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Senior Transport Planner

  • Job reference: TR-001786
  • Sector: Planning, Transportation
  • Location: Bristol
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Why not...

Atkins is looking for a talented individual to join our Sustainable Transport and Strategy team based in Bristol.
Have you ever considered working in Bristol?

• Bristol is predicted to be one of the fastest growing cities in the UK over the next three years.
• 90% of people working in Bristol live in Bristol. However, with a reasonable commute time of 90 minutes by train to London it is accessible from further afield.
• 42% of graduates stay in the area due it the quality of life and culture on offer.
We work on a diverse range of projects and have ambitions to grow. We’re looking for individuals who can help deliver exciting projects for local and regional clients such as the West of England authorities, Wiltshire Council, Gloucestershire County Council and Swindon Borough Council; as well as national clients including the Department for Transport and Highways England.

What makes Atkins in Bristol standout?

• We are shaping the city’s future by developing the transport strategy for the West of England for the next 30 years.
• We are supporting to the development of the spatial plan for the sub-region and assessing the transport requirements associated with growth.
• Strong collaborative working across teams to deliver results for our clients.
• We are working in partnerships to establish the South West as a world class test site facility for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles. Leading on two consortiums VENTURER ( and FLOURISH ((

What else can we offer you?

We encourage flexible working, so tell us what would work best for you? Early starts, compressed hours, some working from home? Discuss it with us.

We’re looking for an individual who can take ownership of their work to help deliver projects for local and regional public sector clients including the West of England authorities, Wiltshire Council, Gloucestershire County Council and Swindon Borough Council; as well as national clients including the Department for Transport and Highways England.

Key responsibilities of this role may include, but are not limited to:

• Delivering projects across a wide range of transport planning areas including sustainable transport, policy and strategy, scheme appraisal and business cases, evaluation and stakeholder management and development planning.
• Providing technical expertise and knowledge sharing in the above areas.
• Managing local clients in relation to wider transport planning commissions and frameworks.
• As Project Manager, taking responsibility for teams delivering technical work.
• Building client relationships and actively promoting new business opportunities in the sector, including with partner local authorities and developer clients.
• Managing and supporting bidding for new opportunities.

The Team
Our Bristol team is part of Atkins’ nation-wide Transportation Consultancy Practice covering all aspects of transport planning. We have a strong forward workload with major clients in central and local government. Our teams are currently delivering exciting and important policy, strategy and research projects throughout the transportation sector. We are at the forefront of national and international policy-making, supporting key decision makers at all levels; and are also supporting cutting edge technology, including autonomous and connected vehicles.

At a local level, we have frameworks with a number of local authority clients and a track record of making a real difference on the ground.

Current and recent projects include:

• Strategy and case making: West of England Future Transport Strategy; Chippenham, Salisbury and Trowbridge Transport Strategies; Gloucestershire Parking Review; Developing a pan-Midlands Transport Strategy (Midlands Connect);
• Multi-disciplinary: A303 Stonehenge By-Pass Option Appraisal; Botley Road Corridor Study (Oxfordshire), Vulnerable User research; and
• Cutting edge technology: VENTURER and Flourish Driverless Cars projects (Innovate UK).
Join our team and you’ll influence ideas that will enrich millions of lives. You’ll make the most of your quality focus, commercial brain and ability to deliver projects on time and to budget. You’ll have the opportunity to strengthen and develop your technical and interpersonal skills whilst expanding your portfolio with high profile projects. You’ll enjoy being part of a fun, fulfilling and collaborative team working at the very forefront of our industry.


We welcome applications from highly motivated and skilled individuals who are or have:
• Appropriate academic and professional qualifications - meaning degree qualified in a relevant discipline.
• Excellent technical project deliverers and keen to build their own portfolio of projects.
• Working knowledge of more traditional and the latest data sources, and analysis of them.
• Driven to deliver technical excellence within commercial and financial constraints.
• Experienced across transport planning disciplines, and with a track record in delivering UK transport planning projects.
• Knowledgeable about the current UK transport and land use policy context and able to use this knowledge through projects and client interaction.
• A strong interest, knowledge and skills in the development and delivery of sustainable transport projects.
• Able to work within larger multi-disciplinary project teams across Atkins.
• Good communicators, with strong report writing and presentational skills.
• Able to work closely and collaboratively with clients.
• Willing to work simultaneously on a number of projects and flexible to work with different teams around our UK offices including co-location in client offices.
• Committed to continuous improvement and innovation across transport planning.

Atkins is a large international multi-disciplinary consultancy that offers great scope for your career. And we’re very agile in the way we work and respond to new challenges. Looking at things from every angle, we deliver innovative solutions by working closely with our customers at every stage of a project. The way we do things here is refreshingly different, and we’ll value you for exceeding customer expectations and delivering innovative solutions. We don’t believe there’s a better place to be right now. Our Transportation division is working on all kinds of great projects from smart motorways to driverless cars. And there are so many opportunities to upskill, grow your career and move between sectors.

Join us and you’ll be joining a business that places no limits on how far you can progress. You’ll gain experience on a diverse range of industry-leading projects; and have the opportunity to inspire and be inspired by colleagues in offices across the UK, and the globe. You’ll benefit from our promotion-from-within policy. And you’ll enjoy an exceptional rewards and benefits package including forward-thinking flexible working options to ensure that working with us works for you.

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

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