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Managing Consultant (Development Planning)

  • Job reference: TR-001401
  • Sector: Planning, Transportation
  • Location: Leeds, Manchester
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Atkins’ Transportation Consultancy Practice comprises c500 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 3,000 talented professionals covering highway, rail and local transport sectors in the UK.

We are looking for people to join the Cities, Space and Development Planning practice who want to be leaders in shaping and growing a high performing, dynamic team that works seamlessly with our wider national Transportation business whilst also helping grow our presence in local markets.

We have vacancies for senior members of staff specialising in transport planning to be based in Manchester and Leeds. We operate the Cities, Space and Development Planning practice as a national business and the successful candidates will lead transport planning projects for both local and national clients and will be expected to support our wider-business growth across the country, working collaboratively with staff from other offices and disciplines.

The roles will have specific responsibility for developing relationships with, and winning work from local clients across the North of England, working closely with our client account managers that oversee the local authority frameworks we have in these regions. They will also provide technical and project leadership to the Cities, Space and Development Planning teams in the North.

The successful candidates will have a general background in transport planning with skills that may include planning, modelling, business cases, transport scheme development and statutory processes, with experience in working with local authorities and ideally, also, with Highways England and private sector developers.


o Degree in Civil Engineering or similar numerate subject and/or postgraduate degree such as Transport Planning or Traffic Engineering.

o Chartered Engineer/ Planner or incorporated Engineer with sufficient or appropriate relevant experience in transport and development planning.

o Member of Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT), Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), Transport Planning Society (TPS), or similar professional body.

Essential Criteria

o Dynamism and passion about the transport planning and development planning field;

o Building relationships with a growing set of clients, networking and promoting the Company;

o Ability to discuss in detail with clients the local business technologies and markets;

o Ability to identify and follow through on leads associated with new and existing clients;

o Ability to respond professionally to enquiries;

o An interest and appreciation of current transport policy and the key factors influencing national and local authority clients as well as private sector considerations;

o A proven track record in applying a range of relevant analytical techniques to meet varying client / project requirements on a diverse range of projects;

o Ability to be proactive in finding appropriate solutions to project challenges and enthusiasm for innovation;

o The ability to work effectively within a team and to lead teams where appropriate 

o Good organisational, communication, time and budget management skills;

o Enthusiasm to develop their career and progress quickly as a consultant in the transport planning sector; and

o Flexibility to work across other local offices where required.

o Computer literate (e.g. Word, Excel, MS Project);

o Experience in leading projects related to Strategic Planning, Development Control, and Transport Assessments;

o Detailed knowledge of Planning/Transport Policy and Guidance;

o Experience of leading client discussions and business development.

Desirable Criteria

o Experience with Regeneration Schemes;

o Experience in both quantitative and qualitative research;

o Community involvement and consultation;

o Technical knowledge of Department for Transport procedures and/ or standards particularly GTA and MfS 1 and 2 as well as Highway England’s DMRB;

o Working knowledge of traffic modelling software e.g. ARCADY, PICADY, TRANSYT, LinSig, S-Paramics and VISSIM; and

o Working knowledge of S106 and S278 agreements.


The successful candidate will be responsible for: 

o Managing projects with a particular focus on development planning, as well as across a wide range of transport planning areas including policy and strategy, scheme appraisal and business cases, evaluation, and stakeholder engagement;

o Providing technical expertise in the disciplines described above, ensuring technical excellence and a first-class product for our clients;

o Identifying and implementing opportunities for deploying innovative styles and techniques in project delivery;

o Supporting senior Project Directors in delivering large complex projects for key clients;

o To take responsibility for teams delivering technical work and for developing staff skills through project delivery; and

o Working with client account managers to identify new business opportunities and contribute to winning new commissions and frameworks; this will entail taking leadership roles in bidding tenders.

The Individual

o A confident and professional manner together with good interpersonal skills;

o An ability to show initiative and examples of creativity;

o A good team working and leading style and approach to managing team motivation;

o An ability to work collaboratively with a proactive and integrated management style;

o A high expectation of performance for themselves and those working around them;

o Strong analytical skills and very detail conscious; and

o Ability to communicate well within the team and within the wider business context.


Atkins develops individuals through a portfolio of training and development activities designed to help you make the best of your abilities and talents. These are reviewed with individuals through an annual appraisal process. We actively support staff in achieving corporate membership of relevant institutions.

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