AECOM Senior Associate Urban Planner in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Business Line Design + Planning

Position Title Senior Associate Urban Planner

United Arab Emirates - Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi

Job Summary

The Senior Associate will provide leadership on projects within the Design Planning and Economics (DP+E) group and have proven skills and a depth of experience in the field of Urban Planning. The role will require the Senior Associate to lead and deliver a range of strategic planning and master planning projects by contributing to the conception of creative, contextually responsive and economically viable urban planning strategies and solutions. This role will require you to provide input into the review of projects, philosophy and approach, while considering client requirements and expectations and provide financial management and the coordination of both internal and external project resources.

The Senior Associate will work with colleagues within DP+E including Planners, Urban Designers, Architects, Economists, Environmental Planners, Landscape Architects, GIS technicians, as well as colleagues across the Building and Places group and all of AECOM, to lead and deliver integrated services on a range of projects. The Senior Associate will apply the knowledge and skills they have developed by co-ordinating multi-disciplinary teams to deliver clear, cogent and robust project outcomes. This role requires flexibility to be able to project manage, provide team leadership and provide technical leadership on a range of projects (type and scale).

The Senior Associate will be required to manage projects and people in consideration of AECOM systems and structures. This role will require client liaison (internal and external) and the need to maintain relationships (internal and external) and continue delivery of high quality and efficient services. In this role you will represent the company and be required to identify and pursue opportunities for business development.

The Senior Associate will have strong technical skills in a range of areas of urban planning and be able to lead strategic planning, master planning, and regulatory planning projects. This role requires strong technical skills and the ability to manage projects effectively and to work collaboratively across disciplines.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Liaise and coordinate projects with the Urban Planning and Economics leader and the DP+E leader.

  • Provide specific technical expertise in strategic and urban planning and work within a team of planners, urban designers, landscape architects and engineers to complete land development, master planning, and strategic planning projects.

  • Lead and manage complex technical projects and multi-disciplinary teams to successful conclusions/outcomes on a project-by-project basis. Account for the budget, programme and general performance associated with such projects.

  • Develop and implement the scope and approach to projects to best suit client needs, context, budgets and to deliver a high quality and innovative solution for projects.

  • 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.

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

  • Assist the leader of Urban Planning and the DP+E management team in identification and pursuit of business development opportunities, and growth of the business through new and repeat clients

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

  • Assist the Urban Planning leader in managing the Urban Planning and Economic group staff members – this will include staff management and mentoring responsibilities.

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

  • Prepare and present submissions/reports to support projects and ensure quality deliverables.

  • Provide effective representation for the organisation, developing and managing relationships with the client and other local authorities.

Specific skills required

  • Experience managing and delivering a range of urban planning projects

  • Experience on relevant projects at different scales

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

  • Experience working within government or on behalf of government on strategic planning, statutory planning and/ or master planning projects

  • Strong understanding of governance, development and implementation

  • Proven ability to deliver high-quality, multi-disciplinary plans including, concepts, strategies, development and design controls and guidelines

  • Strong analytical skills and ability to develop practical options and solutions

  • 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

  • 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 proven positive results from either scenario

  • Experience and ability to mentor and manage more junior staff, either in the course of a project or through a separate methods

Minimum Requirements

  • Minimum 13 years of urban planning experience required

  • Experience working in government, consultancy and client-side is preferred

  • Experience working in the Middle East region will be considered favourably.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in urban planning, geography and/or a related discipline is essential.

  • Master’s level degree in urban planning, urban design or a related discipline is desirable

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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Job Category Planning

Business Group Design and Consulting Services Group (DCS)

Country United Arab Emirates

Position Status Full-Time

Requisition/Vacancy No. 182559BR

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.