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AECOM Technical Director - Rail Design Management in Centurion, South Africa

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

At AECOM, we’re delivering a better world.

Whether it’s improving the commute, keeping the lights on, providing access to clean water or transforming skylines, we believe infrastructure has the power to uplift communities and improve people’s lives. Bringing together the best people, ideas, technical expertise and digital solutions, we partner with our clients to turn their ambitions into action, changing the world for the better. We’re proud to be recognized for our leadership, including our No. 1 ranking by Fortune as the World’s Most Admired Company in our industry for two years in a row. Join us and you’ll become a part of a global team of nearly 50,000 planners, designers, engineers, scientists, program and construction managers and other professionals, working on projects that create positive and tangible impacts around the world.

About Enterprise Capabilities

Enterprise Capabilities is a service-led organization within AECOM enabling access to a global talent pool. With offices in India, China, Spain, Poland, Romania and the Philippines, our teams of technical professionals provide around the clock project support helping AECOM teams around the world to deliver faster, smarter and better. EC supports AECOM’s ability to work as one global team by standardizing design processes, deploying collaboration technologies, and utilizing a connected network of technical expertise. By joining EC, you have the unique opportunity to work on AECOM’s monumental projects located around the world, contributing to our mission of delivering a better world.

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

We are currently recruiting a Technical Director - Rail Design Management with solid experience in Railways design and team leading, to join our busy and expanding experienced team. The team provides assessment, concept, feasibility, preliminary and detailed designs on a wide range of Railway Projects across the globe. Our internal clients work for private and public sector and include long term Framework Agreements with numerous Local Authorities together with Design and Build commissions for many major Contractors. Our group has an established track record of successfully delivering design projects for many years, throughout the USA and Australia, not to mention Canada or Middle East. You may have the opportunity to work on some of the most iconic Transportation projects, being part of a diverse and multicultural team. This is a key role within the South African Global Delivery Center, with a high viability within Enterprise Capabilities (EC), but also close contact with other Design Centers.

The responsibilities of this role include:

  • Works with rail discipline leadership to prepare proposals and do assessment of multidisciplinary packages of work. Categorizes packages of work, elaborates project execution plans and defines the delivery strategy, including composition of design teams across different disciplines and locations.

  • Responsible for leading a design team working for internal clients, integrating resources from different global offices.

  • Accountable for the development of delivery methodologies which manage risk, maximize on opportunities for the pursuit of delivering multi-disciplinary projects to budget and schedule for our clients.

  • Initiates and directs the planning, development, and continuous monitoring of the project scope, resources, procedures, budget and schedule for the packages of work allocated to the project team.

  • Reviews project key performance indicators and forecasts any modifications to schedules, cost estimates, and financial reports, and effectively reconciles risks to commitments that may exceed assigned schedules and budgets. Reports KPIs and metrics regularly.

  • Delivers effective communication inclusive of internal clients and team members to clarify expectations and requirements.

  • Performs quality control reviews of work developed by others. Approves and signs off on work.

  • Can apply principles of rail System Engineering including requirements specification and management, designing for robustness (Whole System Lifecycle), Safety by Design and System Integration and Verification.

  • Trains, mentors and evaluates less experienced staff.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Proven track record of technical work on railways design collaborating with international and multi-cultural teams (+10 years), combined with design management experience (+5 years) on large international Railways Projects.

  • Previous Contractor’s Design Manager experience in railways projects could be considered favorably.

  • Strong technical leadership of teams in the delivery of projects focused on delivering for the Client.

  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work within teams or in a wider collaboration.

  • Experience with international regulations and standards (i.e AASTHO; Australian Codes; British Standards, etc.).

  • Proven commitment with Quality Control Policy and Quality Management System.

  • Team management experience.

  • Experience working in the UK (Network Rail), North America region / Australia will be considered favorably.

  • 15+ Years' experience after obtainment of Qualification of which 5+ years should be in a technical supervisory role.


  • Bachelor of Science / Engineering degree in Civil Engineering (or Railways Engineering) from an accredited University. Master of Science / Engineering will be considered favorably.

  • Professionally registered as an Engineer with ECSA or equivalent professional body is required.

  • UK, US and/or Australia Professional Engineer license will be considered favorably.

  • PMP or PRINCE2 certification would be considered favorably.

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: J10080247

Business Line: Transportation

Business Group: DCS

Strategic Business Unit: Enterprise Capabilities

Career Area: Engineering

Work Location Model: Hybrid