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Assistant planner / Town planner

R-049413
  1. London

Assistant planner / Town planner

Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, is one of the world’s leading multi-disciplinary consultancy firms offering unparalleled opportunities for talented individuals in search of a rewarding career. Due to a growing workload and exciting growth plans we are looking for a new Assistant / Planner.  The successful candidate will work within a dynamic Planning team and collaboratively across Atkins to help deliver an expanding workload and develop of our growing national business.  We are very proud of our inclusive, collaborative working culture and can offer true flexibility in terms of working arrangements.

Our team is one of the UK’s leading planning consultancies, at the forefront of thought-leadership in planning and delivery of infrastructure and development and the use of digital data to support our work.  We work directly with Atkins’ multi-disciplinary teams and businesses in the UK and across the world on a variety of major infrastructure and development projects. Our clients include EDF, Environment Agency, Greater London Authority, Highways England, Homes England, HS2, Ministry of Defence, MHCLG, Network Rail, Transport for London, Transport for the North, West of England Combined Authority and many other LEPs, local authorities, utility companies and private developers. We also work with colleagues leading international development work for funding institutions and government bodies.

The successful candidate will work within a dynamic multi-disciplinary environment with colleagues in environmental, engineering and design disciplines across the wider Atkins UK and international teams.  We are looking for someone with a real passion for planning and the skills to deliver transformative and high-quality infrastructure and communities.

We recognise the importance and benefits of helping our employees balance work and home life and offer flexible working arrangements. While the post would be based in our London office there may be opportunities to work out of other UK offices or client offices, where the need arises, to meet the demands of fluctuating workloads. We provide a very flexible working environment with opportunities to work from home and from our regional offices and to hours which suit you. 

Responsibilities

  • To support a wide range of strategic planning and development/infrastructure consenting proposals and projects, including:
  • Undertaking planning-related research and planning policy reviews for energy, transport, water, environmental and housing and regeneration projects across the UK.
  • Supporting preparation of applications for a range of development and infrastructure proposals under different consenting regimes (Town and Country Planning Act, Transport and Works Act, Planning Act 2008).
  • Negotiating planning submissions through the consenting process. 
  • Supporting public consultation events.
  • Preparing strategy and policy documents and evidence-based studies.
  • Working with senior colleagues to identify, develop and pursue new business and marketing opportunities across a range of sectors.
  • Providing planning advice to external and internal clients. 
  • Helping to inform and co-ordinate Environmental Impact Assessments and other environment or planning documents.
  • Supporting tender responses.  

You as an individual

  • You must be self-motivated, enthusiastic, determined and resilient and be able to demonstrate that you can: 
  • Work under pressure, with excellent time management skills and success in meeting tight deadlines. 
  • Work on multiple assignments delivering outputs on time and within budget.  
  • Work well as part of multi-disciplinary teams with the confidence to input effectively as an individual across a range of projects.
  • Prepare accurate and well-presented reports and presentations to a high standard. 
  • Demonstrate strong verbal communication skills and the aptitude to rationally explain, explore and discuss planning issues. 
  • Flexibly apply knowledge and experience to a wide variety of planning related tasks.

Requirements

  • A relevant degree and working towards RTPI membership (or related / equivalent qualifications / professional membership).
  • Some experience of working in consultancy or the public sector on consents issues, strategic planning or policy development.
  • Good knowledge of planning law and procedures at national, regional and local levels. 
  • Good report writing, verbal and presentation skills, and the aptitude to rationally explain, explore and discuss planning issues.
  • Ability to work with third parties and stakeholders, for example experience of liaising with regulatory bodies, engagement with stakeholders or supporting consultation exercises.

What we offer

Atkins recognise that there are many well qualified people who are looking to further their career, but who cannot commit to full time employment. We support flexible working arrangements and are interested to discuss how we can accommodate individual requirements.As part of this commitment, we understand the need for a diverse and flexible workforce, where a work-life balance is important. So, by default Atkins offers flexible working, where there is no fixed 9 ‘till 5, no need for a 5-day week, no requirement for a full-time contract, and no requirement to spend all your working time in the office.  Our IT systems support home-working, so where you have parental or carer duties; or you simply need to be elsewhere for a parcel, servicing your car, or waiting in for a tradesperson; Atkins will work for you.  Similarly, Atkins’ corporate social responsibility provides the opportunity to give something back to the community, and we run professional networks supporting groups such as local schools, charities, parents, those coming out of the armed-forces and women in engineering.

Training

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 such as IEMA, RTPI, LI, ICE, CIEEM, and CIWEM.

Rewards and Benefits

We offer a competitive salary that is regularly tested against other consultants with a default 25-days leave each year plus bank holidays and options to buy some or sell of that leave.

To support and safeguard your physical and mental wellbeing we provide an employee assistance programme offering advice and support in times of need.  Our offices run their own sports and social club providing activities such wine tasting, as surf trips, and a kids’ Christmas party.  You will also have access to our Flexible Benefits, where you can opt in to a wide range of benefits to complement your work/life balance: such as medical insurance, gym membership, the cycle-to-work scheme, child care vouchers, charitable giving, additional pension contributions etc.

Please refer to our website for details of our full benefits package . https://yourrewarduk.snclavalin.com/

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.

Atkins recognise that there are many well qualified people who are looking to further their career, but who cannot commit to full time employment. We support flexible working arrangements and are interested to discuss how we can accommodate individual requirements.ATKINS, part of the SNC Lavalin Group, is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce. As an Equal Opportunities Employer, we value applications from all backgrounds, cultures and ability.

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