Job Specification
Job Reference Number: J910
Employment Status: Permanent
Location: Devon
Salary: £40,001 - £42,500 p.a
Town: Plymouth
Date Published: 23/02/21
Contact: Joanna Lambert
Direct Line: 07771985354




Sphere Solutions are looking to recruit an Architect to work with a quality focused housing developer. Priding themselves on delivering bespoke designed homes, this is a rare opportunity to join a customer focused design team. Working collaboratively with the Design team you will take ownership of the design from feasibility through to planning. We are keen to speak to talented individuals that are both driven and professional.

The role:

  • Producing detailed designs / site layouts using CAD
  • Review company house types
  • Liaising with build team about the feasibility of potential projects
  • Working closely with both internal and external consultants / professionals
  • Applying for planning permission, applications, presenting, project specifications
  • Site visits, liaising with site teams
  • Design / Contracts administrative and reporting
  • Weekly and monthly design reviews reporting to the Head of Design

The Person:

  • Design / planning experience
  • Site layout / multiple housing lay out design
  • Excellent understanding of planning policy
  • Proficient in CAD
  • Comprehensive Computer Literacy Skills
  • High Levels of Self-Management

On offer is a salary up to £43,000 with a car allowance. This is an excellent opportunity to join a creative and forward thinking local developer with a good forward pipeline of sites across the South West,

To Apply: To discuss this role in more detail / for an informal chat then please get in touch with Jo. Sphere Solutions are one of the South West & Wales market leaders in providing recruitment services to the built environment.  With specialist consultants based in our regional offices (Bristol, Cardiff, Swansea, Plymouth and Southampton) we fill vacancies daily with contractors, developers, civil engineers and their supply chain in high volume with quality candidates.



  • “I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to Kirsty and Leanne at Sphere Solutions for the service they have provided to Caraston Hall over the last year. The quality of the candidates they referred enabled me to recruit three permanent posts that I had been struggling to fill.

    “It is reassuring to have the professionalism of  Sphere Solutions alongside us to take some of the stress out of recruiting staff, and your competitive pricing shows your understanding of the financial pressure which the social services sector is under.”

    Caraston Hall - Social Services Sector
  • “I’ve had the pleasure of working with Jo from Sphere for the last 6 years, and find her to be professional, resourceful and trustworthy. It’s clear that Sphere and Jo have an in-depth knowledge of the construction industry, resulting in many long-standing placements with us. Her longevity with Sphere has ensured we have continuity with our recruitment campaigns, something other agencies have not been able to compete with! Jo’s excellent service has covered all disciplines of our business and we have multiple Senior Managers thanks to Sphere’s recruitment services.”

    Julian Harper, Commercial Manager - Dawnus Construction
  • “Mi-Build have used Sphere Solutions for our short term labour requirements for a number of years, and have found them to be a very flexible, efficient and reliable company. The staff they supply have always been proficient at their trade and have the right H&S and trade qualifications to work within the construction industry. They have always accommodated our requests to assist us in delivering a range of challenging projects and we would highly recommend them as an excellent agency to work with.”

    Jamie Spencer - Managing Director - Mi-Build Ltd
  • “Thank you for your fantastic support in 2014, especially the times when I gave you impossible challenges and you still managed to deliver! Your commitment and efforts are very much appreciated across the whole Team.”


    Mark Green - ISG Plc
  • “Churngold has developed an excellent working relationship with Sphere Solutions, who have been our preferred supplier for engineering, management and commercial staff over the last 6 years. Ed Ongley from Sphere has built up a mutually beneficial relationship with both myself and the Company, supplying us with quality staff to meet the needs of our business, helping towards the success and profitability we have managed to achieve in these challenging times.”

    Daniel Dillon - Contracts Manager - Churngold Construction
  • “I have always found Sphere Solutions both professional and easy to work with, and would not hesitate to work with them again. Sphere has provided us with the right people on the agreed dates. They understand our requirements quickly and provide us with personnel with minimum fuss.”

    Centristic Limited - Design & Construction
  • “I approached Sphere Solutions 2 years ago and since then have been very happy with their service. Their consultant, Charlotte, is quick to solve any issue that may arise and takes away a lot of the day-to-day stress which comes from running various contracts simultaneously.

    “We find all members of the Sphere Solutions team to be friendly, reliable and always efficient in solving our staffing needs. We as a company would like to thank Sphere for their excellent customer service and ‘can-do’ attitude.”

    AP Electrical Contractors Ltd - Electrical Contractors
  • “I have known Kirsty from Sphere Solutions since 2007.  During this time she has always been able to provide me with high quality senior management roles and contracts. I have always managed to seamlessly move from one position to another and have never been out of employment.

    “When in these roles I have found that I have often needed to source staff to cover sickness or annual leave. The staff  Kirsty provided have always been reliable and of a high calibre.”

    Karl Trevis - Senior Management Contractor
  • “Shaylor Group has been working with Sphere Solutions in relation to the supply of agency staff for 18 months. Sphere has sourced numerous site managers and trades operatives which undoubtedly helped us to deliver our projects on time and to budget.  It was refreshing to deal with an agency that genuinely wanted to engage with us throughout the project delivery period, ensuring the best candidates were sourced as required at competitive rates. This combined with their constant communication and speed of response leads me to without hesitation recommend their recruitment services.”

