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Statutory Planner (Town Planner)

Requisition ID:  235549

Requisition Posting End Date: 12/31/2021


Bechtel Overview

Since 1898, we have helped customers complete more than 25,000 projects in 160 countries on all seven continents that have created jobs, grown economies, improved the resiliency of the world's infrastructure, increased access to energy, resources, and vital services, and made the world a safer, cleaner place.


Differentiated by the quality of our people and our relentless drive to deliver the most successful outcomes, we align our capabilities to our customers’ objectives to create a lasting positive impact.


We serve the Infrastructure; Nuclear, Security & Environmental; Energy; and Mining & Metals markets. Our services span from initial planning and investment, through start-up and operations. Core to Bechtel are our values –ethics, safety, quality, people, culture, relationships, innovation and sustainability, and our covenants –integrity, respect, collaboration, trust, and delivery. They are what we believe, what customers can expect, and how we deliver.


Project Overview 

This position is for an aviation project in Ireland. Bechtel will be working in an integrated team with our client to support the delivery of a Capital Investment Plan of circa €2bn within an operating airport environment. 


The ideal candidate would be a team player capable of adaptation to an integrated team environment. A driven self-starter, confident, agile, articulate and capable of leading change by example. Collaborative and flexible to meet all the demands of the client. 


Role Overview 

To undertake statutory planning functions as may be assigned in support of the delivery of the capital programme or otherwise. The broad purpose of the role is to support the wider development objectives through ensuring appropriate policy and development consents for these activities in the area of planning.


Principal Responsibilities 

The Statutory Planner shall provide support, where required, to Statutory Planning within Functions and across Delivery in relation to complex statutory planning (town planning) projects through to planning permission. This shall include a comprehensive understanding of the Irish planning system
The role holder shall provide support with the following:

  • Support in the development of the regulatory and planning strategy and oversee its implementation to ensure that planning is properly embedded in project plans and that project timescales allow enough time for execution of appropriate planning strategy
  • Liaise with and engaging at a technical level with national, regional and local policy makers to ensure that the strategic objectives of the Contracting Entity are reflected as far as possible in new planning policy.
  • Representing the Contracting Entity’s interests with a view to ensuring, to the extent possible, that planning legislation is fit for purpose
  • Providing statutory planning input into papers that may be submitted by the Contracting Entity to relevant statutory bodies, ‘policy formation’ organisations, NGOs etc. Production of and submittal of submissions where relevant
  • Co-ordination of Planning Applications for Infrastructure Department Portfolio including addressing further Information requests from the Statutory Authorities
  • Preparing Appeals and Challenges to Development Contributions set by the Statutory Authorities
  • Overseeing safeguarding with respect to land use policies for Dublin and Cork Airports including monitoring and advising the Executive on planning applications for developments outside the airport boundary which may impact on or be impacted by the Airport
  • Prepare appropriate and relevant reports on the planning function to the business


Additional Responsibilities (may include)

  • To deliver planning consents
  • To undertake airport safeguarding by conducting a weekly review of planning projects in the surrounding area including Fingal County Council, Meath County Council, Dublin City Council, Cork City Council and Cork County Council and to manage all planning issues that arise
  • To engage with planning bodies as may be required, including through written submissions.
  • To provide strategic advice for safeguarding, and growth and development.
  • To coordinate submissions on behalf of the business to National, Regional and Local policy • To provide planning advice through the provision of planning opinions and to undertake preliminary environmental screenings for all projects
  • To possess and maintain an up-to-date, excellent knowledge of all planning and relevant environmental legislation to ensure accurate advice is provided to clients in order to strategically steer the organisation towards the delivery of its goals.
  • To work closely with design and delivery teams, in addition clients and various stakeholders in order to build and maintain stakeholder alignment and support for proposals.
  • To work as part of a team, including through the flexible allocation of work as it arises to provide assistance to the wider planning team and business


Education/Additional Experience

  • 8+ Years of relevant post-graduate experience.
  • An excellent and up to date knowledge of applicable Irish and EU planning-related legislation and policy including attention to detail and a completer-finisher in all aspects of work.  In the event an applicant has not practitioned in ROI, a sound understanding of legislation must be demonstrated.
  • A demonstrable record in the area of development management, including evidence of successfully taking projects, including large infrastructure projects through the planning system (either through the public or private sector).
  • A demonstrable record of judgment and decision-making in complex planning areas with many variables.  This shall include an ability to identify relevant environmental, social and economic policy and legislation as it may apply to either planning applications or planning policy.
  • Excellent written and verbal skills including an ability to present technical information to a wide range of non-technical stakeholders.
  • Candidates should be able with strategic direction, to work on their own initiative, be resourceful and approach work with a solution focus.  Whilst working on their own initiative and drive, candidates should also operate well as a team player.



  • Project management skills and ability to work to deadlines
  • To thrive on challenge and charting a course through complex areas


Formal Education

  • A professional town planning qualification (degree or post-graduate level) accredited by either the IPI and or RTPI.


Professional Memberships

  • Corporate Membership of the IPI/RTPI preferred but not essential


What we offer
At Bechtel we offer a competitive salary package with the opportunity for flexible working to achieve greater work-life balance. Employee wellbeing is at the centre of our business and Bechtel is committed to offering you the benefits and resources to live healthy lives. We can offer:

  • Flexible Working
  • Life Insurance Program
  • Pension Scheme
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Long Term Disability Scheme


Our Commitment

Bechtel’s Vision, Values and Covenants commit us to the ideals of fairness, diversity, inclusion, trust, and collaboration, among others. These values help define our culture, our way of doing business, and the positive impact we aspire to make in the world through our people and projects. At our project sites and offices, we have many colleagues from different nationalities, religions, and backgrounds working together to accomplish amazing things.


Shaping tomorrow together

Bechtel is one of the most respected global engineering, construction, and project management companies. Together with our customers, we deliver landmark projects that foster long-term progress and economic growth. Since 1898, we’ve completed more than 25,000 extraordinary projects across 160 countries on all seven continents. We operate through four global businesses: Infrastructure; Nuclear, Security & Environmental; Oil, Gas & Chemicals; and Mining & Metals. Our company and our culture are built on more than a century of leadership and a relentless adherence to our values, the core of which are safety, quality, ethics, and integrity. These values are what we believe, what we expect, what we deliver, and what we live.

Bechtel is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, citizenship status (except as authorized by law), protected veteran status, genetic information, and any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.