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AECOM Associate Director - Transport Planning - Future Mobility in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Company Description

Work with Us. Change the World.

At AECOM, we're delivering a better world. Whether improving your commute, keeping the lights on, providing access to clean water, or transforming skylines, our work helps people and communities thrive. We are the world's trusted infrastructure consulting firm, partnering with clients to solve the world’s most complex challenges and build legacies for future generations.

There has never been a better time to be at AECOM. With accelerating infrastructure investment worldwide, our services are in great demand. We invite you to bring your bold ideas and big dreams and become part of a global team of nearly 50,000 planners, designers, engineers, scientists, digital innovators, program and construction managers and other professionals delivering projects that create a positive and tangible impact around the world.

We're one global team driven by our common purpose to deliver a better world. Join us.

Job Description

We are seeking to recruit an Associate Director to join our Strategic Modelling and Appraisal team to help win and deliver projects as well as drive innovation.

We’re looking for individuals who can develop and lead a team, take ownership of their work to help deliver exciting projects and find optimal solutions to meet client and commercial needs.

An ideal candidate will come from an analytical background and experience in transport modelling and simulation of transportation systems, including conventional and emerging transportation systems, demand modelling, agent-based modelling, activity-based demand modelling, programming and visualising data.

This role requires demonstrable VISUM experience, with experience in statistical and/or demand modelling being highly desirable.

We use technology, Big Data (e.g. Mobile Phone and GPS data) and apply statistical modelling, programming, operational research, artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques to develop transport modelling tools as well as visualising transport data. We work collaboratively with colleagues across AECOM’s different business lines.

This is an exciting opportunity to join an accomplished team and work on a range of ground-breaking and innovative projects for a wide variety of clients.

Our current UK public sector clients include the Department of Transport, Transport for London, National Highways as well as a host of local authorities and London boroughs within England. We have proactively managed some of the UK’s most high-profile transport planning and infrastructure projects which are at the forefront of the transport planning industry. These span innovative use and application of mobile phone data through to close partnership working and research with universities and academia.

We have an impressive portfolio of projects. Current and recent projects including:

  • 6 County Model Frameworks (model development and application)

  • National Highways Policy Modelling

  • TfL Cycle Route Choice Research

  • TfL’s MoTiON Activity-based TopEnd Model

  • Multiple Model Development and Applications as part of TfL Operation and Strategic Modelling Contracts

  • Multiple Active Business Cases (at OBC and FBC stages)

  • TAG Guidance Update; Department for Transport

  • GPS Data Research and Development (journey times and demand matrix development)

  • Transport Infrastructure Ireland National Transport Model (NTpM) Update,

Your responsibilities will include the following:

  • Provide technical leadership in VISUM, and preferably statistical and/or demand modelling

  • Drive innovation in transport modelling, research, data analysis and visualisation

  • Mentor junior staff

  • Help develop client portfolio and technical capabilities in emerging areas (e.g. such as agent-based, activity-based demand modelling, and data-driven models)

  • Contributing to Technical and Financial Proposals

  • Manage projects/workstreams within projects, ensuring that best practice techniques are applied consistently.

  • Explore opportunities to innovate and add value in traditional transport modelling projects.

  • Contribute to and attend industry events and conferences.


  • Demonstrable VISUM experience in a technical lead role

  • Experience in transport demand and supply modelling; forecasting and experience in appraisal and evaluation of transport proposals

  • Knowledge and experience in computer programming languages (e.g. Python, R)

  • Experience of delivering challenging transport planning projects

  • Experience of working on a variety of projects as project leader with experience of dealing directly with clients

  • Risk identification and management skills

  • Experience of applied research and development

  • Good knowledge and familiarity with key guidance documents, such as TAG


Additional Information


AECOM is the world’s trusted infrastructure consulting firm, delivering professional services throughout the project lifecycle – from advisory, planning, design and engineering to program and construction management. On projects spanning transportation, buildings, water, new energy and the environment, our public- and private-sector clients trust us to solve their most complex challenges. Our teams are driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world through our unrivaled technical and digital expertise, a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion, and a commitment to environmental, social and governance priorities. AECOM is a Fortune 500 firm and its Professional Services business had revenue of $14.4 billion in fiscal year 2023. See how we are delivering sustainable legacies for generations to come at and @AECOM.

Freedom to Grow in a World of Opportunity

You will have 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.

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.

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. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

ReqID: J10102944

Business Line: Transportation

Business Group: DCS

Strategic Business Unit: Europe & India

Career Area: Planning

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