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AECOM Associate Director, Low Carbon and Net Zero Pathways for Infrastructure in Leeds, 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.

Job Description

Due to exceptional growth in demand for our services we are currently recruiting for an Associate Director to join our practice with a track record of identifying and implementing low carbon and net zero pathways and solutions across a range of sectors, from business to infrastructure, to join our Carbon and Advisory practice.

Our Carbon and Advisory practice has a well-deserved reputation with FTSE100 and Fortune500 clients, governments, financial institutions, infrastructure owners and operators for Net Zero Resilience and ESG technical advisory services. We support clients to understand how future climate impacts and the transition to net zero needs to be considered at a project, business, sectoral and city level. We produce robust carbon footprints as well as reduction plans and routemaps for enterprises, projects and products as well as supporting climate change risk assessment and resilience and adaptation planning for infrastructure assets, businesses, cities, and urban master plans.

We also help clients with net zero planning, risk assessment, strategy development, project preparation, capacity-building, and reporting to support their ESG programmes. Our work provides clients with greater confidence though informed decision making, business planning and operation of major projects, individual assets, multinational portfolios, and cities. The practice works across a wide range of sectors including highways, rail, aviation, power (including large scale carbon capture), water utilities and urban regeneration, industrials, manufacturing, FMCG, chems/pharmas, and financial services.

It is an exciting time for AECOM. Since the launch of our global Sustainable Legacies strategy, reflecting the increased urgency to take action on climate change and sustainability, we have seen a significant increase in demand in this area from our clients and the wider business; and the interest is only growing. This advertised role are to support this growth and be part of our journey as we transition to a more sustainable future alongside our clients. It you are passionate about helping organisations transition to a resilient Net Zero future and integrate ESG into their decision making, then get in touch for your next career move.


We are seeing an increase in demand to identify and implement low carbon and net zero pathways and solutions as we move towards a net zero future. This covers a wide variety of areas from net zero/low carbon strategy and implementation plans, science base target setting, whole life carbon assessment, climate risk assessment and associated adaptation.

The successful candidate(s) will be expected to:

  • Strengthen our position as a leader in the identification and delivery of low carbon/net zero planning and solution delivery across a range of sectors both in the UK and across the Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region.

  • Working with the Carbon Lead to develop our low carbon /net zero offerings with practical and viable solutions for our clients.

  • Contribute to the delivery our ambitious business plan; growing our share of the market in low carbon/net zero delivery by winning work with new/existing clients in the UK and across the EMEA region and support the wider urban resilience and climate adaptation areas.

  • Support our infrastructure and urban design teams deliver low carbon projects.

  • Ensure effective delivery through project and financial management for complex assignments.

  • Maintain high quality professional outputs.

  • Develop talent within the team through line management and mentoring and support the upskilling of our colleagues on climate change.

You will be supported by your line manager with regular mentoring and in continuing your professional development with training and support for chartership.

The successful candidate(s) will work collaboratively to deliver a range of low carbon/net zero projects, as well as supporting senior leaders in the practice and wider Environment & Sustainability Business Unit to grow the practice. We work from a range of our UK offices and are proud to have our Freedom to Grow programme which supports flexible working.


We are looking for established practitioners with the following:

  • Experience in defining and delivering low carbon / net zero requirements and solutions for projects and programmes

  • Experience across a range of sectors: transport, urban infrastructure, water/wastewater, waste, energy, business/industrial etc.

  • Technical knowledge and / or training in a relevant field, such environment and sustainability or as a civil or environmental engineering

  • Proven track record in winning and delivering carbon reduction / net zero projects both in the UK and overseas (desirable).

  • Demonstratable knowledge on current UK/EU policy, legislation and guidance on carbon management, reporting and reduction.

  • An understanding of implementing credible carbon offsetting / nature based solutions.

  • Experience of delivering GHG impact assessment to meeting planning requirements

  • Experience with leading and managing large programmes of work to carbon reduction / net zero requirements on projects and programmes

  • Familiarity with wider sustainability and Net Zero, and linkages with adaptation and resilience for industry, infrastructure and urban development.

  • Experience managing teams including subcontractors in the delivery of technical outputs, and strong understanding of commercial aspects of project management.

  • A desire to deliver technical excellence.

  • Commercial awareness for technical delivery, business development, marketing, and proposal preparation.

  • Experience in presenting at conferences and publishing knowledge products in professional journals or other channels.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication in English with experience in managing stakeholder engagement events and workshops.

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.

Your benefits will include:

Helping our employees achieve a healthy work-life balance is important to us. If you join AECOM, as well as receiving a competitive salary, you’ll also be able to explore flexible working arrangements through our FREEDOM TO GROW

  • way of working. Core benefits include 25 days’ annual leave, company pension scheme, private medical insurance, life assurance and one paid annual professional institution membership fee. You can also choose from a wide range of flexible benefits to suit your lifestyle. You’ll also be able to give back to communities with up to two paid CSR days each year. Through our charity, The AECOM Foundation, you can volunteer to support children in developing countries. And if you’re a member of the Reserve Forces you’ll receive an additional 15 days paid leave for training commitments.

Additional Information

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.


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 $13.1 billion in fiscal year 2022. 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: J10086165

Business Line: Environment

Business Group: DCS

Strategic Business Unit: Europe & India

Career Area: Consulting Services

Work Location Model: Hybrid