AECOM Senior Manager in Arlington, Virginia

Requisition/Vacancy No. 147113BR

Position Title Senior Manager

Job Category International Development

Business Line Government

Country United States of America

State/Province/Region USA - Virginia

City Arlington

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


AECOM works with national and local governments around the world to manage and support critical programs in the areas of defense, security and intelligence; energy and climate change; environmental cleanup and waste management; infrastructure development, protection and resilience; and international development. Our global operations and connected expertise enable us to provide cutting-edge, relevant and cost-effective solutions that help our clients safeguard and enrich society and the world we live in.

Job Summary

AECOM International Development is seeking a home office Senior Manager to serve as the lead member of the home office project management unit (PMU). The Sr. Manager manages client contracts, supports project field operations, and coordinates home office project backstopping. The Sr. Manager supports overall operational, contractual and financial management of the project and management of field office operational staff. S/he serves as AECOM’s operational representative to client technical representatives and contracting officers for one or more projects as well as the overall leader for implementation of the project contract(s). The Sr. PM will lead the home office PMU and all home and field office activities, ensuring effective and efficient coordination between the two offices. The PM will be responsible to supervise one or more Program Managers and/or Associate Program Managers, providing guidance, training, and mentorship as part of the PMU or the broader team. S/he also plays a lead role in business development from capture through live phases, including information gathering, technical approach, and partnering. The Sr. PM will report to the Vice President, Economic Growth, Governance, and Agriculture.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

Program Management

  • Serves as leader of the PMU when designated as Engagement Manager, responsible for overseeing all home and field office activities, and ensures effective and efficient coordination between the two offices

  • Manage one or two USAID-funded projects and oversees day-to-day implementation to ensure their successful completion within budget and scheduled time frame, from award through closeout

  • Serve as an AECOM representative to USG clients at senior levels throughout the project life cycle, including startup and closeout meetings; regular correspondence regarding implementation progress; as-needed problem solving; and delivering presentations on the project to a variety of actors

  • May be charged with directly supervising the Chief of Party of designated program, including regularly discussing program performance and professional successes and challenges and conducting annual performance evaluations

  • Support project start-ups and closeouts as needed, including regularly traveling to the field to support project initiatives and backfill project leadership as necessary

  • Monitor consultant and subcontractor performance

  • In conjunction with the contracts representative, takes accountability for project processes including contractual quality assurance and compliance

  • Train, mentor and supervise Program Managers and/or Associate Program Managers

  • Manage team dynamics and workload; communicate with senior management about any resource needs

  • Oversee formatting and submission of all project deliverables to DEC or the Prime Contractor and proper archiving


  • Responsible for overall project financial management and compliance, including overseeing accruals, pipelines, and cost-to-complete reports prepared by the Program Manager for both AECOM and clients

  • Monitor project budgets and approve budget modifications drafted by PMs to be reviewed by Contracts Team

Business Development

  • Assume a lead role in the preparation of new business proposals from capture phase through live solicitation, which includes participating in pipeline discussions to determine bids to pursue.

  • Lead proposal development, including technical approach, staffing and partnering strategies and negotiations, and decisions on information gathering trips, and oversee cost development.

  • Lead scoping and information gathering trips for anticipated and live proposals and guide staff and consultants supporting research efforts.

Minimum Requirements

  • 7-15 years direct USAID project management experience, responsible for overseeing project implementation and business development initiatives

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field, including Economics, Business, Finance, International Development, or relevant field

  • Substantial experience in backstopping USAID projects and extensive knowledge of USAID regulations and policies (including AIDAR and FAR), especially as they relate to contracting and procurement

  • Solid background in managing large programs, including complicated budgets

  • Experience writing and leading new business proposals

  • Previous experience mentoring and managing junior and mid-level level staff

  • Ability to travel abroad on short-term assignments, at times with very little notice

  • Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to work independently and on a team

  • Strong organization and prioritization skills and attention to detail

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in relevant field

  • Experience living or working in developing countries

  • Fluency in a second language: French, Spanish or Arabic

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 and Minorities, Females, Veterans, and Disabled persons are encouraged to apply. For further information, please click here at to view the EEO Is The Law poster.