This position would ideally suit a Chartered Town Planner or Planning & Development RICS Qualified Surveyor who is seeking to develop a career in the private sector with a business looking to grow beyond its current size. You will have freedom to work on your own initiative and develop working relationships with our wide range of clients. The ideal candidate will have an RTPI Accredited Degree or similar and be a Chartered Town Planner (MRTPI).

Location: Inverness

Reference #: MRTPI Qualified Town Planner or Planning & Development Surveyor: 21-2022

G H Johnston Building Consultants Ltd (GHJ), is part of the Mabbett family of businesses.  Established in 1994, GHJ has gone on to establish itself as the Highlands’ leading planning and design consultancy. From its Inverness base, GHJ offers a range of services, including feasibility and site studies, development appraisals, masterplans, appeals and hearings, local development plans, planning applications, community engagement, architectural design, project management and supporting studies. Its wide range of clients include: developers, landowners, tourism and leisure operators, retail and industrial facilities.

GHJ is seeking to recruit an enthusiastic MRTPI Qualified Town Planner or Planning & Development Surveyor with demonstrable experience. This position offers a unique opportunity to join a well-established and highly respected planning and architecture consultancy which is now part of the Mabbett Group of Companies offering a broad spectrum of consultancy services across the UK and Ireland. This position would ideally suit a Chartered Town Planner or Planning & Development RICS Qualified Surveyor who is seeking to develop a career in the private sector with a business looking to grow beyond its current size. You will have freedom to work on your own initiative and develop working relationships with our wide range of clients.

Our modern office is in Inverness, the growing capital city of the Highlands, which is a great place to live and provides easy access to the surrounding high – quality environment and we are a flexible employer in terms of working from home opportunities for part of the working week.

Position and Responsibilities

The ideal candidate will have responsibility for a wide variety of projects including development management, master planning, promoting development plan allocations for landowners and developers, negotiating developer interests with planning authorities and their statutory consultees, preparation of planning applications and appeals, local development plan representations, policy and site appraisals and supporting information, often in collaboration with architects, engineers, environmental specialists and other professionals. There will also be scope for you to assist in the development of new business for the company and undertake CPD activities to enhance your skills and knowledge. Duties will include:

  • Assuming responsibility for a variety of small, medium to large scale projects across all development sectors, including housing, tourism, hotels, estates and other commercial including a good range of environmental projects coming on stream.
  • Managing projects including planning applications (major and local), Development Plans submissions and appeals.
  • Undertaking Feasibility Assessments of sites for development suitability.
  • Liaising with planning officers, architects, consultants and other third parties.
  • Preparing planning appraisals for new potential projects.
  • Undertaking research and analysis for sites, including planning policy and case history.
  • Preparing fee quotations and complete projects within budget.
  • Establishing and utilising existing networking avenues to promote our business. 

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications, experience, and position requirements. Potential candidates are requested to provide an indication of their salary expectations.

Qualifications

  • RTPI Accredited Degree or similar.
  • Chartered Town Planner (MRTPI).

Personal Attributes /Skills

  • Demonstrate a positive and proactive approach to meeting client and business expectations.
  • Possess excellent communication and negotiation skills.
  • Have a collaborate approach to management of projects and meet timescales.
  • Have sound knowledge of Scottish planning practice, procedures and planning legislation.
  • Ability to engage in community consultations.
  • Possess excellent written reporting skills, and competent in Microsoft Office.
  • Clean driving licence.

About Mabbett and GHJ

Established in 1996, Mabbett & Associates Ltd (Mabbett) are a leading consultancy offering Planning, Design, Environmental, Engineering and Safety services with a focus on helping you to “See a Difference”.  Our team support you through the planning process; deliver innovative design solutions; and achieve your Net Zero goals.  We save you money; reduce your risk; and keep you compliant. A positive place to work, Mabbett aims to implement the motto ‘See a Difference’ in everything that we do.

Mabbett and GHJ is an equal opportunities employer and offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits programmes with growth opportunities. We support career development to include active participation in membership of professional organisations.

To Apply

For further information on this vacancy and/or to apply for this position in complete confidence, please submit a CV and Covering Letter (via ‘Apply for this Position’ above), identifying how your qualifications, experience and attributes match the job description above. Kenny Shand is available for any candidates wishing to have an informal chat in the first instance.  Please contact Kenny on 01463-237229.

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