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Job description


Graduate Economic Planning - Planning Policy and Economics (PPE)

Job Details

  • Locations:
    Leeds, Manchester, Sheffield
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Interested In This Role?

A Future with purpose

At Arup we’re dedicated to sustainable development and to do socially useful work that has meaning. Our purpose, shared values and collaborative approach has set us apart for over 75 years, guiding how we shape a better world.

We solve the world's most complex problems and deliver what seems impossible. We explore challenges with curiosity and creativity - using technology, imagination and rigour to deliver remarkable outcomes.


The Opportunity


We use our knowledge and expertise to offer our clients a broad spectrum of consulting services including, but not limited to, the following:   

  • Strategic advice on a wide range of proposals for inclusive economic growth and regeneration for private and public sector and Central Government clients both within the UK and globally   
  • Green Book compliant business cases for various projects across regeneration 
  • Economic analysis and modelling  
  • Vision and Strategies for development sites   
  • Project delivery advice  
  • Project management  
  • Stakeholder engagement and management of the consultation process   

Development opportunities include, but are not limited to, economic modelling training, investment case training, and project management.  

Our Cities Advisory and Economics experts work side by side with specialists and in multi-disciplinary teams from a wide range of backgrounds, including urban planning, foresight, energy, engineering, and advisory teams. Many of our projects are boundary pushing and of strategic significance.  We work hard to foster good relationships with everyone– including national governments, regional partnerships or agencies, local planning authorities, private corporations, and developers as well as the wider community and stakeholders. Some of our current clients include Homes England, Manchester Airports Group, Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, various Local Authorities, Scale-up Institute, and Welsh Government. 

Our Cities Advisory and Economics team address the challenges and opportunities faced by our towns and cities improving the places we live, our infrastructure, the economy, society, and the environmentWe make a tangible impact in the places where we and our clients work and invest, demonstrating meaningful changes on the ground. 


Is the role right for you?


We're looking for the following qualifications, attributes, and skills:   

  • Either graduated or graduating in 2024 with a prediction or having already achieved a of 2:1 or higher (or equivalent) in a subject relevant to our work, such as Economics, Geography, Town, Urban, Spatial or Regional Planning, Social Policy, Politics, Economics, Law, Property, Real Estate, Local government and Policy Making or Psychology.  
  • Possess excellent written and verbal communication skills with experience in Microsoft 365.    
  • Demonstrate strong motivation and passion for a career in the built environment.   
  • Possess strong team working skills while having the ability to use own initiative.  
  • Be planned and organised in your approach to work and meeting deadlines.   
  • Be willing to learn and develop as opportunities present themselves.   
  • Possess data analytical skills.  
  • Mapping skills using Geographical Information Systems (GIS) (preferred). 
  • Please note the team is based in Manchester and therefore this is the preference for location, however we are open to the successful candidate being based in Leeds or Sheffield.  

We're looking for people who are curious and ready to evolve how you think and work.  Our strength comes from how we respect, share and connect our diverse experiences, perspectives and ideas. At Arup, you belong to an extraordinary collective – in which we encourage individuality to thrive. If you can share your knowledge and ideas and encourage others to do the same; whilst having a desire to deliver excellent services for clients – we'd like to hear from you. 

You should be able to start this opportunity in September 2024. 


What we offer you

At Arup, we care about each member’s success, so we can grow together. 

Guided by our values, we provide an attractive total reward package that recognises the contribution of each of our members to our shared success. As well as competitive, fair and equitable pay, we offer a career in which all of our members can belong, grow and thrive – through benefits that support health and wellbeing, a wide range of learning opportunities and many possibilities to have an impact through the work they do.  

We are owned in trust on behalf of our members, giving us the freedom, with personal responsibility, to set our own direction and choose work that aligns with our purpose and adds to Arup’s legacy. Our members collaborate on ambitious projects to deliver remarkable outcomes for our clients and communities. Profit Share is a key part of our reward, enabling permanent members to share in the results of our collective efforts. 

We also provide for our permanent members Private medical insurance, Life assurance, Accident insurance and Income protection cover. In addition, you’ll have access to flexible benefits to help you look after all aspects of your wellbeing and give you the freedom and flexibility to find the best solutions for you, your family, and your individual needs. 

Next steps

Please click on the role that most interests you to find out further information and to apply. We then ask that you complete the application form, attaching any required documents. We will be reviewing applications for this position on a rolling basis. You are therefore strongly encouraged to apply in advance of the application deadline.

Different people, shared values

Arup is an equal opportunity employer that actively promotes and nurtures a diverse and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from individuals of all backgrounds, regardless of age (within legal limits), gender identity or expression, marital status, disability, neurotype or mental health, race or ethnicity, faith or belief, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, and whether you’re pregnant or on family leave. We are an open environment that embraces diverse experiences, perspectives, and ideas – this drives our excellence.  

Guided by our values and alignment with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, we create and contribute to equitable spaces and systems, while cultivating a sense of belonging for all. Our internal employee networks support our inclusive culture: from race, ethnicity and cross-cultural working to gender equity and LGBTQ+ and disability inclusion – we aim to create a space for you to express yourself and make a positive difference. Discover more about life at Arup at www.arup.com/careers/your-life-at-arup. 

We are committed to making our recruitment process and workplaces accessible to all candidates. Please contact UKEarlyCareersRecruitment@arup.com to let us know if you need any assistance or reasonable adjustments throughout your application or interview process, and/or to perform the essential functions of the role. We will do everything we can to support you.  

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