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23 days ago
Aecom
Location: London
Job type: Permanent
Sector: Environmental
Category: Design / Development Jobs
United Kingdom - Greater London, London

Job Summary

The Housing Team is based in London-Aldgate. Other UK locations may be an option depending on your circumstances and AECOM’s ‘Freedom to Grow’ policy provides the opportunity to work flexibly.

Opening & Closing Date: Apply as early as possible because candidates are selected on a rolling recruitment basis for either immediate starts or advanced offers.

ABOUT US

The Housing Research team is part of the Environment & Sustainability (E&S) business, which has a workforce of some 730 staff across the UK and Republic of Ireland. E&S provides environment and sustainability solutions for public and private sector clients and is at the forefront of efforts to tackle the climate and biodiversity emergencies. It comprises the following practice areas: Acoustics; Air Quality; Ecology; Geospatial & Data Services; Heritage; Landscape; Water Environment; Impact Assessment; Planning; Climate Change, Sustainability & Resilience; Stakeholder Engagement; and ESIA & ESDD (international environment and sustainability work). The team also has strong links with the Building & Planning and Economics teams within AECOM and we regularly work across teams on multidisciplinary projects.

We are passionate about housing and believe that good housing can help transform lives. For the most vulnerable in society, housing determines the life chances of their children and their future health outcomes. We know that the affordability of housing and condition of homes also has a real impact on the wellbeing of occupants, particularly children and vulnerable people. Improving housing supply is critical and much of our work involves helping clients and communities to plan for and deliver new homes. We understand that good housing in terms of design, type, tenure and location is inherently linked to work, public services and community. Strategies to improve housing work best when they appreciate and embrace these interrelationships. The Housing Research team’s projects involve helping community groups to plan for housing in their areas, by providing them with evidence of housing needs, working with other clients such as local authorities to develop evidence to support their plans and strategies, and working with developers to help plan the mix on a specific site and to support planning applications for new developments on both large and small scales.

Housing Research work includes:

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Housing needs assessment: the team provides technical support to community groups who are developing Neighbourhood Plans. This is a long term contract with our partners Locality, funded by MHCLG. At present, this forms the core of our team’s work, so you are likely to spend at least half of your time on these projects.

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Developing the evidence base for Local Plans and Housing Strategies, working with local authorities to help them analyse their housing needs and develop appropriate policies to meet them.

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Researching the needs of specific groups in the housing market and helping our clients to plan new developments to meet these needs eg specialist housing for older people.

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Developing evidence for the housing mix required on specific sites, from large scale regeneration sites in deprived urban areas to small scale rural exception sites in the countryside.

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Undertaking bespoke housing research on new trends and developments, for example, the impact of converting offices to homes, or the impact of the Government’s new affordable housing (First Homes) proposals on affordability.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

When you start with AECOM, we will pair you with a senior member of the team who will guide and mentor you through your initial period of working on live projects and business development proposals.

You will undertake research on housing-related projects eg:

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Working out how much housing is needed in specific neighbourhoods or local areas: where, what type and size, the quantity of affordable housing needed and the price of homes so they are affordable

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Research on specific groups in the housing market eg older people, vulnerable people

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Research on new forms of housing in the private rented sector

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Research to inform how major developments are planned and the type of housing to best meet local needs

Your responsibilities will include:

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Analysis of data eg demographic projections, house prices etc.

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Reviewing national and local government policies, guidance and wider literature

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Drafting and editing reports eg housing need assessments for neighbourhoods

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Working with clients to establish their needs and to incorporate feedback into final report

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Contributing to the development of bids and proposals for new work

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Following sound project management principles and appreciating the need to work within project budgets

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Prioritising tasks and meeting commitments on an on-going basis and taking ownership and responsibility for the completion and quality of work

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Contributing to team training and knowledge sharing

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Developing the team’s housing need assessment ‘tool’ and innovating our approach

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Supporting our Social Impact, Equality and Accessibility team to produce Equality Impact Assessments, Diversity Impact Assessments and Social and Distributional Impact Assessments for projects.

There will also be opportunities to undertake a variety of other projects in related teams eg planning, environment, economics.

