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Principal Transport Planner





Employment type

Full time

Contract type



37.5 Hours

We have an exciting opportunity for a Principal Transport Planner to join our established Transport division! 

Based in our Bristol office, you will be joining a fun, highly engaged team who love what they do! Our team have a wealth of experience and will offer support, development opportunities and expert advice. Working collaboratively and as part of our national team you will be exposed to a wide variety of project work and practice. 

As an inclusive employer we are open to flexible working arrangements to suit people’s personal circumstances. We welcome applicants who are seeking part time or full-time hours and promote hybrid working within our teams! 

Your role will include: 

You will be engaged in a wide variety of transport projects including transport assessments for new developments, master planning, urban regeneration and sustainable transport projects. This will include:  

  • Project delivery, utilising and supporting junior members of the team as needed. 
  • Ensure all projects are technically excellent and commercially successful. 
  • Manage, develop, and maintain excellent relationships with statutory authorities, clients, architects and the wider design team. 

Our Transport division:

Our transport team are advising developers, planners, and public bodies to better understand travel behaviours which influences site development and investment in infrastructure. 

We’re engaged in all aspects of traffic and transportation planning, working on projects with a broad range of clients including public sector and private sector organisations. You can find out more about our projects here

Our work includes: 

  • Electric vehicle charging modelling 
  • Transport assessments 
  • Travel plans 
  • Vehicle and pedestrian modelling 
  • Expert witness 
  • Highways engineering design 
  • Autonomous Vehicle (AV) Modelling 
  • Electric Vehicle (EV) Advisory Services 

Most importantly, you’ll find us a lively, good-spirited team, excited about what we’re doing and enjoying each other’s company, and we’ll be sure to give you a warm welcome too.

To succeed in this role, you’ll need: 

  • Proven experience in all aspects of development planning including Transport Assessments, Junction modelling and design, Masterplanning, Travel Plans and ES Transport Chapters. 
  • Post graduate qualification in transport planning/engineering or a degree in a related discipline. 
  • Knowledge of relevant transportation modelling programs – Junctions (ARCADY/PICADY), LinSig and TRICS. 
  • Understanding of the principles and outputs of strategic models (SATURN and VISSIM/PARAMICS) would be beneficial. 

Please note that if you don’t feel you meet 100% of the above criteria, we would still strongly encourage you to apply! We have ambitious growth plans for our transport team and welcome applications from candidates at all levels to join the team. 

What's great about Hydrock 'in a nutshell'?

  • We are a British-owned integrated multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy of over 900 staff in 21 offices across the UK. Our driving motivation is to be a ‘Force for Good’, as it is our aim to improve the quality of people’s lives from our employees to our clients, through to the communities we work in and our planet as a whole through the work we do.  
  • From the buildings that surround you, the roads and bridges you cross, all related to the infrastructure that we create, we aim to offer the most sustainable possibilities to shape the places, communities and society that we live in through meeting our client’s needs. Through the path we are on to delivering a green future, the result is something that everyone can be proud of. 
  • Our welcoming and friendly culture is something we are proud of and has gained us recognition with 9 years in the Top 100 Best Companies to Work For list. Check out some of our incredible projects which have been awarded: 2022 Net Zero Award for Bay Technology Centre, Integration and Collaborative Working Award for YGG Tan-y-Lan primary school, The Deaf Academy awarded for its Universal Design at the 2022 Civic Trust Awards and Bristol’s iconic waterfront Wapping Wharf Living making a double win at the Bristol Property Awards! 
  • To top off, here’s our 2023 wrap up video! 

What we can offer you: 

  • Great learning and development opportunities. 
  • Inspiring and supportive colleagues 
  • Reward for progression and hard work 
  • An opportunity to develop your soft skills, as well your technical skills
  • Competitive starting salary 
  • Excellent health benefits 25 days of holiday (buy/sell up to five days), accrue 1 day extra every 2 years, with bonus holidays too!
  • An earlier finish on Friday (4pm!) 
  • An opportunity to give back: “Day off for good cause” (on a workday) 
  • A huge range of flexible benefits, including climate perks and an EV car leasing scheme 
  • Our biggest event: Challenge Day!  

A place to feel included

We champion diversity, equity, and inclusion. As an Equal Opportunities Employer, we commit to supporting our employees and ensure we create a safe environment that nurtures you to perform at your best. Offering our people flexibility is an important factor in achieving this aim.  

We consider all application individually with the required qualifications and knowledge without regard to any of the protected characteristics. We would like to provide everyone with a fair selection, assessment and employment experience so we ask with are made aware of any physical or neurodiverse condition within your application for which appropriate reasonable adjustments can be made by us. 


Looking for the next steps? 

Once you have completed your application through our careers site, we aim to review and respond to you as soon as your application’s been reviewed. 

If shortlisted, a member of our Recruitment Team will call you for an initial pre-screen by phone (typically 30 minutes) to help us assess your motivations and interest in the position and Hydrock. 

If you progress following this telephone pre-screen, you will be invited to attend a formal interview by video conference (Microsoft Teams) or in our offices. 

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