Graduate Urban Designer - Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames

£21,591 - £25,809 per annum

Appointment Type: Fixed term - 1 year
Job Term: Full time
Hours: 36

About the role

We are recruiting for an Urban Design Graduate to join our Regeneration team at Kingston. This is an exciting opportunity to work with a variety of people across the borough to help shape its built environment.

About you

For the Urban Design post we’re looking for someone who can combine enthusiasm, drive and creativity to push projects forward. Finding the right people to build our staff team is critical to our future success. We’re therefore looking for an enthusiastic person who has the ability to think creatively, work flexibly and has excellent interpersonal skills to help form productive relationships with people at all levels.

You’ll need to have good communication and negotiation skills with the ability to put your ideas across clearly to colleagues and customers - both in person and in writing, and you’ll need to demonstrate the ability to manage and prioritise your workload effectively in order to work on a number of projects simultaneously.

You can expect a lot of variety as our team work on a number of projects across council from Master planning to detailed design, supporting and advising to leading change. We have strong growth and co-design agenda which will be transforming the borough in new collaborative and exciting ways. There are opportunities for additional training and we'll teach you all you need to know to succeed in this role, giving you a solid grounding in Urban Design and for you to gain a real understanding of this varied role in the public sector.

Previous experience of working in a similar role isn't required but you should have a degree in Architecture, Landscape, Planning or Social Sciences with a keen interest in Urban Design and the built environment. It is beneficial for you to be able to communicate ideas through drawing and have knowledge of CAD (2D and 3D) and Adobe Creative Suite skills.

If you think you have the right skills, capability and attitude to work with us on this exciting journey, then we want to hear from you.

Benefits we offer

Kingston Council has good access to central London and our offices are a short walk from the station based in the middle of the historic and vibrant high street next to the open spaces of the river Thames, offering a wide range of shops, restaurants and leisure facilities; all making for a desirable place to live and work.

The successful candidate will have access to a wide range of staff benefits, some of which include:

  • 23 days annual leave - In addition you will receive 8 statutory bank holidays
  • Local government pension scheme
  • Interest free season loan ticket
  • Cycle to work and Zip Car Scheme
  • Discounts on a range of local shops, restaurants, gyms and leisure centres
  • Comprehensive Learning and Development programme
  • A forward thinking and networked organisation where employee’s views are valued
  • Modern and flexible working environment allowing employees to benefit from agile working practices

If you would like to find out further information about this opportunity, please contact Chloe Clay on for an informal discussion.


To apply please complete our online application form, making sure you provide a supporting statement outlining what skills, experience and abilities you can bring. Please ensure you refer to the job profile when completing your supporting statement.

The Royal Borough of Kingston is Disability Confident Committed.  We guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the advertised role and ensure that our recruitment and selection process is inclusive and accessible.

We particularly welcome applications from black and minority ethnic candidates as they are under represented within the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames.