Engagement Consultant Wanted

Soundings is Recruiting

April 2019

Engagement Consultant

Location: London, Shoreditch EC2A
Salary: £20k – £28k, dependent upon experience
Apply to: recruitment@soundingsoffice.com with a CV and a covering letter of no more than one page
Starting date: as soon as possible

About Soundings:
Soundings is a field leader in public consultation and engagement on some of London’s most high-profile planning projects, creating and delivering bespoke programmes of community involvement and participation. Our work is based predominantly in London and across the South East. Our work spans public and private sectors, residential, commercial and mixed-use developments, meanwhile projects and community

About the job:
Engagement Consultants are a vital part of our team, providing support across a range of consultation projects, working alongside developers, local authorities, architects, multidisciplinary teams, agencies and communities. Engagement Consultants help provide an integrated approach that actively supports complex design and regeneration projects.

You will work in teams of about 4 people and across multiple projects at any one time.
You will be an enthusiastic and natural communicator with excellent written and oral communications skills. This will be combined with an understanding of the role of consultation and engagement in community planning. Knowledge of planning, urban design, local government and/or architecture is an advantage but not essential.

This role offers a unique opportunity to make lasting and genuine contributions in shaping large-scale regeneration and strategic projects across London and the South East. You’ll be involved in extensive community outreach will have the opportunity to devise creative techniques to increase participation in the design and development process. You’ll also be required to devise high-quality communications to ensure maximum engagement, and this will include the use of websites and social media.

A great place to work:
Our people are our most valuable asset and we encourage people from all types of backgrounds to be part of our business, ranging from architecture and urbanism, to planning and geography, to politics, community engagement and creative practice, as well as graphic design and communications. We encourage our staff to develop their skills and reach their full potential and actively support them in this. Everyone is treated with respect and their opinion is valued no matter their level.

We offer an extraordinary collaborative working alongside dedicated, likeminded, ambitious and supportive colleagues to deliver excellence and the highest standards. In an ever changing and unpredictable context, we have to be responsive to the needs of project timescales, community feedback and politics and sometimes challenging our clients when needed to ensure the best outcome for the project and process.

The range of regeneration and development projects we work on offer an unmatched insight into London and the huge transformation it and its communities are undergoing. Project teams work from ‘penthouse to pavement’ creating a unique experience.

As an Engagement consultant will:
Work flexibly, in teams and across a number of projects
Conduct studies of local areas and their communities
Support teams to engage and consult with residents, community groups, businesses and the “hard-to-reach”
Work alongside, and liaise with, architects, planners and other professional consultants
Help design and produce content for pop-up events, exhibitions and workshops
Help plan and set-up events
Organise, attend and record meetings and events with a range of stakeholders
Database, analyse and report on findings from consultation
Handle other office duties as appropriate

Essential skills:
Good research and writing skills
You will be interested in the built environment and be educated to degree level (recent graduates are also welcome)
You will have used, or be prepared to learn, InDesign to support the production of graphic presentational materials
Competent level of IT skills
Comfortable dealing with people in public, enjoy public interaction and be a good listener
A keen eye for detail

Desirable skills:
Experience in community consultation and engagement, or through postgraduate studies
Understanding of social media
A knowledge of/interest in planning policies on a local and national level

Key qualities:
Proactive – take initiative to add creativity to consultation projects/events
Energetic and friendly – willing to proactively engage with a wide range of people
Good time management and ability to prioritise own work
Collaborative – projects often involve working as part of a larger consultant team that consist of architects, the council/developer and various other practitioners related to a development /regeneration project

After you successfully complete your probation period (6 months), you will receive access to full company benefits including Private health care, medical cash plan and income protection
25 days annual holiday (and public holidays) in addition to lieu time that can be built up if working at weekends

How to apply:
Please send us your CV and a covering letter of no more than one page to recruitment@soundingsoffice.com by 28 April 2019. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the position may be filled ahead of the deadline.


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