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Job Information

AECOM Associate Town Planner (Rail) in Birmingham, United Kingdom

United Kingdom - Greater London, London - UK

Job Summary

AECOM is a top ten UK planning consultancy by size, employing around 70 Chartered or Licentiate Planners, practising in all areas of the discipline. Our Town Planning Practice is seeking to recruit an experienced rail-focused Associate Town Planner based in one of AECOM’s key locations - London, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester or Leeds.

With an exciting portfolio of high-profile infrastructure projects we need to recruit a suitably experienced consultant to help deliver our expanding workload. Working as an AECOM planning consultant will involve you in a range of prestigious infrastructure projects for our clients in the rail and highways sectors.

AECOM operates a freedom to grow policy, helping employees find the working style that suits them. If it works for you, the team and clients, it works for AECOM.


  • The management and delivery of major infrastructure projects, including Transport & Works Act Orders and Development Consent Orders.

  • The management and delivery of planning applications and post-submission work, including discharging planning conditions.

  • Collaborative working, managing programmes and coordinating multi-disciplinary teams.

  • The management and development of the Town Planning Practice.

  • Generating opportunities, producing high quality tender documents and winning new business.

  • Providing planning advice, including the application of permitted development rights.

  • Monitoring and managing project budgets.

  • As a staff specialist, serves as a technical specialist for the office in the application of advanced theories, concepts, principles or processes for an assigned area of responsibility (i.e., subject matter, function, type of facility or industry).

  • Has full technical responsibility for interpreting, organising, executing and coordinating assignments that are more complex than those handled by Planner 4.

Minimum Requirements

  • Thorough understanding of rail sector permitted development rights and how these are applied.

  • Experience of promoting development under the Town & Country Planning Act 1990.

  • Planning consultancy experience, including consenting infrastructure projects.

  • Sound knowledge of UK planning policy and legislation and a working knowledge of Environmental Impact Assessment legislation.

  • Technical and commercial project management and project leadership experience.

  • The confidence and ability to provide a clear and authoritative advice.

  • Ability to work on own initiative and deliver high quality work to-programme and budget.

  • Experience of identifying, evaluating and managing planning risk.

  • Experience of preparing successful commercial tenders.

  • Client focused with good interpersonal skills and collaborative working approach.

  • Competent in the use of Microsoft Office: Excel, PowerPoint, Word and Project.


  • The Development Consent Order regime under the Planning Act 2008.

  • The Transport & Works Act 1992 consenting regime.

  • Experience of town planning in the rail sector.

  • Providing project leadership and direction as part of collaborative, multi-disciplinary teams including an understanding of infrastructure design and delivery.

  • Identifying and evaluating alternative site and design options.

  • Multi-disciplinary consultancy including team development and management, and the preparation and implementation of growth strategies.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Full Chartered Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) or an equivalent professional town planning organisation.

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.

Job Category Planning

Business Line Environment

Business Group Design and Consulting Services Group (DCS)

Country United Kingdom

Position Status Full-Time

Requisition/Vacancy No. 250784BR

Additional Locations UK - Birmingham - Colmore Plaza, UK - Bristol - Portwall Place, UK - Leeds, UK - Manchester - 1 New York Street, UK - Manchester - Bridgewater House

Virtual: No

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.