AECOM Associate Director - Structural in Basingstoke, United Kingdom

United Kingdom - Hampshire, Basingstoke

Job Summary

AECOM is currently recruiting for an Associate Director to join our structural engineering team in our Basingstoke office. This particular opportunity has arisen in our Building & Places Business Unit which focusses on projects within the Built Environment with a specific focus on Aviation, Defence and Education projects.

Our work regularly uses cutting edge software and advanced analytical approaches. Our structural engineering solutions enable clients to undertake ambitious construction projects worldwide.

The team undertake a wide range of unusual structural engineering projects including those which feature seismic, blast, wave, and other dynamic loads.

The right candidate will need to demonstrate a desire to be challenged, to take on a leadership role within the team and to undertake technical delivery of projects. In return we can offer a challenging and rewarding role, career development, an empowered and supportive working environment and a competitive reward package.

This opportunity would suit an individual who has significant broad experience, but who has specialisms in advanced analysis techniques possibly including Finite Element, Soil Structure Interaction, or non-linear dynamics and is looking to move into a senior management role within a team.

As an Associate Director you will have the opportunity to contribute to leading and shaping the Basingstoke structural engineering team. You will be a key member of the team and the role will have significant elements of representing the technical team in a client facing environment. You will therefore need to be adept at engaging with clients and other professions at the inception stage of projects and use your engineering expertise to make a significant contribution to emerging design concepts. We would expect you to have experience in delivery of projects from inception through to completion and an ability to run projects, manage resources, and effectively manage commercial aspects of projects. We would look to this individual to hold existing client knowledge and have emerging as well as selected established relationships with key clients with the hope of exploiting and growing these relationships to secure opportunities for AECOM.

Some of the recent projects our team have completed include:

  1. Wind Turbine Test Facility: Dynamic time history analysis and assessment of an existing reinforced concrete test facility for wind turbine blades. A finite element analysis is being undertaken to assess the ability of the existing facility to accept tests of the ever larger blades for offshore wind turbines.

  2. HMNB Devonport: Supporting the long term development of infrastructure at HMNB Devonport, the team have been involved in the conceptual design of seismically qualified upgrade works to existing dry docks required to support deep maintenance of nuclear powered submarines.

  3. Livingstone Academy, Bournemouth: Providing civil, structural and fire engineering services for the design of a £2.7m academy school in central Bournemouth. The project involves the refurbishment and conversion of existing Grade II listed court buildings as well as construction of a new 5 storey teaching block. Currently at the RIBA 4 design stage, construction is projected to start in June 2019.

About the office:

Our Basingstoke office is only a short walk from the railway station in the centre of Basingstoke and has excellent transport links being only 45 minutes from London and conveniently located close to the M3 for road links. The office is home to around 300 staff including 50 civil and structural staff as well as accommodating busy geotechnical engineering, maritime, coastal engineering, aviation, and bridges teams. We are looking to enhance and grow the structures team with individuals with a sound technical background and who share our enthusiasm and determination to support our expanding workload.

The Basingstoke structural engineering team consists of 15 structural engineering and BIM specialists who work on a wide variety of projects in the aviation, defence and education sectors throughout the project life-cycle from concept through to completion. The team prides itself on a reputation for being able to support specialist structural engineering projects and acts as a centre of excellence for dynamics, finite element analysis and physical security engineering.

This is a great opportunity to play a significant part in some exciting future construction projects.

Job Responsibilities:

The successful candidate will be expected to:

  • Take on responsibility for leading technical delivery and managing commercial and resourcing aspects of technically demanding projects whilst working without supervision;

  • Develop leadership skills and contribute to the management of the structural engineering team through business development, client relationship management, technical leadership or team development;

  • Prepare technical reports which clearly convey complex structural engineering concepts to clients and other stakeholders;

  • Lead independent technical reviews of work prepared by others;

  • Mentor and coach others in their professional development;

  • Have a desire to learn new skills and give due consideration to the wider engineering issues related to the projects being delivered.

There are opportunities for continuing professional development and career progression.

Minimum Requirements

  • Excellent knowledge of standard engineering practices, techniques and procedures

  • Excellent knowledge of advanced analysis techniques such as finite element analysis or soil structure interaction

  • Proven ability to undertake structural design using current British Standards and Eurocodes

  • An understanding of project management principles and practices to support co-ordination of technical delivery of projects with internal and external clients

  • Excellent communication skills with a demonstrable ability to:

  • write compelling proposals and technical reports which are able to adequately convey complex technical concepts to clients

  • prepare and deliver engaging presentations to existing and prospective clients

  • Sound knowledge of construction contracts, professional agreements and experience in client engagement during the preparation of fee proposals and agreeing scopes of service

  • Experienced in the use of commercially available design software packages (e.g. Tekla building Designer, Tedds). Experience using Tekla preferred.

  • Experience in the use of a commercially available finite element software package (e.g. ANSYS, LUSAS, STAAD) preferred, specifically experience using ANSYS preferred.

  • Ability to communicate in the English language, both written and verbal, with an ability to explain engineering principals in a manner which can be understood by a non-specialist

  • Able to decide on the level of reliance and accuracy to attach to a variety of results obtained from design software and finite element analysis and to interpret results into practical engineering solutions

  • Demonstrable track record in the preparation of designs

  • Ability to work on a number of projects simultaneously.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Masters degree or equivalent in an appropriate Civil or Structural Engineering discipline

  • Bachelors degree (min. 2:1) in an appropriate Civil or Structural Engineering discipline

  • Must be a Chartered Engineer with ICE or IStructE.

Your benefits will include:

Helping our employees achieve a healthy work-life balance is important to us. If you join AECOM, as well as receiving a competitive salary, you’ll also have the opportunity to explore flexible working arrangements. Core benefits include 25 days’ annual leave, company pension scheme, private medical insurance, life assurance and one paid annual professional institution membership fee. You can also choose from a wide range of flexible benefits to suit your lifestyle.

You’ll also be able to give back to communities with up to two paid CSR days each year. Through our charity, The AECOM Foundation, you can volunteer to support children in developing countries. And if you’re a member of the Reserve Forces you’ll receive an additional 15 days paid leave for training commitments.

What We Offer

When you join AECOM, you become part of a company that is

pioneering the future . Our teams around the world are involved in some of the most cutting-edge and innovative projects and programs of our time, addressing the big challenges of today and shaping the built environment for generations to come. We ensure a workplace that encourages growth, flexibility and creativity, as well as a company culture that champions

inclusion, diversity and overall

employee well-being through programs supported by company leadership. Our

core values define who we are, how we act and what we aspire to, which comes down to not only

delivering a better world , but working to “make amazing happen” in each neighborhood, community and city we touch. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

Job Category Engineering - Structural

Business Line Buildings & Places

Business Group Design and Consulting Services Group (DCS)

Country United Kingdom

Position Status Full-Time

Requisition/Vacancy No. 207255BR

Clearance Required No

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.