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AECOM Associate Director- Development Transport Planning in Birmingham, United Kingdom

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

AECOM are currently looking to recruit an Associate Director to lead the Development Planning and Management team based in Birmingham and Chesterfield. We are looking to enhance and grow our teams with individuals with a strong technical background that shares our enthusiasm and determination to support our expanding workload.

Our Development Planning and Management team works on projects in the Midlands and the UK. These are frequently multi-disciplinary projects undertaken in collaboration with colleagues from across AECOM.

Our team works with private and public sector clients, architects, planners and other property professionals across all sectors. We undertake Transport Assessments, Travel Plans, support our Environmental colleagues in preparing Environmental Impact Assessments, and provide key transport inputs to develop Travel Demand Management Strategies, Preliminary Designs, Spatial Plans and Masterplans. Our clients include master developers, landowners, housebuilders, retailers, health trusts, Homes England, universities, local authorities and contractors.

Job Responsibilities


  • Lead the team based across the Birmingham and Chesterfield offices;

  • Mentor and support the development of team members;

  • Coordinate resourcing meetings to allocate resources to projects and to ensure deadlines are achieved;

  • Undertake performance reviews and helping to identify career plans for the team;

  • Drive our inclusion and well-being strategies by instilling a culture of respect and care within your team, role modelling behaviours aligned to these strategies.

  • Build a diverse and inclusive workforce by recruiting and retaining the best talent and nurturing the next generation of leaders who will do the same; and

  • Lead with empathy, respect and understanding, actively seeking out diverse points of view and creating a psychologically safe environment where these points of view can thrive.


  • Expand the development planning business and take responsibility for delivering business targets;

  • Liaise with current and proposed clients to develop repeat and new business for the company;

  • Establish strong working relationships with other internal teams within AECOM, particularly the development planning teams across the UK, the Environment and Masterplanning teams and the wider local transport planning team; and

  • Prepare detailed client briefs or fee proposals for client submission and contribute to major bids.


  • Take a leading role in the delivery of Transport Assessments, Transport Statements, Travel Plans, Masterplans and other technical reports to support the development of transport strategies for local authority clients.

  • Take overall responsibility for delivery of projects to contractual arrangements and the financial agreed outcome;

  • Liaise with senior stakeholders, including the clients’ project directors (or equivalent) to resolve issues early and safeguard our interests;

  • Present to clients and key stakeholders in a professional, responsive and client-focused manner;

  • Act as a Project Manager/Director (once accredited) as necessary, including monitoring financial performance;

  • Ensure technical content and quality of output produced is in line with the project brief;

  • Attend Project Progress meetings along with necessary client meetings;

  • Provide technical knowledge and leadership experience across a range of developments;

  • Undertake Health and Safety duties, including ensuring a safe and healthy working environment for the project team members and fulfilling all responsibilities for health and safety in design.

  • Supervise work carried out by other members of the team, ensuring that it is to the appropriate technical standard and is delivered to programme; and

  • Be a point of contact for clients, architects, planners and other professionals throughout the project.


Minimum Requirements:

The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate a proven background in work-winning and wider business development acumen and outcomes. From a technical perspective, experience in development-related transport analysis and assessment, with wider experience in project management and mentoring and coaching skills, is essential.

  • Extensive experience in the preparation of development-related Transport Assessments, Travel Plans, Access Studies, preliminary design and transport-related master planning

  • High degree of competence in project management and commercially aware.

  • A proven record of dealing with clients, local authorities and other regulatory bodies.

  • Experience in understanding client briefs, developing fee proposals and effectively delivering project work.

  • Excellent presentation and technical writing skills are required.

  • Have a sound commercial awareness and demonstrate the importance of effective financial management.

  • Have experience in business development and managing client expectations.

  • Membership of a relevant professional institution (CIHT, CILT, TPS, ICE, IPI, etc).

Prefered Qualifications/ Not Essential:

  • Experience in the preparation of Proof of Evidence and giving evidence at Planning Inquiries.

  • A degree in an analytical subject such as engineering, geography, mathematics, economics, planning or similar.

  • A Masters's degree in a relevant subject is desirable.

Additional Information

The value of diversity and inclusion is readily apparent in creating a collaborative, supportive working environment and in delivering innovative, contextually appropriate projects. It is very important to both what we do and the way we do it. We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences. The important thing for us is that you can demonstrate that you can effectively fulfil the needs of the role. If you feel you can fulfil the requirements of the role, but there are other factors that are making you hesitant in applying, we would still like to hear from you and see if we can work together to overcome any challenges.

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: J10085048

Business Line: Transportation

Business Group: DCS

Strategic Business Unit: Europe & India

Career Area: Planning

Work Location Model: Hybrid