Jacobs Technical Director - Transport Planning in London, United Kingdom

Technical Director - Transport Planning


Jacobs is one of the world’s largest and most diverse providers of full-spectrum technical, professional and consultancy services for industrial, commercial and government organisations globally.

With more than 74,000 people globally, our teams collaborate, innovate and create. Our people are proud to have been behind some of the greatest consultancy and engineering feats over the past 70 years.

We foster a collaborative and inclusive environment for our people, and our partners, and we want you to be a part of our growing business.

Our Transport Planning Business

Jacobs is heavily involved in helping to transform the world's transport system to deliver a less congested, high quality and reliable services for travellers, and businesses. During the past 20 years the company's transport planning team has developed an impressive array of skills and a considerable track record of achievement. Our extensive portfolio of projects involves working with various major clients in the transport industry, including local authorities, private sector and government, throughout the UK and Ireland. We also have an extensive track record overseas proving services in Mainland Europe, India, the Middle East, South America the United States of America and Asia.

Unprecedented growth in Essex and the east of England has seen Jacobs’ partnership with Ringway Jacobs and Essex County Council become the largest single local Authority framework in Jacobs portfolio, offering Jacobs employees the opportunity to work across all areas of highway infrastructure delivery. The diverse nature of this framework offers projects from small municipal schemes to major projects exceeding £100 million. The main contract office is Chelmsford, which is less than 30 minutes from central London and within easy access of the M25 Junction 28.

We are keen to recruit an exceptional Technical Director to complement our established Transport Planning team based in Chelmsford.

Primary Job Responsibilities

As a Technical Director within our Transport Planning Business based in Chelmsford you will report to the Transport Planning Manager and support them in delivering a first class service to our clients. You will deputise for the Transport Planning Manager, as required.

You will demonstrate the right collaborative behaviours and possess excellent communication skills to ensure you quickly establish strong relationships across our business and with our clients. You will assist in mentoring team members to help them deliver excellence and achieve their own personal development objectives. You will also have the opportunity to support the wider Transport Planning Business and work with other UK clients within your core technical field.

You will apply excellent knowledge of a range of transport planning principles and techniques to deliver client objectives and you will accurately interpret and communicate complex issues to both technical and non-technical audiences. You will provide technical leadership and act as one of our key client contacts. Of key importance in this role is the ability to build and enhance relationships with the key partners within the Essex Highways contract namely Essex County Council and Ringway Jacobs.

You will liaise daily with ECC's Strategy & Engagement Officers in the development and management of project work along with regular provision of performance and progress information as required by Ringway Jacobs. You will demonstrate strong experience of dealing effectively with the political aspects of working for a high profile Local Authority client and make a significant contribution to their aspiration to be 'best in class'.

Strong Project Management is essential as you will lead a number of Transport Planning projects and programmes of work. You will ensure these are delivered in accordance with our ISO 9001 Quality Management System and within our client's programme and budgetary parameters and quality expectations. Exceptional organisational skills are required to ensure multiple complex projects are managed and delivered well and competing priorities are resourced effectively in a dynamic team environment.

You will also have a role in growing our Transport Planning Business by supporting key sales pursuits and by sustaining excellent relationships with our clients and other internal Business Units.



  • Degree qualified or equivalent with relevant experience in a senior Transport Planning professional role

  • Demonstrable high level of technical competency in a range of transport planning disciplines (e.g. transport modelling, business case development, sustainable transport, strategy formulation, public transport and development planning) and knowledge of wider planning and operational context.

  • Knowledge of relevant legislation, transport planning standards/guidance (e.g. WebTAG, 5-Stage Business Case Model).

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the application of key transport planning software and techniques (e.g. VISUM, SATURN, S-PARAMICS, VISSIM, TRANSYT, ARCADY, PICARDY, LINSIG, TEMPRO).

  • Demonstrate proven Project Management capability and ability to successfully deliver complex projects and programmes of work in accordance with management systems and governance (e.g. ISO 9001 Quality Management System; risk management, financial/project controls)

  • Demonstrate the right behaviours, embracing our Culture of Caring and Beyond Zero, and possess excellent communication (e.g. written, verbal and presentational skills) and relationship-building skills.

  • Ability to produce clear, precise and coherent analysis and reports (e.g. Business Cases, Briefing Papers and Technical Reports) for a range of technical and non-technical audiences.

  • Ability to work both as part of a multi-disciplinary team as well as possessing the ability to work independently and lead technical aspects/identifying solutions using professional judgement and analytical techniques.

  • Ability to provide highly effective support and mentoring to junior colleagues.

  • Ability to provide management support including operational and business metrics and general support


  • Post-graduate qualification (e.g. MSc, Diploma) or equivalent in transport-related discipline, management or Project Management (e.g PRINCE2, APM)

  • Membership of a relevant professional institution (e.g. Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation).

  • Evidence of Continuous Personal Development in Transport Planning related activity.

Our Culture

At Jacobs we have recently celebrated 10 years of our culture of caring - ‘BeyondZero’. We see safety differently - we strive to go BeyondZero by putting the health, safety and well-being of our employees first in everything we do.

We are committed to equality across our business and we promote STEM and WISE (Women in Science & Engineering) initiatives. When you join Jacobs you will have access to a wide range of Global Networks, centred on inclusion and diversity. To find out more about our networks, check out our website:


We encourage applications from candidates looking for flexible working or reduced hours’ contracts.

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 Countrywide-London

Req ID: BIA0000IY