Town Planning - Associate, Principal, Senior, Consultant, Graduates

As a national team, we are flexible in terms of base office location across our offices in the UK
As well as receiving a competitive salary, our core benefits are generous and include a broad range
Closing date
4 Sep 2022

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Our diverse Town Planning Practice is recruiting experienced Associate Directors, Principal Consultants, Senior Consultant, Consultants and Graduate level Town Planners for our busy Environment and Sustainability business across the UK.

As a national team, we are flexible in terms of base office location across our offices in EdinburghYork, Leeds, Chesterfield, Nottingham, Manchester, Birmingham, Basingstoke, London, Bristol, Exeter and Plymouth.


Come and join our friendly and supportive team.  We operate as a national town planning team and as a more traditional regional planning practice - you could be working on both a big infrastructure DCO and a local development project in your regional office.  You will work with leading experts in a vast array of disciplines in your local office and nationally, helping to fast-track your career development.
We work flexibly, UK-wide, delivering much of our work remotely whilst benefiting from a strong planning team culture in one of our 12 main UK offices.
You can develop your own interests and you will be encouraged to contribute to the growth of the planning practice at all stages in your career, for example by taking responsibility for innovation initiatives, business development, quality and collaboration.
You will be supported by a Planning line manager and a separate mentor, to ensure that your career aspirations benefit from experienced advice and are captured in a Career Development Plan. 

AECOM is a top ten UK Planning consultancy by size, employing around 70 Chartered or Licentiate Planners, practicing in all areas of the discipline. AECOM is also a worldwide leader in environmental and engineering consultancy and working as a planning consultant within AECOM means access to some of the most high profile and prestigious development projects in the UK, working with colleagues operating at the cutting edge of their disciplines as part of the largest UK environmental consultancy.

What's not to like?  Come and join us and we'll grow together.

For the right candidate we would be happy to discuss the flexibility you would like in your career. We would consider those looking for part time working, or job returners after a break – all interest welcome.


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.

You will be able to work on a range of prestigious infrastructure projects for our clients in the energy, rail, road, water and waste management development sectors, as well as a range of regional / local developments. Experience in planning for infrastructure is not essential as support and training can be provided if you have a passion for the role.

  • We are a large team so whether your passion is supporting others, managing applications, technical planning, people management or business development we can look to tailor a role to suit your skill set. We have more than one role available, including one specialising in rail if that is your area of interest.
  • At the graduate level, we operate a market leading Graduate Development Programme where you will train with graduates from all disciplines across the business using online and face to face development courses.  At more senior levels we help you develop your own tailored training package depending on your needs.


You will be joining a market leading, experienced infrastructure team, with support available to grow into your role. Depending on the level of appointment, responsibilities will include:

  • Supporting or management of applications for major infrastructure projects (Town and County Planning Act 1990 and Planning Act 2008).
  • Contributing to or leading management and successful delivery of planning applications and post-submission work.
  • Collaborative working, managing programmes and coordinating multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Contributing to or leading business development activities for major projects.
  • Playing a role in the development of the Planning Practice Area.
  • Providing planning advice to colleagues and clients including the application of permitted development rights.

Minimum Requirements :

  • Enthusiasm for delivering some of the UK’s largest infrastructure projects.
  • Full Chartered Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) or an equivalent professional town planning. organisation.  A degree/ masters with eligibility for membership is required for graduate posts.
  • Experience of promoting development under the Town & Country Planning Act 1990.  At graduate level, an interest in this area of work is required.
  • Aptitude for technical and commercial project management for more senior posts.
  • Ability to work on own initiative and deliver high quality work to-programme and within budget.
  • Experience of identifying, evaluating and managing planning risk or contributing to this for more junior posts.
  • Client focused with good interpersonal skills and collaborative working approach.
  • Competent in the use of Microsoft Office including Excel, PowerPoint and Word.

Preferred Qualifications :

  • Experience working in the private sector.
  • Experience working on large and/ or complex projects.
  • Development Consent Order regime under the Planning Act 2008 and/ or the Transport and Works Act 1992 consenting regime experience would be particularly desirable.
  • Understanding of Environmental Impact Assessment.
  • At an Associate Director level, the applicant would be expected to take a leading role in managing projects, people and/ or business development activities.

The value of diversity and inclusion is readily apparent in creating a collaborative, supportive working environment and in delivering innovative, contextually appropriate projects. It is very important to both what we do and the way we do it. We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences. The important thing for us is that you can demonstrate that you can effectively fulfil the needs of the role. If you feel you can fulfil the requirements of the role, but there are other factors that are making you hesitant in applying, we would still like to hear from you and see if we can work together to overcome any challenges.

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.

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