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Senior Town Planner

  • Job reference: IF-001641
  • Sector: Infrastructure, Planning, Urban Development
  • Location: London
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Why not...

Atkins is one of the world’s leading engineering, environmental and design consultancies offering unparalleled opportunities for talented individuals in search of a rewarding career. Our Planning and Economics team based in London, Epsom, Bristol, Birmingham and Warrington works directly with Atkins’ wide range of businesses, across the UK and internationally, providing us with a variety of major development projects and related works. To find out about our recent varied and interesting Planning projects see our Planning Brochure.

We require an experienced Senior Planner to be located in our London office. The person appointed will join a progressive planning and environmental team with a wide range of client interests within the public and private sectors. The position will seek to provide additional capacity to deliver our expanding workload in Planning both in the UK and overseas, and will play a key role in support the development of our growing national business, linking in with other parts of the environmental business throughout Atkins. While the post would be based in our London office, there will be a requirement to work out of other UK offices, where the need arises, in order to meet the demands of fluctuating workloads. There may also be opportunities to work on a number of our overseas planning projects.

The position requires a Chartered Planner, combining an excellent track record in planning, with particular experience in providing advice to our growing markets in the cities, infrastructure, water, waste and energy sectors.

• Identification, development and pursuit of new business and marketing opportunities in a range of sectors
• Preparation of tender responses
• Undertaking evidence base studies (e.g. housing assessments, employment land reviews, infrastructure assessments etc.)
• Preparation of strategy and policy documents
• Preparation of area based plans (masterplans, SPDs)
• Co-ordination and / or input into EIAs
• Preparation of planning applications and supporting documents
• Managing project inputs from a range of disciplines
• Provision of planning advice to external and internal clients
• Management, including financial management, of projects (subject to experience)
• Mentoring of junior staff


• A relevant planning degree

• Chartered membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute

• Relevant post qualification experience in a planning role, ideally in both the public and private sectors

• A sound, in-depth knowledge of planning law and procedures, including the planning system at national, regional and local levels

• Experience in the management and delivery of multi-disciplinary planning projects, particularly in planning policy and economic development

• Excellent project management skills for multi-disciplinary projects

• Proven ability to manage budgets

• Numerate and confident in the use of and analysis of data

• Consultancy experience is an advantage, as is a need to demonstrate commercial expertise

• Experience in undertaking a range of evidence base studies, strategic planning and policy work would be an advantage

• Experience of planning work in the both the UK and other countries would be an advantage

The Individual

The successful applicant must be flexible and self-motivated and be expected to demonstrate the following:

• Good communication skills, with ability to draft reports to a high standard

• Numerate and confident in the use of and analysis of data

• Ability to work under pressure, and have proven success in meeting tight deadlines

• Confident team worker, but able to work with limited supervision

• Commercial awareness and business development skills

• Flexibility to work in other UK offices according to workload demands

• Full clean driving licence (preferable)

Rewards and Benefits

The pressures and pace of modern life mean that we need to take care to give sufficient priority to our health and well-being. With this in mind, we have a generous rewards and benefits scheme including:

• 25 days paid annual leave + 8 bank holidays + the ability to sell 5 or buy up to 15 days additional leave

• Contributory Pension Scheme – Atkins will match and double employee contributions

• Life Assurance Scheme

• Personal accident cover

• Share incentive plan (after 6 months service)

• Professional fees paid

• Private medical insurance discount

• Income Protection

• Employee Well-Being Programme – 24 hour free advice on financial, legal and family care specialists and also access to personal health, fitness and nutrition consultants

• Gym and Health Club discounts. Plus a range of discounted rates on holidays and UK attractions and experiences.

• Childcare vouchers

• Give as you earn – charity contributions

• Bike 4 Work Scheme

• Employee Car Share Scheme

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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