Senior / Principal Town Planner

  • Arup
  • Competitive + Benefits
  • Closing Date:
Company: Arup
Salary: Competitive with benefits
Location: Manchester
Contact Name: Tara Howarth
  • Full Time
  • Anywhere

Arup is an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists offering a broad range of professional services. Through our work, we make a positive difference in the world

The team

Our planning team are at the forefront of delivering major projects which will help shape future growth across the UK. We are experienced in successfully advising on a wide range of complex and sophisticated projects for public and private sector clients. Going beyond traditional land use planning, our approach is to provide a holistic service to meet developers, communities, and planning authorities’ aspirations and needs. Our planning team advises on some of the most formidable, complex and exciting planning projects in the UK and overseas.

The role

Based in Manchester, we are seeking a Senior / Principal Town Planner to work on a variety of projects, including significant UK infrastructure projects, energy/oil/gas applications, social and community projects, residential developments, policy advice, and socio-economic work.

Our clients expect us to provide the most innovative, professional, and reliable advice. In the North, we are growing our capability to respond to the demand for development growth, particularly from major infrastructure schemes such as HS2, A66, and TransPennine Rail.

You will be responsible for supporting the planning team on a diverse range of planning projects. You will often take responsibility for a specific aspect of a project (e.g., preparing a planning application, drafting a report, and meeting with clients or key stakeholders). You will be responsible for leading multi-disciplinary teams and delivering the project in accordance with a clients objectives and timescales.

Crucial skills & experience

  • Degree and/or Masters in Town Planning
  • Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (MRTPI)
  •  Depth and breadth of planning consent and/or policy experience across a wide range of sectors (infrastructure, housing, waste/ minerals etc)
  • Experience of working with a range of organisations, including both the private sector (promoters of infrastructure, utility companies and developers) and/or public sector (central and/or local government)
  • Experience of financial accountability for projects and delivery within budget
  • Ability to identify, communicate and mitigate issues or risks that affect the delivery of a project
  • Experience of promotion, marketing and bid preparation
  • Ability to contribute to the development of the planning business
  • Strong presentation skills to clients and key stakeholders with the ability to promote a client’s interests using a wide range of presentation techniques

Desirable skills & experience

  • Previous consultancy experience
  • Experience of working with other groups in a multi-disciplinary environment (e.g. environment, transport, project management)
  • Ability to develop working relationships at external forums

Reward and benefits 

We offer a competitive salary at all levels, and one of the best benefits packages in our sector.

Core benefits include cover under the UK Healthcare Plan (private medical insurance), Life Assurance, Accident Insurance, and Income Protection (long term disability) cover. Core benefits are funded by us and made available to all permanent staff in order to support and safeguard your financial, physical, and mental wellbeing. You will also have access to a grade-related Flexible Benefits Fund, which you can choose to take as extra cash or spend on a wide range of Choice Benefits to help with your work/life balance and financial security.

In addition, all permanent employees are eligible for the Global Profit Share scheme. Subject to scheme rules, employees can receive two Profit Share payments per year, which are dependent on the firm’s financial performance.

Shape your time

At Arup, you’ll be a welcomed member of the team with opportunities to participate in cultural and social events with the local community (e.g., as a STEM ambassador) or by joining one of our staff networks for women, culture or LGBT+ people. You’ll have access to a range of flexible working options – whether you’re a parent, a carer, a student, or just have a busy lifestyle – we recognise it’s not always easy to commit to standard working hours so if you’re interested in flexible start and finish times, working from home or working part-time, please let us know when you apply, and we’ll discuss how this could work in your role.

Equality and diversity

We are an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer and welcome all qualified applicants. You will receive fair and impartial consideration without regard to sex, race, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, genetic data, or other legally protected status. We recognise that not all disabilities are visible and will make reasonable adjustments to cater for diverse applicants in the selection and assessment process.

What happens next?

If this could be the next step in your journey, please email All applications will be considered, and we will try our very best to respond to you within 72 hours of receiving your application.

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