Associate Director – Sydney CBD and Parramatta

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About the role

  • Miss that boutique planning firm feel, where you are not just a number?
  • Join a leading National planning firm
  • Permanent role with opportunity for career progression
  • Flexible, vibrant work environment with close-knit supportive team
  • Access to experienced urban planning mentors/ Directors

Who is Mecone?

Mecone values our people, we are committed to the creation of better urban environments and pride ourselves in the calibre of our employees to deliver superior client outcomes, while fostering an inclusive, diverse supportive culture for our team.

Mecone is a national company of urban planning specialists providing advice and services in strategic planning, statutory planning, integrated land use and transport planning and urban analytics.

In addition to our competitive employee value proposition (think rewards, recognition, and generous employee bonus scheme!) and close-knit team, Mecone offers interesting, challenging work on a range of projects across metro Sydney, with a focus on large scale transformational project, being mentored by the best in the business.

Position Description

We are seeking an Associate Director who is a business driven, passionate leader to join our Sydney CBD or Western Sydney (based in Parramatta) teams. The roles will support the Statutory team and its Directors to provide urban planning service and advice with a focus on major statutory and strategic planning projects

About you

  • Degree qualified in relevant discipline
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • 6-10 years’ experience, with prior experience in both private and public planning roles preferred
  • Able to lead from the front and mentor other planners
  • Commercially astute and effective project manager
  • Pragmatic decision maker and ability to work independently
  • Ability to astutely apply and articulate relevant statutory planning issues
  • Australian citizen or appropriate work visa
  • Commitment to workplace flexibility, diversity, equality and environmental sustainability

Your key responsibilities will be:

Consultancy Services

  • Demonstrate high level of statutory, strategic and land use planning principles at a strategic and technical level to provide practical and expert planning advice to clients and the project team.
  • Provide high-quality deliverables across all three business areas including but not limited to Planning Proposals, Statement of Environmental Effects, Strategic Planning Reports, Clause 4.6 Variations, Expert advice and reports for Land and Environment Court,
  • Direct, and independent contact as a senior representative of Mecone, with senior government agency staff (Council, DPE etc) to progress planning applications and consulting work
  • Prepare, or manage the preparation of high-quality planning reports adhering to quality assurance practices.
  • Ability to attend and represent Mecone as a key team leader at client workshops/meetings and provide advice on planning matters

Project and Team Management

  • Ability to manage and progress projects with minimal oversight including direct contact with client PMs
  • Awareness and tracking of project budgets
  • Management and prioritisation of competing deadlines, alerting Directors where capacity issues are foreseeable
  • Prepare monthly invoices for review by Directors for projects
  • Provide mentoring and coaching to team members for technical planning competence and consultancy skills

Marketing and Business Development

  • Undertake business development activities and make a positive contribution to new business and work pipeline
  • Leverage strong property industry network to improve Mecone’s profile and opportunities.
  • Prepare fee proposals and tender responses
  • Awareness of planning trends and ability to identify further work opportunities from these for existing jobs and clients
  • Ability to provide engaging thought leadership, commentary, and project update content for use on social media

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