Planner / Economist / Associate – Associate Director

  • Savills UK
  • Competitive + Benefits
Company: Savills UK
Salary: Competitive salary & benefits
Location: Manchester / North West
Contact Name: Danny Collins
  • Full Time
  • Anywhere

Location: Manchester. We encourage candidates that wish to be based elsewhere in the North West to apply.

Job description

This position of associate/associate director economics/planning is to play a leading role in the Economics team marketing and securing work and directing, managing and working on projects.

The Savills Economics team has established a reputation as one of the leading players in the UK covering property and economic analysis and research.

We work on major projects including:

  • Manchester High Speed 2 stations development frameworks for Manchester City Council
  • Development and Infrastructure Investment Framework for Ellesmere Port Industrial Area
  • Various Levelling Up funding bids across the region
  • Developing a transformational town Centre Masterplan for West Bromwich
  • Town Investment Plan Business Cases for Bolton Council
  • Developing an ambitious Place Strategy for Newark on Trent
  • Land value uplift and capture analysis for Transport for London
  • Preparation of an Innovation Quarter business plan for Trinity College Dublin
  • Electric vehicle charging market research for an institutional investor
  • Economic benefits assessments, social value analysis, social infrastructure analysis and negotiations, and funding bids and business cases for a range of developers, land owners and public sector clients

The remit of the Economics team is to lead on work in the field of property, planning and economics, covering:

  • Preparing and influencing economic, planning, property, regeneration, and infrastructure development strategy, policy and research at national, sub-regional and local levels
  • Establishing the economic, financial and business cases for projects and programmes, including major proposals and estate/property initiatives
  • Carrying out social and economic impact assessments, for example as part of the formal environmental impact assessment (EIA) process
  • Developing new business opportunities in the field of economic consultancy as opportunities arise
  • The team draws upon and works with other teams in Savills, for example its remit includes working with the Savills Research, Planning and Development teams to jointly develop areas of research that
    will raise the profile of the company

The position is Manchester based however there are opportunities for flexible working and Savills have a number of offices across the region. We encourage candidates that wish to be based elsewhere in the North West to apply.

The role of the associate/associate director is to:

  • Support the head of department and directors in building up the Economics team
  • Work with the head of department and directors in preparing and updating the team’s business plan
  • Lead on/work with others on marketing and bids to secure work
  • Manage larger projects
  • Direct small/medium size projects, leading on to directing larger projects with successful performance
  • Working with the head of department and directors to ensure the profitable performance of the team in line with agreed targets
  • Develop new business opportunities in the field of economic consultancy (specific areas to be agreed, and ideas from candidates are welcome)
  • Manage other staff as appropriate with successful growth of the team

Key activities:

  • Business planning and setting of strategy
  • Marketing
  • Draw up, present and negotiate competitive proposals
  • Liaise and cultivate good relationships with clients and fellow professionals
  • Builds relationships with other divisions with a view to create joint business development opportunities
  • Take responsibility for projects from the earliest stages through to completion
  • Undertake research and analysis
  • Develop creative and original solutions to satisfy all parties
  • Write complex reports, interpreting data and making clear and relevant recommendations
  • Prepare/make presentations at meetings
  • Communicate and negotiate effectively with clients and colleagues
  • Effective financial management of projects to ensure profitable delivery
  • Team building
  • Management of junior staff (with successful growth of the team)
  • Maintain an awareness of market conditions and the impact of government policies
  • Keep informed about documents relating to relevant policy and practice
  • Attends external events to create local contacts and identify business opportunities

Candidate profile:

  • Excellent written and communication skills
  • Detail conscious, accurate
  • Thrives under pressure, can work to tight deadlines
  • Team player
  • Strives to deliver an exceptional level of service to clients at all times
  • A good knowledge of micro-economics principles and concepts, feasibility studies and business plans, and ability to effectively apply this knowledge to the team’s areas of work
  • A good knowledge of the UK planning system and how to prepare property development frameworks and strategies
  • Numerical and analytic skills, preferably including modelling expertise (usual in Excel) and ability to carry out property appraisals
  • Expertise in successfully managing projects and teams to budget and programme (essential)
  • Consultancy experience (strongly desirable)
  • A degree in town planning, geography, property surveying, economics, or a related discipline, or equivalent experience
  • An MSc/MBA/equivalent qualification in a relevant field (desirable), or overall equivalent experience
  • Membership of an appropriate professional institution such as the RTPI and/or RICS (desirable)

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