Your Impact:

About the Opportunity

Our Transport Planning team is one of the most successful in the UK & Ireland, with a varied client base and strong pipeline of work, alongside supporting further project teams across the globe.

We are looking for an Associate Director to join our Reading team You will be involved in the technical direction and delivery of a range of transport planning projects including strategy, appraisal, and business case projects, with opportunities to work for various high profile clients across the UK. You will also be responsible for shaping the future direction of a high performing transport planning team, and working closely with our clients.

This role will provide every opportunity for you to make your mark and influence the continuing sustainable growth of Jacobs in the UK. Primary Job Responsibilities will include:

  • 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 help shape the development of the transport planning team in Reading
  • 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.
  • Strong Project Management is essential as you will lead a number of Transport Planning projects and programmes of work.
  • 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 will have the support of a line manager and our experts to guide your progress and will have on opportunity to share your skills and knowledge by training and supporting our junior staff. You will also be given the ability to pursue relevant business and technical training to support your career development as well as the freedom to grow your network and develop innovative solutions to chase new opportunities.

    Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 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 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 WebTAG, 5-Stage Business Case Model).
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the application of key transport planning software and techniques.
  • Demonstrate proven Project Management capability and ability to successfully deliver complex projects and programmes of work in accordance with management systems and governance 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 written, verbal and presentational skills) and relationship-building skills.
  • Ability to produce clear, precise and coherent analysis and reports 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
  • Ideally, here’s what you’ll also have:

  • Post-graduate qualification MSc, Diploma) or equivalent in transport-related discipline, management or Project Management PRINCE2, APM)
  • Membership of a relevant professional institution Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation).
  • Evidence of Continuous Personal Development in Transport Planning related activity
  • 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.

    Jacobs partners with VERCIDA to help us attract and retain diverse talent. For greater online accessibility please visit to view and access our roles.

    As a Disability Confident employer, we will interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for a vacancy. We welcome applications from candidates who are seeking flexible working and from those who may not meet all the listed requirements for a role.

    If you have any queries regarding the application process, please contact the team here.

    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.

    Apply For This Job

    You can apply for this job externally via the button below.

    Apply for this job externally