    Shaylor Group - Building & Maintenance Contractor
  • “Sphere Solutions have been professional in their approach to resourcing the right labour for our sites. They are aware of the need to provide quality staff first time in order that our contracts run smoothly and to programme. Charlotte is always at the end of the phone when we have any requirements and keeps us informed of all goings on. In particular Charlotte has resourced a number of decorators to assist with the workload we have had with Devon & Cornwall Housing over the last 12 months.”

    Ian Williams Property Services -
  • “Over the years Sphere has worked hard to understand the nature and demands of our business and has been invaluable in helping us to both define the roles and fill the posts. No matter where we pitch the type or level of the role, Sphere has always managed to source a well balanced, pre-vetted list of candidates and has been a vital part of our recruitment process, including the giving and receiving of honest feedback from both parties.”

    Underhill Group - Civil Engineering Contractor
  • “Devonshire Homes recently appointed two members of staff through Sphere Solutions. We had been finding it difficult to fill the roles ourselves as none of the applicants were quite what we were looking for. Sphere stepped in and were able to provide several CV’s for good quality, potential candidates for both roles. Interviews were arranged and staff appointed very quickly, plus within budget. Communication throughout was honest and quick, and we received follow up calls checking that our new staff had continued to meet our expectations. Sphere will be my first port of call for any future recruitment requirements.”

    Devonshire Homes - Building and Development Contractor
  • “I have worked with Ed Ongley at Sphere Solutions for many years and have found it great working with him. Sphere has supplied me with regular contracts of work, and often provided additional trades and labour support to the projects I am working on. I feel they understand my position as a Freelancer and give appropriate support, plus if I have any administration or payroll queries they are quickly resolved. In short they give great support and value their relationships with candidates and clients. I would recommend them to anyone coming into the industry.”

    David Gamble - Construction Manager
  • “RPB Ltd has used Sphere Solutions for a number of years and we have always found their services to be of a very high standard. As a Carpentry company operating on live construction sites, we always have to work to tight programmes, and due to the nature of the industry there is often a demand for additional resources at short notice. Sphere has assisted us greatly by supplying carpenters of a high standard, in a prompt manner that has allowed us to ensure the projects are successfully completed on time.

    “We have found Sphere Solutions to always be reliable, professional and exceeding our expectations. We will be still using this outstanding company for many years to come.”

    Robert P Barry Ltd - Carpentry Subcontractor
  • “I have worked with Sphere on a Freelance basis for the past 10 years and have always found them to give an excellent service. They have always kept me in work, and the diverse variety of positions which they found for me means that I have broadened my experience on every job.  Their enthusiasm and experienced professionalism has never dimmed. I have been privileged to work for them and will continue to do so as long as I possibly can.”

    Bob Young - Construction Engineer
  • “Having dealt with a number of agencies in the past, I was a little reluctant to use an agency when finding a position for myself. I was approached by James at Sphere and a role was mentioned which took my interest and subsequently I attended an interview. The role was exactly what I had been looking for, and I have been in the position for the last  6 years. I have used Sphere Solutions for all subsequent recruitment needs within my company and they have exceeded expectations across the board. I would certainly recommend.”

    Commercial Manager - Major National Contractor
  • Having used Sphere Solutions for a number of years for my recruitment needs in the Bristol and Cardiff areas, I found myself “on the market”, therefore seeking new opportunities.  I was looking to relocate to South West area so immediately rang James, who put me in touch with his Plymouth team stating that I needed to be treated as a VIP!  I thought this was just rhetoric but in fact this is exactly how I have been treated by Gareth and Jo.  They have been very dynamic and have sought decent opportunities that fit my requirements and skillsets; it has been a tailored service.  I would thoroughly recommend them to anyone seeking new openings, as the service you get is market leading.

    Chris Crowley - Contracts Manager
  • I just wanted to let Ed know that I appreciate his professionalism and persistence in keeping everyone happy and my good self in work.  I think it’s a credit to his ability, the contacts and resources he has of the industry. I am looking forward to the knowledge and experience which I can gain from it. I will do my best to deliver the best service which is within my ability.

    Wayne Williams - Site Engineer - JN Bentley
  • I find your service very professional and value for money, you are prompt and have good candidates on your books and responsive to our company requirements

    Roger Hewitt - Plymouth Community Homes
  • Firstly, I would like to say a huge thank you for this assignment and your high professionalism in the whole process, I really appreciate it

    Jim Grogan - Candidate
  • From my initial contact with you in June 2017, it has led to me to finding a permanent role and I can’t thank you enough for all your help and support.

    It’s amazing how one phone call can totally transform your life. I’m in a job I thoroughly enjoy, working for a company that actually seem to care about its employees. A far cry from my last job. Best of all, it’s only a 5 minute commute to work from where I live.

