Contact: Charlie Holm -
Region: England - South East
Location: Guildford
Category: Transport planning
Closes: 30 Apr 2024
Salary: Unspecified
More info:

Principal Consultant, Liveable Places, Guildford

Job Description

We are WSP - Join us and make your career future ready!


In today’s world it’s important to work for a company that has clear purpose, giving back to communities and supporting what is truly important in the world.

When considering a career move it’s vital to work for a business that is aligned to your values and goals, a place where you can belong. See what WSP stands for in 2024 and beyond…

To find out more about our Transport business click on the following link and discover what awaits you at WSP:


Your new role, what's involved?


  • Working directly with our clients to achieve their sustainable transport needs whilst reviewing project briefs and preparing robust fee proposals for cost reimbursable design work
  • Preparing reports, drawings, schedules, bills of quantities, cost estimates and other documents in accordance with local procedures and guidance
  • Delegating work packages within the team as well as taking line management responsibilities for staff
  • Reviewing designs/design packages in progress within the team to ensure project objectives are being met and deliverables are in line with client needs and requirements
  • Monitoring monthly financial performance, including monthly financial review process and reporting to one of the team leaders
  • Undertaking technical review and checking of design deliverables within the team
  • Carrying out client liaison including chairing relevant client meetings

Your Team:

Liveable Places work with a wide range of local authority & private clients from across the UK to help them achieve their place making ambitions. We deliver a wide range of schemes from concept to delivery that include public realm, traffic engineering, road safety, traffic signals, pedestrian / traffic modelling, active travel and parking. We have had recent key successes with West Sussex County Council, Hampshire County Council, Westminster City Council, Cambridgeshire County Council, Leeds City Council, West of England Combined Authorities and many, many more.

The Liveable Places team is based in offices across the country with over 100 staff currently making up the team with significant growth planned. We enjoy our work and are exceptionally enthusiastic people who are great at what they do. This is a great opportunity for you to develop in your career through exposure to a wide variety of experiences.

We have a strong track record working closely with our clients and this role provides a great opportunity to have a pivotal role within Liveable Places and help support and steer its growth going forward.


We'd love to hear from you if you have:


  • A civil engineering / transport engineering degree (or equivalent)
  • Corporate membership of a relevant professional body (or working towards achieving)
  • Up to date training in appropriate related subjects
  • Ability to work and liaise with a wide range of professionals
  • The ability to manage resources to deliver work on time and to agreed budgets
  • Experience of managing safety and transportation schemes through the entire project life cycle, and working with contractors
  • The ability to prioritise, to achieve deadlines and to work with minimal supervision.
  • Good spoken and written communication skills. With the ability to liaise with others including public sector officials, members of the public and other senior colleagues
  • The ability to motivate junior staff
  • Good IT Skills
  • Working knowledge of current national and regional guidance/standards with regards to the fields of highway engineering. Knowledge of the DMRB
  • Awareness of up-to-date initiatives/best practice in highways and transportation
  • Demonstrate up to date and relevant knowledge of all aspects of scheme design
  • Relevant knowledge of Project Management


What's in it for you?


  • Work-life balance?

WSP recognises that work is only one part of your life and making time for other things is important – whether that’s for your families, friends, or yourself.

Our hybrid working policy allows the flexibility to work from the comfort of your own home as well as collaborating in our contemporary offices across the UK.

  • Inclusivity & Diversity?

We want our people to achieve rewarding careers, bringing their whole selves to work. We celebrate integrity and treat people with respect, supporting each other and embracing diversity to create a culture of inclusion and belonging at WSP.

Our employee resource groups VIBE (LGBTQ+ employees), CREED (Championing Racial Equality and Ethnic Diversity) and our Gender Balance Group, in tandem with WSP’s Neurodiverse Community Group, WSP Connect Group (visible and non-visible disabilities) help us promote the right environment for you to reach your full potential.

  • Health & Wellbeing?

We are committed to supporting our people, giving you the tools to make improvements to your health and wellbeing through our Thrive programme.

Med24 gives you and your family unrestricted telephone access to an NHS doctor where you can call day or night or have a face-to-face video consultation.

  • Flex your time?

For improved work life balance, WSP offers the “WSP Hour” which enables you to take one hour per day to do as you wish and make up the time earlier or later that day. We also offer part time and flexible working arrangements plus the option to flex your bank holiday entitlement to suit you.

  • Your development?

We appreciate that development and training is important to you and that’s why we have a supportive environment that invests in your development, whether that’s chartership, training or mentoring.


Apply now and be the future of WSP!



Here at WSP we positively encourage applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, pregnancy or maternity/paternity. As a Disability Confident leader, we will interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria, please let us know if you require any workplace adjustments in support of your application.

Please note WSP reserves the right to close the vacancy before the advertised closing date.

How to Apply

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