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AECOM Associate Architect - Transportation in London, 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.

Our areas of design in our fantastic Architecture and Design practice include: Rail, Aviation, Education, Health Care, Science, and Logistics.

AECOM is listed as the 3rd largest employer of architects worldwide in the World Architecture WA100 2020 survey, with 1637 architects. We are currently expanding in the UK, so now is a great time to join our team and build your career for the future. We are at number 15 in the AJ100 list, the highest ‘new entry’ this year. AECOM employs around 7500 multi-disciplinary staff in the UK, and we offer architecturally led multi-disciplinary design services to our clients.

Job Description

Due to our expanding workload, AECOM are recruiting Associate and Senior Architect roles in the UK. AECOM are offering a great opportunity to join our rapidly growing architecture team in our multi-disciplinary offices. We have offices in London, Manchester, Warrington, Glasgow and Belfast.

AECOM are currently recruiting to join our growing and talented architecture team in our multi-disciplinary offices, and our flexible working approach allows for candidates to be based throughout the UK and collaborate online; with regular travel to the relevant local office that is leading on the particular project design.

We are offering a competitive salary plus generous benefits, and the opportunity to work on a variety of exciting projects in a wide range of sectors within infrastructure design. There is also training and assistance with personal development.

AECOM is the world’s premier infrastructure consulting firm, delivering professional services throughout the project lifecycle – from planning, design and engineering to programme and construction management. On projects span transportation, buildings, water, 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 unrivalled technical expertise and innovation, 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 $13.2 billion in fiscal year 2020. Our global expertise is delivered through a network of regional offices, which allows us to leverage our specialist international design consulting for our projects, wherever they are, and however big they are.

You’ll be working closely within multi-disciplinary design teams, clients, and contractors. Experience in infrastructure design would be advantageous.

Project / Design Responsibilities

  • Contribute, from the onset of a project, to the design of innovative and progressive solutions that reconcile client’s goals and priorities while fostering opportunities for design excellence.

  • To perform and / or direct material and building system research and participate in the co-ordination and preparation of project specifications.

  • Ensuring CDM Safety in Design principles are applied throughout all design stages of a project.

Managerial Responsibilities

  • Organises own and others work to achieve set deadlines.

  • Ensures, directly and through subordinates, that projects are completed on time and meet all requirements of the Design Brief and Client requirement documents.

  • Responsible for the correctness, accuracy and multi-disciplinary coordination of the design documentation prepared by the assigned team.

  • Ensures the quality of technical work produced by the team meets AECOM’s Technical Excellence standards.

  • Applies knowledge and experience to manage the day-to-day work of practice teams.

  • Interact with clients, contractors, local authority representatives and others using skills of persuasion and negotiation to resolve critical issues.

  • Responsible for key design input at early design phases and for general design leadership during the course of the project.

  • Promotes teamwork within a multi-disciplinary team, maintaining positive morale and instilling a creative culture within the practice.

  • Make appropriate value judgements with respect to corrective work that supports the design concept and performance goals of the project.

  • For projects on site: Manage interface between Design Team / Site Team ensuring proper design support is provided in a timely manner.

  • Support Associate Directors and / or Directors with operational responsibilities which includes development and implementing Technical Excellence initiatives, management of resources (HR), training initiatives (CPD).

  • Engage with resource forecasting and management.

  • Where requested, engage with business reporting activities.

  • Support and develop staff through guidance, mentoring and leadership of their development.

  • Ensure the latest software and digital techniques are utilised to increase productivity and identify where training opportunities for staff should be made available.

Commercial Responsibilities

  • Understands and implements project management principles and able to work within project budgets which includes fees and designing to budget.

  • Assist in initial assessment of potential new projects and competitions.

  • Support Associate Directors and / or Directors in the preparation of bids.

  • Help build a network of professional relationships with existing and prospective clients.

  • Support marketing and business development initiatives.

Specific Skills Required:

  • Must be proficient in the team management of, and use of, CAD. We use a range of CAD software, and training can be given to get you up to speed on the specific software needed for projects we are working on, which utilise: Bentley Mircostation / Aecosim, AutoCAD & REVIT.

  • It would be advantageous to have a working knowledge of parametric modelling software, Rhino/Grasshopper, Solidworks, etc, although not essential. (Training can also be provided).

  • We are particularly interested in Rhino and REVIT experience in prospective candidates, though this is not a prerequisite for our positions.

  • It would also be useful to have a working knowledge of Sketchup, Photoshop, InDesign, Powerpoint, Lumion and other presentation and render software. (Training can also be provided).

  • Familiarity with working in Common Data Environments (CDE) like B360, ProjectWise, AutoDesk Docs, etc.

  • Creative, practical, adaptable and enthusiastic.

  • Ability to demonstrate attention to detail.

  • Ability to think in a methodical way to design, plan and organize parts of projects.

  • English language proficient, holding good communication skills to present information in speech, drawings and reports.

  • Candidates must be eligible to work in the UK.


  • Fully Qualified Architect (ARB Registered) and proven experience in working on large multi-disciplinary design projects, preferably in infrastructure.

  • Willingness and interest to work in a range of areas of infrastructure design under the guidance of Associate Directors and / or Directors. Our areas of design include: Rail, Aviation, Education, Health Care, Science, and Logistics.

  • Degree qualification, preferably with Diploma or Masters in a University Course, although the latter is not absolutely essential.

  • Some experience of various forms of building contract will be helpful.

  • An understanding and knowledge of the application UK Building Systems, Standards and Regulations and construction types.

  • IT literate, with knowledge of CAD software, and Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, TEAMS, etc).

  • Ability to manage a busy workload and deadlines.

  • A clear work history and proof of professional development and learning.

  • Must have the right to work in the UK & Ireland

Additional Information

  • ARB registration (or equivalent European or International qualification).

  • RIBA Part 3, or RIBA Part 2 (or equivalent European or International qualification).

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 for services personnel you’ll receive an additional 15 days paid leave for training commitments.


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: J10099521

Business Line: B&P - Buildings & Places

Business Group: DCS

Strategic Business Unit: Europe & India

Career Area: Design

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