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Experienced Transport Economist / Planner

  • Job reference: TR-002485
  • Sector: Planning, Roads & Bridges, Transportation
  • Location: Birmingham
Atkins, now part of the SNC-Lavalin Group, is one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies that offers great scope for your career. We’re very agile in the way we work and respond to new challenges. We deliver innovative solutions by working closely with our customers at every stage of a project. There are many opportunities to work with these discipline areas and widen your range of experience.
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Atkins Transportation Division covers all aspects of multidisciplinary design and management from inception to options appraisal through to detailed scheme design and delivery support. Atkins is one of the UK’s leading multi-disciplinary consultancies engaged in numerous high profile projects for Clients in both the Public and Private Sector.

Atkins’ Transportation Consultancy Practice comprises of over 900 staff delivering planning, technical and advisory consultancy services to a wide-ranging client base in the UK and overseas. We are part of a larger Transportation business of 3,750 talented professionals covering highway, rail and local transport sectors in the UK & Europe.

We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced Transport Economist/Planner to join our well established, large and dynamic transport planning team based in Birmingham City Centre.

We are looking for a skilled individual with experience in delivering and managing transport planning projects involving economic appraisal, business case and cost benefit analysis. You will work part of a wider team analysing and appraising the impact of transport schemes and preparing business cases to justify investment.

This is an exciting time to join our team. Our future workload is growing alongside current projects such as East West Rail and Highways England’s Road Investment Programme for schemes across the Midlands. This gives us a major catalyst to deliver our ambitious growth plans across our practices in the UK. Join us and it could be a defining milestone for your career.

Working together with the wider team, you will be responsible for ensuring that economic and business case projects are delivered on time and to a high standard. The role would suit a highly motivated and skilled individual with good attention to detail who can be flexible and to undertake a range of different tasks. 

Key elements of this role include:
• Business case development
• Transport scheme appraisal
• Application of WebTAG and other appraisal guidance
• Wider economic and productivity impact assessments
• Data analysis and interpretation
• Scheme evaluation and prioritisation
• Spreadsheet/database modelling
• Proposal/bid writing
• Report writing / Presentations
• Project/client management
• Management / mentoring of junior staff


Essential criteria
The successful candidate will have the following:

• Degree in a relevant subject for example Mathematics, Geography, Economics, Civil Engineering, Transport Planning etc.
• Experience of delivering road and/or public transport studies
• Solid capability in applying transport economic appraisal techniques, tools and guidance, including extensive experience of WebTAG
• Strong experience in all areas of business case development, in line with the HM Treasury Green Book
• Experience of spreadsheet/database modelling
• Strong understanding of modelling / assessment tools and their outputs, such as TUBA, QUADRO, COBALT, SATURN, VISUM etc.)
• Experience of managing projects and clients
• Experience of proposal writing and work winning
• Excellent analytical, numeracy and problem-solving skills
• Excellent organisational, time and budget management skills
• Strong data analysis and report writing skills
• Ability to communicate effectively with others
• Ability to work effectively within a team

Desirable criteria
• Wider experience of delivering/managing transport planning projects e.g. development planning, modelling, policy and research etc.
• Understanding / appreciation of PDFH
• Experience of statistical analysis / programming and data analysis using GIS packages such as ArcGIS, QGIS or MapInfo software
• Chartered Engineer or other relevant professional accreditation (Chartered Membership)

The successful candidate will join our friendly and ambitious Transport Planning team in Birmingham, consisting of over 40 staff. We have a strong and growing workload with a broad range of public and private sector clients. Our teams are currently delivering exciting and important policy, strategy, economic analysis and research projects throughout the transportation sector, in the midlands and nationally.

Here at Atkins we really invest in the career progression of our employees, so join us and we’ll value you for going above and beyond to exceed customer expectations. We offer great opportunities to broaden your horizons and you can look forward to an excellent rewards package.

We support flexible working and equal opportunities as we believe that diverse teams provide the best mix of interpersonal and technical skills needed to exceed our customers’ expectations.

This role may require security clearance and offers of employment will be dependent on obtaining the relevant level of clearance. If this is necessary it will be discussed with you at interview.

If applying to this role please do not make reference to (in conversation) or include in your application or CV, details of any current or previously held security clearance.

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