Business Unit
Planning, Development and Regeneration
Closing date
Contract type
Full time
Employment type

Overall purpose of the job

Enabling clients of Avison Young (from both Private and Public sectors) to achieve their development objectives through effective, efficient and timely engagement in the Planning System.

In many cases, this will mean helping to deliver a valuable local development plan allocation, a favourable policy framework or a planning permission free of unreasonable conditions, obligations and levies but will also involve delivering advice that assists with strategy development, decision-making and problem solving.


Main duties, accountability and responsibilities

Working as part of an experienced and driven team, to deliver outstanding planning advice on a wide range of development projects and issues.

Providing support to more senior members of the team on complex projects.

Providing advice and support to other parts of the business.

Initially assisting with and then managing planning instructions that will become increasingly complex over time as the candidates’ skills and confidence grow.

Tasks assigned will require:

  • Diligent and timely research and analysis;
  • Advice that assists in formulating development proposals which meet the client’s requirements;
  • Advice that assesses and weighs the opportunities and risks presented by the planning system;
  • Recommendations on strategies and programmes for managing local development plan and planning application processes, and for undertaking appropriate and proportionate action required to address material planning considerations;
  • The assembly and management of external consultant teams and internal advisers;
  • Diligent and sensitive liaison with local planning authorities and third parties (e.g. statutory consultees, interested people and organisations);
  • Regular and frequent reporting to the client;
  • Communication of proposals and argument in writing or verbally;
  • Negotiations on behalf of the client enabling achievement of the optimum outcome;
  • Adherence to agreed programmes for the delivery of project outputs and advice;
  • Regular and frequent assessment of risks which might impact upon meeting client objectives; and,
  • A business-like approach to invoicing and debt management.

The above list summarises main responsibilities to be carried out in the role but is not exhaustive. You may be asked to carry out additional activities.


Desired skills and experience

The successful candidate will be:

  • A member of the Royal Town Planning Institute or Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Planning & Development Surveyor);
  • Inquisitorial and a problem solver;
  • Highly analytical and numerate;
  • A good verbal communicator with excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Good at report writing and presentation; and
  • Ambitious and enthusiastic.

The following attributes are desirable:

  • Practical experience of both development management and development plan processes; and
  • Public sector (local planning authority) experience.


Our story

Our Canadian-born business was founded in 1978 and has become a global organisation that now spans 120 locations across 20 countries. Our expansion has been rapid, but what matters most is the common belief that drives all 5,000 of our people to be a different type of real estate organisation. We believe that the places in which we live, work and play have the power to make us happier and healthier, and we are united by a shared sense of purpose, to have a positive impact on people’s lives. In short, we are a global commercial real estate advisory firm with a simple aim: for real estate to play a leading role in creating vibrant buildings, cities and places that deliver long-lasting social value and economic impact.


Why work for us?

We believe our industry is changing and we want our business to be a company of curious minds, passionate hearts and strategic intelligence. At Avison Young, we are committed to hiring people from all walks of life who have a collaborative style and innovations focus; we believe a diverse and embracing workforce makes for a stronger, more capable and competitive company. We will provide you with a place where you can step up and change the game.

Collaboration is embedded in the way we work – our people have the autonomy to collaborate on client relationships, engage teams across the business, lead operations, work collectively on projects, participate in strategy and are ultimately responsible for our growth.