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AECOM Senior Associate - Spatial Planner in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Company Description

At AECOM, we’re delivering a better world.

We believe infrastructure creates opportunity for everyone. Whether it’s improving your commute, keeping the lights on, providing access to clean water or transforming skylines, our work helps people and communities thrive.

Our clients trust us to bring together the best people, ideas, technical expertise and digital solutions to our work in transportation, buildings, water, the environment and new energy. We’re one global team – 47,000 strong – driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world.

Here, you will have freedom to grow in a world of opportunity.

We will give you the flexibility you need to do your best work with hybrid work options. Whether you’re working from an AECOM office, remote location or at a client site, you will be working in a dynamic environment where your integrity, entrepreneurial spirit and pioneering mindset are championed.

You will help us foster a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion – a safe and respectful workplace, where we invite everyone to bring their whole selves to work using their unique talents, backgrounds and expertise to create transformational outcomes for our clients.

We will encourage you to grow and develop your career with us through our technical and professional development programs and diverse career opportunities. We believe in leadership at all levels. No matter where you sit in the organization you can make a lasting impact on the projects you work on, the teams and committees you join and our business.

We offer competitive pay and benefits, well-being programs to support you and your family, and the development resources you need to advance your career.

When you join us, you will connect and collaborate with a global network of experts – planners, designers, engineers, scientists, consultants, program and construction managers – leading the change toward a more sustainable and equitable future. Join us and let’s get started.

Job Description

Senior Associate – Urban Planner role sits within the Urban Planning of the Urbanism + Planning practice line and leads the implementation of strategy for teams or units within a business, function or geographic operation, including projects and achievement of result.

The position requires to lead, develop and produce quality product and implement practice plans and project requirements and will develop and implement a business development plan and marketing activities to cultivate a presence and client base in the market and secure future planning and design projects for the practice.

  • Manages and delivers high value complex multi-disciplinary projects with project management skills, working directly with the Associate Director and Director levels

  • Leads showcase complex proposals and ensures high quality output including innovative ways to present

  • Independently manages client expectations and deliverables to ensure alignment with contracted scopes by leading client and project meetings, articulating and defending the work undertaken.

  • Ability to operate as a technical lead for multiple projects at various scale of master planning projects with a sound understanding of all relevant planning workstreams.

  • Provide specific technical expertise in spatial planning, regional planning, developing governance and implementation strategies

  • Has strong capabilities to coordinate, challenge, and manage multiple disciplines for complex projects and communicate project objectives/deliverables to drive the best outcome.

  • Has strong people management skills and provides professional urban/environmental planning mentorship/guidance to junior staff members.

  • Seeks out ways to improve planning/environmental analysis processes and ensures critical thinking is conducted throughout the planning team.

  • Has excellent written and presentation skills in English/Arabic (preferred) with an ability to coordinate and develop a deliverable (report) as well as create a presentation and summary to support the deliverable.

  • Leads more than one specialty topic / interests in urban planning e.g., wellness planning / placemaking

  • Strong understanding of planning / environmental governance and policy and can communicate planning / environmental governance and policy and make recommendations to clients where relevant.

  • Can structure and manage tailored planning guidelines and controls as per client requirements.

  • Strong ability to communicate differences between planning stages and drive outcomes of report structure and content.

  • Communicates and coordinates with clients and project teams to enable creation of project briefs to set out project objectives.

  • Prepare and deliver presentations to clients and government (approving agencies) to advance approvals of development, Master Plans, Development Guidelines and policies.

  • Liaise with government agencies and other authorities as may be required regarding development objectives, policies and procedures


A Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Planning, Design, or Town Planning. Masters in one of these disciplines would be preferred. RTPI (or any other planning association membership) would be advantageous.


15+ years’ experience in the Urban Planning field, candidates would ideally have worked on government and private sector projects. Management experience is required as the successful candidate would lead a multi-disciplinary team.

Specific Skills Required

  • Expertise in providing technical guidance for developing regional plans, city or national spatial strategies, comprehensive city plans and governance and implementation frameworks and action plans.

  • Exceptional experience in preparing high-quality, multi-disciplinary written and illustrative planning principles, concepts, strategies, controls and guidelines.

  • Strong ability to write, refine and deliver final reports with regard to planning, urban design and development projects.

  • Ability to structure, lead and participate in planning, urban design and development workshops as required

  • Ability to lead and manage complex, multi-disciplinary projects to successful delivery of outcomes within budget and programme.

  • Proven track record in seeking, securing, maintaining and managing positive and successful liaison with clients.

  • Strong ability to work either in a team, or alone with positive results from either scenario.

  • Ability to mentor and train more junior staff, either in the course of a project or through a separate programme.

Additional Information

With infrastructure investment accelerating worldwide, our services are in great demand, and there’s never been a better time to be at AECOM! Join us, and you’ll get all the benefits of being a part of a global, publicly traded firm – access to industry-leading technology and thinking and transformational work with big impact and work flexibility.

AECOM provides a wide array of compensation and benefits programs to meet the diverse needs of our employees and their families. We also provide a robust global well-being program. We’re the world’s trusted global infrastructure firm, and we’re in this together – your growth and success are ours too.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

Join us and let’s get started.

ReqID: J10076910

Business Line: U&P

Business Group: DCS

Strategic Business Unit: ME and Africa

Career Area: Planning