What we do

DPDS offers a comprehensive range of planning, architectural and development related services to both public and private sector clients including major house builders, public bodies, retailers, local authorities as well as other property developers and private individuals.

Our staff are able to provide in depth local knowledge and expertise in all aspects of planning, development, landscape, environmental assessments, masterplanning and urban design, heritage and architectural design.

Who we need

We always have openings for enthusiastic, bright and committed people. If you are interested in working with us, please send your CV, along with a statement explaining your interest in DPDS, a summary of your ambitions and details of your current employment package.

If you are applying for an architectural or urban design position, please also include examples from your portfolio (including student work if recently qualified).

Our commitment

DPDS is RICS Regulated and has achieved a Quality Assurance accreditation under the provisions of ISO 9001 : 2015 and is committed to a programme of continued professional development for all staff.

DPDS provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, gender, sexual orientation age or disability.


Vacancy – DPDS Consulting Group

Position   Secretary to Managing Director

Location   Swindon

We are seeking an experienced Secretary to assist the Managing Director. Based in Swindon. DPDS Consulting Group is a multi-disciplinary professional practice, which covers Architecture, Urban Design, Landscape Architecture, Graphic Design, Environment and Town Planning. The business has been established for over 36 years. Our clients range from private individuals to large companies, developers, institutions and Local Authorities.

As Secretary you will provide secretarial, administrative, organisation, professional and business support to the MD along with other members of the professional team, with flexibility to provide support to cover a number of support roles.

The role will involve, but not be limited to:

  • A wide variety of secretarial and administrative duties for the Managing Director, including audio and copy typing, preparation and production of correspondence and reports.
  • Ideal candidate will have experience with InDesign and/or Photoshop and be able to prepare and amend documents. Experience of Powerpoint would be an advantage.
  • Maintenance and updating of company website using WordPress.
  • Specific project work, such as research, monitoring and ensuring deadlines are met, to support the MD.
  • Maintain and improve relationships with old, new and existing clients, including marketing and business development.
  • Monitoring tender portals and preparation and submission of tender documentation.
  • Ensuring that the Company adheres to its Quality Assurance obligations by the maintenance of reference documents and liaison with the QA Manager.
  • Preparation of documents for contracts.
  • Co-ordinate and facilitate human resource administration procedures and documentation for the office; co-ordinate recruitment, as appropriate.
  • To act as main point of contact for the IT Manager in terms of troubleshooting and coordination.

What will you need to succeed?

  • Previous experience as a professional Secretary, ideally within a professional office environment.
  • Excellent PC skills including the software skills set out above.
  • Strong grammar and vocabulary skills, with high level of attention to detail.
  • Well organised with strong interpersonal and communication skills to deal with individuals at all levels.
  • Professional telephone manner
  • Ability to work on own initiative as well as part of a team.
  • Ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines.
  • Flexibility in terms of working hours.

This is a 37.5-hour week working Monday to Friday primarily between 9am-5.30pm with some flexibility during busy periods. Although this is a full time appointment, candidates looking for part-time or shorter working hours will be considered.

DPDS Consulting Group provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability.

For a full job description and/or to apply for this position please submit a full CV and covering letter to Les Durrant, Managing Director by 11.59pm on Sunday 18th February 2024. Should you wish to discuss any aspect of this opportunity, please speak with Les on 01793 501601.

We envisage the start date for this role to be Monday 11th March 2024 to facilitate the successful candidate being available for a handover.

Interested applicants should send a full CV to dpds.swindon@dpds.co.uk

No agencies.

Planning Consultancy and Architecture Swindon and Derby

About Us

DPDS Consulting is a multidisciplinary practice offering the full range of professional services and you will be working with other chartered professional including surveyors, architects, landscape architects, urban designers and environmental specialists.

DPDS provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability.

DPDS has achieved Quality Assurance certification under the provisions of ISO 9001.


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