TRAINING

Our graduate roles provide a fantastic opportunity to establish your career and gain valuable work experience helping to deliver challenging and high-profile projects. Your first role as a graduate sets the foundations for the rest of your career – AECOM will ensure you receive the training, mentoring and diversity of experience you need to set you on a path to success.

Our Graduate Development Programme (ADVANCE), along with our huge scope of projects across the globe, will challenge and inspire you to make a real difference to the world we live in. Our programmes form a core part of our business strategy globally, designed to develop the best talent across numerous disciplines to lead our business into the future. We have more than 1,000 graduates on our programmes across the UK and Europe from more than 30 different disciplines – and each and every one of them makes a tangible difference to the environment we all live and work in.

We will provide you with all the tools and support you need to achieve your professional development ambitions, including chartership with the relevant professional institution. We demand the highest standards and expect our graduates to pass their professional review first time. You will be assigned a mentor to support and guide your progress and on-the-job training will be provided with the opportunity to work on live projects.

Minimum Requirements

We’re looking for someone who is passionate about housing and is keen to use and develop their research skills to help our clients and communities to provide more housing and ensure it is affordable and meets the needs of a range of different people. We are interested in someone with knowledge and enthusiasm in delivering positive outcomes for local communities, especially for vulnerable groups.

As a Graduate Consultant in our Housing Research team you will be involved in research and analysis, combining desk based research with consultation with clients and stakeholders, and the opportunity to undertake site visits on some projects.

You’ll need to be self-motivated, enthusiastic and ambitious, as well as having:

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A relevant first degree and, potentially, a relevant post-graduate degree. Relevant first or post-graduate degree subjects include: geography, economics, housing, planning, regeneration, social science, sustainable development.

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Knowledge/interest but most importantly enthusiasm for the subjects of housing, planning for housing, affordable housing and housing needs and homelessness.

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Knowledge and interest in equalities and social justice issues, especially in terms of planning and policy, including assessing social impacts, social value and diversity impacts.

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Excellent research and report writing skills

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Excellent numerical and analytical skills and the aptitude to understand and communicate verbal and written (fluent in English) complex technical information, specifically:

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Ability to use Excel for analysis and modelling (and willingness to develop these skills) and prepare tables and charts for reports or presentations.

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Ability to distil evidence and key messages from complex research reports, research literature and Government policy and guidance.

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Ability to communicate with people from a range of backgrounds from team members to clients (including lay persons, politicians).

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Aptitude for problem solving eg working through why a particular data set gives unusual results in local area; or taking on board challenging comments from a client.

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Ability to work as part of a team and the capacity to collaborate and communicate effectively with colleagues, clients and stakeholders.

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Ability to work to deadlines, working flexibly under pressure and responding to changing project and programme demands.

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Strong organisational skills, attention to detail and the ability to structure and prioritise the delivery of project outputs effectively while working as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

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Very good Microsoft Office skills including Word, Excel and PowerPoint

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Applications from candidates with strong analytical and modelling skills are encouraged to help us develop our in-house housing needs assessment tool. The tool is based in Excel and produces automated tables for our reports, drawing on ONS and other data. The tool will need to be reviewed and updated in the short term as the 2021 Census results are published. We recognise that not all candidates will have developed the experience for this task but if this is of interest to you we would strongly encourage you to apply as there is scope to shape the role to fit your skills.

Preferred Qualifications

* A full driving licence or access to reliable transport would be beneficial as the role will involve travel for site surveys and possible transportation of site equipment

What We Offer

When you join AECOM, you become part of a company that is pioneering the future. Our teams around the world are involved in some of the most cutting-edge and innovative projects and programs of our time, addressing the big challenges of today and shaping the built environment for generations to come. We ensure a workplace that encourages growth, flexibility and creativity, as well as a company culture that champions inclusion, diversity and overall employee well-being through programs supported by company leadership. Our core values define who we are, how we act and what we aspire to, which comes down to not only delivering a better world, but working to “make amazing happen” in each neighborhood, community and city we touch. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

Job Category Vacation Student / Internship / Graduate

Business Line Environment

Business Group Design and Consulting Services Group (DCS)

Country United Kingdom

Position Status Full-Time

Requisition/Vacancy No. 249754BR

Clearance Required No

Virtual: No

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.

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