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Associate Director - Town Planner


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There has never been a better time to be at AECOM. With accelerating infrastructure investment worldwide, our services are in great demand. We invite you to bring your bold ideas and big dreams and become part of a global team of over 50,000 planners, designers, engineers, scientists, digital innovators, program and construction managers and other professionals delivering projects that create a positive and tangible impact around the world.

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Job Description

Start here. Grow here.

Are you ready to lead a team of Town Planners and shape the future of Town Planning in Ireland?

Join our diverse Town Planning Practice as an Associate Director and you will be responsible for being a Team Leader in growing Dublin, Belfast, Cork or Galway offices as well as taking advantage of our flexible hybrid working model. At AECOM, we’re at the forefront of innovation, delivering an exceptional portfolio of projects through long-term partnerships with key clients. These include major Irish companies along with contractors and UK and international projects. In this role, you will lead all aspects of Town Planning for planning within Ireland including infrastructure consenting. This position offers an unparalleled opportunity to grow and lead a team committed to innovation and efficiency working on a range of both big infrastructure SID projects as well as more local development projects to the relevant Local Authority/Council.

Here’s what you’ll do:

  • Oversee: Ensure the successful technical delivery of planning deliverables across a variety of work alongside a multidisciplinary team of staff at AECOM.Guide a team to provide valuable solutions to client challenges
  • Provide Expertise: Offer technical knowledge and expertise on all aspects projects. Providing support and guidance to peers and more junior staff to distribute knowledge and ensure contemporary planning issues and legislation are cascaded and understood.
  • Ensure Quality: Review and verify to ensure compliance with relevant standards, specifications, and procedures.
  • Collaborate: Work closely with clients and AECOM counterparts to secure stakeholder buy-in for solutions, while contributing to AECOM's broader technical capabilities and innovative approaches.
  • Growth: Leading and supporting business development opportunities and associated fee and technical proposal development. Assisting the Ireland lead to develop and grow the team in size and experience.

If you're passionate about innovation and turning bold ideas into reality, AECOM welcomes you. Join our team, where we don't just construct infrastructure but also uplift communities and enhance lives. Why not give our AECOM Environment page on LinkedIn a follow to stay updated on the impactful projects we're working on and see firsthand the difference we're making in the industry!

Come grow with us.

Become part of our dynamic Planning & Communities Business in the Environment & Sustainability Business Unit Environment & Sustainability business, which has experts across the UK & Ireland, employing approximately 76 Planners in Ireland and the UK, across 15 offices, practicing in all areas of the discipline. AECOM is a worldwide leader in environmental and engineering consultancy and the Town Planning Practice is a top ten UK Planning consultancy by size, employing 70 Chartered or Licentiate Planners, practicing in all areas of the discipline. Working as a planning consultant at AECOM provides an opportunity to contribute to the highest profile and prestigious development projects in Ireland, working with colleagues operating at the cutting edge of their disciplines.

Collaborate with top-tier colleagues to deliver a variety of captivating projects. At AECOM, you’ll thrive in an inclusive and forward-thinking environment where your contributions are valued.

Our active projects include a range of energy technologies including solar and battery storage, hydrogen, carbon capture and storage and floating offshore wind.We are also working in the rail, road, water and waste management development sectors, as well as a range of regional and local developments.

And let's not forget about the perks at AECOM. You'll enjoy a range of core and personalised benefits designed to support your future and well-being, customised to fit your lifestyle. Take advantage of career development opportunities, our flexible hybrid working model to ensure a work-life balance that suits your lifestyle, technical practice networks, AECOM University, and volunteering days.


Here’s what we’re looking for:

  • Experience working on a wide range of development schemes
  • Excellent knowledge, understanding and application of current and emerging planning legislation.
  • Direct ROI planning experience in a consultancy of public sector role.
  • Experience managing and working as part of multi-disciplinary teams
  • Experience of planning system in Ireland
  • Post Graduate qualification in Planning
  • Chartered Town Planning Status (or approaching chartered status).

We celebrate diversity, including neurodiversity, and believe it enriches our team. We welcome applications from all backgrounds and abilities. If you are an applicant with a disability that requires reasonable accommodation to complete the application process, please contact us at [email protected]. At AECOM, we value everyone's unique contributions and perspectives.

If you meet some of the requirements above or have transferable skills you believe would benefit us, we would be delighted to hear from you!

Additional Information

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For further information about the role, reach out to the recruiter on LinkedIn (annemarieflynn).



AECOM is the world’s trusted infrastructure consulting firm, delivering professional services throughout the project lifecycle – from advisory, planning, design and engineering to program and construction management. On projects spanning transportation, buildings, water, new energy and the environment, our public- and private-sector clients trust us to solve their most complex challenges. Our teams are driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world through our unrivaled technical and digital expertise, a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion, and a commitment to environmental, social and governance priorities. AECOM is a Fortune 500 firm and its Professional Services business had revenue of $14.4 billion in fiscal year 2023. See how we are delivering sustainable legacies for generations to come at and @AECOM.

Freedom to Grow in a World of Opportunity

You will have the flexibility you need to do your best work with hybrid work options. Whether you’re working from an AECOM office, remote location or at a client site, you will be working in a dynamic environment where your integrity, entrepreneurial spirit and pioneering mindset are championed.

You will help us foster a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion – a safe and respectful workplace, where we invite everyone to bring their whole selves to work using their unique talents, backgrounds and expertise to create transformational outcomes for our clients.

AECOM provides a wide array of compensation and benefits programs to meet the diverse needs of our employees and their families. We also provide a robust global well-being program. We’re the world’s trusted global infrastructure firm, and we’re in this together – your growth and success are ours too.

Join us, and you’ll get all the benefits of being a part of a global, publicly traded firm – access to industry-leading technology and thinking and transformational work with big impact and work flexibility. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.