AECOM Associate Director - Highways in Altrincham, United Kingdom

Requisition/Vacancy No. 151020BR

Position Title Associate Director - Highways

Job Category Engineering - Transportation

Business Line Transportation

Country United Kingdom

State/Province/Region GBR - Cheshire

City Altrincham

Why Choose AECOM? AECOM is a premier, fully integrated professional and technical services firm positioned to design, build, finance and operate infrastructure assets around the world for public- and private-sector clients. With nearly 100,000 employees — including architects, engineers, designers, planners, scientists and management and construction services professionals — serving clients in over 150 countries around the world, AECOM is ranked as the #1 engineering design firm by revenue in Engineering News-Record magazine’s annual industry rankings, and has been recognized by Fortune magazine as a World’s Most Admired Company. The firm is a leader in all of the key markets that it serves, including transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, oil and gas, water, high-rise buildings and government. AECOM provides a blend of global reach, local knowledge, innovation and technical excellence in delivering customized and creative solutions that meet the needs of clients’ projects. A Fortune 500 firm, AECOM companies, including URS Corporation and Hunt Construction Group, have annual revenue of approximately $19 billion. More information on AECOM and its services can be found at

About the Business Line


We provide professional services in areas such as aviation, transit, freight rail, highways and bridges, planning, and ports and marine. Our global network of top-tier specialists delivers comprehensive services over the full life cycle of a project to benefit clients in government and private industries.

Job Summary

Our Altrincham based Strategic Highways team currently has vacancies for Associate Director to support our growth which is underpinned by major highway project opportunities locally, nationally and internationally. The successful candidate will take responsibility in all aspects of highway design to work on local, national and international schemes. We require people who have gained team management skills who will provide the necessary highways technical experience and mentoring to other team members. The successful candidates will join AECOM’s established highways business which continues to expand following several major project wins.

Significant schemes which have been delivered by our experienced highways business include the A6 to Manchester Airport Relief Road, Manchester Metrolink Extensions 3A and 3B, New Tyne Crossing and Qatar Contract 2.

Currently engaged on a number of interesting and challenging projects both locally and nationally there are a number of opportunities for the candidates to be involved in the range of work secured and anticipated. Recent and current projects in the UK include Smart Motorways Programme (SMP) Package 5 – M62 J10-12 & M6 J21a-26, HS2, Manchester Metrolink Trafford Park extension, A494/A55/A494 Deeside Corridor (KS2), Menai Crossing (KS2). Our services offered to our clients include the full range and scope of highways work from inception to completion across all the key discipline areas. We work on schemes from feasibility stage through the development phase and planning and DCO process, preliminary design, detailed design and site supervision.

Job responsibilities

Provide technical leadership for the Highways team and lead by example

Fulfil the role of technical lead, and/or project manager

Effectively and efficiently undertake Project and team activities, including commercial, managerial and technical aspects.

Contribute to the development and improvement of technical standards and provide feedback for continuous improvement.

Ensure Safety Health and Environment procedures are implemented

Generate and maintain good Client relations;

Resolve Client and project issues;

Review the project against company processes and client requirements;

Where appropriate, monitor the performance of the team, to ensure that the project outputs are subject to appropriate scrutiny and verification; Establishing strong working relationships with other internal teams within AECOM

Take an active role in work winning, supporting business development activities including the development of Client relationships

Minimum Requirements

The successful candidate will be a Chartered/Incorporated Engineer (or be close to achieving such accreditation) with proven design and project management experience, delivering quality products to strict financial and programme targets. They will preferably have experience of working collaboratively as part of a team developing a range of major highway projects for Highways England’s or Highway Authority schemes.

As well as the above the chosen candidate will also have the following:

A highly motivated individual with excellent communication skills.

Excellent technical and communication skills along with experience of managing and undertaking a range of highway engineering related projects.

Ability to demonstrate experience or understanding of Health and Safety including CDM responsibilities

Extensive working knowledge of the Design Manual for Roads and Bridges

Experience of working in a multidisciplinary environment, operating across a matrix of projects.

Experience of working with HE processes (i.e. Project Control Framework and Collaborative Delivery Framework) desirable

Experience of working in the Design and Build sector particularly preparing tenders for contractors.

A flexible approach to supporting project and business development activities across wider AECOM geographies, for example in Mainland Europe, Russia, Middle East and Africa

Preferred Qualifications

Degree qualified, with Chartered Engineer (or Incorporated) status through a relevant professional institution (MICE and or MCIHT)

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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