Associate Transport Planner – Longbridge


Location: Longbridge


About the role

Due to our expanding workload we are looking for an Associate Transport Planner to establish and develop a new Traffic & Transportation team in our Birmingham (Longbridge) office.

As an Associate Transport Planner you will be involved in a variety of project types for a range of private sector clients, all of which will require you to exercise your technical knowledge and liaise with Local Planning/Highway Authorities, Highways England and other professionals such as Planning Consultants, Architects, Air Quality/Noise Consultants, M&E Engineers, etc on a daily basis.

Reporting to an Associate Director, you will be based in our Longbridge office and have to opportunity to lead your own projects, as well as work with Derby based Traffic & Transportation staff or as part of multidisciplinary teams on larger proposals to administer, produce and deliver projects effectively to strict deadlines, whilst maintaining high technical performance standards. You will provide multi-faceted advice ranging from initial pre-acquisition feasibility studies, to strategic advice, Local Plan site promotion, to preparation of outline & detailed planning application reports (including Transport Assessments/Statements, Travel Plans, Environmental Statement Transport Chapters, preliminary access/junction improvement designs), to discharge of planning conditions and planning appeals.

Supported by an Associate Director, the main emphasis of your role will be to establish and develop a Traffic & Transportation team which will complement the existing Civil & Geo-environmental teams in our Longbridge office. Initially you will be expected to assist with existing T&T team projects, whilst working with the Associate Director to build on existing and new client relationships to generate business for the Department and other departments within the company. You will also assist with the identification of potential new staff to grow the Longbridge team in line with workload requirements.

Main duties and responsibilities

To work as part of a team and/or individually to deliver high quality transport planning, modelling and technical reports, and (where necessary) engineering designs/drawings

To produce all outputs in accordance with the Company’s document management systems

To comply with Company Health & Safety policies at all times

Supervision of staff, review, check and approve design calculations, drawings and outputs prepared by others

Project manangement and administration, including
Preparation of fee proposals
Client liaison
Invoicing – reporting to the Associate Director and Board Directors as required

To develop and maintain high technical standards both personally and within the T&T Department through application of current industry “best practice” and new technical innovations

To develop and maintain an effective network of Client contacts

Ensure delivery of high quality and profitable T&T services to Clients and where possible resolve operational, technical and financial issues in collaboration with other relevant senior staff

To assist in recruitment of future T&T staff

In addition to the above, a successful candidate will be expected to demonstrate a number of competencies, as detailed below.

Essential skills/competancies

Proactive character with excellent project management and organisational skills

Staff management, team working & communication skills

High level of technical competence, including advanced knowledge of key transport software packages such as Junctions 9 (PICADY/ARCADY), LinSig, TRICS, TEMPro/NTEM

Excellent numeracy and analytical skills – advanced Microsoft Excel knowledge and awareness of Census data sources/analysis

Excellent knowledge of national/local design standards e.g. DMRB, MFS 1 & 2, CIHT Policies/Guidance, Local Authority Design Guides e.g. 6C’s

Excellent report writing – advanced knowledge of Microsoft Word

Excellent knowledge of the English planning system and workings of Local Government

Experienced user of AutoCAD & vehicle tracking software

Health & Safety awareness – CDM regulations

Desirable skills/competancies

MSc in Transport Planning/Engineering

Chartered Professional status (e.g. CEng, TPP or CMILT)

Experience in the use of micro-simulation models such as VISSIM and PARAMICS

Knowledge of DfT WebTAG policy

Experience using GIS software, including Basemap TRACC/QuantumGIS/ArcGIS or MapInfo

Knowledge of Air Quality & Noise Assessment Traffic Flow Calculations

Experience of working with public sector clients.

Person specification

Degree qualified in a relevant discipline, a Chartered Transport Planner or Chartered Engineer, or a Transport Planner with lower qualifications but at least 15 years relevant experience

Ability to apply detailed Transport Planning technical knowledge in analysing problems and creating solutions

Excellent verbal and written communication skills with a strong attention to detail

Shall have a proven commercial awareness

Have the drive and self-motivation to continuously develop your skills

Be able to demonstrate strong interpersonal skills and to be able to build and develop relationships, both internally and externally

Ability to work on your own initiative and motivate others

Flexibility to work to demanding timescales

Be reliable and have a responsible attitude to work

Be willing to learn, adapt and embrace Rodgers Leask’s core values.

About the Traffic and Transport department

The existing department is a small but growing team that provides bespoke services to our Clients and work that complements the Civil, Geo-Environmental and Structural Departments within the wider business. We take pride in our close and balanced relationships within our team, with our colleagues in other departments and with our clients. We work on a range of private sector projects that differ in size and type ranging from new urban extensions, large scale city centre regeneration schemes, Residential Travel Plan Coordinator Roles, commercial/industrial developments adjacent to the strategic road network, small landowners, office developments, industrial estates, district centres, leisure uses, medical centres and more!

How to apply

Like what you see and want to apply? Write to us here stating the position you’re applying for and enclosing your current CV and we’ll be in touch.

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