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7 months ago
Location: Cardiff
Job type: Permanent
Sector: Highways & Transport
Category: Planning Jobs
About the Role

As one of the world’s leading 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.

Regionally, we operate through our Southern offices, which include offices in Cardiff, Bristol and Exeter. We are seeking an enthusiastic Principal Transport Planner to provide support to the transportation planning capability across our region. The person will be based in our Cardiff office and will contribute to the delivery of projects for our public and private sector clients.

We work with the public sector, delivering on policy commitments and funding applications. We create large scale transport models that assist strategic planning decisions and transport investment.

Our interpretation of the latest regulatory requirements, Planning Policy guidelines, knowledge of current best practice and our wealth of technical expertise means we can identify and assess development opportunities that deliver.

We also have the UK’s largest team of development and transport planners, all dedicated to enabling our clients to create viable and deliverable developments which provide lasting social and environmental improvements.

Though our pioneering work on applying movement frameworks and street design concepts to masterplans, and our research in transport policy and our intelligent transport system designs, we’re able to create places that respond to the needs of all stakeholders.

We act as strategic advisors and expert witnesses, specialising at all stages from pre-acquisition studies to delivery. Our clients draw on our transport modelling and planning capabilities to deliver evidence to support the planning functions of local authorities and create sustainable transport investment plans.

A typical week would include:

* Being involved in a number of projects at any given time, across our South Western offices

* Providing support to a number of senior staff as well as leading your own project work - including monitoring performance against budgets and programme and delegating appropriate tasks to junior team members

* Winning work either through existing contacts or working closely with our client-focused teams to help develop high quality relationships with clients

* Assisting in the management and training of our Graduates and Apprentices

About You

You will have an excellent understanding of transport planning, and the versatility to apply your skills in transport policy and scheme development. You will be expected to not only provide transport planning expertise but also start to apply project and staff management skills as part of your daily role.

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

* A Degree in relevant spatial or numerical subject

* An excellent understanding of transport project development processes;

* Experience of the production and review of transport plans and strategies, feasibility studies, Option Assessment Reports and Business Cases

* Working knowledge of transport guidance and current best practice (such as WelTAG and/or WebTAG);

* Working knowledge of current transport policy at sub-regional, regional and national level;

* The ability to think at both strategic and detailed levels;

* Strong numerical and analytical skills and excellent working knowledge of MS Office tools

* Ability to produce high quality project reports, including technical documents;

* Ability to communicate technical arguments to technical and non-technical clients; and present outputs from studies to range of audiences.

The following skills/qualifications are desirable:

* Working towards Chartered Engineer/TPP status;

* Post-graduate degree in Transportation Planning or other relevant subject;

* Experience of traffic engineering and modelling;

* Competence in GIS techniques; and

* Full and clean driving license.

About Us

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 PLEDGE (Promoting Leadership, Encouraging Diversity & Gender Equality) 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.

A little about us:

Together, our people make up one of the world's leading engineering professional services 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.

With around 7,900 talented people in 70+ offices across the UK, and 43,000 around the world, we engineer projects that will help societies grow for lifetimes to come.

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