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Associate Directors, Senior and Consultant Town Planners

Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Glasgow. We can offer a flexible hybrid working model.
Highly competitive you will enjoy a comprehensive flexible benefits package
Closing date
19 Jul 2024

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Contract Type
Full Time
Conservation/Environment, Partnerships, Planning, Transport
Senior Manager

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Associate Directors, Senior and Consultant Town Planners

Company Description

Work with Us. Change the World.

At AECOM, we're delivering a better world. Whether improving your commute, keeping the lights on, providing access to clean water, or transforming skylines, our work helps people and communities thrive. We are the world's trusted infrastructure consulting firm, partnering with clients to solve the world’s most complex challenges and build legacies for future generations.

There has never been a better time to be at AECOM. With accelerating infrastructure investment worldwide, our services are in great demand. We invite you to bring your bold ideas and big dreams and become part of a global team of nearly 50,000 planners, designers, engineers, scientists, digital innovators, program and construction managers and other professionals delivering projects that create a positive and tangible impact around the world.

We're one global team driven by our common purpose to deliver a better world. Join us.

Job Description

Our diverse Town Planning Practice is recruiting Associate Directors, Senior Consultants and Consultant level Town Planners who specialise in infrastructure consenting and Development Consent Orders.

AECOM is a worldwide leader in environmental and engineering consultancy and the Town Planning Practice is a top ten UK Planning consultancy by size, employing 70 Chartered or Licentiate Planners, practicing in all areas of the discipline. Working as a planning consultant at AECOM provides an opportunity to contribute to the highest profile and prestigious development projects in the UK, working with colleagues operating at the cutting edge of their disciplines.

We are particularly active in the energy sector, working on a range of projects for our clients and helping to make a positive contribution towards the energy transition and progress towards net zero. Our active projects include a range of energy technologies including solar and battery storage, hydrogen, carbon capture and storage and floating offshore wind.

We are also working in the rail, road, water and waste management development sectors, as well as a range of regional and local developments.

Our team has been involved in over 70 DCO projects across a range of sectors and due to recent wins and a strong pipeline of work, we have various roles available, particularly for staff specialising in infrastructure consenting and DCOs. We can be flexible in terms of base office location with positions offered in Leeds, Chesterfield, Manchester, Birmingham, Basingstoke and Bristol.

We are particularly looking for:

  • Associate Director for Manchester
  • Senior consultant for Birmingham
  • Consultants for Birmingham, Bristol, Glasgow.

We would be happy to discuss what AECOM can offer you in your career aspirations in this exciting and dynamic industry.

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 under various consenting regimes.
  • The management and successful delivery of planning consent applications.
  • 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 Town Planning Practice
  • Providing planning advice to colleagues and clients.

What we will need from you

  • 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.
  • Specifically for the Associate Director level, you would be expected to take a leading role in managing projects, people and business development activities.

You will be joining a great planning team; you will have an interesting and diverse workload and you will be given the opportunity to make the most of your abilities. We offer a flexible hybrid working model. As a member of our team, you will enjoy a comprehensive benefits package with a range of flexible choices covering health, finance, lifestyle, well-being and more. What’s not to like. 

Additional information

You can learn more about us here: 2023 AECOM Candidate Brochure (


AECOM is the world’s trusted infrastructure consulting firm, delivering professional services throughout the project lifecycle – from advisory, planning, design and engineering to program and construction management. On projects spanning transportation, buildings, water, new energy and the environment, our public- and private-sector clients trust us to solve their most complex challenges. Our teams are driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world through our unrivaled technical and digital expertise, a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion, and a commitment to environmental, social and governance priorities. AECOM is a Fortune 500 firm and its Professional Services business had revenue of $14.4 billion in fiscal year 2023. See how we are delivering sustainable legacies for generations to come at and @AECOM.

Freedom to Grow in a World of Opportunity 

You will have 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.

AECOM provides a wide array of compensation and benefits programs to meet the diverse needs of our employees and their families. We also provide a robust global well-being program. We’re the world’s trusted global infrastructure firm, and we’re in this together – your growth and success are ours too.

Join us, and you’ll get all the benefits of being a part of a global, publicly traded firm – access to industry-leading technology and thinking and transformational work with big impact and work flexibility. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.


From flexible work options that help you balance the demands of work and life, to learning and growth programs that advance your career and the potential of working on projects around the world, the opportunities with us are virtually limitless. Working within a global community of technical experts and professionals, you can create relationships that support your development and a career path that fits your goals.

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