Principal Planner (Town Planning)

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  • Sector:

    Construction, Engineering

  • Salary:

    Competitive salary

  • Published:

    4 months ago

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About the Role:

As one of the world’s leading planning, engineering, professional services and technical consultancy firms, at WSP, we’re passionate about the big questions. And big answers, naturally. For us that’s all about reaching beyond the expected to do work that’ll make a profound impact felt long into the future. We work on a great range of nationally significant and smaller niche challenging projects across a variety of sectors.

In Scotland we are looking for a Principal Planner, with good understanding of the UK planning system, to help meet the needs of key Scottish energy clients and projects, particularly in the renewables sector. Whilst the post will be based in Scotland, the role will involve work across the rest of the UK and there may be occasional opportunities to be involved in projects abroad.

This is an opportunity to join our Planning Consultancy team. WSP employ over 270 creative planning and environmental impact assessment professionals, including 115 chartered planners, operating across infrastructure and property sectors. We are leaders in securing consent for major infrastructure projects and have one of the largest teams of planning, land referencing, environmental and stakeholder engagement professionals specialising in consent applications across all types of infrastructure - energy, highways, ports, and airports. We specialise in providing our clients with advice and support on development proposals throughout the planning process from project feasibility and appraisal of options, through public consultation, application preparation, supporting public inquiries and examinations where required. Our clients include EDF Energy, National Grid, SSE, and Scottish Power Renewables.

We are looking to recruit an enthusiastic team player interested in working in a multi disciplinary environment. The candidate will have experience in securing planning permission for energy and infrastructure projects, preferably renewable energy projects in Scotland, 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 fit into an established team and you will be responsible for delivering into a wide range of projects. The role will include helping to develop new and existing work streams and to actively manage client relationships.

A typical week would include:

  • Providing support and guidance to junior consultants and overseeing their work

  • Organising and managing work in a professional and responsible manner, collaborating closely across multi-disciplinary planning, land and environmental teams

  • Building good internal relationships through responsiveness and a commercial approach

  • Assistance with preparing consent applications which may include applications under the Electricity Act, the Town and Country Planning Acts, and the Planning Act 2008.

  • Project management with effective budgetary control

  • Desk studies, research, data management and report writing

  • Supporting commercial role such as time, fee and other cost estimates, bid preparation and where required presenting to tenderers.

The successful candidate will need to be commercially aware and familiar with managing programme and budgets as part of project delivery. They will be responsible for managing and delivering into a broad range of consultancy and consents work including bidding, design/optioneering, assessment, consenting and approvals during construction and delivery.

You will be well versed in the preparation of all planning documentation for energy and infrastructure projects, engagement with key stakeholders including planning authorities and statutory consultees. The role requires a good grounding in statutory procedures applicable to the consenting of infrastructure projects, including EIA.

Excellent written and verbal communication skills are essential for this post which will also include exposure to both internal and external clients.

We'd love to hear from you if you have:

  • Degree level qualification in town planning.

  • Postgraduate qualification in a relevant subject.

  • Chartered status

  • Experience of delivering planning consents for energy projects, working with multi-disciplinary teams.

  • Sound knowledge and experience of the UK planning system.

What if we can?

What if we can have work-life balance? What if we can be rewarded in ways that support our individual needs? What if we can be accepted for who we are? Here at WSP – we can!

WSP recognizes that work is only one part of our lives and making time for the other things in our life is important – be that our families, our friends or ourselves. So, if working from home, working part-time or having flexible start and finish time will help with this let us know as part of your application.

As well as rewarding you with competitive pay, WSP offers standard benefits including a 37.5 hour working week, 25 days annual leave, pension schemes, life assurance, personal accident cover and paid professional subscriptions, and some not so standard benefits as part of our flexible benefits scheme – so if you would like to hop on a new bike (cycle to work scheme) or thrill the family with your Lego building skills (Discount at Legoland Windsor) – WSP can help!

Be you, be happy - we strive to have a friendly and inclusive culture which respects and maximizes the contribution individuals can bring to WSP. We recognise the benefits that people with varying backgrounds and experiences can bring. Our VIBE (LGBT + employee network) and WiL (Women in Leadership) networks work with the business to help ensure we continue to promote the right environment to enable LGBT+ and female employees to reach their full potential, and to ensure we continue to promote equality, inclusivity and diversity for everyone.

Here at WSP we positively encourage applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, pregnancy or maternity/paternity. We will interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria.

In addition we support our people to achieve their personal health and well-being goals through our Thrive programme.

About us:

Together, our people make up one of the world's leading engineering and planning consulting firms. We’re dedicated to the communities where we live and work in the UK and propelled by international brainpower. Staying curious is what drives us. Looking at challenges from fresh angles helps us deliver future-ready solutions that break paradigms.