Any location (Bristol, Cardiff, London, Manchester, Sheffield, Edinburgh, or Glasgow)

LUC thrives on having a positive impact in the world, and we want you to be part of our journey!

Who we are:

With nearly six decades leading the way in environmental consultancy, LUC is dedicated to shaping a brighter future for nature, people, and places. LUC’s creative and forward-thinking teams tackle complex land use challenges at every scale. Our professionals are committed to addressing the climate and biodiversity crises. We're all about innovation and collaboration, and as we expand further, we're looking for passionate individuals to grow with us and make a positive impact.

As an independent, employee-owned company, we invest in our people and operate with kindness. Our company Charter provides the framework for us to live our values, in a working environment where our people can contribute meaningfully to projects that genuinely support sustainable development.

We are a multidisciplinary company, with integrated services encompassing planning, impact assessment, landscape design, ecology, transport and movement, and geospatial analysis, with clients across both public and private sectors. We operate collaboratively out of seven, city centre offices across the UK. Each office has its own personality, and we truly believe they are all great collaborative spaces to nurture and develop our talent.

Our people make LUC and we do not take that for granted. We offer an excellent remuneration and benefits package, appreciating there is more to a great place to work than the salary!

The opportunity
We are looking for a Principal / Associate Strategic Planner to join our friendly, award-winning 80-strong planning team.

Our strategic planning services include national and local plan policy development, evidence work and integrated appraisal. We also provide research, evaluation, and training services at all levels. Our sectoral interests include climate change and energy, green infrastructure and nature recovery, agri-environment policy, Green Belt and countryside policy, the water environment, housing, minerals and waste.

We work collaboratively with LUC’s transport, historic environment, ecology and landscape services, as well as with a range of co-consultants. We maintain long-term and fruitful partnerships with clients in the public and private sectors, voluntary and third-sector. We listen carefully to clients’ needs, help inform their thinking about the challenges ahead, and provide intelligent, multidisciplinary responses. We’re amongst the top five providers of planning services to local authorities in England and have framework contracts with major energy companies, Sport England, Forestry England, and the Royal Parks amongst others.

We’re looking to boost project management capacity within the team at Principal / Associate level in order to meet increasing demand for our services. Our team has never been busier as we support numerous local authorities around the country to prepare sound and sustainable plans and infrastructure strategies that respond to the current climate and ecological crises, housing shortages and health and social inequalities.

A full-time role would be based on 37.5 hours Monday to Friday. However, LUC has a strong track record in flexible working, and we have been recognised for our flexible working culture, so we are happy to discuss a range of flexible working options for this role including some remote working and /or part time hours if desired.

What You'll Bring:

We are looking to recruit project managers at the following levels depending upon experience:

Principal Planner

  • Managing medium-sized projects, including external sub-consultants where relevant.
  • Tender preparation and other business development activities, including attending tender interviews.
  • Some line management responsibilities.

Associate Planner

  • Managing larger or more complex projects, including external sub-consultants where relevant.
  • Leading tender preparation and other business development activities, including taking a lead role in tender interviews.
  • Contributing to leadership of the wider Planning team including line management and mentoring of more junior staff.
  • Input to company/local office management.
  • Contributing to delivery of internal and external training, in the field of strategic planning and assessment.

Essential skills

  • Educated to degree level, ideally in a relevant planning or environmental degree e.g., planning, geography, environmental science. Or able to demonstrate an equivalent level of knowledge and expertise.
  • Experience of managing strategic planning projects either through previous consultancy or local authority roles.
  • Experience of undertaking, managing and/or commissioning local plan preparation including relevant evidence studies, supporting documents and policy-making.
  • Excellent report writing and numeracy skills.
  • Excellent communication skills and a proactive approach to building relationships with colleagues and clients.

Desirable skills

  • Experience of undertaking, managing and/or commissioning statutory assessment processes such as Sustainability Appraisal, Habitats Regulations Assessment, Health Impact Assessment and Equalities Impact Assessment.
  • Knowledge of one or more of our sectoral interests, in particular climate change, green infrastructure and/or nature recovery. Experience of line management and mentoring.
  • Membership or working towards full membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute.

Candidates must be eligible to live and work in the UK.

Please apply by uploading your CV and covering letter via the above link

LUC is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and we actively encourage applications from under-represented groups. We value the differences, needs and contributions a diverse workforce represents, and we strive to embed equality, diversity and inclusion in all our people related activities.

Closing date 17/06/2024
Start date
Location Any location (Bristol, Cardiff, London, Manchester, Sheffield, Edinburgh, or Glasgow)
Salary Principal bandings range between £39,000 to £46,000 FTE (depending on experience and location) Associate bandings range between £46,000 to £60,000 FTE (depending on experience and location)
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Contact nameRebecca TeagleContact emailtalent@landuse.co.ukReference2024-25