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Head Of Design Planning - West Sussex

  • Location South East
  • Type Permanent
  • Salary Competitive Salary + Full Benefits Package
  • Ref 11373

An opportunity to lead the planning and design department of a highly successful and growing regional house-builder and placemaker, focused on delivering high-quality carbon zero homes.

Our client is a regional residential developer, building homes throughout southern England. Due to continued planned growth and expansion, they are now looking to recruit Head of Planning Design to join the team in their head office team based in West Sussex.

The successful candidate will be responsible for leading the design department, responsible for both planning and detailed design stages, working on project from conception through to construction and completion.

Role & Responsibilities

  • Take a leading role in the design progression of portfolio sites to achieve planning consent
  • Lead the Planning Design Team to produce all required design outputs to support Full and Reserved Matters Applications
  • Support the Land and Business Development teams to progress new opportunities
  • Preparation of feasibility studies, concept layouts, and promotional documents
  • Take a leading role in standard house type design
  • Provide clear leadership and management for the Planning Design Team
  • Identify strategies to maximise the development potential of all sites
  • Manage consultant Architects on a variety of residential developments
  • Work closely with the BIM Manager to assist in implementing the Design Department’s transition from two-dimensional AutoCAD design to BIM level 2
  • Preparation and oversight of project budgets
  • Represent the design team in both internal and external meetings.

Required Skills & Experience

  • Experience of leading design teams in the residential housebuilding sector
  • Competent in managing and developing complex design solutions across a range of scales
  • The ability to build the team’s culture and skill / knowledge base as well as setting high design standards
  • Strong presentation skills to sell concepts internally and externally
  • Knowledge of general residential construction methods
  • Full and recent working knowledge of AutoCAD
  • Full clean UK driving license.

Previous experience using Revit and Adobe Suite would be highly desirable

What you get back

The business offers opportunities that are second to none and are keen to develop, guide and support their employees throughout their careers. They offer excellent rewards and working conditions in an exciting and growing business.

  • Negotiable and Highly Competitive
  • Annual holiday allowance 26 days increasing to 27 after 3yrs service and 28 after 5yrs service (plus bank holidays)
  • Life assurance
  • Private medical insurance
  • Health screening
  • Pension scheme
  • Bonus scheme
  • Flexible working hours in a modern office environment / Working from Home Policy
  • Excellent development and progression opportunities for the right candidate
  • Company social events
  • Plus, a whole range of other employee benefits that reward employees for their performance, attitude and results. –


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Head of Design Planning Job in West Sussex – Your Property Specialists (Job Ref: 11373)

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