Housing Research Consultant

London Central
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Bachelors degree
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AECOM Infrastructure & Environment UK Limited
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AECOM is a premier, fully integrated professional and technical services firm positioned to design, build, finance and operate infrastructure assets around the world for public- and private-sector clients. With nearly 100,000 employees — including architects, engineers, designers, planners, scientists and management and construction services professionals — serving clients in over 150 countries around the world, AECOM is ranked as the #1 engineering design firm by revenue in Engineering News-Record magazine’s annual industry rankings, and has been recognised by Fortune magazine as a World’s Most Admired Company. The firm is a leader in all of the key markets that it serves, including transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, oil and gas, water, high-rise buildings and government. AECOM provides a blend of global reach, local knowledge, innovation and technical excellence in delivering customised and creative solutions that meet the needs of clients’ projects.

In the UK, AECOM is a leading planning consultancy employing hundreds of planners, masterplanners, urban designers, environmental, social and economic development specialists, practicing in all areas of the built environment. AECOM is a leader in spatial planning, having delivered the masterplans for numerous areas as well as studies that support land use policy at sub-regional, local and neighbourhood scales. Working as a research consultant within AECOM means exposure to some of the important and prestigious planning-related projects in the UK, working with colleagues operating at the cutting edge of their disciplines.

The Housing Research & Delivery Team, operating within the Environment business at AECOM, specialises in supporting community, local authority and private sector clients to build the intelligence they need to develop effective policies and proposals in support of the delivery of sustainable housing developments and communities across the country. In particular, we provide technical support on behalf of the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) to community groups including parish councils seeking to influence the nature of housing development through their neighbourhood plans.

We are currently seeking a highly creative individual with housing or planning background to assist us in the delivery of a growing and varied programme of work. On account of AECOM’s scale and multi-disciplinary nature, the successful candidate will come into contact with specialists from related fields on a regular basis, including, for example, environmental and infrastructure specialists; furthermore, he or she will have the opportunity to deliver work on the assessment of prospective development sites and prepare strategic environmental assessments and socio-economic area profiles.

AECOM offers an inspiring and challenging working environment in which ambitious and talented people are supported to thrive. The Housing Research & Delivery Team has ambitious growth plans, and we are looking for someone to help deliver this vision.

Job Duties

The successful candidate will be expected to undertake the following roles and responsibilities:

  • Work closely with colleagues writing Housing Needs Assessments for a wide variety of neighbourhood planning groups in both urban and rural areas, liaise with those groups, responding to their queries and reviewing methodology together with colleagues;

  • Design research methodologies to support housing delivery studies for public and private sector clients in order to further Local Plan making, respond to the ‘housing delivery test’ or promote development schemes through the planning system;

  • Produce demographic and socio-economic studies and market segmentation analysis for private developers;

  • Contribute to Evidence Base and Policy Development reviews for neighbourhood planning groups preparing neighbourhood plans;

  • Design and undertake community engagement activities from time to time, sometimes involving out of hours work;

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

  • Undertake diagnostics with prospective clients in order to arrive at a suitable scope of work and hold inception and progress calls with clients;

  • Support the development and marketing of our work with housing associations, private developers, local authorities and neighbourhood planning groups. This will include preparing marketing material, placing telephone calls, assembling bids and liaising with clients;

  • Devise wider public relations activity to raise the profile of the Housing Research & Delivery Team as well as the Neighbourhood Planning team at AECOM within relevant markets and target audiences; this will involve developing press releases, social media campaigns and organising attendance at conferences;

  • Contribute to the wider work of the environment and planning teams particularly in terms of planning policy, housing and regeneration issues; and

  • Keep up-to-date with relevant policy and guidance relating to housing and planning more widely.

Specific Skills Required

The successful candidate will require the following specific skills:

  • Competent in the use of Microsoft Office, particularly Word and Excel.

Minimum Requirements

The successful candidate will have experience in some or all of the following areas:

  • Justifying housing development by compiling and interrogating relevant qualitative and quantitative data

  • Developing housing policy at the Local Authority and/or Neighbourhood Plan level

  • Experience of the delivery challenges of building new homes

  • Experience of different tenures and building methods

Preferred Qualifications

  • A higher qualification in housing, planning or a related discipline.

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

AECOM is a place where you can put your innovative thinking and business skills into high gear and work alongside other highly intelligent and motivated people. It's a place where you can apply your skills to some of the world's most challenging, interesting, and meaningful projects worldwide. It's a place that values the diversity of our areas of practice and our people. It's what makes AECOM a great place to work and grow. AECOM is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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