Senior Consultant Planner - Melbourne, Sydney or Canberra

  • Shape public policy
  • B Corp certified company
  • Permanent, full-time role

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The opportunity

SGS works for the public interest and aspire to provide Australia’s best independent policy advice. This is an opportunity to do work that is meaningful and have positive impact on local communities. We are seeking a Senior Consultant Planner with formal qualifications in urban or regional planning who understands the drivers of urban and regional development and what shapes great places.

The ideal candidate will have four to five years’ work experience in the private or public sector and experience leading a small multidisciplinary team.

Our team strives to use the latest data and research to address real-world problems. This role will be best suited to someone who has a keen interest in how cities function, social and affordable housing and/or data and GIS analysis. Experience in evidence-based strategic planning and a demonstrated understanding of public policy development is advantageous. Experience in project management and preparing high quality engaging reports, presentations and proposals for clients and understanding of the importance of communication, is essential.

Highly desirable applicants are those who can demonstrate both strong technical capabilities and the ability to extract and communicate the narrative and policy implications from their work. Applicants must show a keen interest in major planning, societal, environmental and policy issues and be able to work autonomously and alongside a passionate team of professionals from varied backgrounds.

While based in our Melbourne, Sydney or Canberra office, you will work with clients across Australia and New Zealand and, on occasion, elsewhere internationally.

The benefits of being part of our team


SGS works for the public interest and aspire to provide Australia’s best independent policy advice. This is an opportunity to do work that is meaningful and have positive impact on local communities. Our commitment to social good is woven into the fabric of our culture. A certified Benefit Corporation (B Corp), we are part of a global movement of people working for a more equitable, prosperous, and sustainable society. That is the kind of work you can expect at SGS.

Employee owned company

We are an employee-owned organisation dedicated to helping business and government make successful policy and strategy decisions for the public interest. We invest our time, our resources, and our very best thinking to solving pressing issues for our clients.

Our team

We are a cohesive multidisciplinary team that range from analytical thinkers, data enthusiasts and those who are curious about how places and communities work. We offer an inclusive and supportive work environment. Our approach to work is team based, we encourage our team to collaborate in new and exciting ways virtually and in our offices.


We understand that workplace flexibility is important, we seek to support our team with working arrangements that allow for greater balance. We will ensure you are equipped to complete your work from our office and your home office. We are committed to the ongoing improvement of gender equality in the workforce and have a substantial Parental Leave policy that allows our team to take time off when it matters most. In addition, we have a range of wellbeing initiatives, leave and policies that support your ongoing health.


We have a large focus on ongoing professional development. As an important member of our team, you will learn and collaborate with senior team members while also participating in formal training aimed to build consulting expertise across a range of interesting and exciting projects. We also hold weekly workshops, courses and presentations to share knowledge and skills collaboratively.

Apply today

Please submit your resume, a cover letter that includes a response to the expectations, requirements, skills and attributes of the role, outlined in the attached Position Description to by 10th of November, 2021.

Click here to download the Position Description.

Note: All applicants must have the right to work in Australia.