Local Authority Technical Engagement Specialist (6 Months FTC) hos COWI

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With over 93 offices worldwide, COWI is a leading international consulting group. As a member of the UK team, you'll join our skilled experts and support projects across the transportation and energy sectors, including railways, highways, bridges, hydro and tunnels.
Living up to our values is a priority in the way we work. We collaborate with our customers, partners and colleagues to create better solutions while delivering on our promises project by project. We are curious and courageous as we pursue new knowledge and insights. Most importantly, we care about our planet, our customers and our colleagues as we collaborate to shape tomorrow’s societies.
We are looking for a Local Authority Technical Engagement Specialist to join our team on a 6 Months fixed term contract, giving you the opportunity to co-create with our experts on one of the most prestigious infrastructure programmes in the UK. Working alongside our team you'll deliver effective statutory and non-statutory consultation and engagement with local authorities on an infrastructure programme.
On a day-to-day basis, you'll be responsible for:
  • Delivering effective technical consultation and engagement with local authorities that will be directly affected by the construction and operation of our programme
  • Taking a leading role in building relationships and advocacy with officers at both a strategic and technical level within these local authorities.
  • Work with the Local Government Lead and Local Government Coordinator to draft and deliver Statements of Common Ground (SOCG) with the project's Tier one local authorities, while providing advice and input into Tier two local authority SOCGs
  • Establishing/maintaining trusted channels of communication between the officers and the project team by acting as the voice to the external stakeholders and ensuring those stakeholders views are heard within the programme
  • Work, as part of the team, to revise and regularly update the stakeholder engagement plans for each of the local authorities
  • Organising and delivering appropriate meetings, events and workshops to engage with local authority officers at all levels.
  • Keep accurate, well written and timely records of all stakeholder interactions between officers and project/stakeholder staff
  • Ensuring CRM systems are kept up to date and that the information from meetings is shared appropriately and that there is an audit trail
  • Drafting high quality, well written reports, presentations, documents and briefings for varied internal and external audiences, as required
  • Work with other External Affairs colleagues to support the consultation process, including at external stakeholder events, such as community roadshows and other public engagement events
  • Ensure programme and reporting information is provided to the Programme and Data Manager

To succeed in this position, we believe that you'll be an open and honest person who is eager to collaborate with others while keeping our clients engaged. You'll pursue new insights and constantly explore new ways to improve, while caring for and respecting our clients, your colleagues, and the planet we live on.
Furthermore, you'll experience of:
  • Working in or closely with local authorities at a technical level
  • Drafting and agreeing SOCGs
  • Working on major infrastructure projects, especially road projects, or major developments for public or private bodies
  • Dealing with the complex and interrelated issues of planning, environment, transport, design, property and engineering matters on major development projects with local authorities or other public bodies
  • Working in a stakeholder relations team
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders, and to identify, develop and maintain a strong network with those stakeholders.
  • Understanding of local authority decision making and the political imperatives behind such decisions
  • Understanding of the requirements associated with Development Consent Orders
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to schedule work, deliver to tight deadlines, respond to changing situations and use personal initiative
  • Be well organised with an ability to plan and deliver a programme of events/activities
  • Advanced Microsoft Office skills, including Word, PowerPoint, Excel and ideally databases
  • Highly collaborative and demonstrates an ability to identify, develop and maintain a strong network of internal and external stakeholders


Please email our Resource Manager, Samantha Rainford-Gallifant on sarr@cowi.com
Click on the link below and tell us why you are the right person for this role. We look forward to receiving your application as soon as possible since the recruitment process is ongoing. The application deadline is stated at the top of the page.
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