Penguin Recruitment is delighted to be supporting one of the UK’s leading independent infrastructure and property consultancies, on the appointment of a Planning Director for their London office.

Our client works on a range of projects, such as major, high profile planning applications, acting as planning lead for large scale regeneration schemes and any number or type of development and infrastructure proposals, where there are complex multi-disciplined issues to overcome.

The role

You will principally work on TCPA projects but experience also of DCO/ TWAO schemes would be an advantage. Alongside the Senior Director, you will be responsible for work winning, with an active say in the direction of the business, leading projects; liaising with clients, local authorities, consultants and key stakeholders to proactively move projects forward. You will also support junior members of staff; work collaboratively in teams to support bids and tenders; and directing advice to clients.

The candidate

You will be enthusiastic and confident in offering well informed and accurate advice when it matters and be enthused at the prospect of shaping the business. Being involved and influential within design teams, from project inception through to delivery, you will obviously be expected to have an excellent understanding of the vagaries of the planning system and be flexible about the sorts of projects and Clients that you work for. You will engage with other technical specialists in the company’s multi-disciplined teams and identify opportunities for cross selling our services, networking and business development as well as maintaining and promoting our professional reputation.

The successful candidate will:

  • Have a RTPI accredited degree
  • Be MRTPI qualified
  • Have experience in client facing and work winning is a must.
  • Demonstrate excellent communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Be critical thinkers with strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Be organised, flexible, proactive and professional and commercially minded
  • Be enthusiastic about leading other professionals within the business

Salary / Benefits

-Competitive salary (DOE)

-Strong benefits package

-Access to a variety of projects

-Join a B Corp company

-Flexible working (3 days in office, 2 days home working)


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

The 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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