• Cities Studio - Senior Principal Place Economist Manchester
  • Mott MacDonald in Manchester, , United Kingdom
  • jobs
  • 1 week ago

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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 Buildings and Cities Unit (BNC) has a major presence in Mott MacDonald's regional offices throughout the UK and mainland Europe, providing a wide range of diverse and transferable cross-sector skills across five key Sectors; Advisory, Built Environment, Energy, Transportation and Water. We also provide local services to customers and technical... leadership to the rest of the Group in these sectors. 

About the team

This role sits within the Cities Studio team which forms part of the Building and Cities Unit. Cities Studio provides integrated and deliverable urban development solutions that enables people and places to thrive.

Place Economists are an integral part of Cities Studio. They work alongside town planners and urban designers to provide public and private sector clients with business cases, masterplanning and placemaking services across the UK and internationally for their development schemes.

This role is being created to support the rapid development of Cities Studio and provide greater senior level economist staff capacity to respond to existing client requirements and emerging opportunities and expand technical resource capacity.

Cities Studio undertakes projects spanning a range of complex urban contexts including:
• Town centre and urban regeneration,
• Transport hubs and transit orientated development,
• Mixed use urban quarters and neighbourhoods.
• ‘Campus’-style developments, such as around healthcare and education facilities.

Significant career development opportunities will be available including involvement in a diverse portfolio of project work including development of analytical and delivery focused skills. There will be opportunities to progress to more senior economist roles offering greater levels of responsibility.

Due to increased business, we are looking to recruit Senior/Principal Place Economics Consultants. You will work on a wide range of projects in many sectors, preparing economic and socioeconomic impact assessments and undertaking evidence reviews, data analysis, stakeholder interviews and engagement. You’ll develop both qualitative and quantitative research tools as well as further develop our existing models. In addition to this, you will respond to client briefs, work with clients, and manage projects both effectively and profitably.

Your responsibilities will include the following:
• Manage and deliver projects and deliverables
• Produce reports, action plans and presentations
• Develop economic and financial appraisals.
• Work on a broad range of five-case-business-cases and related feasibility studies and impact assessments.
• Provide economic development advice verbally and via reports to clients

Candidate Specification

You have both a personal and professional interest in economic, social and spatial development with an enthusiasm to work in a collaborative team environment for a range of public and private sector clients. You’ve previously worked in similar roles, most likely within a multi-disciplinary consultancy or the public sector. Throughout your career you have had the opportunity to work on projects in the fields of transportation, land-use planning, regeneration, property development, and community and social development.

You will be able to demonstrate the following:
• A degree in Economics, Economic Development, Finance, Social Science, Geography or a related discipline
• Experience working in a commercial environment
• Experience delivering impact assessments, economic and financial appraisal and project evaluation
• Familiarity with HM Treasury Green Book and five-case business cases.

It would be great if you have project management experience and have managed projects or parts of projects including technical aspects and commercial elements. Additionally, you will be able demonstrate your successes in supporting business development, and contributing to the winning of new work. Additionally, you will be able demonstrate your successes in supporting business development, and contributing to the winning of new work.

We are actively recruiting a diverse workforce that is reflective of the communities we serve. We recognise that differences in ability, skills and experience are a strength and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds.

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 [email protected] and we will talk to you about how we can support you.

Agile working

Happy to talk Flexible Working and how we can support your responsibilities beyond the workplace.

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.
• Make a difference within our communities through our social outcomes.

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