Senior Landscape Architects (with a strong interest in planning) – Manchester and Leeds, UK – Permanent full-time role + hybrid working

Are you looking for an exciting design role with the opportunity to work on some amazing projects in a supportive working environment with flexible working arrangements? If the answer is yes, then apply now!

We are seeking talented and creative Landscape Architects, 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 landscape architects 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 collaboratively with our senior design team. In return you will get exposure to exciting projects and, if relevant, 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, work collaboratively with colleagues and be self-sufficient with a ‘can-do’ attitude. Your main responsibilities will include providing project support on all the RIBA work stages, mentoring junior staff and designing sustainable places for the 21st century.

You will be expected to:

  • 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:

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. Candidates who are recently Chartered would be desirable but not essential, but ideally you will have:

  • At least 2 to 3-years of professional experience
  • 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
  • Good observation skills and an eye for detail

Qualifications and training

  • Relevant degree or undergraduate qualification in Landscape / Urban Design /Architecture
  • 2+ years of professional working experience in a Landscape practice
  • Recently Chartered or a student licentiate member of LI (or equivalent) on the P2C pathway

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 with a range of benefits
    • A 'flexi-hours' scheme to allow for a healthy work-life balance
    • Hybrid working - up to 2 days a week working from home for full-time staff or 1 day a week for part-time staff.
    • Friendly, sociable open-plan office environment
    • Pathway to Chartership support (if relevant)
    • Cycle to work scheme (entitling you to a tax-free bike)
    • Life Assurance (4 x annual salary)
    • Enhanced holiday allowance (25 days per annum starting and going up to 30 days) plus Bank Holidays
    • 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 - access to employee flexible benefits platform and wellness hub (a selection of over 250 perks 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.