AECOM Principal Transport Planner - Transport Model Developer, Abu Dhabi in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Business Line Transportation

Position Title Principal Transport Planner - Transport Model Developer, Abu Dhabi

United Arab Emirates - Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi

Job Summary

The SP&A Team provides a full range of traffic and transportation planning services and is a key component in the Civil Infrastructure Business Line. Our Vision is to be the most recognized and trusted provider of transportation planning services to our clients in the Middle East. We envisage being the Middle East Centre of Excellence in all aspects of transport planning, but particularly in multi-modal transport master planning and transport modelling. AECOM’s core services in this field include:

  • Strategic Multi-Modal Transport Modelling

  • Transport Impact Assessments

  • Demand Forecasting and Management

  • Transport Network /Master Planning

  • Transport Policy & Strategy Development

  • Traffic Capacity Analysis

  • Parking Studies, Layout & Design

  • Access Management

  • Traffic Signal Timing

  • Traffic Engineering

  • Micro Traffic Simulation

  • Freight Planning and Logistics

  • Intelligent Transport Systems

  • 3D Modelling & Evaluation

  • Road Safety Studies & Operational Reviews

This position will be responsible for providing technical service and leadership in a variety of these service offerings, but with particular responsibility for traffic and transportation modelling. The candidate must have in-depth knowledge and experience in at least one of the following areas, with a working knowledge of the other:

  • Development and application of a major macroscopic transport model (e.g. EMME, Saturn, VISUM, CUBE, etc.)

  • Development and application of a major microscopic transport model (e.g. Legion, VISSIM, Dynasim, etc.)

The duties of the Principal Transport Planner/Engineer – Modelling Specialist fall broadly into two categories – Business Development and Technical Management. Key duties are as follows.

Business Development

  • Ensure key strategic relationships with internal and external partners and stakeholders are effectively developed, managed and maintained

  • Manage, lead and produce technical and financial bids for projects in the region and across other business lines

  • Ensure delivery is in line with the Business Line’s corporate objectives, on time and within the agreed budget

  • Effectively represent AECOM to relevant government departments, external agencies and other bodies appropriate to the post

  • Plan, direct and deliver the Services in accordance with appropriate procedures and legislation

  • Develop and implement initiatives to enhance AECOM’s Transport Modelling services offering, product, and supporting infrastructure (e.g. software, modelling tools, capability statement, etc.)

  • Maintain appropriate liaison with the business community, stakeholder and advisory groups

  • Maintain a watching brief on best working practices within and beyond local government, and ensure these are effectively communicated to the team

  • Identify talent within the transport modelling community, and work with the modelling practice leader and Director of SP&A to recruit other transport planners/modellers into the SP&A team to enhance local capabilities and grow the business in accordance with workload

  • Liaise with other AECOM geographies to maximize the AECOM offering

  • Provide technical supervision and fulfil line management duty to junior staff

Technical Management

  • Effectively advise on transport planning and modelling policies and their implementation and the related allocation of resources in relation to all services covered by this post

  • Takes the lead on relevant projects

  • Be aware of and adhere to relevant legislation, codes of practice and departmental policies when planning and directing the delivery of transport modelling related projects in the region

  • Continuously improve technical and industry knowledge by participating in forums and other industry related programs

  • research, analyse and report on a range of transport modelling related projects

  • Prepare tender submissions

  • Act as Project Manager or Project Director, as necessary

  • Develop detailed methodologies

  • Produce guides, case studies and deliver presentations

  • Undertake data recording and analysis tasks

  • Manage the preparation of client reports, bringing together the contributions from other specialist areas of the business

  • Review internal processes for effectiveness and efficiency and suggest possible areas for improvement where necessary

  • Other duties as required

Minimum Requirements

The candidate should have:

  • Good understanding of industry modelling practices, including the underlying principles sufficient to carry out and lead transport modelling studies

  • Good mathematical background, and ability to handle large data sets with experience in using statistical tools and database software packages such as ACCESS and SPSS will be an advantage

  • Good comprehension of transportation modelling and economics

  • Working knowledge of GIS packages such as ArcGIS and MapInfo will be an advantage

  • Working knowledge of scripting software such as Visual Basic VBA and Python will be an advantage

  • A clear appreciation and understanding of fundamental transportation planning principles

  • Good report writing and presentational skills

  • Good Project Management experience and skills

  • Sound commercial acumen and business awareness

Preferred Qualifications


  • Bachelors Degree Level Qualification or higher in a related field (mandatory)

  • Masters Degree (preferred)

Work Experience

  • Minimum of 10-15 years of relevant experience in the field of transport planning and modelling of which at least 5 years must be focussed on transport modelling.

Professional Accreditation

  • Member of one of more professional organisations as asset (e.g. Charted Institute of Logistics and Transportation)

What We Offer

AECOM is a place where you can put your innovative thinking and business skills into high gear and work alongside other highly intelligent and motivated people. It's a place where you can apply your skills to some of the world's most challenging, interesting, and meaningful projects worldwide. It's a place that values the diversity of our areas of practice and our people. It's what makes AECOM a great place to work and grow. AECOM is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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Job Category Engineering - Transportation

Country United Arab Emirates

Position Status Full-Time

Requisition/Vacancy No. 156474BR