Major Projects Planner - Associate / Technical Director

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Work Location
Additional Work Locations
GB-West Midlands-Birmingham | GB-Shropshire-Shrewsbury | GB-Tyne and Wear-Newcastle upon Tyne | GB-Cheshire-Knutsford
Department / Discipline
Additional Work Location
GB-West Midlands-Birmingham
Position Type
Staff / Permanent

Overview / Responsibilities

Wood is a multidisciplinary environmental and engineering company and includes one of the UK’s largest planning and EIA practices.  We provide a range of planning and environmental assessment services to public and private sector clients and have a proven track record in securing consents for some of the largest and most complex major development projects in the UK. 


We have an exciting opportunity for an Associate Director/Technical Director to join our existing Environment and Consents nationwide team.   This is a post which is of strategic significance for our business and represents a challenging and exciting opportunity to manage and deliver planning and environmental inputs to a range of projects for a wide client base.  This includes projects to be consented under the Planning Act 2008 in low carbon and hydrogen, energy generation, transmission and distribution, aviation, and transport.  Our projects are varied in nature and at the leading edge of professional practice, so this is a great opportunity to use your experience to develop your career and help guide and shape our continued growth.

We’re looking for individuals who are passionate about delivering effective planning and environmental advice and positively influencing the performance of major development projects.


Key Responsibilities

The role will involve:

  • Providing clients with the appropriate technical and consenting advice in relation to nationally significant projects
  • Working with other senior colleagues to prepare and lead the implementation of ambitious growth plans for our business
  • Leading multidisciplinary teams to deliver inputs across all project lifecycles from early strategy development, through feasibility/optioneering to detailed design and assessment
  • Managing and maintaining high value budgets and associated management deliverables
  • Responsibility for the quality of project deliverables
  • Interface with the wider project stakeholders including the client’s engineering team, consultation leads, lawyers etc
  • Representing Wood and its clients to key stakeholders, regulators and industry as required

Skills / Qualifications

The successful candidate will have:

  • A demonstrable track record in the management of major projects and a thorough understanding and experience of the DCO process, including examinations
  • Experience in delivering Consents/EIAs for Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects
  • Excellent reporting and communication skills and the ability to work collaboratively within a team, seeking technical input from other disciplines to deliver carefully considered solutions to produce high quality work
  • Experience of staff management, particularly leading multi-disciplinary teams as project manager
  • Excellent communication skills, with the ability to build relationships with internal and external stakeholders, clients, suppliers, and industry


The successful candidate will have:

  • A degree (or equivalent) in Town Planning or relevant environmental discipline, with a strong emphasis on EIA
  • Membership of the RTPI or Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) or other professional accreditation/ registration with a recognised body
  • Significan experience in the UK with a substantial part of that time spent in the private sector
  • A full driving licence

Company Overview

Wood is a global leader in engineering and consultancy across energy and the built environment, helping to unlock solutions to some of the world’s most critical challenges. We provide consulting, projects and operations solutions in more than 60 countries, employing around 40,000 people.

Diversity Statement

We are an equal opportunity employer that recognises the value of a diverse workforce. All suitably qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment on the basis of objective criteria and without regard to the following (which is a non-exhaustive list): race, colour, age, religion, gender, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status, or other characteristics in accordance with the relevant governing laws.

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