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Job Information

AECOM Principal Neighbourhood Planning Consultant in Manchester, United Kingdom

United Kingdom - London, London - UK

Job Summary

AECOM is a premier, fully integrated professional and technical services firm which provides a blend of global reach, local knowledge, innovation and technical excellence in delivering customised and creative solutions for clients. AECOM is one of the largest planning consultancies in the UK with expertise in spatial and land use planning at the sub-regional, local and neighbourhood scales as well as recognised expertise in masterplanning and urban design, development management and planning for major infrastructure. As part of a multi-disciplinary consultancy, our planners are able to call on specialists from a wide range of related disciplines ranging from heritage to transport and ecology to water resources.

AECOM is a leading provider of spatial and land use planning-related support to public bodies. In particular, we deliver neighbourhood planning-related services to neighbourhood groups (e.g. town and parish councils, Neighbourhood Forums) up and down the country on behalf of the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) and third sector body Locality. This support includes providing assessments of local housing need, reviewing the appropriateness of potential sites for development, evidencing and reviewing emerging neighbourhood plan policies, and assisting with masterplanning and the preparation of design codes to guide future development. We also undertake a variety of assessments to support the preparation of neighbourhood plans such as Strategic Environmental Assessment and Habitat Regulations Assessment.

In light of a growing workload, we are looking to recruit a Principal Neighbourhood Planning Consultant to lead the delivery of support packages to groups, with a particular focus on policy development and site assessment. The role provides an exciting opportunity to work closely with neighbourhood groups on one of the most important planning programmes in England.

The successful candidate will report to an Associate Director and will be expected to work on multiple support packages, including reviewing work undertaken by colleagues. The role will require technical knowledge of neighbourhood planning and planning policy generally. The successful candidate will also have a strong understanding of wider planning and social issues; excellent project management skills; the capacity to work effectively as part of a team as well as independently; and strong communication skills, particularly the capacity to write clear, accessible reports delivered on time to and to budget. The successful candidate may have consultancy experience although this is not a prerequisite. The position will be based at one of AECOM’s offices in Central London, Bristol, Cambridge, Manchester, or possibly another AECOM office.

Job Duties:

  • Lead the delivery of support packages to neighbourhood groups and ensure that project outputs are delivered on time and to the highest standard

  • Understand and implement project management principles and work within project budgets

  • Prioritise project actions and meet commitments on an on-going basis while taking ownership and responsibility for the completion and quality of work

  • Keep up-to-date with relevant policy and guidance relating to the housing agenda, neighbourhood planning and planning more generally

  • Work collaboratively with colleagues to ensure the smooth running of projects

  • Communicate effectively with their line manager, fellow project managers, clients, project teams and other colleagues via telephone, e-mail, letters, reports and presentations

  • Work on planning projects that are not neighbourhood planning as required

  • Participate in team and client meetings as required

  • Actively support marketing activities related to neighbourhood planning and proactively promote best practice and innovation across our business

Specific Skills Required:

  • Planning policy – ability to write policies for inclusion in Local Plans

  • Neighbourhood planning – ability to write policies and evidence base for inclusion in Neighbourhood Plans

  • Presentational – excellent written and verbal presentation skills

Person Specification:

  • A professional, organised and thorough approach to work which demonstrates an attention to detail with the aim of getting things right the first time

  • The ability to manage their own time and be comfortable working both within a team and independently to tight deadlines

  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written

  • Strong numeracy and quantitative analysis skills

  • A positive attitude with a strong client focus

  • Ideally, previous experience of working in a consultancy environment

Minimum Requirements

  • Relevant work experience

Additional Comments:

  • A relevant chartership

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in urban planning, geography and/or a related discipline is essential.

  • Master’s level degree in urban planning, urban design or a related discipline is preferred.

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 Buildings & Places

Business Group Design and Consulting Services Group (DCS)

Country United Kingdom

Position Status Full-Time

Requisition/Vacancy No. 214315BR

Additional Locations UK - Cambridge - Wellbrook Court, UK - Manchester - 1 New York Street

Clearance Required 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.


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