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Principal Consultant

Location: London
Company: Jacobs
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Your Impact:
At Jacobs, we'll inspire and empower you to deliver your best work so you can evolve, grow and succeed - today and into tomorrow. With more than 55,000 people in 40+ countries, working at Jacobs offers an exciting range of opportunities to develop your career within a supportive and diverse team who always strive to do the right thing for our people, clients and communities.
People are Jacobs' greatest asset, and we offer a competitive package to retain and attract the best talent.
In addition to the benefits you'd expect, UK employees also receive free single medical cover and digital GP service, family friendly benefits such as enhanced parental leave pay, free membership of employee assistance and parental programmes, plus reimbursement towards relevant professional development and memberships.
We also give back to our communities through our Collectively program which incorporates matched-funding, paid volunteering time and charitable donations.
Work-life balance and flexibility is a key focus area for Jacobs. We're happy to discuss part-time and flexible working hours, patterns and locations to suit you and our business. This role can be based at any of our UK offices and we also offer a hyrbid model of both home and office working.
About the opportunity:
We have a variety of rail projects including a growing and exciting portfolio of major transport programmes across the globe, and this leads to excellent opportunities to get involved in extremely interesting and rewarding commissions. As a result of this growth, we are seeking talented Rail Consultants/Rail Economists at Principal/Associate Director level, with extensive rail sector experience, to join our Strategic Consulting team.
As part of the Jacobs team you will be providing technical, strategic and policy advice to clients, including demand and revenue forecasting, operations planning, performance modelling, due diligence and business case development. We are looking for a proficient and credible individual with previous experience of working on rail delivery projects, an interest in the rail industry and the drive to learn, expand areas of expertise and progress quickly.
Examples of our recent rail advisory work includes:
• Providing strategic policy advice to DfT and Network Rail on the future of the UK rail industry
• Leading industry research study looking at the impacts of COVID-19 on rail travel behaviour
• Development of business cases for High-Speed Rail lines in Sweden and the UAE
• Programme Partner for East West Rail delivering business and financial planning, engineering and operations support, and programme delivery and management support.
• Developing business case and transport modelling support to C2E (Crossrail to Ebbsfleet) Partnership on Crossrail extension.
At Jacobs our rail team are provided opportunities to work across markets from road, air and sea transport, energy and its distribution, as well as digital and communication for public and private infrastructure development.
Our core team are based in Jacobs offices in London, Manchester, Birmingham, and Edinburgh, however with multiple Jacobs offices across the UK, we can be flexible about location and provide remote working options to give you a great work life balance. We also open to part-time and flexible work patterns.
Here's What You'll Need:
• A relevant degree (class 2:1 or above, or equivalent) in a numerate discipline e.g. economics, engineering, mathematics, business, operational research or a science; or equivalent professional experience;
• Proven rail experience and have a good understanding of the structure of the UK Rail Industry (and the various roles of all the key players in the industry) and emerging policy issues such as the Williams-Shapps Review
• Experience of business case and value for money appraisals in accordance with HM Treasury Green Book, including calculations of wider economic impacts
• Familiarity with key guidance such as TAG ad the Passenger Demand Forecasting Handbook, including socio-economic factors underlying changes in rail demand
• Good working knowledge with the rail industry, such as rail operations, timetable planning, public transport fares and ticketing strategies
• Excellent analytical skills, and advanced user of excel spreadsheets and models;
• Capable of drafting high quality and insightful reports for public and/or private sector clients;
• A mindset to constructively challenge the accepted norms and always seek a better way;
• An ability to work effectively as part of a team and to share ideas and expertise with team members to support ongoing learning and improvement; and,
• Strong organisational and communication skills.
Ideally, here's what you'll also have:
• Prior experience in one or more of the sectors we operate (experience in multiple sectors or of multiple propositions highly desirable)
• Relevant post-graduate training and/or qualifications
• Experience in business development or work winning activities is an advantage.
• Project management accreditation and/or experience in delivering rail and wider projects
Why Jacobs?
We clear the way for inventive thinking so you have the support, means and space to deliver the boldest solutions for the extraordinary and every day. Jacobs. A world where you can.
We clear the way for inventive thinking, so you have the support, means and space to deliver the boldest solutions for the extraordinary and every day. Jacobs. A world where you can.
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Our Culture:
We're invested in you and your success. Our values stand on a foundation of safety, integrity, inclusion and diversity. We put people at the heart of our business and we truly believe that by supporting one another through our culture of caring, we all succeed. We value positive mental health and a sense of belonging for all employees.
We aim to make inclusion and diversity core attributes of our identity, embedded in all our employment and business practices in all locations. We know that if we are inclusive, we're more connected, and if we are diverse, we're more creative.
As a Disability Confident employer, we will interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for a vacancy. We welcome applications from candidates who are seeking flexible working and from those who may not meet all the listed requirements for a role.
Successful candidates will be asked to complete a Baseline Personnel Security Standard Pre-Employment check and will be required to undergo various checks including: Identity, Right to Work; Employment/Education History and Criminal Record. If you are unable to meet this and any associated criteria, then your employment may be delayed or rejected.
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