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Our Vacancy

Senior Town Planner

  • Permanent /
  • Bristol
  • 17/02/24
  • On site

The UK government has made a pledge to reach carbon neutrality by 2050 and, as such, is pushing ahead with significant investment in nuclear and renewable energies.

Assystem, as a leading provider of project management, design & construction supervision services within the nuclear industry, has aligned its own strategy to support this switch to low-carbon energy, whilst also recognising transport and infrastructure systems to be a major factor in influencing the outcome of government policy.

By acquiring Schofield Lothian in 2021, Assystem reaffirmed their commitment to the UK’s energy transition in combining strengths with a long-established provider of expertise to the transport & infrastructure sectors. We deliver professional services within four practice areas: Consents & Engagement; Commercial Management; Project Management; and Environmental Consulting.

Based on these solid foundations, our Consents & Engagement team continues to build on its existing capability and has ambitious plans to develop its reach within both the transport & infrastructure sectors and through the additional opportunities offered via the Assystem network within the nuclear sector.

Our objectives will ultimately be defined by our ability to attract and retain those talented individuals that share our vision and wish to join us in shaping the future.

Job Description

As an Assystem employee, you will benefit from involvement on a range of assignments; initially we seek a consents professional to lead on a package of works for a major rail client. 

We are seeking to identify a Senior Consultant, with a Town Planning background to join our team to provide clients consents and town planning advice for major infrastructure projects. 

We would also expect candidates to have a strong Town Planning background and knowledge of wider consents permits and licenses required to implement new developments.  We specifically seek somebody with experience of TWAOs but welcome candidates with experience within Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects and a thorough understanding of the legislative requirements required under the DCO planning process.

You are to be responsible for evaluating consents and engagement requirements to ensure that Assystem deploy a cost effective and sustainable solution to our client.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Promotion and delivery of Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects through Development Consent Order (DCO) legislation and/or Transport and Works Act Orders (TWAO).
  • Delivery of technical engagement programmes for stakeholders including local authorities, statutory and non-statutory bodies and the general public
  • Stakeholder facilitation, negotiation and mediation
  • Planning and consenting legislation
  • Statutory planning policy advice and appraisal
  • Strategic management of consents deliverables
  • Consents application preparation
  • Collaborative and cross disciplinary working
  • Project management and co-ordination of large, multi-disciplinary teams

Skills & Experience:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to develop positive internal and external relationships at all levels.
  • Good negotiation / collaboration skills to ensure full support within the framework.
  • Embraces and leads change with an ability to influence and implement best practice internally and at project level.
  • High levels of resilience and adaptability
  • Proven ability to influence and persuade key stakeholders.
  • Demonstrable experience of developing and delivering stakeholder engagement and managing communications that are underpinned by a customer focus.
  • Strong commercial acumen.

Behavioural Qualities:

We place great emphasis on both written and verbal communication; those that flourish within our organisation are naturally inclined to engage with their colleagues & stakeholders alike and to be proactive in reaching out to others in overcoming hurdles.

In common with many places of work, we seek personnel that are professional, positive, open and honest.  We would expect the successful candidate to exhibit the following behavioural traits:

  • Ability to see things differently – prepared to question standard approaches in order to manage consenting risks and programme deadlines
  • Support and develop – create a local leadership team by delegation, coaching and mentoring
  • Decisiveness – makes day-to-day business choices that have commercial implications, knowing when to inform others or ask for support.


My profile

Person profile:

  • Relevant degree
  • Member of Professional Body (MRTPI)

Benefits include:

  • Pension scheme (8% company contribution / 4% personal contribution)
  • 25 days’ paid annual leave + bank holidays + option to buy or sell days
  • Professional fees reimbursed
  • Flexible working
  • Employee referral scheme


Hybrid remote/in-office

We are committed to equal treatment of candidates and promote, as well as foster all forms of diversity within our company. We believe that bringing together people with different backgrounds and perspectives is essential for creating innovative and impactful solutions. Skills, talent, and our people’s ability to dare are the only things that matter !. Bring your unique contributions and help us shape the future.

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