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AECOM Senior Transportation Planner in St Albans, United Kingdom

Job Summary

The way in which we travel is changing, and the global pandemic has increased the rate of change so that modelling transport is now more challenging than ever. Future uncertainties such as the advent of Mobility as a Service and Connected and Autonomous Vehicles as well as better understanding of travel behaviour changes as a result of transport decarbonisation policy areas mean that traditional methods of modelling are becoming less effective in truly representing the way that people live, work and travel. Evolving methods such as activity and agent-based modelling are emerging as alternative ways of harnessing the insight that big data sources provide and translating this into tools that can help us plan for the future of travel.

We are seeking to recruit a Senior/Principal Consultant to join our Strategic Planning discipline within our Transport Planning Business to help win and deliver projects as well as drive innovation. This is a full-time permanent role to be located in AECOM’s South East Transport Planning Offices.

We are looking for individuals who are able to take ownership of their work to help deliver exciting projects and find optimal solutions to meet client and commercial needs.

We undertake transport modelling spanning national, regional and local geographies as well as detailed micro-simulation. Our team undertakes research, develops tools and finds solutions. We use Big Data (e.g. Mobile Network and Google Maps API data) and apply statistical modelling, programming, operational research, and recognise artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques to develop transport modelling tools as well as visualise transport data. We work collaboratively with colleagues across AECOM’s many disciplines, including planners, designers, engineers, and regeneration and environmental specialists.

An ideal candidate will come from an analytical background, such as mathematics, statistics and econometrics, economics, geography, or engineering and will have experience in transport modelling including conventional and emerging transportation systems, demand modelling, agent-based modelling, activity-based demand modelling, statistical modelling, programming and visualising data.

We value a combination of analytical and communication skills, with a creative and enthusiastic approach to problem-solving. We are seeking an individual with an in-depth appreciation of their chosen area with good knowledge of wider transport planning issues. This is an exciting opportunity to join an accomplished team and work on a range of ground-breaking and innovative projects for a wide variety of clients.

Our current UK public sector clients include the Department for Transport, Transport for London and Highways England as well as a host of London boroughs and local authorities within England. We operate a number of Frameworks from the team so have a really diverse range of projects to choose from. We have proactively managed some of the UK’s most high-profile Transport Planning and infrastructure projects which are at the forefront of the Transport Planning industry. These range from innovative use and application of emerging data sources through to close partnership working and research with universities and academia.

We have an impressive portfolio of ongoing and recently completed projects, including:

  • National Transport Model (NTM) – Model Audit; Department for Transport (2020)

  • Google Maps Journey Time Data: Development of a Proof of Concept and Potential Applications in Transport Planning and Modelling; Leicestershire County Council 2019

  • Clean Air Zone Transport Model Development and Applications; Hertfordshire County Council, Leicestershire County Council, and Transport for Greater Manchester (2018-ongoing)

  • MRT Feasibility Study; Hertfordshire County Council (2018-2019)

  • TAG Matrix Development Guidance (Unit M2.2); Department for Transport (2019)

  • Project EDMOND; Transport for London (2017-2018)

  • Heathrow DCO Modelling; Heathrow (2017-2018)

  • Travel Trends Analysis and Forecasting Model; Department for Transport (2016)

  • Regional Traffic Models; Highways England (2016)

  • Development and Maintenance of County Wide Strategic Multi-modal transport models; various local authorities (ongoing)

Your responsibilities will include the following:

  • Help drive innovation in transport modelling, research, data analysis and visualisation;

  • Provide support and leadership in developing new transport modelling approaches such as agent-based and activity-based demand modelling, Big Data analysis and visualisation;

  • Mentor graduates, impart your wisdom and check tasks undertaken by your more junior colleagues;

  • Supervision of workload and support to junior project managers;

  • Ability to handle the project management of smaller projects, including cost control and client liaison;

  • Developing technical and financial proposals on new projects;

  • Task management of specifying, supervising, analysing and reporting on a range of quantitative and qualitative exercises;

  • Providing specific technical leadership in areas of expertise;

  • Keeping clients happy and engaged; and

  • Contributing to and attending industry events and conferences.

Minimum Requirements

  • Proven analytical, data manipulation, programming and statistical modelling skills;

  • Knowledge or experience of activity-based and agent-based modelling;

  • Knowledge or experience of applying artificial intelligence and machine learning methods in transport modelling;

  • Good knowledge of at least two transport modelling related software packages e.g. SATURN, CUBE, EMME, VISUM, MATSim as well as knowledge and experience of GIS software;

  • Knowledge and experience in computer programming languages (e.g. Python, R);

  • Good knowledge and familiarity with key guidance documents, such as TAG;

  • Experience of presenting to large audiences;

  • Leadership in producing quality client reports to a high technical standard;

  • Experience in appraisal and evaluation of transport proposals to current DfT standards;

  • Ability to manage and deliver medium-sized projects;

  • Ability to produce medium-sized competitive proposals; and

  • Ability in line management.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Membership or working towards membership of a chartered professional institution such as CIHT, TPS, CILT or ICE; and

  • A Master’s degree or PhD in Transport Planning or related subjects.

Your benefits will include:

Helping our employees achieve a healthy work-life balance is important to us. If you join AECOM, as well as receiving a competitive salary, you’ll also have the opportunity to explore flexible working arrangements. Core benefits include 25 days’ annual leave, company pension scheme, private medical insurance, life assurance and one paid annual professional institution membership fee. You can also choose from a wide range of flexible benefits to suit your lifestyle.

You’ll also be able to give back to communities with up to two paid CSR days each year. Through our charity, The AECOM Foundation, you can volunteer to support children in developing countries. And if you’re a member of the Reserve Forces you’ll receive an additional 15 days paid leave for training commitments.

What We Offer

We will give you the flexibility you need to do your best work with hybrid work options. Whether you’re working from an AECOM office, remote location or at a client site, you will be working in a dynamic environment where your integrity, entrepreneurial spirit and pioneering mindset are championed.

You will help us foster a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion – a safe and respectful workplace, where we invite everyone to bring their whole selves to work using their unique talents, backgrounds and expertise to create transformational outcomes for our clients.

We will encourage you to grow and develop your career with us through our technical and professional development programs and diverse career opportunities. We believe in leadership at all levels. No matter where you sit in the organization you can make a lasting impact on the projects you work on, the teams and committees you join and our business.

We offer competitive pay and benefits, well-being programs to support you and your family, and the development resources you need to advance your career.

When you join us, you will connect and collaborate with a global network of experts – planners, designers, engineers, scientists, consultants, program and construction managers – leading the change toward a more sustainable and equitable future. Join us and let’s get started.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

Job Category Planning

Business Line Transportation

Business Group Design and Consulting Services Group (DCS)

Country United Kingdom

Position Status Full Time

Requisition/Vacancy No. 258280BR

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.