Manchester / Hybrid



What you’ll do

Typically, the role of Associate will involve working on and managing a variety of schemes, providing direct client advice on sites and projects, drafting reports and planning submissions (site assessments, policy notes, applications, development plan representations, and Environmental Statements) and assisting with the management of the team’s caseload.

Key tasks include:
• Assisting Directors to drive forward major projects

• Managing medium to large-scale planning applications

• Undertaking research and analysis

• Preparing planning appraisals of land, buildings and concepts

• Preparing planning reports and planning applications

• Liaising with planning officers, employees of consultee organisations, and third parties

• Liaising and cultivating good relationships with clients, colleagues, and fellow professionals

• Developing creative and original solutions

• Taking financial responsibility for medium-sized projects from inception through to completion

• Remaining informed about documents relating to planning policy and practice

• Attending external events and providing presentations

Qualities & attributes

• Applicants should be degree-qualified in a relevant field with a genuine interest and enthusiasm for planning
• A minimum of ten years’ experience working in the private or public sector
• Strong understanding of the principles of planning

• Adept at presentations and technical writing
• A problem-solver

• Great communicator

• Creative thinker

This is a great opportunity to progress your career, working on a diverse portfolio of projects for prestigious clients and alongside the very best planning professionals.

What you’ll get back

Axis provides great opportunities for career progression, highly competitive salaries, annual bonuses, and a range of working benefits including pension contributions, private healthcare, and payment of professional fees.

We have become adept at flexible working and support people wanting to work from home for part of the time, as well as from our offices in Chester (Bretton) and Manchester (Wilmslow). We recognise the importance of a healthy work-life balance amongst all our colleagues and regularly review our ways of working to improve this. We hold social events each year and care about our culture.

To secure our long-term future as an independent consultancy, we’ve recently become an Employee Ownership Trust. The company is managed in the interests of all colleagues and there are specific benefits associated with Trust status including tax free bonuses. You’ll be able to take an active part in the life of the company from day one.


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