Graduate/Assistant Town Planner

Cairn Homes plc (“Cairn”) is committed to building high-quality, competitively-priced, sustainable new homes in great locations. Having delivered a successful IPO on the London Stock Exchange in June 2015, we also listed on Euronext Dublin in July 2017. Our objective is to be the leading Irish homebuilder by building and creating places and homes where people love to live.

Cairn has a clearly defined operating model which brings together our enabling and delivery functions based on efficient, mature and collaborative processes which are aligned to our people, structures and governance framework. We are also committed to developing our strong culture as a source of competitive advantage and providing a challenging and rewarding working environment for our team.  At Cairn, the homeowner is at the very centre of the design process and we strive to provide an unparalleled customer service throughout each stage of the home-buying journey. A new Cairn home is thoughtfully designed and built to last with a focus on creating shared spaces and environments where communities prosper.

Cairn is well positioned to continue to expand our operations with a highly attractive, wholly owned land bank of c. 17,000 units across 35 residential and mixed use development sites. We are active on 16 sites in the Greater Dublin Area which will deliver over 6,750 new homes with a number of new site commencements anticipated over the next 6-12 months.

Cairn plc. has a unique opportunity for a Graduate/Assistant Town Planner to join their existing in-house planning team. We require a motivated team player who is keen to learn and enjoys contributing to the successful delivery of residential and mixed use projects.

This role will provide the successful candidate with the opportunity to be a part of an established planning team and to assist in the forward planning, analytical, development control and construction side of the business.  The role will involve providing support to our external consultants and design teams during the planning process and beyond through to compliance and taking in charge. The successful candidate will assist the team in managing an existing portfolio of residential and mixed use sites throughout Ireland and identifying future development opportunities based on factual information including development plans, CSO statistics, geographical information, new employment centres etc.

Key responsibilities:

Typically the candidate will be expected to undertake and assist with the following duties:

  • Assist the Planning team to ensure timely delivery of all statutory certification and planning compliance documentation, in line with the planning process.
  • Assist in the management and co-ordination of multiple design teams of varying disciplines to meet challenging deadlines.
  • Carry out focused research of particular geographical areas, employment sectors and/or infrastructural improvements using an internal ArcGIS database and other software.
  • Be responsible for monitoring development plans throughout the country and preparing focused representations to improve the development potential of Cairn sites;
  • Undertake site visits and carry out feasibility studies of potential sites; and
  • Review local and national planning policy.
  • Provide support to the Planning team, with planning compliance tracker, calendar management, monthly report compilation, and general administration.

The candidate:

The successful candidate will have:

  • A recognised (IPI or RTPI) planning qualification;
  • A reasonable understanding of the construction process post planning decision desirable;
  • The ability to demonstrate good analytical and IT skills;
  • Strong report writing and presentation skills and the ability to communicate clearly with others;
  • An ability to multi-task in a busy environment where relationships, organisation, and a high attention to detail is required; and
  • The ability to work independently using their own initiative in an organised manner but also be a strong team player.

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