JOB: Assistant Planning Manager

The co-operativeAssistant Planning Manager

Up to £36,000 per annum


The Co-operative Group is changing; our new Group Purpose: "Championing a better way of doing business for you and your communities" represents a return to our roots; a turnaround that will see our business re-focus on its founding principles, and through commercial success, create real value & benefits for our customers and the communities in which we operate.

As custodians of the Group's extensive property assets, the Commercial & Investment team play a pivotal role in driving value from our non-trading properties through creative asset management, town planning and cost mitigation activities. With a value enhancement target of £50m to deliver over the next three years, we are looking to strengthen the team with the appointment of an Assistant Planning Manager.

Based in Manchester, you'll provide strategic planning advice to the Commercial & Investment Team to support the delivery of Group targets in asset management and value generation. You'll be a strategic thinker, have a sound understanding of Local Government practice & politics, and be commercially aware. The role is broad-ranged covering a diverse spectrum of property types and sectors from retail to agricultural.

We are looking for recently qualified MRTPI candidates or those eligible for membership, who are hard-working, commercially aware and passionate about property and planning. You'll have a clear understanding of emerging policy trends and an ability to resolve complex issues and create clear, flexible and profitable strategies. You'll also be capable of managing your own workload through the preparation and submission of planning applications and managing sub consultants, budgets and management information effectively.

In return, we offer a competitive salary of up to £36,000 for exceptional candidates, plus company car, flexible working arrangements and a range of other benefits including generous holidays, a Group pension, or allowance and employee discounts.

Apply on-line by 23 January 2015 by going to

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