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Senior Consultant - Rail Planning


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We are looking to recruit a Senior Consultant within our rail planning team in our Manchester city centre office. The rail planning team sits within our wider transport planning business and we are looking for an experienced transport planner/modeller with 5 to 10 years experience who is flexible and adaptable enough to support the various teams within the transport planning business as required. Some rail knowledge and experience would be an advantage for this role, but an interest in, and a desire to focus on, the rail planning side of the business is essential.

Typically, this role will involve working with clients both within and outside the rail industry, ranging from involvement in franchise bidding through to supporting third party rail scheme promoters. Our portfolio of work ranges from demand forecasting, to rail strategy development, scheme appraisal, market analysis, business impact and operational assessment. The use of standard rail industry tools such as PDFH (Passenger Demand Forecasting Handbook), MOIRA and/or Railsys is something we are able to offer our clients, alongside more bespoke approaches to deliver solutions where appropriate.

Minimum Requirements

As a Senior Consultant in the Rail Planning Team in Manchester, you will:

  • be expected to mentor graduates, impart your wisdom and check tasks undertaken by your more junior colleagues;

  • have the ability to handle the project management of smaller projects, including cost control and client liaison;

  • have an analytical mind and background;

  • have knowledge and experience in transport modelling and forecasting and experience in appraisal and evaluation of transport proposals;

  • have used, and have good knowledge, of modelling software packages such as SATURN, VISUM, CUBE and EMME and understand the relative merits of different types of modelling approach;

  • have excellent spreadsheet skills;

  • be good at managing your time to ensure you meet deadlines;

  • have strong technical and report writing skills;

  • be able to explain technical concepts to others, including colleagues and clients;

  • be expected to have an interest in working in the rail industry; and

  • knowledge and/or experience of rail planning and/or operational tools, including application of PDFH principles and WebTAG guidance will be an advantage.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Membership or working towards membership of a chartered professional institution such as CIHT, TPS, CILT or ICE

  • A Master’s degree or PhD in Transport Planning or related subject / discipline.

Your benefits will include:

Helping our employees achieve a healthy work-life balance is important to us. If you join AECOM, as well as receiving a competitive salary, you’ll also have the opportunity to explore flexible working arrangements. Core benefits include 25 days’ annual leave, company pension scheme, private medical insurance, life assurance and one paid annual professional institution membership fee. You can also choose from a wide range of flexible benefits to suit your lifestyle.

You’ll also be able to give back to communities with up to two paid CSR days each year. Through our charity,The AECOM Foundation, you can volunteer to support children in developing countries. And if you’re a member of the Reserve Forces you’ll receive an additional 15 days paid leave for training commitments.

What We Offer

When you join AECOM, you become part of a company that is

pioneering the future . Our teams around the world are involved in some of the most cutting-edge and innovative projects and programs of our time, addressing the big challenges of today and shaping the built environment for generations to come. We ensure a workplace that encourages growth, flexibility and creativity, as well as a company culture that champions

inclusion, diversity and overall

employee well-being through programs supported by company leadership. Our

core values define who we are, how we act and what we aspire to, which comes down to not only

delivering a better world , but working to “make amazing happen” in each neighborhood, community and city we touch. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

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