AECOM Associate Director, Transportation, Dubai in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Requisition/Vacancy No. 149141BR

Position Title Associate Director, Transportation, Dubai

Job Category Engineering - Transportation

Business Line Transportation

Country United Arab Emirates

State/Province/Region AE - Dubai

City Dubai

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

AECOM has an exciting opportunity for an Associate Director to join our rail team in Dubai working on a key rail projects.

As a Rail Expert with the world's #1 ranked engineering design firm, you will be exposed to a range of projects and stakeholders providing you with an opportunity to apply your experience on major to mega rail projects. You will work efficiently in an autonomous environment as well as contributing as part of the wider Civil and Infrastructure and AECOM team.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Establishes the Project Execution Plan, Health & Safety Plan, Control Plan and other documents.

  • Establishes the program requirements for all areas of the project, and monitors the draft and final deliverables for adherence to these criteria.

  • Establishes weekly meeting to review project status and formulate actions items.

  • Performs other responsibilities associated with this positions as may be appropriate.

  • Ensure compliance with the company’s Quality Assurance policies and procedures

  • Assist the Manager in identification and pursuit of business development opportunities.

  • Prepare proposals and qualification documents in the interest of obtaining new assignments.

  • Assist the Manager in recruiting staff members.

  • Provide such further assistance to senior management as may be required from time to time.

  • Prepare Task Authorizations for professional services including but not limited to defining in writing complete scopes of work, reviewing budgets and fee proposals, negotiating fee proposals and billing rates for all consultants in collaboration with Authority staff

  • Address Operations and Maintenance issues in the design, including issues that may interfere with operations or maintainability of facilities and utilities

  • Lead design quality focusing on the quality of deliverables as appropriate in accordance with industry standards for level of completion expected for each milestone deliverable

  • Collaborate on Value Engineering designed to ensure the Contract Drawings fulfill program requirements for performance, quality, aesthetics, and budget at a reasonable life cycle cost

  • Prepare review comments including: list all questions requiring clarification; identify omitted work; communicate general deficiencies (such as logic, legibility, clarity, coordinate and state of completeness); and substantiation that the design satisfies Airport Authority requirements gathered through the stakeholder process

  • Review design documents for compliance with authorities’ requirements, guidelines and standards

  • Ensure that design progress meets the overall project schedule requirements, including overseeing design consultant’s deliverable tasks and working closely with project manager and contractors to ensure RFIs, submittals, and concerns are addressed in a timely manner

  • Contribute to the advancement of through commitment to productive collaboration with all stakeholders

  • Monitors and reports to management on the progress of all projects activities within the program, including significant milestones, and any conditions, which would affect project cost or schedules.

Minimum Requirements

  • Applicants would ideally have a minimum of 20 years of experience within similar large scale projects that include overall Project Management experience

  • Good working knowledge of Internationally-accepted Project Management, construction industry principle and practices / safety / quality management systems.

  • Understanding of Construction Law. Seeks advice as appropriate.

  • Good knowledge of design processes and systems.

  • Good knowledge of current construction technology.

  • High level of critical thinking, problem solving, numeracy and English literacy skills.

  • Good negotiation skills.

  • Ability to work in a matrix organisation.

  • Clear verbal communication skills.

  • Uses diplomacy and tact in discussions with other parties. Contributes to team building and enhancing morale across the team / project.

  • High level of computer literacy

  • Must be pro-active, adaptable and a motivated team player.

  • Must have excellent communication, interpersonal and organizational skills.

  • Strong interpersonal skills

  • Client facing

  • Persuasive

Preferred Qualifications

  • BSc, BEng or MEng degree in a relevant discipline

  • Specific Project Management training & qualification and Membership of a Chartered Institution preferred MICE/ MCIOB/ MRICS or working towards

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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