Graduate Landscape Architect – Manchester or Leeds – UK – Permanent full-time – hybrid working

Are you looking for a graduate position with the opportunity to work on some amazing projects and get mentored experience in a supportive working environment with flexible working arrangements? If the answer is yes, then apply now!

We are seeking talented and creative Landscape Architect Graduates, to join our busy design studios in Leeds and Manchester where we have a young, friendly and ambitious team, with a variety of backgrounds and experiences.

Now in its 60th year, Gillespies is one of the UK's most respected landscape design and masterplanning practices, with an outstanding reputation for delivering responsibly designed, transformative and award-winning spaces that add real value to people's lives. Our projects include some of the most exciting in the UK and beyond – take a look at our website.

The Role

Having grown significantly over the past year, we are looking for new graduates to help us continue this in 2022/ 2023. Our designers underpin our success and in this role you will have a direct impact on the business, working with our senior design team. In return, you will get exposure to exciting projects and mentoring towards your P2C qualification.

In order to thrive in this position, you will need to be talented and enthusiastic and, of course, have a willingness to learn. Your main responsibilities will include providing support on all the different stages of the design process.

  • Explore ideas with the team
  • Prepare sketch work and illustrative materials
  • Research project briefs, materials and construction products
  • Assist in the preparation of presentation materials in a range of mediums
  • Draft and amend concept and detail designs by CAD and/or by hand.
  • Assist in the preparation of drawings for planning and building control approval, tender and construction purposes
  • Attend internal and external meetings

What we look for:

This is not an exhaustive list and above all we are looking for someone with the right attitude, who wants to work hard and be part of the success of a fast-growing team. Ideally, you will have:

  • A strong design record, including relevant software knowledge
  • Creative ability, imagination and enthusiasm
  • A concern for the environment and understanding of current issues affecting design
  • Have a demonstrable work ethic
  • Good observation skills and an eye for detail

Qualifications and training

  • Relevant degree or undergraduate qualification in Landscape / Urban Design /Architecture
  • 0-2 years of professional working experience in a Landscape practice
  • Student licentiate member of LI (or equivalent) working towards joining P2C

Key skills

  • Basic understanding of the technical standards and regulations pertinent to our industry
  • Developing written, hand drawing and verbal communication skills
  • Sound working knowledge of software packages pertinent to the task required

Benefits and rewards

The friendly and supportive culture at Gillespies is something we are proud of, and we offer a range of benefits:

  • A competitive salary
  • Great office locations (Central Leeds and Hale near Manchester)
  • A 'flexi-hours' scheme to allow for a healthy work-life balance
  • 2 days a week working from home for full-time staff or 1 day a week for part-time staff
  • Enhanced holiday allowance (starting 23 days per annum and increasing up to 30 days) plus Bank Holidays
  • Friendly, sociable open plan office environment with unlimited tea/ coffee and weekly fruit basket
  • Structured Pathway to Chartership support with paid exams, leave allowance for revision/exam, experienced mentor support
  • Cycle to work scheme (entitling you to a tax-free bike)
  • Life Assurance (4 x annual salary)
  • Employee Assistance Programme – with free access to specialist external advice and counselling
  • Workplace pension
  • Paid professional membership fees
  • Employee social events
  • One paid day a year for volunteer activities
  • Recruitment bonus
  • Perkbox - employee benefits platform (a selection of over 250 perks chosen to support employees’ financial, physical and emotional wellbeing)

To Apply:

If you think you are a suitable match for these roles, please email your CV and a summary portfolio of your work (10MB maximum) to: north.recruitment@gillespies.co.uk

References will be required following interview.

Gillespies is an equal opportunities employer. We regret that we can only respond to successful applications.