Principal Environmental Planner

South West
Industry Sector:
Environmental Jobs, Environment Jobs
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Job Type:
Education Level:
Bachelors degree
Salary Description:
Competitive Salary Offered
Start Date:
AECOM Infrastructure & Environment UK Limited
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AECOM’s Policy and Appraisal team is a specialist interdisciplinary policy research, assessment, and evaluation team based in our London, Bristol, Basingstoke and Plymouth offices. The team comprises 25 staff specialising in: Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)/ Sustainability Appraisal (SA); social impact measurement and valuation, including equalities impact assessment; local and neighbourhood planning; and natural capital and ecosystem services. The Policy and Appraisal team sits within a wider Environment and Planning (E&P) team which constitutes one of the largest environment and planning consultancies in the UK. E&P provides strategic planning, environmental and social consultancy advice for a wide spectrum of policies, plans, programmes, strategies and infrastructure and development projects. Project sectors range from rail, road, aviation, power and waste management, to urban regeneration, industrial facilities, onshore and offshore oil and gas, marine and coastal projects.

We are looking to recruit a Principal Environmental Planner to join the team. The successful candidate will be expected to work on a range of projects, handling and being accountable for a number of tasks simultaneously. The role will require an understanding of the planning system in England as well as technical knowledge of SA/SEA, excellent team working and communication skills, the capacity to write clear logical reports and the ability to deliver to deadlines. The successful candidate will ideally have consultancy or local planning authority experience. The grade at which the appointment is made will depend on experience and, for this reason, we welcome applications from people at different stages in their careers with relevant experience to the post.

Job Duties:

  • Manage the technical and financial delivery of SA/SEA projects on a day-to-day basis to ensure projects are delivered on time, within budget and to the highest standard.

  • Manage and mentor junior SA/SEA practitioners within the team.

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

  • Analyse both qualitative and quantitative data effectively and carry out desk-based studies and site visits as required.

  • Keep up-to-date with SA/SEA and other relevant legislation, case law, policy and guidance.

  • Understand and implement project management principles and fully appreciate the need to work within project budgets.

  • Work collaboratively within an interdisciplinary and wider team.

  • Communicate effectively with their line manager, Project Directors, clients, project teams and other members of the Policy & Appraisal team through telephone, e-mail, letters and reports.

  • Participate in team meetings, client briefs and other meetings as and when required.

  • Support business development through preparing Expressions of Interest and tender submissions and working to continuously improve our service offer to clients.

  • Assist in marketing activities related to SA/SEA services and proactively promote SA/SEA best practice and innovation across our business.

Minimum Requirements

  • Practical experience of SA/SEA, with planning policy experience being advantageous.

  • Good knowledge of the English and/ or Welsh planning system and SA/SEA, with an interest in local and neighbourhood plan making.

  • Previous experience of working in a consultancy or local authority planning department.

  • Experience in project management of SA/SEA and/ or Planning projects over a variety of project types.

  • A track-record of successful client management.

  • Highly motivated and able to work with limited direction.

  • Excellent communication and networking skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • A relevant degree.

  • A relevant post graduate qualification.

  • Appropriate professional membership with a recognised body.

As an employer of choice, we are more than happy to explore flexible working arrangements for this vacancy.

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