Working with us

URBED is a multi-disciplinary practice employing urban designers, planners, architects, landscape architects, geographers and sustainability experts. We're proud of the blend of skills and experience that this brings to our work. We occasionally have opportunities for candidates who share our ethos to join our Manchester based team. 


We currently have no vacancies

How we work

Working co-operatively 

URBED is a worker co-operative; this means that we are owned and run by the people that work here and we all have an equal say in what the business does. It also means we have an equitable share in the wealth created from the products and services we provide. All members of staff are expected to take an active role in running the co-op. All permanent employees become members following a probationary period, and our aspiration is for all members to also become directors of the company. On a day-to-day basis we run the co-op using working groups (for finance, personnel, IT, office management and marketing); these are a fantastic opportunity to develop and apply new skills. 

Flexible working 

URBED recognises the benefits both to the business and to our employees of working patterns that can accommodate all aspects of people’s lives – from caring responsibilities to greater community involvement and developing hobbies and skills outside work. We seek to accommodate these requests wherever possible. A number of our senior staff team work part time. 

Equal opportunities

URBED is committed to equal opportunities for all – regardless of  age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race (including colour, nationality and ethnic or national origins), religion or belief, sex and/or sexual orientation. A copy of our Equal Opportunities and Dignity at Work Policy is available here

Mental Health & Wellbeing

URBED are committed to support the health and wellbeing of our employees, and this includes mental health. Our Mental Health & Wellbeing Policy is designed to support and encourage all staff to talk about their mental health without prejudice or stigma, to share what support is in place at URBED and where else support and help can be found.


Due to our offices being closed and remote working being our norm during the pandemic we have sadly had to make the decision to not take on any interns this year. As we don’t expect to be in the office regularly for the remainder of the year, we believe this would mean we’d be unable to create a meaningful or fulfilling experience for our applicants.

In lieu of this, we are making a donation to the Arts Emergency programme.

Data Protection

If we keep your personal information on file following a speculative application for a job or internship we will be mindful of our data protection duties. We will retain your CV and any other information you send us on the grounds of pursuing our legitimate interests with regards to recruiting new members of staff to our organisation. We will not disclose the information we hold to third parties. We will store your data securely on our company server system, in a folder which can only be accessed by members of the Personnel Group within the cooperative. We will keep this information for up to two years from the date you send it to us. You have the right to contact us at any time to request that we delete this data.