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Assistant Architectural Designer

Rydon Homes
Forest Row, East Sussex (Hybrid)
Competitive Salary + Benefits
Closing date
29 Feb 2024

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Job (Function)
Architectural Assistant
Contract Type
Full Time

As part of our continued growth and success we are looking for an Assistant Architectural Designer to join our busy Rydon Homes Design and Planning team in Forest Row, East Sussex.

Rydon Homes is our specialist residential development company and has a long history of designing and building high specification homes particularly in the South-East of England.

This is an exciting opportunity to join our experienced team and assist with the development of new residential projects and future business growth plans along with an excellent opportunity for personal future development.

Job Purpose

You will work as an integral part of our Design and Planning team based in Forest Row, East Sussex. This team is responsible for optimising land development opportunities and undertaking the full architectural design process for our new-build residential schemes. We convert these opportunities into quality places where people choose to live.

This role will ideally suit a recent architectural graduate (or a candidate studying towards an architectural qualification) looking to further develop their career and an exciting opportunity to assist our experienced teams through the design development process. 

With full training provided you will work as an integral part of our Design and Planning team and you will be involved in producing layouts and house design drawings using CAD software and manual drawing techniques. You will have the creativity to shape innovative and unique designs whilst ensuring that all layouts and drawings are compliant with industry codes and legal standards. You will be communicating with external consultants who support the application design process, prepare technical reports and Design and Access Statements (DAS) to support planning applications. Together, with the preparation of presentation material to Parish Councils and other Stakeholder organisations for public exhibitions and pre application meetings. You will be seeing the design development process through to the compilation of packages for submission of residential development application proposals to Local Planning Authorities.

You will work closely with all members of the Design and Planning team and you will be involved with all stages of the design process from pre planning through to the submission of applications and ultimate decision by the Local Planning Authority. Working closely with our Architectural Design and Planning Coordinator and Architect you will develop presentation material, drawing by hand and in electronic media, for layouts, house designs, street scenes and brochures amongst other documents.

This is a varied and challenging role that will provide the successful candidate with excellent opportunities for onward development/progression. The position is offered on a full time permanent basis, working hours Monday to Friday 8:30am to 5pm.

What we can offer you;

  • A competitive starting salary.
  • 25 days holiday with the ability to increase up to 30 days.
  • Hybrid Working.
  • Access to an employee discount scheme which includes a wide-range of special offers and discounts on insurances, lifestyle goods and services.
  • Company pension, life assurance and income protection
  • Flexible benefits for you to choose from including Critical Illness, DenPlan and a Cycle to Work scheme.
  • Health and wellness benefits such as free flu vaccinations, access to an Employee Assistance and Wellbeing Programme, BUPA Health & Wellbeing Plans, access to our Health and Wellbeing portal with an extensive range of advice and resources and much much more.

Experience Required

The preferred candidate will ideally hold an architectural degree and perhaps have some previous experience of working within a developer and/or architectural technical team with experience of residential design post qualification experience, although candidates with experience in a similar role without a professional qualification or currently studying towards one will also be strongly considered.

You will be a highly creative individual with good spatial design awareness and have the ability to prepare architectural drawings, by hand and electronically in AutoCAD and Photoshop and/or InDesign. Some 3D modelling experience would also be beneficial however is not essential. In addition, knowledge of planning policy and an understanding of building regulations and other regulatory requirements would also be beneficial although not essential.

Above all, the preferred candidate should be keen to work as part of a team, have excellent communication skills (written and verbal) and be looking for a career with extensive opportunity for personal development. 

Additional Information

As a well established, progressive company we are committed to attracting and retaining individuals by offering an excellent benefits package that includes a wide range of core and voluntary benefits.

Rydon is an equal opportunities employer and promotes diversity in employment. Successful candidates will be selected solely on their ability to carry out the duties of the post.  

If you are keen to join a business that takes pride in providing a friendly yet quality focused approach to development and you have the experience above, we would strongly encourage you to apply. Please click apply and send your updated CV. If you have any questions please call 0203 946 1242 (applicants only, no agencies please).

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