Senior / Principal Transport Planner (Development Planning)

Country/Region:  GB
Field:  Consulting

Birmingham, GB

Type of Contract:  Permanent
Level of experience:  Any
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Around the world, SYSTRA’s specialists plan, design, integrate, test, commission, project manage and deliver mass transit and mobility solutions that are relied on by more than 50 million people every day.
For more than 60 years, the Group has been committed to helping cities and regions contribute to their development by creating, improving, and modernising their transport infrastructure with sustainability, accessibility, and innovation at the heart of our designs. With over 10,300 colleagues globally and around 1000 in the UK & Ireland we are growing significantly and seeking out the very best talent to join the SYSTRA signature team and be part of leading the way in infrastructure design.

Systra are currently seeking a Principal or Associate Consultant to join our Development and Planning team, Working with the Sector Director & Regional Director to develop and grow Development Planning team and opportunities across the business aswell as leading on client liaison with private and public sector DP clients. This is an exciting time to join us, we have a variety of active projects and require a new colleague to help us develop our existing pipeline of opportunities. This role is based from our Birmingham office, with scope for hybrid working. 


The successful candidate will support the delivery of a wide range of multi-disciplinary development planning projects for public and private sector clients across the region..  It is essential the candidate has the ability to project manage and technically lead on schemes.  The candidate will be required to:

  • Lead technical delivery of development planning and masterplanning projects;
  • Act as Project Director for DP projects across the business,
  • Project manage schemes with control over project budgets;
  • Manage staff in the preparation Transport Assessments, Travel Plans, EIA’s and outline and preliminary design projects.
  • Ensure work produced is technically accurate and delivered in accordance with the appropriate standards;
  • Manage the production of scheme deliverables;
  • Liaise with Sector Directors across D&I and the wider business to identify and secure opportunities in DP, M&P & EIA;
  • Liaise with resource manager to plan and manage your work and the work of staff to meet project needs; and
  • Prepare fee proposal for agreement with client.



  • MSc Transport Planning & Engineering
  • Desirable to be a Chartered Engineer and a member of an appropriate recognised body. 


Experience/ Skills 

  • Track record of working with private and public sector clients on Development Planning/Management projects
  • Ability to develop and secure DP opportunities across the business
  • Ability to lead and mentor staff and develop the team’s skills.
  • Ability to develop and agree scopes and manage the internal technical supply chain, including budgets, programme and quality of deliverables within set time frame.
  • Ability to contribute and prepare bids and tenders.
  • Good communication skills and the ability to work within a team environment


Our three core values: Excellence, Connected Teams and Bold Leadership are kept at the heart of everything we do. We strive for the highest levels of technical excellence, achieving the best results through teamwork, both locally and internationally, and reward innovative thinking through encouraging all colleagues to think as leaders. We offer clear and well supported pathways for career development and qualification attainment, a competitive remuneration package including a bonus and private healthcare, an electric car scheme and a broad suite of flexible benefits to suit your lifestyle.

Because we value who you are as much as what you do, we want you to feel supported at work. We offer hybrid working, balancing the benefits of working from home with time in our modern, well-equipped offices for that crucial in-person contact, team development and collaborative working. We also recognise that life doesn’t always run to the same schedule for everyone, so we have a dedicated flexible working policy to support you in tailoring your work life to reach your full potential, for more details on this, please get in touch.

Diversity & Inclusion
We provide a warm welcome and encourage applications from a diverse range of people who can enrich our company and offer perspectives which will drive better solutions in a truly inclusive environment. Our employee led working groups and clearly defined strategy help us to keep at the leading edge of important issues and keep us accountable. We want our colleagues to feel comfortable to bring their whole selves to work and continually seek new ideas and contributions to ensure we continue to grow and develop in this space.

It’s no surprise that people do their best work when they feel physically and mentally supported. Our SYSTRA Wellness Programme offers a wide range of support; from Wellness champions to free health checks, healthy eating workshops and regular seminars, alongside access to a wide range of external support. We offer two paid days for charity work and an ever-growing social calendar.

Apply and find out more about how SYSTRA can support you in your career journey. If you require any adjustments or financial assistance to support you in your application or interview process please email:  where your request will be treated confidentially and with respect. We pledge to offer an interview to any candidates with a disability who apply for a role and meet the minimum criteria. 
As we are always looking to expand our team, we would still be interested in hearing from you if you fulfil most, but not all, of the relevant criteria for the role and if you are a returner looking to restart your career after a period outside the workplace – you could be just what we are looking for.