Area Development Designer - Junior/Medior

About Metabolic

Metabolic’s mission is to transition the global economy to a fundamentally sustainable
state. We advise governments, businesses, and NGOs on how to adapt to a fast-changing global context. Combining systems thinking and data science, we map and understand local and global systems to assess where to intervene and develop solutions that can dramatically shift how the economy functions.

We work with financial institutions, NGOs, and governments in the transition to a sustainable economy. We help financial institutions understand the risks from environmental impacts and develop innovative and sustainable forms of value.

We are an international and dynamic team of around 80 people who share an ambition for catalyzing a sustainable future. Based in the Netherlands with an increasingly international reach as a company, we work at the cutting edge of sustainability initiatives for a broad range of clients across the Netherlands, Europe, the US, and Asia.

About the Position

We are looking for an urban designer to join our team of sustainability consultants. Within your role, you will be working with a team of many different specialisms on creating sustainable cities. This includes working with municipalities, architects, developers, and other stakeholders.

Your main focus will be circular area development to assess, design, and facilitate the integration of sustainability and circular principles in urban planning and design. In addition, you may also work on different scales including the building level, city-wide, and regional scale.

We’re looking for someone who has a clear knowledge of ambitious sustainability strategies in the built environment and is experienced in translating these into spatial designs such as masterplans. You should also be familiar with Dutch spatial planning processes.

You should feel confident about taking on a leading role in a project and independently engaging with clients. We are looking for someone that is aware of new developments in the field of urban planning (such as new policies, technologies, and approaches) and uses these insights in their day to day work.

The position is a full-time role and will start asap. The position is based in our offices in Amsterdam


We are looking for someone with…

  • A background in Urban Design, urbanism, or architecture
  • Understanding of Dutch planning processes
  • 2-5 years of work experience in area development and urban design
  • Fluency in Dutch and English required
  • Foundational knowledge of key sustainability topics and systems thinking
  • Good writing skills in English and Dutch
  • Excellent communication skills

Technical Skills:

  • GIS (Qgis and/or ArcGIS)
  • Knowledge and experience with different modelling and design tools e.g. Autocat, MicroStation and sketch-up
  • Adobe Suite

How to apply:

Please submit your CV and letter of motivation in English via this form by Sunday 4th October 2020 at 23.59.  In case of questions, please feel free to contact us through