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Senior Planner - Hybrid

Knight Frank LLP
Bristol Commercial/Homeworking
Competitive salary
Closing date
11 May 2024

Job Details

Knight Frank is looking to hire a Senior Planner.

We are the world’s leading independent international property consultancy, headquartered in the UK, offering agency and professional advice across Commercial, Residential and Rural sectors. Established in 1896, Knight Frank now comprises a global network of over 20,000 people in 487 Offices across 53

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The Role

Senior Planner within the Knight Frank South West Planning and Development team working on the on-going delivery of client projects in a fast moving, client focussed commercial environment.

The candidate will be highly motivated and a charted town planner (MRTPI), with at least two years post qualification experience.

In their current role, the candidate will deliver a wide range of projects, and demonstrate the highest quality of client care.

The role will involve:

  • Providing planning advice and consultancy services to colleagues and private sector clients.
  • Working within an established team to manage a range of medium and large-scale planning projects to a high standard. This will involve day-to-day responsibility for planning applications, planning project management and site promotion.
  • Preparing planning pre-applications, applications, planning statements and planning representations of varying scales
  • Writing reports, interpreting data, and making recommendations
  • Contributing to the preparation / editing of Design and Access statements and other supporting planning documents
  • Liaising and negotiating with planning officers, employees of consultee organisations, third parties
  • Ensuring compliance with local planning regulations
  • Contributing to the profitability of the Knight Frank South West Planning and Development team
  • Demonstrating Business Generation through effective client management, networking events and deploying planning expertise to identify short and long term development opportunities
  • Supporting wider business development activities to help achieve business targets and objectives.  
  • Carrying out business development activities including drafting proposals, tenders and regularly meeting with potential and existing clients.

The candidate should:

  • Have excellent technical knowledge and experience of Town & Country Planning regulations and local planning policy.
  • Be capable of setting out coherent planning strategies and fee proposals.
  • Be able to manage internal and external project teams on behalf of clients.
  • Have an understanding of development viability.
  • Have excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • An appetite to support more junior colleagues including mentoring, where appropriate, would be beneficial.

Candidates should demonstrate:

  • Commercial awareness and the ability to work on own initiative.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills.
  • That they are consistently meeting (and exceeding) agreed fee income targets, and how they (can) contribute towards the profitability of the Knight Frank South West Planning and Development team. 
  • Excellent standards of verbal and written communication.
  • The development and sustaining of meaningful client relationships resulting in business generation.
  • The ability to secure repeat business through effective and efficient client management.
  • A level of professional conduct that is consistently evident through their contribution towards the Client Care programme where appropriate.
  • That they have developed a profile within their chosen market(s).
  • Good personal management skills with a well organised approach to their work and is seen as efficient both within the office and externally by clients.   
  • That they comply at all times with best practice.
  • A consistent professional approach to others internally and externally.
  • A good work ethic.
  • Confidence and capability in contributing to decision making both internally and externally.
  • Contributing actively to the team spirit of the office.   
  • Collaborative working.
  • Positive interaction with support staff and works with them in a professional and courteous manner at all times.

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Please note: this is a Direct Search led by Knight Frank. Applications from recruitment agencies will not be accepted nor will fees be paid for unsolicited CVs, even if provided by PSL agencies.


The property industry is changing, and we invite you to be at the centre of that change.

At Knight Frank, our commitment to our purpose means that we empower our people to have autonomy in their role and everyone is encouraged to think and share ideas for how we can make the difference through our work and behaviour. For our clients, our purpose drives us to provide innovative solutions that add tangible value across a variety of sectors and services. Wherever you work with us in the world, you’ll be surrounded by passionate, energetic and inspiring people who care about the work they do and the people they work alongside.

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