Information Officer

Cardiff, Wales   |   Full time

A unique, energetic startup within the urban planning world, Urban Intelligence is a technology business that seeks to transform the planning system from being document-based to data-based. We are currently looking for an exceptional Information Officer to support our team in the collection, organisation and curation of current and emerging paper and digital document-based information. No prior experience with the planning system is necessary as training will be provided to ensure your success in the role. A record of consistency, attention to detail and critical thinking skills either demonstrated through work experience or higher education is a must.

What will you be doing?

Working mostly independently, you will be responsible for collecting and curating data and information into a usable format for our data and geospatial teams. Your tasks as the Information Officer will include:

  • Collect planning policy data and information from a variety of formats and sources including documents, data repositories and websites
  • Curate the collected information into standardised formats with appropriate references and supporting information
  • Participate in other similar tasks as requested by fellow team members
  • Engage with the collected material and subject matter for the purposes of offering insight and curation into the data gathered and its potential usefulness
  • Quality assurance for the planning policy data and information collected
  • Develop new skills to meet the needs of a dynamic and growing firm

As an Information Officer at Urban Intelligence, you will gain a unique bird’s-eye view of the planning system and gain an understanding of the key components and policies that make up the United Kingdom’s planning and urban development system. 

Who are you?

You are a tenacious information and records management professional with demonstrable success in establishing records systems. You are comfortable thinking strategically about your work and its impacts whilst also maintaining a high level of attention-to-detail. You are excited by huge opportunities and have a passion for the latest information management trends. You are able to spot problems, and craft new solutions. You’ll embrace new opportunities and form meaningful working relationships, both internally and externally.

You are extremely well organised, self-motivated and action-oriented. You understand the importance of the part that you play to enable the wider organisation to function and you are not afraid of gaining responsibility and maintaining independence in your work.

The following attributes are essential:

  • Undergraduate degree in Archives, Records Management and/or Library Sciences or other related disciplines (i.e. Humanities & Social Sciences), with a strong academic track record and/or 1 year of experience as an Archivist/Records Manager/Information Officer or similar role
  • Outstanding organisational skills
  • High attention to detail and consistency in work
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • A self-starter, keen to make an impact and be apart of a dynamic and innovative team
  • Knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite and Google Documents

It would also be nice if you have:

  • Experience of setting up information management systems and frameworks
  • An interest in planning, property and/or land law in the UK
  • An interest in the Open Data movement and related information laws and regulations

Who are we?

We are a small, young and energetic team with a range of experience in property, geospatial and social sciences and software development. Our team is based at our offices in Cardiff (Tramshed Tech) and London (Clerkenwell).

We are building a data-driven development potential analysis platform by aggregating and analysing planning and other built environment data to arrive at the most sustainable locations for development. We’re proposing to launch this exciting solution in early 2019.

We have received investment and support from the Development Bank of Wales, UCL, Virgin Startup, Pi Labs (Europe’s first property technology VC fund), Ordnance Survey (the UK’s mapping agency) and a group of outstanding business angels with a range of planning and property experience. We have been featured in The Guardian, Estates Gazette, The Times, Tech City News, The Planner, Wired UK among others, and are regularly invited to speak at conferences and events involving tech and planning, smart cities, etc., as we are recognised to be at the forefront of the #PlanTech / ‘Future of Planning’ movement for our work.

Lastly, whilst we enjoy our work, we like to make sure there’s a healthy bit of play! We regularly organise activities outside of work. We’re friendly and keen to make new team members feel right at home!

We can offer:

You will play a key role in our small team and have a profound influence on our work. You will come to work every day driven by the mission to clear up the UK’s opaque and messy planning system and ensure that developments go to the most (economically, socially and environmentally) sustainable locations in these rapidly urbanising times. 

In addition, we offer the following:

  • Competitive compensation package (up to £25,000) + equity
  • Work with other innovators  at our office atTramshed Tech in Cardiff (5 minutes walk from Cardiff Central station) 
  • Close-knit, friendly and collegiate team culture
  • Flexible working hours

Our Process:

  1. Send us your CV and Cover Letter to
  2. 15 minute telephone interview
  3. An in-person or online (Zoom) interview with the CEO and Data Lead

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