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AECOM Associate Director in London, United Kingdom

Job Summary

AECOM Transportation is seeking an Associate Director to lead the Development Planning team based in the Aldgate Head Office in London. The successful candidate must have a proven track record at a similar position and will be part of the Transportation Consulting management team with a focus on growing the business, project delivery and team management within the southeast of England.

Our Development Planning teamwork on projects in the UK and continental Europe. These are frequently multi-disciplinary projects, undertaken in collaboration with colleagues from across AECOM.

Our Development teams work with private and public sector clients, architects, planners and other property professionals across all sectors throughout the development life cycle; providing services from site feasibility through to completion. We undertake transport assessments, travel plans, support our environmental colleagues in preparing environmental impact assessments, and provide key transport inputs to the development of travel demand management strategies, spatial plans and masterplans

Development Planning clients include property developers, housebuilders, retailers, health trusts, Homes England, universities, local authorities and contractors.


  • Leading the Development Planning team in the Aldgate Head Office;

  • Expanding the AECOM development planning business and taking responsibility for delivering the business targets;

  • Liaising with current and proposed clients to develop repeat and new business for the company;

  • Establishing strong working relationships with other internal teams within AECOM particularly the development planning teams across the UK, the Environment and Masterplanning teams in Aldgate and the local Transport Planning team;

  • Take overall responsibility for delivery of projects to contractual arrangements and the financial outcome agreed;

  • Facing and liaising with senior stakeholders, including the clients’ project directors (or equivalent) to resolve issues early and safeguard our interests;

  • Presenting to clients and key stakeholders in a professional, responsive and client-focused manner;

  • Undertake Health and Safety duties including ensuring a safe and healthy working environment for the project team members and fulfilling all responsibilities for health and safety in design;

  • Mentoring and supporting the development of team members

  • Act as a Project Manager/Director (once accredited) as necessary including monitoring financial performance;

  • Ensure technical content and quality of output produced is in line with the project brief;

  • Attend Project Progress meetings along with necessary client meetings; and

  • Prepare detailed client briefs or fee proposals for client submission and contribute to major bids

Minimum Requirements

  • Successful track record of building client relationships and identifying, pursuing and winning work;

  • A highly motivated individual with a passion for succeeding and the potential to develop an industry-leading transportation team;

  • Solid experience working at a principal or associate level;

  • A senior professional with proven experience in the successful delivery of transportation planning projects for both public and private sector clients;

  • Experience in the preparation of development-related transport assessments, travel plans and access studies, with some wider experience in policy implementation, modelling, master planning and/or technical design

  • High degree of competence in project management and commercially aware;

  • Excellent communicator (both written and verbal) with good negotiation skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • A degree in an analytical subject such as engineering, geography, mathematics, economics, planning or similar.

  • Membership of a relevant professional institution (CIHT, CILT, TPS, ICE, IPI, etc).

  • A masters degree in a relevant subject is desirable but is not essential

Unfortunately, we are unable to accept applications for this position from candidates requiring Sponsorship.

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 have the opportunity to explore flexible working arrangements. 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.

What We Offer

When you join AECOM, you become part of a company that is pioneering the future. Our teams around the world are involved in some of the most cutting-edge and innovative projects and programs of our time, addressing the big challenges of today and shaping the built environment for generations to come. We ensure a workplace that encourages growth, flexibility and creativity, as well as a company culture that champions inclusion, diversity and overall employee well-being through programs supported by company leadership. Our core values define who we are, how we act and what we aspire to, which comes down to not only delivering a better world, but working to “make amazing happen” in each neighborhood, community and city we touch. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

Job Category Planning

Business Line Transportation

Business Group Design and Consulting Services Group (DCS)

Country United Kingdom

Position Status Full Time

Requisition/Vacancy No. 253532BR

Additional Locations UK - Basingstoke, UK - Chelmsford

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.