Immediate start

East of England

With nearly 300 planners across the UK, we are the largest planning department in any mainstream real estate practice with a reputation for success and professionalism. We work with all types of property, but have specialisms in urban mixed use, housing, retail, major sports venues, energy, master planning, urban design, environmental impact assessment, community engagement, heritage and Section 106 agreements/Community Infrastructure Levy.

We promote land as part of Local Plans and seek to secure planning permissions for everything from major urban extensions to modest domestic extensions. Our department consists of planners skilled in assembling evidence and building a case to achieve planning permission from local authorities, planning inspectors and government ministers.

The Cambridge Planning team works with colleagues in our Chelmsford office and covers the whole of the East of England.

About this role

“As a planning Graduate you will be expected to prepare planning appraisals, undertake research and analysis, prepare planning applications, contribute to the preparation/editing of Design and Access Statements, Sustainability Statements and other planning documents. There will be a variety of exciting projects to work on, helping develop your knowledge and skills. Your input is an essential part of our working processes”.

How you’ll make an impact

  • High attention to detail, well organised and a proactive approach
  • Strong verbal, numerical and report writing skills
  • A team player with leadership potential
  • Strategic approach to problem solving
  • Highly motivated
  • Computer literate

Ahead of anything else, we look for individualism and diversity in our graduate intake - so it's very important at every stage of the selection process that you take the opportunity to show us what you're really like. Be honest and above all, be yourself.


We provide comprehensive training and revision programmes to support you passing your APC and you will be allocated a mentor to ensure you are on track with your experience, knowledge and understanding, and in some cases this is someone who has recently passed their APC.

During the two year training programme you will work with people in the Planning department to build up a variety of experience and contacts to be able to meet APC requirements, but also to cross sell and share information as you progress through the business. Experiencing a variety of teams and working styles is fundamental to developing your understanding of Savills, the market and our clients.

As a graduate, you'll also have regular opportunities to attend technical, business skills and personal development activities - including conferences, courses, lectures, networking, revision sessions and social events.

Career development

Once you've successfully passed your APC and become a member of the Royal Institution of Town Planners (RTPI), you'll continue to receive training and career development opportunities. We ensure that your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is current and that all staff are fully up-to-date with changes to legislation and business needs.


  • Permanent Contract for all graduates, as opposed to a 2 year training contract
  • Interest free season ticket loan
  • Pension Scheme – Royal London
  • Company mobile phone
  • Training and APC costs covered
  • 25 days annual leave (20 days if you are studying a part time masters and 25 afterwards)
  • Employee discounts - save money using our MyRewards on thousands of discounts and offers
  • Pitch your idea to our Board via the Savills Dragons Den (Innovation and growth initiative)
  • Sports activities (Hockey, Netball, Skiing, Rugby, Football, Cricket, Badminton & Squash)
  • Employee Assistance Programme – A 24 hour service available to all staff and completely confidential
  • Discretionary bonus scheme
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • ShareSave - Save As You Earn share option scheme

Please note you will need to have the right to work in the UK for 5 years from the start date on the Graduate Scheme, in to apply for this role, due to the volume of applications we receive.

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