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AECOM Associate Director Town Planning in Bristol, United Kingdom

Company Description

Work with Us. Change the World.

At AECOM, we're delivering a better world. Whether improving your commute, keeping the lights on, providing access to clean water, or transforming skylines, our work helps people and communities thrive. We are the world's trusted infrastructure consulting firm, partnering with clients to solve the world’s most complex challenges and build legacies for future generations.

There has never been a better time to be at AECOM. With accelerating infrastructure investment worldwide, our services are in great demand. We invite you to bring your bold ideas and big dreams and become part of a global team of nearly 50,000 planners, designers, engineers, scientists, digital innovators, program and construction managers and other professionals delivering projects that create a positive and tangible impact around the world.

We're one global team driven by our common purpose to deliver a better world. Join us.

Job Description

Our Town Planning Practice is recruiting an experienced Associate Director to lead infrastructure planning projects across the UK. As a national team, we are flexible in terms of base office location across our offices in Leeds, Chesterfield, Nottingham, Manchester, Birmingham, Basingstoke, London and Bristol.


Come and join our friendly and supportive team. We operate as a national town planning team delivering major infrastructure projects across all sectors but with a particular focus on the energy transition. You will work with leading experts in a vast array of disciplines in your local office and nationally, helping to fast-track your career development.

We work flexibly, UK-wide, delivering much of our work remotely whilst benefitting from a strong planning team culture in one of our 11 main UK offices.

You will contribute to the growth of the planning practice, for example by taking responsibility for innovation initiatives, business development, team management, quality and collaboration.

AECOM is a top ten UK Planning consultancy by size, employing around 80 Chartered or Licentiate Planners, practicing in all areas of the discipline. AECOM is also a worldwide leader in environmental and engineering consultancy and working as a planning consultant within AECOM means access to some of the highest profile and prestigious development projects in the UK, working with colleagues operating at the cutting edge of their disciplines as part of the largest UK environmental consultancy. You will be joining a great team; you will have an interesting and diverse workload and you will be given the opportunity to make the most of your abilities.

What's not to like? Come and join us and we'll grow together.

For the right candidate we would be happy to discuss the flexibility you would like in your career.


We believe infrastructure creates opportunity for everyone. Whether it’s improving your commute, keeping the lights on, providing access to clean water or transforming skylines, our work helps people and communities thrive.

Our clients trust us to bring together the best people, ideas, technical expertise and digital solutions. We’re one global team – 47,000 strong – driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world.

You will be able to work on a range of prestigious infrastructure projects for our clients in the energy transition, rail, and water development sectors, as well as a range of regional / local developments. AECOM is a market leader in UK infrastructure development, with experience of over 70 DCO projects. Join us now and you could be working on:

  • numerous solar DCOs with a pipeline of future work;

  • a carbon capture and storage DCO;

  • energy transmission schemes; and

  • Northern Powerhouse Rail – the biggest current Network Rail development project.


You will be joining a market leading, experienced infrastructure planning team and will, be given the following responsibilities.

  • Leading development consent applications for major infrastructure projects.

  • Leading other development planning work and providing authoritative planning advice to colleagues and clients.

  • Collaborative working, devising and managing programmes and coordinating multi-disciplinary teams.

  • Leading business development activities and bids for major projects.

  • Leading and managing projects from opportunity to delivery, including bid delivery, risk and budget management, change control, quality management and health and safety leadership.

  • As an inclusive people developer, you will:

  1. Demonstrate your dedication to driving our inclusion strategy by instilling a culture of respect within your team

  2. Build a diverse and inclusive workforce by recruiting and retaining the best talent and nurturing the next generation of leaders who will do the same.

  3. Lead with empathy, respect and understanding, actively seeking out diverse points of view.

  4. Provide all employees the freedom they need to grow, develop, innovate and be their whole selves at work.



  • Proven track record of leading successful development consent applications under the Town and County Planning Act 1990 and Planning Act 2008.

  • Relevant degree and full Chartered Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) or an equivalent professional town planning organisation.

  • A thorough understanding of Environmental Impact Assessment and its relationship with the development consent process.

  • Proven work winner and full project life cycle project management experience.

  • Ability to work on own initiative and deliver high quality work to-programme and within budget.

  • Client and colleague relationship focused, with good interpersonal skills and collaborative working approach.

  • Excellent report drafting skills and the ability to write clearly, concisely and confidently.

  • Competent in the use of Microsoft Office suite of programmes.


  • Experience working in the private sector in multi-disciplinary design, delivery and consents team environments.

  • Experience working on large and / or complex development projects, especially in the energy transition sector.

  • Experience of the Transport and Works Act 1992 consenting regime.

Additional Information


AECOM is the world’s trusted infrastructure consulting firm, delivering professional services throughout the project lifecycle – from advisory, planning, design and engineering to program and construction management. On projects spanning transportation, buildings, water, new energy and the environment, our public- and private-sector clients trust us to solve their most complex challenges. Our teams are driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world through our unrivaled technical and digital expertise, a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion, and a commitment to environmental, social and governance priorities. AECOM is a Fortune 500 firm and its Professional Services business had revenue of $13.1 billion in fiscal year 2022. See how we are delivering sustainable legacies for generations to come at aecom.com and @AECOM.

Freedom to Grow in a World of Opportunity

You will have the flexibility you need to do your best work with hybrid work options. Whether you’re working from an AECOM office, remote location or at a client site, you will be working in a dynamic environment where your integrity, entrepreneurial spirit and pioneering mindset are championed.

You will help us foster a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion – a safe and respectful workplace, where we invite everyone to bring their whole selves to work using their unique talents, backgrounds and expertise to create transformational outcomes for our clients.

AECOM provides a wide array of compensation and benefits programs to meet the diverse needs of our employees and their families. We also provide a robust global well-being program. We’re the world’s trusted global infrastructure firm, and we’re in this together – your growth and success are ours too.

Join us, and you’ll get all the benefits of being a part of a global, publicly traded firm – access to industry-leading technology and thinking and transformational work with big impact and work flexibility. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

ReqID: J10099489

Business Line: Environment

Business Group: DCS

Strategic Business Unit: Europe & India

Career Area: Planning

Work Location Model: Hybrid