Senior / Associate Planner

Country:  United Kingdom
Position Location:  London, United Kingdom / Bristol, United Kingdom /
Contract Type:  Permanent
Work Pattern:  Full Time
Sector:  Advisory
Discipline:  Project programme and commercial management
Job Ref:  1357
Recruiter Contact:  Nicole Keeling

Mott MacDonald 
We’re a global engineering, management, and development consultancy. 
Our purpose is to improve society by considering social outcomes in everything we do, relentlessly focusing on excellence and digital innovation, transforming our clients’ businesses, our communities and employee opportunities.
A fundamental part of this is respecting each person’s differences and striving to meet their needs. We are proud to be a one of Glassdoor’s top employers to work for in the UK, as well as being recognised as a Top Inclusive Company in the UK. 
Our values: Progress, Respect, Integrity, Drive, Excellence.


About the business unit  
The Advisory and Programme Delivery (APD) unit delivers management services in all the sectors that Mott MacDonald operate in the Built Environment, Defence, Energy, Water, Transportation and, Education, Health and Care.  

The Unit delivers services to projects ranging in scale and complexity up to £20bn, through the technical disciplines of Programme Management, Project Management, Project Controls, Scheduling, Cost Management, Estimating, Infrastructure Finance, Management Consulting, Digital Consulting and Education, Health and Care Management.   


Overview of role:

We are looking for a Senior / Associate Planning Consultant who is a recognised subject matter expert with a high level of demonstrable expertise in Planning and related professional activities. The individual will provide functional, technical, and operational leadership. They will work closely with the Head of Planning, Senior Associate Planning Managers, Specialist Advisory Portfolio Leads, and Account Leads to define and deliver the Unit’s strategic priorities, whilst promoting and continuously evolving our service and solution capabilities. 


The ideal candidate will be expected to demonstrate the following within their role:


Operational and Technical Leadership

  • Actively engage project delivery, collaborating with clients, and stakeholders to achieve positive input and solutions to day-to-day challenges – minimising risk of poor performance and maximising opportunities for success
  • Represent and support the Specialist Advisory Portfolio and Mott MacDonald at relevant industry conferences and events through networking, marketing, and presentation initiatives
  • Play an active role in establishing collaborative relationships with appropriate professional bodies
  • Lead the setting and achievement of annual professional development objectives for all staff in the discipline in support of the Head of Planning, Senior Associate Planning Managers, and Technical Principal for Planning
  •  Develop collaborative relationships across the Specialist Advisory Portfolio capabilities, other units and regions, and the wider professional community to promote collaborative, connected thinking, and opportunities for growth
  • Work with internal and external digital innovation communities to identify and track new ideas, and support our digital delivery capabilities in developing solutions to drive efficiency and innovation
  • Undertake project reviews as subject matter expert for independent and technical assurance
  • Support Account Leads in communicating and developing our capability, service, and solution offering to clients
  • Plan, manage, drive, and support committed Planning practice initiatives
  • Actively promote networking, best practice, and lessons awareness across the discipline practice


Professional Development

  • Shape, share, and support technical excellence to ensure we are aligned to industry best practice
  •  Support the Head of Planning, Senior Associate Planning Managers, and Technical Principal for Planning in ensuring annual professional development objectives for all staff are communicated, aligned, set, supported, and achieved
  • Encourage and drive the attainment of professional body membership and accreditation for all staff
  • Support the Early Careers team (ECP) facilitate the annual Graduate Scheme and all other ECP-related activities, including the ECP Lead for Planning
  • Support the Head of Planning and Senior Associate Planning Managers to ensure there is a clear plan of evolving leadership development and succession for the practice
  • Support the Head of Planning and Senior Associate Planning Managers to ensure our discipline digital delivery capabilities, services, and initiatives are continuously improved


Resource Management

  • Ensure the wellbeing, health, and safety of all staff is the highest priority
  • Encourage and drive a collaborative, positive, and supportive culture within the team
  • Support the Head of Planning and Senior Associate Planning Managers to ensure sufficient staff with the required capabilities are available to deliver current workload and meet the strategy for growth, and ensure all staff have equal visibility and opportunity of applicable roles
  • Line manage staff and actively support other discipline line managers to conduct this role effectively


Business Development

  • Support the Head of Planning, Senior Associate Planning Managers, and Account Leads in communicating our service offering to clients
  • Support bid or tender development and review activities as required as a subject matter expert
  • Lead and support business development and work winning activities in relation to Planning, including input to bids and development of relevant case studies and plaudits
  • Ensure our discipline capabilities are a fundamental value proposition to our projects and clients


Candidate Specification:

  • You will be able to demonstrate an ability to professionally develop, encourage, support, and lead a functional team whilst overseeing multiple projects and operational business workstreams concurrently.
  • You will have experience working in multiple project, programme, portfolio, and organisational environments.
  • Experience in planning and co-ordinating functional resources for operational purpose
  • Demonstrable experience and practical knowledge in forms of contract (preferably NEC with a recognised professional body accreditation)
  • Experience of leading and supporting effective business development activities.
  • Demonstrable knowledge and application of contemporary industry innovation including data, digital, and emergent artificial intelligence initiatives
  • Chartered status with a recognised professional body



We offer some fantastic benefits including:


Health and wellbeing

  • Private medical insurance for all UK colleagues.
  • Health cash plan to support you with every day health costs and treatments.
  • Access to Peppy, providing free support from menopause experts for all UK colleagues.
  • A variety of wellbeing support is available through our comprehensive wellbeing program, including access for you and your family.
  • Ability to flex your salary to opt into a wide range of health benefits, many of which can be extended to your family too.


Financial wellbeing

  • We match employee pension contributions between 4.5% and 7%.
  • Life assurance equal up to 4 x your basic salary, with an option to increase the level of cover to 6 x your salary.
  • Our income protection scheme provides a financial benefit, as well as absence and return to work support due to long-term illness or injury.
  • Flexible benefits, including increased life assurance cover, critical illness insurance, payroll saving and will writing.
  • As an independently owned business we share the financial success of the business with all our colleagues in various ways including annual bonus schemes.



  • A minimum of 33-35 days holiday each year, inclusive of public holidays and dependent on level, with the ability to buy or sell leave through our flexible benefits programme.
  • Holiday entitlement increased to a minimum of 35 days after 5 years’ service.
  • Variety of employee saving schemes and discounts from high-street retailers.


Enhanced family and carers leave

  • Enhanced family leave policies, including 26 weeks paid maternity and adoption leave, and two weeks paid paternity/partner leave.
  • Our shared parental leave matches maternity leave meaning we pay up to 24 weeks at full pay.
  • Up to five additional days leave are provided for those with significant caring responsibilities, two of which are paid.


Learning and development

  • Primary annual professional institution subscription.
  • A broad range of opportunities to enhance both technical and soft skills through mentoring, formal training, and self-development options.


Networks, communities, and social outcomes

  • Join a wide range of groups including our Advanced Employee Networks which support our LGBTQ+, gender, race and ethnicity, disability, and parents/carers communities.


Equality, diversity, and inclusion

We put equality, diversity, and inclusion at the heart of our business, seeking to promote fair employment procedures and practices to ensure equal opportunities for all. We encourage individual expression in our workplace and are committed to creating an inclusive environment where everyone feels they can contribute.



We want you to perform your best at every stage in the recruitment process. If you are disabled or need any support to enable you to apply or attend an interview, please contact us at and we will talk to you about how we can support you.


Agile working 

At Mott MacDonald, we believe it makes business sense for you and your manager to choose how you can work most effectively to meet your client, team and personal commitments. We embrace agility, flexibility and trust.