Graduate Urban Designer
graduate scheme

Graduate Urban Designer

Competitive salary
UK wide · Ireland

Job description

The AECOM Design, Planning and Economics team currently have an exciting opportunity for a flexible, talented, creative and passionate Landscape Architect/Urban Designer to join them in the Manchester office to work on medium and large scale strategic, residential and mixed use development masterplans. We provide excellent professional development and career opportunities so the ideal candidate will be looking to further their experience and skills base in a practical workplace environment.

The successful candidate will be design orientated and will have excellent technical skills and a strong team capability.

As a Graduate Urban Designer with a relevant urban design qualification, you will join our established team to support senior urban design and planning staff in the production of masterplans, urban design guidance, planning strategies, design & access statements, capacity studies and other outputs in relation to strategic planning and urban design commissions for public and private sector clients.

The successful candidate will have experience working on residential, mixed-use and regeneration masterplanning in a UK context. The urban design team works closely with planning colleagues, so a good appreciation of the UK planning system and policy framework as well as the current planning agenda and key issues would be an advantage. With a strong appreciation of the links between people, place, the environment and the economy, the role will often work alongside multi-disciplinary planning and technical teams on interesting assignments of all sizes, from town and city centre masterplans, through large-scale residential-led masterplanning to regional and national strategies.

Current projects within the team include large residential-led urban extensions for new communities in Hampshire and Manchester, a number of smaller to middle-sized commissions for national housebuilders, regeneration and community led-masterplanning in support of several high profile landowners, planning and design strategies for former industrial land in the North of England and commercial/industrial site planning.

Joining AECOM will provide you with opportunities for career progression within a positive culture where learning and development is actively supported and promoted. You will have the opportunity to work towards taking more responsibility your projects, assist in helping the career progression of more junior staff and contribute to the future growth and success of the team. Work portfolios are managed to ensure that all staff experience a breadth and depth of project opportunities.

Job responsibilities

We have a mentoring system which means that graduates work with other experienced members of the team who will guide them through their initial period working on live projects. Initially our graduate hydrogeologists are encouraged to gain as much site experience as possible. This site based role gradually transitions into taking more responsibility for interpreting data and preparing reports. All members of the team take an active role in client contact and commercial aspects of our projects. Health, safety and environmental considerations also underpin everything that we do.

Your initial role will be to support and assist more senior hydrogeologists with the completion of groundwater assessments for a variety of projects for public and private clients in the UK and overseas. Travel within the UK is likely, and overseas travel is possible once a sufficient level of experience has been gained.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Site work including collection of data and supervision of borehole drilling and testing
  • Collation of data into existing databases
  • Desk study evaluation of project hydrogeology
  • Contributing to reports and preparation of graphical and GIS deliverables
  • Management of time to maximise productivity
  • Involvement with and support to the groundwater team and other disciplines such as hydrology, flood, geotechnics, contaminated land and ecology

Working on projects primarily in the UK, with some support to overseas projects; responsibilities will include field data collection and observation; collation, analysis and interpretation of hydrogeological information and report writing. This will be for a wide range of clients and projects including UK Water Companies, onshore oil and gas companies, private companies such as bottled water suppliers and quarry operators. You will also be involved with major projects such as Thames Tideway Tunnel and HS2 where the groundwater team provides specialist support.

This is a fantastic opportunity to further your career, gaining valuable work experience, with a specialist hydrogeological team in an established consultancy.


Our Graduate Development Programme (GDP) along with our huge scope of projects across the globe, will challenge and inspire you to make a real difference to the world we live in. Our programmes form a core part of our business strategy globally, designed to develop the best talent across numerous disciplines to lead our business into the future. We have over 1,000 graduates on our programmes across the UK and Ireland, from over 30 different disciplines, each and every one of them making a tangible difference to the environment we all live & work in.

We will provide you with all the tools and support you need to achieve your professional development ambitions, including chartership with the relevant international professional institution – where we have graduates working towards over 30 professional institutions in the UK and Ireland. We demand the highest standards and expect our graduates to pass their professional review first time. You will be assigned a mentor to support & guide your development, and undertake regular training modules throughout the programme. There will be on-the-job and classroom training where required, and the opportunity to work on live client projects, with significant multi-disciplinary exposure.

Company information

AECOM is built to deliver a better world. We design, build, finance and operate infrastructure assets for governments, businesses and organizations in more than 150 countries. As a fully integrated firm, we connect knowledge and experience across our global network of experts to help clients solve their most complex challenges. From high-performance buildings and infrastructure, to resilient communities and environments, to stable and secure nations, our work is transformative, differentiated and vital. A Fortune 500 firm, see how we deliver what others can only imagine at and @AECOM.

Person requirements

  • Good working knowledge of current urban design issues in a UK context;
  • A strong design flair with an interest in delivering high quality projects from a strategic masterplan level to the details of individual built area and urban spaces;
  • An ability to think and work independently
  • Competence in the use of the full range of design‐focused packages including AutoCad, InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and Sketch‐Up, as well as Microsoft Office suite;
  • Confidence and competence in drawing and sketching by hand;
  • The ability to work in a consultancy environment, with a strong attention to detail, excellent organizational skills, ability to work independently and show initiative,
  • The ability to successfully manage time to meet project deadlines as well as a strong work ethic;
  • The ability to be able to work under close direction from senior colleagues as a key member of a multi‐disciplinary team;
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills are essential; and
  • An aspiration to progress within their career and a commitment to ongoing professional development.

Qualifications and experience requirements

  • A minimum 2.1 degree in architecture, landscape architecture or planning and a postgraduate qualification in urban design;

Accepted degree subjects



Competitive salary


UK wide, Ireland

Contract and working hours

Permanent · Full-time

How to apply

Closing date: Continuous recruitment

This job listing will no longer be available on Prospects from 21/09/2017

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