Senior Planner, Dublin Airport

Working within the daa Infrastructure Department for Dublin and Cork, the Senior Planner will report to the Head of Planning and will have responsibility for management and preparation of planning applications, risk assessments, planning opinions and S.5 referrals; preparation of planning submissions to statutory plans and policies; and to fulfil daa’s role as a statutory consultee under the planning code. The role ensures high-quality technical advice across all development programmes; managing development projects through the planning system to consent; fostering strong relationships internally and externally with key stakeholders; safeguarding airport development and, mentoring junior members of the team.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provision of high-quality and reasoned technical advice to inform planning strategy and approach for projects
  • Preparation, submission, and management of planning applications at Dublin and Cork airports throughout the planning process to final consent
  • Oversight and management of multidisciplinary teams, including planning and environmental consultants, to produce high-quality deliverables in support of planning projects
  • Review and advise on third-party planning applications to mitigate any planning implications for Dublin and Cork Airports
  • Prepare submissions to statutory plans and policies and other relevant consultations, to ensure daa’s planning and environmental aspirations are well-represented in policy
  • Represent daa in engaging with statutory and non-statutory stakeholders, local authorities, government agencies and An Bord Pleanála
  • Foster good relationships with internal daa stakeholders to understand their requirements and ensure their interests are well represented in the planning arena
  • Providing mentoring and support to junior team members.

Knowledge, Skills, and Experience:

  • An RTPI/IPI accredited degree or Masters in a Town Planning Qualification
  • Chartered membership with the Irish Planning Institute (IPI) or the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)
  • Minimum of 8+ years post qualification experience
  • Proven experience as lead-planner taking large scale planning projects through the planning system (as either a public or private sector planner)
  • Demonstrable record of judgement and decision-making in complex planning areas with many variables
  • An excellent knowledge of the Irish Planning system, case law and relevant European Directives, including the EIA Directive and the Habitats Directive
  • A strong interest in planning matters, including emerging policy, plans and legislative changes with potential to influence planning considerations at Dublin and Cork Airports Project management skills and willingness to work as part of a team, take instruction and pass on learning and insights
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, and capable of communicating risks and recommendations clearly to non-technical audiences. Experience of planning projects with a complex transport, access, and mobility management component an advantage.
  • In the event an applicant has not practiced in ROI, a sound understanding of Irish planning system, legislation and policy must be demonstrated
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