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Job Information

AECOM Associate Director - Acoustics in Leeds, United Kingdom

United Kingdom - West Yorkshire, Leeds

Job Summary

At AECOM, we’re delivering a better world.

AECOM has a Freedom to Grow policy that celebrates flexible working; if you are interested in joining us, we would be happy to discuss a working arrangement to suit you.

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 are looking for candidates who want to help manage and grow what is already one of the UK’s largest acoustics consultancies. There will be a strong focus on environmental related acoustics, but there is an opportunity to manage and grow work in other areas of acoustics, including building acoustics.

At AECOM we have one of the world’s largest Acoustics Teams, with over 40 full time specialists in the UK alone. We undertake a wide range of environmental and building acoustics projects offering our clients technical support throughout a project lifecycle, from outline design and baseline surveys, through impact assessment during the detailed design and construction phases, to pre-completion testing and compliance monitoring.

Job Responsibilities:

  • We are looking for an enthusiastic individual keen to work collaboratively and iteratively within an established Acoustics Team. The successful candidate would also work across wider multi-disciplinary design teams and be expected to establish strong working relationships with other internal and external teams, particularly within AECOM’s environmental and transportation divisions.

  • The individual would have excellent technical, project management, presentation, leadership, report writing, commercial, personal organisation and communication skills.

  • The role would have a strong focus on environmental acoustics.

  • The successful candidate will lead the acoustic inputs to projects, manage the technical and financial aspect of projects and line manage and mentor staff.

Team Management

  • Delegate workload effectively to meet client needs and achieve utilization target.

  • Undertake line management responsibilities for more junior members of the North Acoustics Team.

  • Train/Mentor/Motivate – facilitate development of junior staff’s general consultancy skills and technical expertise.

  • Set high standards of performance and quality for all team members.

  • Have a comprehensive understanding of individual team members’ personal objectives.

  • Undertake review/appraisal process of team members under their line management.

  • Help chair regular meetings with the team. Hold regular informal meetings with Regional Acoustics Manager to discuss operational management (resourcing, prospects and proposals, marketing, recruitment and training etc.).

  • Liaise with other acoustics geography and technical leads.

Project and Proposal Management

  • Manage technical client relationships and play a major role in technical selling

  • Provide specialist technical input to studies and scheme designs

  • Provide fully costed proposals across a range of projects

  • Oversee technical resources to meet requirements on large, complex projects

  • Provide day to day support to the Regional Acoustics Managers and technical leads

  • Be responsible for project and financial management of own projects and oversee project management of team member’s projects.

  • Ensure appropriate technical and financial review of all proposals before sign-off by Acoustics Practice Area Leader.

  • Work collaboratively with Technical leadership to develop and provide a consistent and high-quality approach for all proposals and deliverables.


  • Provide technical leadership in Environmental Acoustics for projects undertaken in the North Region.

  • Undertake business development activity to support the growth of the Acoustics team.

  • Drive best-practice within all projects.

  • Grow the service offer to internal and external clients (e.g. develop innovative approaches).

  • Keep up to date with relevant technical development in acoustics and its links to our business.

  • As an individual continue to develop a body of

Minimum Requirements

  • Have a thorough understanding of the Environmental Impact Assessment process regarding SNV; be capable of technically reviewing acoustics/SNV assessment reports and new work proposals delegated by the team managers.

  • Manage acoustic inputs, undertake predictions and write reports on a range of projects, being fully conversant with relevant standards and guidance, including CRTN and CRN, BS4142, BS5228, BS8233, DMRB and being fully conversant with UK environmental acoustic legislation and policy.

  • Have a proven track record of managing own workload and that of the team and line management of junior staff, including being available to provide on the job advice and instruction and to develop new lines of work or smarter ways of working

Preferred Qualifications

  • A first degree in acoustics or relevant technical disciplines (e.g. Physics, Maths or Engineering)

  • Corporate Membership (MIOA / FIOA).

  • Chartered status or evidence of working towards this.

  • Full driving licence.

The value of diversity and inclusion is readily apparent in creating a collaborative, supportive working environment and in delivering innovative, contextually appropriate projects. It is very important to both what we do and the way we do it. We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences. The important thing for us is that you can demonstrate that you can effectively fulfil the needs of the role. If you feel you can fulfil the requirements of the role, but there are other factors that are making you hesitant in applying, we would still like to hear from you and see if we can work together to overcome any challenges.

What We Offer

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.

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

Job Category Sciences

Business Line Environment

Business Group Design and Consulting Services Group (DCS)

Country United Kingdom

Position Status Full Time

Requisition/Vacancy No. 258204BR

Virtual: 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.