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Senior Technical Lead - Transformational Transport Economics

  • Job reference: TR-002746
  • Sector: Atkins
  • Location: London

Now part of the SNC-Lavalin group, Atkins’ UK Transportation business brings together the capabilities of our Rail, Highway and Local Transport teams, into a single business of 3,000 talented transport planners and engineering professionals. The unique breadth of services in Transportation, combined with our scale, makes Atkins the leading UK transportation infrastructure consultancy. We create a culture and environment to inspire our people, ensure collaboration with our clients and continue to shape the future of mobility.

The transportation infrastructure sector is experiencing unprecedented levels of investment and Atkins is playing lead roles in projects to upgrade existing transport networks to deliver future demand including major new road schemes, high-speed rail as well as extensive public transport enhancements.  Our teams are currently delivering exciting and important policy, strategy, modelling and research projects throughout the transportation sector. We are at the forefront of national and international policy making, supporting key decision makers at al levels; and are also supporting the development of cutting-edge technology in the transport sector.

With a solid pipeline of business case development work we are currently recruiting talented individuals to help deliver transport planning projects for our expanding client base.  With over 300 specialists in our Transport Planning business we have the flexibility and resources to provide our clients with an extensive range of services including transport policy and strategy planning, traffic modelling, scheme appraisal, travel demand management and development planning.

The Role:

We are currently recruiting an established transport economist to lead our pursuit and delivery of top level public sector transport strategy, transport appraisal and evaluation, for regional and national bodies particularly in the field of transport investment and economic performance.  This reflects the increasing emphasis on the delivery of improved productivity, employment and housing growth and a spatially better-balanced economy through transport infrastructure and service investments.

We would like to discuss this exciting opportunity with prospective candidates.  We are seeking an enthusiastic individual who can contribute to shaping and growing a high performing, dynamic team, working seamlessly across our national business.

With a network of offices across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland we are flexible where candidates can be based.   We offer a fantastic environment with fresh, modern offices that buzz with the excitement of people working at the leading edge of our industry.  Join us and you’ll be joining a business that places no limits on how far you can progress.

The Candidates:

Successful applicants will be flexible, self-motivated and will be expected to demonstrate the following:

  • Excellent communication skills with strong report writing capability
  • Sound technical competence
  • Ability to work under pressure and proven success in meeting deadlines
  • Confident team worker with ablity to work independently
  • Experience of working to time and budget constraints.

Successful candidates will have:

  • Appropriate academic and professional qualifications - degree qualified in a relevant discipline (such as Transport Planning, Economics etc)
  • Relevant previous experience to include experience working in a Transport Planning Consultancy, in Central Government or a Local Authority
  • Experience of developing client relationships and successful work winning activity
  • Strong track record of managing teams to successfully deliver against business objectives and targets
  • Knowledge and appreciation of current UK transport sector.

It is desirable that candidates will be able to demonstrate technical skills and competencies commensurate with their level of experience in areas such as:

  • Local transport planning
  • Transport policy/strategy
  • Travel planning
  • Development planning
  • Pedestrian/cyclist planning
  • Sustainable transport
  • Stakeholder engagement/ public consultation.

Rewards and Benefits:

We started out as Atkins, one of the most respected international design, engineering and project management consultancies in the world. Today we are part of global giant SNC-Lavalin. Work with us and you’ll enjoy all the benefits a multinational company can offer — from great employee benefits, to travel and exposure to impressive world-wide clients and projects.

With a goal to be a truly diverse employer, we promote an inclusive culture for everyone in the SNC-Lavalin Atkins family and have an ongoing commitment to pursuing improvements for all underrepresented groups.


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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