AECOM Director - Cities and Urban Design in London, United Kingdom

Business Line DP&E

Position Title Director - Cities and Urban Design

United Kingdom - London


Job Summary

We are seeking a senior-level Director to join the growing Cities Consulting group within the Design, Planning and Economics (DP+E) team at AECOM in London.

The ideal candidate will be recognised as a natural leader by clients in public and private sectors, with persuasive examples of successful projects in both the UK and internationally.

The candidate will demonstrate strong technical and management abilities in urban design and planning across a range of project and territorial scales.

The Director will work closely with other leaders from Urban Design, Landscape Architecture, Town Planning, Development Economics, and will also collaborate with the broader array of business lines and geographies within AECOM.


  • Source and develop clients that advance the strategic interests of AECOM, using both personal and corporate networks.

  • Lead and manage large project teams, capable of executing complex ‘City’-scale interdisciplinary projects.

  • Manage the preparation of proposals, contracts, and other service agreements.

  • Lead client presentations at design/planning workshops and key project stages.

  • Contribute to business planning within the DP+E senior team.

  • Mentor staff in the Urban Design studio.

  • Work with other DP+E leaders to manage staff and hiring.

  • Participate in Regional and Firm-wide committees, forums and professional practice groups as required.

Minimum Requirements

  • Profile in urban design/planning, evidenced through awards and public speaking.

  • Record of successfully delivered urban design/planning commissions and projects.

  • Demonstrated ability in securing work as well as maintaining existing contracts.

  • Proven ability to organise and lead multi-disciplinary project teams.

  • Strong client relationship skills.

  • Financial management capability.

  • Extensive professional experience.

  • Professional education and training in Architecture and Urban Design

Preferred Qualifications

Degree qualified in Design, Architecture or equivalent discipline.

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

AECOM is a place where you can put your innovative thinking and business skills into high gear and work alongside other highly intelligent and motivated people. It's a place where you can apply your skills to some of the world's most challenging, interesting, and meaningful projects worldwide. It's a place that values the diversity of our areas of practice and our people. It's what makes AECOM a great place to work and grow. AECOM is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

NOTICE TO THIRD PARTY AGENCIES: Please note that AECOM does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters or employment agencies. In the absence of a signed Recruitment Fee Agreement, AECOM will not consider or agree to payment of any referral compensation or recruiter fee. In the event a recruiter or agency submits a resume or candidate without a previously signed agreement, AECOM explicitly reserves the right to pursue and hire those candidate(s) without any financial obligation to the recruiter or agency. Any unsolicited resumes, including those submitted to hiring managers, are deemed to be the property of AECOM.

Job Category Architecture and Design

Business Group Design and Consulting Services Group (DCS)

Country United Kingdom

Position Status Full-Time

Requisition/Vacancy No. 185060BR

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.