AECOM National Programme Manager - Contaminated Land in Centurion, South Africa

Business Line Environment

Position Title National Programme Manager - Contaminated Land

South Africa - Gauteng


Job Summary

Our team of environment specialists offer clients expertise in impact analysis and permitting, environmental auditing (compliance, due diligence and performance assurance), remediation consulting and waste management services.

AECOM South Africa has a rapidly growing Contaminated Land Practice servicing an expanding client base across a range of sectors including oil and gas, waste management, industrial, chemical and manufacturing.

Our expanding client base and team provides an exciting opportunity for a growth minded candidate to develop their program, client relationship and team management and mentoring skills through delivery of one of our key oil and gas accounts. As part of a wider global AECOM community you will also have the opportunity to apply and enhance your technical, critical and analytical thinking, reporting, and skills with one of the largest and most accomplished environmental consultancy teams in the world.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • The purpose of the position is to perform the role of Programme Manager for our key Oil and Gas Client. You will be responsible for the overall safe and effective delivery of the Environmental Services contract for our key Oil and Gas client, liaising with the client project manager on a regular basis to pro-actively delivery their program within the Key Performance Indicators (KPI) required under the contract delivery model. Safety is a key responsibility of the program together with on-time delivery to South African Contaminated Land legislative requirements, and high quality standards, as expected by both the client and AECOM.

  • Achievement of KPI will require you to demonstrate effective organisational skills, leadership, advocacy and mentoring of our team of professionals in the Contaminated Land Practice, together with a strong technical understanding of the contaminated land assessment (including relevant international standards). The team includes project managers and field engineers, working on Phase I and II Environmental sites Assessments, risk assessments.Development of corrective action plans leading to feasibility testing, implementation, operation and monitoring and closure of remediation projects. In addition, you will be required to work with key stakeholders across both the client organisation within South Africa and AECOM’s functions in country and internationally. In particular, collaborating with AECOM’s engineering construction and decommission team on joint projects. You are expected to demonstrate best practice program management and contribute effectively towards the performance goals of the broader environmental business line reporting to the Country Environmental Lead and working with the regional Client Program lead. You will also be required to develop an understanding of the Client Program contractual obligations to ensure that the local business achieves the KPIs set out under the contract.

  • Further, the successful candidate must be competent to undertake quality assurance checks of client deliverables on Contaminated Land Assessment reports. You will mentor project staff members in undertaking desk studies, site investigations, data analysis, factual and interpretive reporting, and must have the ability to efficiently support project staff to interpret field and analytical data into accurate and comprehensive conceptual site models that describe potential source-pathway-receptor linkages, and identify risks where those linkages are complete.

  • The program manager will be expected to embrace both AECOMs and the clients behaviour based health and safety programs and ensure that health and safety risks are identified and managed throughout the life cycle of all projects being undertaken within the program.

  • Key requisites are attention to detail and strong communication skills at all levels. Excellent report writing skills in English essential.

Minimum Requirements


  • Minimum of 15 years relevant experience with at least 5 years in a similar programme manager role.

Specific Skills required:

  • Relevant H&S training, including PIA/ SPA passport, would be a distinct advantage

  • Advanced Project Management skills; Must have the ability to track budgets, handle financial aspects of billing and invoicing, and recognise scope variations.

  • Ability to develop and implement necessary client required plans;

  • Ability to meet deadlines under tight time constraints.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ideally undergraduate degree in engineering, geology, hydrogeology or related field. However, staff who can demonstrate suitable skill sets will be considered.

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.

Job Category Engineering - Environmental

Country South Africa

Position Status Full-Time

Requisition/Vacancy No. 156698BR