    Please also pass on my thanks to the rest of your team. I will certainly recommend Sphere Solutions to friends and acquaintances who might be looking for this type of work, whether on a temporary basis or in the hope of it becoming more permanent (it worked for me).


    Commercial Manager - Candidate
  • I am 100% satisfied with the Sphere Solutions’ service!!

    Roy - Senior Manager - Hinckley Point
  • Luke’s effort was second to none when dealing with Sphere solutions. The process from start to finish was seamless. I have also been very impressed with the aftercare received, he has constantly followed up and continued to support me in my new job.

    Paul - Business Development Manager - Paramount Interiors
  • I had never considered working for an agency.  Within a week of being made redundant I applied for a job advertised by Sphere Solutions.

    Within a week,  I had been contacted by Nick from the agency, had an interview with the prospective employer and started work. The only downsight I saw at the time was that for 3 months, the agency would be my employer.  How wrong I was to consider it a downsight.

    During my time with Sphere Solutions I found them extremely helpful, answering any query immediately.  The communication was faultless.  Pay slips and pay were always on time and Nick, my contact, was always available if needed.

    My experience of Sphere Solutions was that they are a well run, professional organisation and I would not hesitate to work with them again

    Lynne - Plant Operator
  • Thanks to Jo Lambert at Sphere Solutions, my recruitment requirements are streamline and hassle free.  Jo is always my first point of contact for support with vacancies.  Jo understands the business well and responds to our recruitment needs in a professional and efficient manner, and is always a pleasure to deal with  – Thanks!

    HR Manager - Cavanna Homes
  • I originally approached yourselves back in November 2017 in order find work elsewhere. I liked the fact that you gave me a number of options that would keep me working in my local area. You had a good awareness of the companies future plans and that made my decision straight forward. Once we realized that the company was my best option you organised the interview timing and location with no issues.

    I would recommend Ed Jones to anyone looking for alternative work in the construction field.

    Contruction Manager - National contractor
  • I have nothing but praise for Sphere Solutions. They originally contacted me after seeing my application for a vacancy. Jo called me and was super friendly and professional, asking all about my work experience, what job I was looking for, how I wanted to progress my career and what kind of environment I prefer to work in.

    Jo has worked really hard to find me the right job in the right company in the right team. She even found me a job that didn’t actually exist purely due to her contacts and relationship with my soon to be boss!

    Jo has continually updated me with progress of my application and I’ve felt she’s really been supportive with my search.

    I would absolutely recommend Jo and Sphere Solutions and she is a credit to the company!

    Tanya - Assistant Technical Coordinator - Wainhomes
  • I left my job after 15 years  to find a new challenge and, at the time, it was a little daunting.

    I applied for a job with Sphere Solutions and ,although I did not get the initial job, the interview gave me great confidence and Rob very kindly passed my details to Jo so they could help find me work in my field.

    The service from Sphere in my experience was truly exceptional and Jo called me up quite a few times to make sure that she left no stone un-turned in finding me the correct interviews. She advised me in what she thought would be best to try for next, got me 2 interviews within an hour of us first speaking and talked a lot with me to help update my CV.

    I’m sure she would have got me more interviews but the first interview that I was due to have seemed to be a perfect fit. I saw Jo on the Monday and she helped me with interview strategies, updated my CV to look more professional and helped me sell myself which gave me even more confidence. I had the interview in the afternoon and got offered the job before I left the room.

    The job is brilliant and my new colleagues are second to none so I would like to personally thank Jo and Rob for their help in finding my dream job and I hope they continue to go from strength to strength in the future as they go the extra mile to help others when they are down. I would fully recommend anyone to use Sphere Solutions if they ever get the chance too in the future.

    Stephen - Quantity Surveyor - Total Repair Service
  • “I just wanted to share a quick note on how good Jess is in her role. I’m glad I decided to work with her. I have worked with Sphere for a number of years and other agencies and I always return to Sphere over others. This is due to the companies professionalism and because of the way they conduct business. It’s really great how easy you all make the process of securing work and getting on placement. Jess has kept the values of the company upheld in this regard and making it a smooth experience. Every step of the way she has been professional and honest. A key component of agency contact is being honest with staff on placement and communication – it governs if a candidate returns to work for the company in the future. All communication through Jess has been fluid and transparent and she has always upheld her word. If there was a problem she addressed it promptly and professionally. It is with great pleasure, I’d look forward to working with Jess, on future assignments.
    I wish her the very best in her career, as she is an asset to the company.”

    Freelance Labourer - South Wales
  • The dedicated service from Tayler and Andy was first class. As a construction employee, I have had many dealings with recruitment agencies. The service Sphere provided was excellent and can not be compared with any other agencies.

    Freelance Labourer - London
  • “I found Jo at Sphere Solutions to be very professional, helpful and easy to approach. She listened and took on board my ambitions to progress with my career as it had hit a dead wall, Jo was looking hard to find me that right role that would suit me best.

    The weekly updates were great on possible jobs and clients and the communication was top notch with updates to me on her days off.

    I would highly suggest and recommend anyone looking to advance there careers or just fancy a change speak to Jo.”

    Assistant site manager: Kier living -