Placement Town Planner

Belfast, United Kingdom Countrywide
06 Feb 2019
08 Mar 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
At Jacobs we provide the resources to turn great ideas into reality, and we're looking for the most talented and passionate individuals out there to be our next generation of leaders.

Our Environment Resilience and Maritime business provides a focus for advising our clients on sustainability issues including renewable energy, low carbon economies, impacts of climate change and waste and resource management. Our environmental capabilities comprise of in excess of 1000 staff based predominantly in the UK, but with reach into the Middle East and in India.

We currently have an opportunity for a Placement Town Planner within our team in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The successful person will become part of a respected and ambitious company with excellent career prospects and international opportunities.

Our work of providing Planning services is of critical importance to our clients, local communities and industry, ensuring that major projects can proceed to successful Planning outcomes, whilst utilising best practice and creative approaches to problem solving. Our Planning discipline currently comprises of approximately 40 Town Planners based in key strategic locations across the UK, providing technical support to a wide range of development projects especially large infrastructure and public building schemes. This team continues to grow in line with increases in workload.

Primary Job Responsibilities:

  • The successful applicants will support a range of projects for clients in major public and private sector organisations with a focus on delivering large infrastructure projects. Specific duties associated with this post will include:
  • Working as part of the Planning team to deliver a range of Planning and Environmental projects. This will include working alongside other disciplines as part of multi-disciplinary teams;
  • Writing and reviewing planning deliverables to a very high standard. This includes high level options appraisals, preparing and reviewing documents for planning applications, and also planning policy preparation and advice;
  • Been prepared to work on non-core planning activities such as consents management and environmental coordination.
  • Identifying potential health and safety hazards of specific projects and demonstrating a commitment to your own safety and that of those around you;
  • Communicating and liaising effectively with colleagues;
  • Supporting additional work opportunities to the Planning team through building strong relationships with our existing internal and external client base;
  • Thinking both creatively and logically to resolve design and development problems;
  • Where appropriate, responsibility for the financial monitoring of projects, document control, progress reporting and other project management tasks;



A good degree qualification in a relevant Planning or related degree (accredited to the Royal Town Planning Institute);

Existing member or working towards Chartered Membership of the RTPI;

A good understanding of how Local Planning Authorities operate;

A good understanding of current Planning issues and the Planning process especially with regard to major development schemes and infrastructure projects;

Strong technical ability with experience in Planning policy, Planning application and related areas including Environmental Impact Assessments and other Impact Assessments;

Excellent written and oral communication skills;

Strong organisational and numerical skills;

Strong team working capabilities;

Strong attention to detail and an ability to apply knowledge to practical situations;

A focus on results and project delivery;

Commercial focus.


Flexibility to work in other disciplines related to planning, in particular an interest or experience of working in one or more of the following: Strategic Environmental Assessment, EIA and public consultation, socio-economic assessment or master planning.

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Successful candidates will be asked to complete a Baseline Personnel Security Standard Pre-Employment check and will be required to undergo various checks including: Identity, Right to Work; Employment/Education History and Criminal Record. If you are unable to meet this and any associated criteria, then your employment may be delayed or rejected.

JACOBS is an Equal Opportunity Employer who is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all.

Primary Location: United Kingdom-United Kingdom, Belfast

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Job: Environmental Science

Organization: Buildings & Infrastructure

Schedule: Temporary

Shift: Internship

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