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Associate Directors, Principal and/ or Senior Town Planners'

Location: Chesterfield
Company: AECOM
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United Kingdom - Derbyshire, Chesterfield
Job Summary
Due to growth in demand for our services we are currently recruiting for established individuals to join our Town Planning practice across the UK . We are flexible on locations and flexible working considered including working from home.
THE ROLE
Our diverse Town Planning Practice is recruiting experienced Associate Directors, Principal Consultants and/ or Senior Consultant level Town Planners for our busy Environment and Sustainability business.
AECOM is a top ten UK Planning consultancy by size, employing around 70 Chartered or Licentiate Planners, practicing in all areas of the discipline. AECOM is also a worldwide leader in environmental and engineering consultancy and working as a planning consultant within AECOM means access to some of the most high profile and prestigious development projects in the UK, working with colleagues operating at the cutting edge of their disciplines as part of the largest UK environmental consultancy.
You will be able to work on a range of prestigious infrastructure projects for our clients in the energy, rail, road, water and waste management development sectors, as well as a range of regional / local developments. Experience in planning for infrastructure is not essential as support and training can be provided if you have a passion for the role.
You will be joining a great team; you will have an interesting and diverse workload and you will be given the opportunity to make the most of your abilities. AECOM's Freedom to Grow policy offers flexibility in how, where and when you work. For the right candidate we would be happy to discuss the flexibility you would like in your career. We would consider those looking for part time working.
We are a large team so whether your passion is supporting others, managing applications, technical planning, people management or business development we can look to tailor a role to suit your skill set. We have more than one role available, including one specialising in rail if that is your area of interest.
As a national team, we are flexible in terms of base office location across our offices in York, Leeds, Chesterfield, Nottingham, Birmingham, Basingstoke, London, Bristol, Exeter and Plymouth.
PRIMARY JOB RESPONSIBILITIES
- You will be joining a market leading, experienced infrastructure team, with support available to grow into your role. Depending on the level of appointment, responsibilities will include:
- Supporting or management of applications for major infrastructure projects (Town and County Planning Act 1990 and Planning Act 2008).
- The management and successful delivery of planning applications and post-submission work.
- Collaborative working, managing programmes and coordinating multi-disciplinary teams.
- Contributing to or leading business development activities for major projects.
- Playing a role in the development of the Planning Practice Area
- Providing planning advice to colleagues and clients including the application of permitted development rights.
Minimum Requirements
We are looking for enthusiastic candidates with the following:
- A demonstrated understanding of sustainability/ESG and climate accounting, management and disclosure standards and guidance for example PAS 2080, WRI, ISO14064, PAS2050, TCFD, SASB, GRI etc;
- Holistic understanding of sustainability and Net Zero, with a particular interest in ESG and climate risk assessment and management;
- Experience with carbon accounting (Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions) and reporting (across a range of protocols and regulatory regimes);
- Strong understanding of climate change risk, urban resilience, and the role that infrastructure, spatial planning and governance plays in increasing resilience;
- Experience in ESG and sustainability strategy, and climate risk assessment across businesses;
- A desire to deliver technical excellence;
- Project and financial management experience;
- Commercial awareness for business development, marketing, and proposal preparation;
- Great communication skills in English, fluency in other languages an advantage;
- Solid numeracy skills, confidence in working with large data sets and advanced Excel skills; and
- Problem solving abilities. Self-starter, who can design and deliver work under own initiative.
Experience with two or more of the following is also required:
- Familiarity with climate projections including using them to build the case with colleagues, clients and their advisors for resilient and adaptive design and planning;
- Urban / infrastructure climate risk assessment, climate adaption, nature-based solution and/or green financing;
- Demonstrated experience in advising on and integrating low carbon and resilient solutions into infrastructure design and business planning;
- Demonstrated experience in sustainable resource management, materials efficiency and circular economy;
- Strong understanding and practical application of the requirements for climate assessment in EIA and ESIA; and
- Demonstrated experience in advising on, and integrating, ESG risk management into operational activities and commercial planning.
Preferred Qualifications
- Experience working in the private sector
- Experience working on large and/ or complex projects
- Development Consent Order regime under the Planning Act 2008 and/ or the Transport and Works Act 1992 consenting regime experience would be particularly desirable.
- Understanding of Environmental Impact Assessment
- At an Associate Director level, the applicant would be expected to take a leading role in managing projects, people and/ or business development activities.
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.
The value of diversity and inclusion is readily apparent in creating a collaborative, supportive working environment and in delivering innovative, contextually appropriate projects. It is very important to both what we do and the way we do it. We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences. The important thing for us is that you can demonstrate that you can effectively fulfil the needs of the role. If you feel you can fulfil the requirements of the role, but there are other factors that are making you hesitant in applying, we would still like to hear from you and see if we can work together to overcome any challenges.
Please note, this is not a role suitable to a recent graduate as we are looking for people who have previous experience. Our graduate vacancies will be opening on our careers site in early September.
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 be able to explore flexible working arrangements through our FREEDOM TO GROW
- way of working. 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.
Job Category Planning
Business Line Environment
Business Group Design and Consulting Services Group (DCS)
Country United Kingdom
Position Status Full-Time
Requisition/Vacancy No. 254007BR
Additional Locations UK - Birmingham - Colmore Plaza, UK - Bristol - Portwall Place, UK - Leeds, UK - Nottingham Regan Way
Clearance Required No
Virtual: Yes
Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.
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