AECOM Americas Lead, Urbanism + Planning in Chicago, Illinois
United States of America - California, Los Angeles
We are seeking a visionary and dynamic leader for our Planning and Urbanism practice (inclusive of Planning, Landscape Architecture, Urban Design, and Economics and formerly known as Design, Planning + Economics). The primary responsibilities are to lead and grow the Planning, Urban Design, Landscape Architecture, and Economics practices of the Americas, with a focus on positioning AECOM as a fully integrated multi-disciplinary market leader, and with the goal of driving design innovation and excellence, thought leadership, project management, and technical and delivery success for local, regional and global clients and communities. This role will report directly to the Executive Vice President of AECOM’s Buildings + Places business line in the Americas.
As part of AECOM, our Buildings + Places business line contributes to AECOM’s success as a $20Bn fully integrated professional and technical services firm that designs, builds, and operates infrastructure assets in more than 150 countries around the world. A leader in all of the key markets that we serve — including transportation, environment, energy, oil and gas, water, high-rise buildings and government — AECOM professionals provide a blend of global reach, local knowledge, innovation and technical excellence in delivering customized and creative solutions for public and private sector clients. AECOM has had a leading role in delivering some of the most iconic projects in the world such as: the World Trade Center Redevelopment, planning for the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Lower Manhattan Coastal Resiliency program and many more. AECOM has been recognized by Fortune magazine as a World’s Most Admired Company from 2015 through 2019.
AECOM’s Design and Consulting Services Operating Group in the Americas (DCSA) is a $5B architecture, engineering, and consulting business with market-leading positions in Transportation, Water, Buildings, Government, Energy, and Environment. The Buildings + Places (B+P) Business Line, within DCSA, incorporates the Architecture, Building Engineering, Interior Design, Planning, Economics, Landscape Architecture, and Strategy+ Consulting Services across key markets including Cities, Corporate, Government, Transportation, Education, Healthcare, Justice, Mission Critical, Themed Entertainment/Leisure and Sports markets. Our Buildings + Places teams have planned and designed renowned urban environments including Liberty Park, New York; 34 th Street Harbor, Chicago; Denver Union Station, Denver; Yards West, Washington, DC; One Shenzhen Bay Landscape, China; Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge, Washington, DC; LA2028 Olympic Bid, Los Angeles; Golden 1 Center Urban Plan, Sacramento, CA.
We are seeking an individual who is an industry-recognized leader in Urban Design, Landscape Architecture, and/or Planning, who has strong client relationships and an established client and industry network. The ideal candidate understands and has proven track record in driving business fundamentals that include client leadership, business development, financial oversight, technical and digital innovation, project delivery and has the ability to convey market-leading design thinking and solutions.
Responsible for developing and executing the strategic growth plan for Planning and Urbanism Practice, including developing and executing client outreach goals
Advocates design excellence – leads the Americas strategy for Planning and Urbanism in assuring that we are building client relationships, strategically pre-positioning winning and delivering the most important work
Works in collaboration with AECOM’s Americas and Regional Leadership to align operations and allocate resources according to strategic priorities
Proactively focuses on talent development, retention, and recruiting
Leads a culture of innovation and collaboration
Champions change – makes the AECOM vision understandable, creates buy-in to the vision by linking day-to-day work to the attainment of the vision, engages and mobilizes others to drive change, reduces organizational ambiguity
This position has responsibility for the Americas but preferred home base in a Major Metro – to include but not limited to top 8-10 Americas Cities
An attractive compensation package commensurate with the significant responsibility and importance of this position will be offered to the successful candidate.
Bachelor's Degree in Architecture, Urban Design, Planning, or related field
Minimum 20 years' experience
Acted as principal-in-charge of a large/multi-disciplined project /consultant team
Successfully delivered projects within the clients’ budget / schedule requirements
Successfully delivered project scope and fee, delivering targeted profit to the firm interfaced with project managers on schedules, project review meetings, issues management and client expectations
An ability to travel and/or work remotely with teams
Master's Degree in Architecture, Urban Design, or Planning
Certification or relevant credentialing
Deep knowledge of the marketplace with national and global reach, key clients, and industry trends is paramount
Experience and skill in strategic business development, client relationships and driving sales and revenue
The ability to support and lead business development activities through early client interaction, “scope of work” development, interviews, and on-going client maintenance interface
A strong desire to train, mentor and develop staff to grow their careers and the business
Other expertise may include concentrated experience in B+P client markets such as; Cities, Government, Transportation, Corporate, Commercial, Justice, Healthcare, Mission Critical, and Higher Education. Each considered an important market sector to the role
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 Architecture and Design
Business Line Buildings & Places
Business Group Design and Consulting Services Group (DCS)
Country United States of America
Position Status Full-Time
Requisition/Vacancy No. 227419BR
Additional Locations US - Chicago, IL - 1 S Wacker Dr, US - Dallas, TX - 16000 Dallas Parkway, US - Denver, CO - 717 17th St, US - Miami, FL - 1001 NW 111th Ave, US - New York, NY - 100 Broadway, 3rd + 4th Floors, US - San Francisco, CA - 300 California Street, US - Washington, DC - 1331 Pennsylvania Ave NW
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.