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AECOM Secondary consents consultant in Birmingham, United Kingdom

Job Summary

At AECOM, we’re delivering a better world.

We believe infrastructure creates opportunity for everyone. Whether it’s improving your commute, keeping the lights on, providing access to clean water or transforming skylines, our work helps people and communities thrive.

Our clients trust us to bring together the best people, ideas, technical expertise and digital solutions to our work in transportation, buildings, water, the environment and new energy. We’re one global team – 47,000 strong – driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world.

Here, you will have freedom to grow in a world of opportunity.

AECOM are seeking secondary consents consultants to help successfully deliver major infrastructure projects in the UK and Ireland. Delivery of major infrastructure requires consents relating to a range of matters, for example highways orders, marine licences, environmental permits, listed building consents, protected species licenses and planning permission for associated development and various approvals under DCO protective provisions. These are generally referred to as secondary consents.

We are building a team to work with developers, designers, contractors, environmental specialists, planners and consenting authorities to ensure that secondary consents are programmed and delivered as part of major infrastructure delivery.


Your background will mean you are comfortable engaging with colleagues across a wide range of technical disciplines to prepare consents-related information and to submit successful applications.

You will be familiar with delivery phase assurance tasks such as assessing whether designs, works and mitigation comply with primary consent requirements and commitments.

You will have a strong understanding of the different consenting regimes in the UK and Ireland and will be accustomed to working within or for client and/or contractor teams.

You will have experience in managing relationships and acting as a point of contact with the various consent granting bodies relevant to secondary consenting.

About the Role

You will be part of the AECOM Environment and Sustainability business unit within the Environment and Ground Engineering Division (E&GE). The Secondary Consents team is driven by a growing need to support clients including HS2 Limited, Network Rail, National Highways and other major clients on projects consented via Hybrid Bills, Development Consent Orders, Transport and Works Act Orders and the Town and Country Planning Act.

As a member of the secondary consents team, your responsibilities are likely to include:

  • leading the secondary consenting process or related activities for client teams or main works contractors;

  • liaising with and leading teams of topic specialists (such as water resources, noise and vibration, air quality etc.) to fulfil opportunities;

  • supporting the development of our portfolio of clients and secondary consents projects;

  • contributing to major commercial tenders which may involve participating in multi-disciplinary teams to provide integrated consents support and advice;

  • supporting ongoing client engagement and continuous improvement of our service offering;

  • supporting the growth of the secondary consents team through internal staff development and external recruitment;

  • quality assuring deliverables.

  • managing and mentoring junior staff.

Minimum Requirements

  • Experience of relevant consenting regimes, for example Hybrid Bill, Development Consent Orders, Transport and Work Act Order and Town and Country Planning Act;

  • Strong knowledge of UK and European planning and EIA regulation;

  • Demonstrable experience consenting in the infrastructure sector – ideally of secondary consenting/permitting/licensing either within a client or main works contractor team;

  • A track-record of successful client and/or regulator relationship management;

  • An ability to work with clients to develop a suitable scope of work to support delivery of their projects, goals and commitments.

  • Good analytical, creative and conceptual thinking with a strong focus on finding solutions in relation to secondary consents, programme and project management issues;

  • Excellent report writing and time management skills;

  • Passionate about growing the business, highly motivated and able to work with limited direction;

  • A focus on meeting and exceeding client requirements and a commitment to excellence.

  • Excellent communication, teamworking and people skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • You will need a good honours degree and, ideally, a second degree in a relevant subject, for example, town planning or environmental science or impact assessment and auditing.

  • Full Membership of a relevant professional body (e.g. Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) or the Institution of Environmental Science (IES). Ideally you will have chartered status or demonstrate you are working towards this.

Desirable skills and knowledge

  • Experience of working in a major project environment co-located with the client/contractor team;

  • Consultancy experience including proven experience of winning environmental business in the secondary consents market especially for the transport and energy sectors;

  • Line management, team co-ordination and staff mentoring experience, with a focus on long-term learning and the development of others;

  • Proven experience of winning environmental business in the impact assessment market.

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

We will give you the flexibility you need to do your best work with hybrid work options. Whether you’re working from an AECOM office, remote location or at a client site, you will be working in a dynamic environment where your integrity, entrepreneurial spirit and pioneering mindset are championed. You will help us foster a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion – a safe and respectful workplace, where we invite everyone to bring their whole selves to work using their unique talents, backgrounds and expertise to create transformational outcomes for our clients. We will encourage you to grow and develop your career with us through our technical and professional development programs and diverse career opportunities. We believe in leadership at all levels. No matter where you sit in the organization you can make a lasting impact on the projects you work on, the teams and committees you join and our business. We offer competitive pay and benefits, well-being programs to support you and your family, and the development resources you need to advance your career. When you join us, you will connect and collaborate with a global network of experts – planners, designers, engineers, scientists, consultants, program and construction managers – leading the change toward a more sustainable and equitable future. Join us and let’s get started. 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. 273843BR

Additional Locations UK - Birmingham - Colmore Plaza, UK - Croydon - Bedford Park, UK - London - Aldgate Tower, UK - St Albans, 10 Bricket Road

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.