29TH April 2021

Practice Director

29TH April 2021


The Role

The practice director’s role is to ensure the smooth running of the practice on a day-to-day basis, working with the directors, marketing and finance teams to achieve this.

The ideal candidate will be a highly organised and proactive individual with a positive ‘can-do’ attitude, and the ability to take initiative and work autonomously. They will be people-focused and attend our UK studios regularly.

Previous experience of working at a design-led architecture practice or a creative company is desired, as well as a passion to help us continually improve the practice.

We have always been a forward-looking practice, and that same spirit of adventure is critical to our future success. As a new role, we welcome those who are inventive and ambitious: someone who will challenge the conventional, and initiate new ideas.


Key Responsibilities and Duties

  • Coordinating practice-wide administration and systems.
  • Regularly visiting studios to make sure they are well managed and reflect the practice’s image and culture.
  • Promoting the practice/studio culture, equality and diversity.
  • Organising social events.
  • Supporting the directors in achieving our business plan and wider goals.
  • Assisting with due diligence in relation to practice-wide matters.
  • Managing the practice GDPR policies and compliance.
  • Working with our H&S director to assist with audits and risk assessments of our workplaces.
  • Working closely with the Board on incentives to improve the practice and workplaces, and invest in our talented employees.
  • Assisting studio directors in making sure client appointments are set up and contracts are completed.
  • Meeting regularly with studio directors to assist with the day-to-day running of their studios premises, including HR queries.
  • Implementing and maintaining our ADP staff practice handbook and induction process.
  • Reviewing our HR policies (with external specialist if required).
  • Dealing with day-to-day HR matters, and report monthly to the Board.
  • Assisting with recruitment.

About ADP

ADP is an employee-owned architecture practice, founded more than 50 years ago. Our talented staff work from nine locations across the UK, Cyprus and India to create spaces that are inspired by people.

We are proud to be an employee-owned practice, where every team member is personally invested in the success of each project and has a say in how we work. We operate as one international team, with a wide range of experience and expertise to suit the diverse range of projects we deliver.

We offer a healthy work/life balance (staff have the option to enjoy a three-day weekend every fortnight) and the opportunity to develop your career through our Investors in People and staff training programmes.

Additional benefits include: discretionary profit-share; employee assistance programme, ride-to-work scheme; staff training, development and mentoring; regular CPD events, and enhanced maternity/paternity pay.

ADP is an Equal Opportunities Employer and a Gold standard Investor in People. We are committed to increasing our diversity and providing an inclusive work environment. Sustainability underpins everything we do – we design for the long-term benefit of people and the planet – and we are a certified ISO 14001 company.

How to Apply

If you’re interested in joining our team, please email your CV to careers@adp-architecture.com with the position ‘Practice Director’ as the subject line. Attachments should be in PDF format and no larger than 3MB in size.