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AECOM Principal Landscape Architect in Edinburgh, 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

We are currently seeking a Principal Landscape Architect to join and support the growth of our landscape design team, based in Scotland. As a member of one of the UK&I’s largest and most diverse landscape practices, you will take a lead on a range of types and sizes of projects, including active travel, placemaking, urban regeneration, major infrastructure and environmental enhancement schemes. We are working with major clients, both in the UK and overseas that include universities, local authorities and numerous private clients, including many of the major global developers. Our current projects range from restoration of sensitive iconic landscapes in the Highlands and development of international resorts such as Alula. We work across the design stages integrating our strengths in landscape planning and management to produce design solutions which are in harmony with the environment, sustainable and delivered in an imaginative and innovative way.

Our recently modernised office is based in Tanfield, just 200m from the Botanical Gardens and a 20 minute walk from Waverly Station and the heart of the city. The office is modern and open plan, situated quietly alongside the Water of Leith. It contains a range of break out spaces, a restaurant and lunch space, garden and secure cycle storage and showers. A range of social activities take place constantly as part of our Sports and Social Club, from language exchange to bouldering and other sports. Our Green Team organise social value activities targeting sustainability and environmental interventions in the community.

We will consider applicants with a proven track record in landscape design, but demonstrable experience in blue-green infrastructure, active travel and public realm, is preferable. This is an opportunity to join a team which is growing and with strong links across many disciplines. We are looking for a team player with good technical skills who wishes to be involved in the development of innovative, sustainable, carbon neutral, cost effective and buildable solutions in an environment that is collaborative, stimulating and challenging. The role would suit a self-motivated individual looking to advance their career in a dynamic team and develop our portfolio of active travel and public realm projects with our both externally and internally with our Streets team across the UK.

AECOM’s Freedom to Grow programme allows you to take control of your working life and work the hours that suit you. AECOM offers a flexible package of benefits and we would be interested to hear from applicants seeking either a part time or full time role.


Minimum Requirements

  • At least five years post Chartership experience.

  • Technically competent in preparing landscape design schemes for public realm projects

  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of the UK legal and planning system with respect to landscape architecture.

  • Fluency in English and ability to communicate effectively.

  • Experience of managing projects, including financial control and reporting and programme management.

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite applications.

  • The successful candidate will be competent in the use of AutoCAD and Adobe Creative Cloud software.

  • Experience of some or all of the following would also be very useful: AutoCAD Civils 3D, Revit, LSS or ProjectWise.

  • Experience of working collaboratively with other disciplines including civil and highway engineers, visualisers, and cost consultants in the delivery of active travel and public realm projects.

  • Full UK driving licence.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Landscape Institute accredited Bachelor’s degree, Diploma and/or Master’s degree.

  • Chartered Member of the Landscape Institute (CMLI).

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: J10081752

Business Line: B&P - Buildings & Places

Business Group: DCS

Strategic Business Unit: Europe & India

Career Area: Design

Work Location Model: Hybrid