AECOM Vice President, Director of Operations, Transportation in Los Angeles, California

Requisition/Vacancy No. 151109BR

Position Title Vice President, Director of Operations, Transportation

Job Category Management

Business Line Transportation

Country United States of America

State/Province/Region USA - California

City Los Angeles

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

The Transportation Business Unit’s Operations Director will report directly to the Transportation Regional Business Line Leader (RBLL). The Transportation Operations Director works with the COO, Regional Project Delivery & Controls Director, Regional Finance Director, RBLLs, Workforce Planning Team, and Finance and Accounting (F&A) managers to provide operational management of the assigned Business Line (Transportation).

Specific responsibilities include (app 80% internal / 20% external):


  • Provide support to Project Managers across all elements of project execution

  • Manage resources to execute and deliver on projects for that Area

  • Review project progress, course-correct and problem-solve as needed

  • Ensure operational excellence on projects

  • Coordinate project staffing

  • Track key milestones and anticipate potential risks & mitigate

  • Assure compliance with AECOM Quality Program requirements

  • Assure billing and cash collection


  • Manage resources across projects

  • Build, train and retain people that align with the BL strategies

  • Partner with RBLLs on BD resource allocation/prioritization (esp. Seller-Doers)

  • Conduct monthly project reviews with PMs, Project Delivery & Controls Director, and RBLLs (as needed)

  • Work closely with COO, Project Delivery & Controls Director, Regional Finance Director and Finance Managers, and RBLL on regional P/L management

  • Assure diversity in hiring, retention and promotions


  • Enable RBLLs to allocate time to BD by providing support resources who can work on operational duties (eg, ops support for reporting)

  • Support staffing and workforce planning to free up time for BD

Business Development –

  • Support client engagement and pursuits, Go/No Go analysis, and portfolio analysis as needed

  • Maintain and grow key client relationships

Key Performance Indicators include: Safety, Gross and Net Revenue, Direct Personnel Expense (Utilization), Direct Labor Multiplier, As Sold Margin, Gross Margin, Contribution Margin, Hiring/Turn-over, Cash Flow, and DSO

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree

  • 10+ years of profit and loss experience

  • 2+ years’ experience managing comparably sized design & consulting profit and loss center

  • Proven financial and operational acumen

  • Proven ability to assess and mitigate contractual and performance risks

  • Collaborative style; team player

  • Willingness to see opportunity and act

  • Ability to lead by influence, be decisive and have a strategic mindset

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience preferably with AECOM or legacy companies

  • 2+ years working in Los Angeles / SoCal geography

  • Operational knowledge of AECOM management systems such as APIC, ABC, etc and AECOM’s financial management processes

  • Proficiency in using APIC (new EPM tool) and executing EACs

  • Experience in process optimization and team leadership

  • Comfortable in leading and managing within a matrixed organization

  • Willingness to challenge the status quo and those stuck in it

  • Proven history with delivers on commitments made

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.


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