develop its profile and build upon its well-established project portfolio which includes residential, mixed use strategic sites, urban regeneration, advanced manufacturing proposals, education projects, solar and renewable energy projects and enforcement matters.

The Company, however, operates as a ‘single team’ so staff routinely work outside of their base location in liaison with other Offices.

Role and Responsibilities

You will confidently lead on projects and engage in both development management and development plan / policy work. This will include, but is not limited to, managing major planning applications, planning appeals, Local Plan representations, site promotion, Local Plan Examination and public inquiry work.

You should have experience of managing professional teams and be able to provide leadership and vision. With excellent stakeholder management skills, you will be at the forefront of client development and will be required to attend networking events to promote the company. You should be client facing and have a strong and proven record in business development. You should have a network of contacts and definitive targets for sectors in which to generate the next stage of growth for the Office. Our aim is to further strengthen the reputation of the company in the region and wider north as part of that process.

As Office Director, you will assume responsibility for the financial and performance planning of the Office and will be expected to participate and contribute to wider company management.

Qualifications and Requirements

We are looking for a qualified Town Planner ideally with at least substantial professional experience preferably in private sector consultancy or a mixture with public sector and client-side roles. Candidates should have a postgraduate qualification in Planning and be a chartered member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).

Salary and Benefits

Remuneration will be commensurate with the abilities and potential of the successful candidate and will include a competitive salary, performance linked bonus scheme, access to the Company Pension Scheme, health insurance and other fringe benefits.

Our client operates as an Employee Owned Trust. The culture, welfare, support and development of staff is of great importance and it is key that this individual is closely aligned to those values!

A staff member has the added benefit of an element of bonuses being tax free and a future potential payment based on their part ownership of the Company. More information will be shared at the interview stage.


The hiring manager is looking to meet with suitable Planning Directors ASAP so if you meet the above criteria, please contact Matt Fraser on 01792 365 001 or

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