Urban Design Director

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The Opportunity

The opportunity:

Are you a masterplanning expert looking to work on projects of the highest quality and make a real difference to the communities around you? Could you lead and grow a team? Are you based in or looking to relocate to Birmingham or the Midlands area?

We have an exciting opportunity for an Urban Design Director (Masterplan led) to join our Midlands and West Masterplanning team and to lead our urban design offer in Birmingham, whilst contributing to the strategy and growth of the regionOur multi-disciplinary Birmingham office has teams across Urban Design, Town Planning, Landscape, Transport, Water teams and Engineering. We are conveniently located within the heart of the city centre with easy access to public transport, including being a short walk from New Street, Moor Street and Snow Hill Stations.

This is an excellent opportunity to lead and develop a design team whilst contributing to the strategy and growth of our national Design offer and making a real difference to the communities around you. You will be an integral part of our innovative inter-disciplinary environment with fantastic progression opportunities. In your local office there is a well-established Town Planning team who provide excellent cross collaboration and business development opportunities. Typical projects include major residential led, mixed-use development masterplans and layouts across the Midlands, including new communities and new settlements. Our clients include landowners, bespoke local developers, Registered Providers, national house builders and more, providing an enviable and loyal client list.  Projects are typically those considered by clients to be more complex and challenging, needing the innovative and creative technical expertise and approach that we pride ourselves on.


About you:

You will hold an MA or Postgraduate Diploma in Urban Design with a passion for creating new high quality and sustainable communities. You will have experience of working on large scale UK residential and mixed-use development masterplans, including new settlements and urban extensions in an Urban Design or Masterplanning role, ideally from another consultancy. You will have a vision for growth and have the drive to deliver it, whilst also:
  • Possessing the ability to manage projects and coordinate the production of Design and Access Statements.
  • Be strategic in your approach with strong attention to detail and the ability to see the bigger picture.
  • Presenting to a variety of audiences, including clients and large external multi-disciplinary consultancy teams.
  • Be proficient in AutoCAD, Adobe Creative Suite, Sketchup and Microsoft Packages.
  • Producing high quality hand drawings.
  • Having excellent team working skills, with the ability to lead workshops and develop consensus amongst multiple groups of stakeholders.
  • Having experience of managing or mentoring junior team members
  • Holding a full UK driving licence and have access to a car.
We believe that it is our people and their individual talents that make us special. We work within a friendly, inclusive, and supportive culture and one of high support and high challenge, where we are not afraid to take on new and greater responsibilities and are each individually encouraged to grow and flourish both personally and professionally, with genuine career opportunities based on merit.  We create a working environment that offers flexibility, adopting a hybrid approach to agile working and offer a wide range of benefits including a generous pension scheme, life assurance, private health care and a flexi-benefits package allowing you to choose benefits that are truly valuable to you, including the opportunity to buy and sell holiday.

Does this sound like you? We would love to hear from you! Please contact Ruth Hoggett (Talent Acquisition Manager) for more details.


Reasonable adjustments

We are an inclusive employer and want to ensure all our applicants have the same opportunity for success. Please inform us of any support or reasonable adjustment you may need as a result of a disability, long term health condition, neurodiversity or other personal circumstances, to enable you to perform to the best of your ability during the recruitment process (for example extra assessment time, visual adjustment, special access request).

Please contact a member of our talent team if reasonable adjustments are required. Our email is Careers.UK&[email protected] and a member of our team will be happy to assist.

About Stantec

Stantec is a top tier global consultancy, the Stantec community unites approximately 28,000 employees working in over 400 locations across 6 continents. 

We have been working with our clients and communities in the UK for over 150 years. With around 3,000 people working in integrated regional teams across the UK & Ireland. We plan, design, deliver and manage the development and infrastructure needed to support the creation of sustainable, healthy and prosperous communities.

Our teams provide effective and relevant solutions, translating our client’s vision into valued consents, deliverable plans for projects and programmes, and efficient designs for delivery, based on technical excellence and deep market insight.

We deal with today’s challenges, but also keep a fairer, better tomorrow in sight, looking at how we deliver clean growth, support radical changes in our economy and meet the needs of future communities. 

Stantec provides equal employment opportunities to all qualified employees and applicants for future and current employment and prohibit discrimination on the grounds of race, colour, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. We prohibit discrimination in decisions concerning recruitment, hiring, referral, promotion, compensation, fringe benefits, job training, terminations or any other condition of employment. Stantec is in compliance with laws and regulations and ensures equitable opportunities in all aspects of employment.

For more information on Stantec UK Inclusion & Diversity approach please got to:

Inclusion & Diversity (stantec.com)


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