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Jacobs Associate Director - Town Planning in Belfast, United Kingdom

Your Impact:

Our Town Planning team sits within Water and Environment Operating Unit - a unit with over 2,000 professionals covering over 30 disciplines across Ireland and the UK.

Planning services is of critical importance to our clients, ensuring that major projects can proceed to successful planning outcomes, whilst utilising best practice and creative approaches to problem solving.

The sustained growth of town planning services across our Dublin, Cork and Belfast offices requires an Associate Director/Principal to support and develop our increasing portfolio of projects. This is a permanent full-time position.

The main purpose of the role is to develop and expand planning services for Jacobs and to deliver planning advice and solutions across the company’s full portfolio of high profile infrastructure projects including BusConnects and MetroLink in Dublin as well as the Water Supply Project, Eastern & Midlands Region, among others. This is a permanent full-time position.

As an experienced professional with a track record of success, you will be a champion for best practice and work with the planning team to deliver projects across Jacobs’ portfolio. This will include providing planning advice, preparing high quality reports and developing client and stakeholder relationships to support the delivery of complex infrastructure projects.

You will be an advocate for Jacobs in developing the planning and environmental function in Ireland.

You will have the ability to produce high quality outputs and be adept at communicating complex information in a clear, easy to understand manner to a range of interested parties.

Primary Job Responsibilities:

  • Technical direction of projects within the team;

  • Develop client relationships and develop new opportunities for Town Planning Work;

  • Coordination of consent applications (including planning applications and Strategic Infrastructure Development);

  • Help develop the wider team through mentoring and management;

  • Working collaboratively with clients and colleagues to meet shared objectives;

  • Preparation and management of a wide range of reports, including appeals, development plan and other submissions, planning appraisals and Environmental Impact Assessment Reports;

  • Analysis of legislation, national and local planning policy to guide client proposals and facilitating successful consenting;

  • Supporting the development of strong customer relationships and delivering client-focused solutions; and

  • Applying project management techniques to plan and prioritise the completion of tasks on time and to budget.

Here’s What You’ll Need:


  • Extensive relevant experience to the role;

  • A recognised planning qualification (IPI or RTPI);

  • A sound knowledge of Irish town planning legislation and practice including their application through infrastructure projects, policies and programmes;

  • An ability to identify relevant environmental, social and economic policy and legislation and use it to scope and develop appropriate consenting routes;

  • Experience of bidding/tendering for internal and external opportunities and strong commercial awareness;

  • Experience of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and how it applies to major development projects;

  • An ability to build positive and responsive working relationships with internal and external clients;

  • Excellent written, verbal and IT skills; and

  • This role is only considering applications with valid and current rights to work in the European Union. Jacobs will not sponsor an employment visa to fill this position.


  • Strategic Infrastructure Development experience;

  • Experience of working with major infrastructure clients;

  • Oral hearing / expert witness experience; and

  • Stakeholder engagement experience.

Why Jacobs?

We clear the way for inventive thinking so you have the support, means and space to deliver the boldest solutions for the extraordinary and every day. Jacobs. A world where you can.

Our Culture:

We’re invested in you and your success. Our values stand on a foundation of safety, integrity, inclusion and diversity. We put people at the heart of our business and we truly believe that by supporting one another through our culture of caring, we all succeed. We value positive mental health and a sense of belonging for all employees.

We aim to make inclusion and diversity core attributes of our identity, embedded in all our employment and business practices in all locations. We know that if we are inclusive, we’re more connected, and if we are diverse, we’re more creative.

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As a Disability Confident employer, we will interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for a vacancy. We encourage applications from candidates looking for flexible working or reduced hours’ contracts. Please also bear in mind that you do not need to meet 100% of the Essential Criteria to be considered for a position with Jacobs.

If you have any queries regarding the application process, please contact the team here (https://www.jacobs.com/contact/careers2) .

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