AECOM Technical Director - Highways in Newcastle, United Kingdom

Requisition/Vacancy No. 157085BR

Position Title Technical Director - Highways

Job Category Engineering - Transportation

Business Line Transportation

Country United Kingdom

State/Province/Region GBR - Tyne and Wear

City Newcastle

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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 Newcastle based Strategic Highways business are looking to recruit a District Leader with experience in leading the development and delivery of a broad range of engineering design, management and operational maintenance disciplines.

The appointed candidate will join AECOM’s established highways business which continues to expand following several major project wins. We would like to hear from Chartered Civil Engineers who have proven team leadership, business development, project delivery and business management experience within a commercial environment. The role would suit a self-motivated individual looking to advance their career in a dynamic team.

The Strategic Highways team provides concept and preliminary design, network management, detailed design, project delivery and operational maintenance on a wide range of projects for national agencies, local authorities and civil engineering contractors plus supports other AECOM business lines where their projects have a specialised highways interface.

The successful candidate will be joining a growing team that is actively involved in the delivery of projects and services to a range of clients including:

• Highways England

• Transport for London

• Suffolk County Council

• London Borough of Southwark

• Department for Transport

• Civil Engineering Contractors

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 HS 2, future improvements to the A184 in Gateshead and HE Network Maintenance Schemes. Overseas projects include highway schemes in Russia, Finland, Turkey and the Expressways project in Qatar. 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 include:

Business Development

• To be responsible for strategic highways business development activities in the South East and to ensure business targets are met

• To develop sound client relationships, being alert to commercial opportunities

• To identify strategies and develop emerging opportunities, and to fully exploit them

• To lead, or assist with, the preparation of major proposals

Health & Safety

• To provide health and safety leadership to the district team consistent with AECOM’s safety policies and procedures to deliver a safe and healthy working environment for the project team members

Financial Management

• To monitor the financial performance at District level in relation to agreed financial metrics and KPIs for performance review and to act as the local interface with operational management at an office and project level.

Resource Management

• Responsible for the Strategic Highways teams based in Chelmsford, Bedford and Croydon

• To ensure the necessary levels and distribution of appropriate resources locally for the pipeline of work to be delivered efficiently

• To line manage District Sector staff in the performance of their duties

Project Management

• Act as a Project Director and Project Manager including monitoring financial performance.

Risk Management

• To develop and maintain a philosophy and attitude of sound risk management through comprehensive reviews of contractual risk on projects, conformity with the Legal Reference Guide and the continuing development of good practice; and to assist in the wider corporate and management functions of the Highways Bridge Sector to ensure continuing growth and development of the business overall.

In addition to delivering work across the regional office network, the role will also involve working with other AECOM teams in the UK and Ireland. We are therefore seeking candidates who are able to work flexibly across other AECOM offices as projects dictate to support the wider business. Further, the role offers opportunities to deliver work into AECOMs wider European, Middle East, Africa and India regions.

Minimum Requirements

To be successful in this role we would like to hear from candidates who meet the following criteria;

• Experience in the successful delivery of highway engineering services to Highways England, Local Authorities and Contractors.

• Demonstrable leadership and business management experience.

• Excellent technical and communication skills.

• A flexible approach to supporting project and business development activities across UK and Ireland plus wider AECOM geographies (e.g. Continental Europe, Russia, Middle East, India and Africa).

• Demonstrable strength in business development and team leadership.

• An ability to deal directly with clients and engage and influence at a senior level within client organisations.

• A successful track record of delivery of bids and proposals.

• A proven ability of managing and growing a team, with strong leadership skills and the ability to develop and maintain a highly motivated project delivery team.

• Strong project delivery skills with an ability to effectively manage project commercial risks.

• A good industry profile, the gravitas to represent AECOM with major clients.

• Chartered member of relevant professional body

Preferred Qualifications

Whilst not essential any of the following skills would be desirable

• Waste reduction and LEAN delivery

• Operating in a collaborative working environment

• Understanding of Design for Maintenance and Design for Operations

• Application of ITS to deliver Smart Motorway solutions

• Project Management qualifications (e.g. PRINCE2)

• CSCS Card holder

• MSc or PhD in Engineering preferred

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.