21 Jul, 2018
WSP is one of the world's leading consulting engineering firms, committed to excellence, collaborative working and building communities where people can thrive. We have 37,500 technical experts and strategic advisors based across 500 offices worldwide, 7,700 of whom are based in our 60 offices across the UK and Ireland. The Development & Transport Planning team in London predominantly undertake development planning work, specialising in providing highways and transport advice to a wide-range of private sector clients, while supporting several key local authority clients. We provide advice on access, transportation and infrastructure issues and support development proposals throughout the planning process. Most of our projects are located in London but we also work on projects throughout the UK and internationally. Our projects range from minor extensions of community facilities, town centres and major business parks, through to the redevelopment of Londons largest and most high-profile opportunity areas. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, and place equal value on our people, clients, technical excellence and operational requirements " the four cornerstones of our business. Our guiding principles are: We value our people and our reputation. We are locally dedicated with international scale. We are future-focused and challenge the status quo. We foster collaboration in everything we do. We have an empowering culture and hold ourselves accountable. Our senior team are dedicated to the sustainable growth of the business, and empowering every team member to achieve both their professional and personal goals. We are a people focussed business and therefore facilitate a healthy work-life balance. We are looking to recruit enthusiastic team players with a win-win focus. The candidates will have significant experience, a proven ability to deliver to a high standard, passion to share their knowledge and a desire to learn and contribute to the on-going success of our team. You will be an experienced transport planner with extensive knowledge and experience of the planning process including EIP / structure plans and public inquiries / local plans. You will be well versed in the preparation of Transport Assessments for major developments, together with Travel Plans, Transport Studies, the associated negotiations with planning, highways and transport authorities and ideally have some experience as expert witness. Your principal role will be to directly support clients progress toward securing planning permission for their sites. You will be active on multiple projects and client accounts at any time, requiring strong time management. You will be supported by a pool of experienced technical staff at various grades, and will be expected to manage project resources and delegate tasks accordingly. Prior project management experience will be highly beneficial, although development support will be provided as part of the role. You will have shared responsibility for business development with key account management responsibilities. You will support the wider teams internal financial and commercial management through robust project delivery. Strong knowledge of the financial and contractual aspects of planning, bidding, and delivering both large and small projects is important. Experience across a range of development sectors would be an advantage. The position will also involve building up a team, day-to-day management of a team of support staff, client liaison and business development. The position will report to a Technical Director. Requirements We are looking for someone who is keen to develop as the team grows. A genuine interest in transport planning and engineering is essential to ensure a close fit with our highly motivated team. You will have an in-depth experience of providing transport planning and design advice on development schemes in London and the south east. You will have a proven record in client care / business development and have a number of clients that see you as their principal contact. You will have relevant qualifications (Bachelor or Masters) in a numerical or spatial discipline and extensive experience in transport planning in a development planning environment. The ability to think at both strategic and detailed levels is advantageous. You will need to have strong written and spoken communication skills and be comfortable working both as part of a team or individually. Experience in technical report writing and consultation with stakeholders is essential. You will have a demonstrated track record of competent project management and strong leadership in the delivery of small and large transport planning projects. Your project management experience will encompass both single and multi-discipline projects. You will have knowledge of preliminary highway design, junction design and analysis, traffic software (including TRICS, VISSIM, LINSIG, Junctions and TRANSYT), traffic management techniques and TfL, Highways England and Local Authority design guidance so as to enable you to delegate to and accurately interpret the work of others. It is also desirable to have an appreciation of TfLs suite of strategic highway and public transport models, e.g. LTS, Railplan LTS-PT, sub-regional HAMs, Cynemon. Experience in a range of sectors and work types would be beneficial. Ideally you will have knowledge of areas such as public transport and policies at local, regional and national level; including the London Plan and Mayors Transport Strategy. Some knowledge of Inquiry procedures would also be useful but is not essential. Chartered status or aspirations towards securing chartered or an equivalent status are a strong positive. As one of the worlds leading professional services firms, we know that experience and leadership are key ingredients to helping deliver complex, world-class projects that inspire, improve and protect communities and environments. You will have access to a broad range of opportunities that enable you to advance your career along your chosen path " whether you are drawn to technical, project or operational leadership. Alongside that, you will find that the balance between your work and home life is important to us, at all levels within the business. Above all, you can spend your days knowing you are part of work that has a positive, sustainable impact on the places where we work, live and play.