Town Planning Director - Birmingham

  • Job Reference: SF8751
  • Date Posted: 12 June 2024
  • Recruiter: Beach Baker
  • Location: Birmingham
  • Salary: £75,000 to £90,000
  • Bonus/Benefits: car allowance, bonus, pension + more
  • Sector: Town Planning
  • Job Type: Permanent
  • Work Hours: Full Time
  • Contact: Sam Ferris

Job Description


On behalf of our client, a major UK consultancy, we are seeking a Director to lead and develop the Midlands Planning Team. This role involves building and expanding client opportunities, delivering high-quality planning permissions and allocations, and working closely with our multi-sector offices across the UK in well as the wider UK Planning business.

What This Job Involves:

As a key member of our team, you will:

  • Lead the Birmingham Planning Team: Provide support and inspiration to foster team growth.
  • Develop a Strong Planning Business: Build relationships within the organization, including residential and industrial land teams, to create and grow opportunities.
  • Client Engagement: Work closely with new and existing clients, both internal and external, to drive opportunities and revenue growth.
  • Collaborate with the UK Planning Team: Integrate seamlessly with the broader planning team to deliver outstanding results.

Day-to-Day Responsibilities:

  • Team Management: Support and manage the Birmingham Planning Team, bringing support and motivation.
  • Business Development: Build a robust planning business, leveraging internal relationships to grow opportunities.
  • Client Relations: Engage with clients to deliver opportunities and achieve revenue growth.
  • Planning Team Integration: Actively participate in the UK Planning Team, contributing to its success.

Desired Experience and Skills:

  • Proven Expertise: Skilled town planner with a strong track record.
  • Commercial Insight: Understanding of market conditions and business development to promote and grow the team.
  • Technical Proficiency: Experience in major mixed-use, commercial/employment, and residential development projects.
  • Leadership: Capable of building, leading, and managing a Midlands/Birmingham Planning Team.
  • Communication: Natural communicator who works effectively across different business lines.

Required Skills and Experience:

  • Qualified Town Planner: Possession of relevant credentials (MRTPI or equivalent).
  • Talent Development: Ability to nurture talent, manage succession planning, and build a high-performing team.
  • Regional Reputation: Existing reputation and client base within the Midlands region.
  • Project Management: Experience with complex projects, including addressing constraints and phasing.
  • Analytical Skills: Skilled in analysing/challenging evidence such as housing supply numbers and employment land supply.
  • Negotiation: Expertise in negotiating s106/affordable housing agreements, including city/town centre development.
  • Expert Witness: Experience serving as an expert witness in relevant proceedings.
  • Strategic Presentation: Ability to present ideas, strategies, and opinions to grow the UK Planning business.
  • Engagement: Naturally engaging, influential individual with strong communication skills.
  • Organizational Skills: Demonstrated strong organizational skills.
  • Fee and Team Management: Competence in managing fees and team dynamics.
  • DEI Commitment: Actively supports Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity principles and actions.

Personalized Benefits:

We offer a supportive culture and a comprehensive benefits package designed to prioritize mental, physical, and emotional health, including:

  • Pension Plan: With matching company contributions.
  • Healthcare: Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision care.
  • Parental Leave: Paid parental leave at 100% of salary.
  • Paid Time Off: Generous paid time off and company holidays.
  • Flexible Work: Options for flexible and remote work arrangements may be available.

To apply, please email me directly at If you're an MRTPI qualified Town Planner and this role isn't quite the right one for you, it's always worth sending me an email with your details as there will often be other opportunities I'm aware of across the UK that could be just what you're looking for!