AECOM Principal Environmental Scientist in Centurion, South Africa

South Africa - Gauteng, Centurion

Job Summary

We are looking for a talented Principal Environmental Scientist to deliver ESIA consultancy and advisory services to both internal and external clients to a high level of technical quality, to programme and budget. You must be a self-motivated individual with strong client focus and a demonstrated ability to develop strong relationships with the relevant environmental authorities. You must be able to work collaboratively in a multidisciplinary team to ensure that the Environmental aspects of the projects are given due consideration. Client focus, quality, health and safety are key priorities for this position.

Duties and Responsibilities:

You will need to be equally comfortable working on small or major prospects, proposals and projects, contributing positively as a technical specialist or managing/ directing environmental impact assessment and environmental due diligence projects in the oil and gas, power, infrastructure and industrial sectors across the Middle East and Africa Region.

You will focus on building excellent client and regulator relationships across the region to grow with the objective of growing the business.) while maintaining focus on quality deliverables, client and collegial relations.

Minimum Requirements :


  • Practical Experience - Minimum 10 years’ experience in managing environmental projects; and

  • Business Skills - Report and proposal writing, project management and communication skills essential

  • An ability to develop relationships with Clients and sell the AECOM brand.

  • Establish and manage effective, collaborative working relationships with AECOM staff, both within your home office, and internationally; and

  • Maintain a high level of integrity (and, when required, discretion) in communications and dealings with staff.

Specific Skills Required:

  • Must have proficient English language skills (French would be an advantage)

Person Specification (Behavioral Attributes):

  • Be an advocate for HSE initiatives and best practice

  • Be decisive - Know how to prioritize, advocate focus and accountability

  • Be impactful - Use clear and frequent communications, drive execution and results.

  • Be client-focused - Be collaborative, innovative and strategic.

  • Be the role model - Lead by example, demand excellence, maintain safety and integrity as top priorities.

Additional Personal Attributes and Qualities needed for this role:

  • Initiative: Ability to keep self-busy and strive for constant improvement and/or development;

  • Autonomy: Ability to work under supervision to complete necessary tasks but able to work independently on some tasks from time to time;

  • Motivation: Constantly seeks out opportunities for achievement and advancement of both project/technical work and personal career;

  • Has a ‘can do’ attitude;

  • Communication Skills: Good verbal and written communications skills;

  • Relationship Skills: Ability to build and maintain effective working relationships with your peers;

  • Personal Organisation and Flexibility to be willing to undertake a range of complex tasks and to work hours necessary to meet business objectives.

Minimum Requirements

  • Technical and professional proficiency with a solid career history and experience in delivering environmental projects in a collaborative environment.

  • Experience in business development with new and existing clients and preparation of tenders and fee proposals.Versatile and highly experienced in pursuing opportunities and managing the delivery of environmental liability and geoenvironmental projects with strong written and verbal communication skills; in particular, the ability to write clear and concise proposals and technical reports is essential.

  • Experience delivering to both local and international standards

  • Demonstrated professional Africa and specific industry and project experience – oil & gas, power, industrials, ports, rail, highways and mining.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science degree (or equivalent education) in an appropriate engineering discipline or the sciences from a four year accredited college or university

  • Professional registration with SACNASP or EAPASA

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 - Environmental

Business Line Environment

Business Group Design and Consulting Services Group (DCS)

Country South Africa

Position Status Full-Time

Requisition/Vacancy No. 207647BR

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.