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Urban Planner

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Date: Jan 23, 2023

Location: Melbourne, Victoria, AU

Company: Hatch

Requisition ID: 79263 

Job Category: Consulting 

Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 

With over six decades of business and technical experience in the mining, energy, and infrastructure sectors, we see challenges evolving in every industry. We respond quickly with solutions that are smarter, more efficient, and innovative. We draw upon our 9,000 staff, with experience in over 150 countries, to challenge the status quo and create positive change for our clients, our employees, and the communities we serve.

Our expertise in infrastructure includes aviation, highways and bridges, planning and advisory services, ports, rail and transit, tunnels, and water. Want to be part of the creation and construction of our cities? Then the infrastructure team is for you!


We are seeking an urban planner with up to 5 years planning experience support to our planning, place and design teams; assist in the preparation of a range of urban planning proposals and strategies; and provide high quality, client responsive service and expert technical advice and direction on a range of multi- disciplinary projects, contributing to the growth of our place-led design service across Australia.


As the successful candidate, you will:


  • Assist in the preparation of planning documentation, strategies, and applications;
  • Collaborate with design team to ensure outputs meet statutory and strategic planning requirements;
  • Assist with the evolution of place led planning and design ideas and concepts, including compliance with regulatory and associated legal requirements and prepare strategies to convert proposals to approval;
  • Coordinate work completed by project consultants and design team members;
  • Undertake research and obtain insights, conclusions, and recommendations from complex data to inform proposals and incorporate into strategies and projects across planning, place and design disciplines;
  • Assist with knowledge transfer through project participation as well as in-house professional development initiatives;
  • Provide statutory and strategic urban planning advice and assistance to urban design related and multi-disciplinary projects covering project visioning, development strategy, master planning and subdivision, development applications and guidelines, form-based codes and regeneration strategies.


Experience and Competencies


  • Experience within state or local government, or the private sector, and possesses a sound understanding of Victorian state and local government processes, policy and legislation;
  • A working knowledge and understanding of placemaking and design principles, techniques and processes;
  • Previous experience in negotiating, assessing or preparing planning applications including subdivision and/ or development approvals, or strategic planning policy, instruments and frameworks;
  • Demonstrated understanding of the importance of a strong company culture to share, lead and inspire;
  • A demonstrated passion for the built environment and the delivery of sustainable communities;
  • Excellent negotiation and communication skills (verbal and written);
  • Strong capacity for teamwork and interpersonal/social skills;
  • Strong analytical and report writing skills, and verbal communications skills;
  • Demonstrated effective time management skills including the ability to prioritise workloads and perform tasks efficiently and demonstrated accuracy, attention to detail and high levels of presentation;
  • A high standard of professional and personal ethics and integrity.


You bring to the role:


  • Bachelor qualifications in urban planning, geography, urban design, landscape architecture, or related built environment discipline (essential);
  • Postgraduate qualification in urban planning or related built environment discipline (desirable);
  • Microsoft Office applications (essential);
  • Emerging urban design skills (desirable);
  • Ability to use design software, including Adobe Professional suite, (desirable).


Why join us?


Hatch RobertsDay is an award-winning practice of urban planners, designers, economists and placemakers at the forefront of shaping the future of cities. Together with our clients, we create great places that inspire positive change. Following 27 years of service as Australia’s leading place, design and planning consultancy, RobertsDay recently integrated with the global company Hatch to provide solutions to its clients with a global reach to best practice.  We work with our clients to imagine and build cities of the future through a constant commitment to innovation and cutting-edge technology.  Our drive is to be at the forefront of shaping the future of cities through a highly specialised place-led and design focused practice that is centred around getting great development built.


As part of Hatch’s Urban Solutions team, we leverage robust quantitative evidence, deep technical expertise and ambitious strategic vision to help public and private sector clients navigate accelerating urban change. Networked across four continents, we draw upon the experience of our people in over 150 countries to drive smarter, more competitive and inclusive development. We draw upon the considerable depth of experience across urban design, planning, place, urban economics and climate change, to challenge the status quo and create positive change for our clients, our employees, and the communities we serve.


We place collaboration above all else – it drives the way we service our clients and create alliances with our co-consultants, and pride ourselves on fostering a happy, inclusive and collegiate team environment and are committed to fostering an inclusive and collegiate team environment. We offer a broad range of benefits, flexible working arrangements and professional development opportunities, and provide ongoing support for the development of your career.

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