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AECOM Associate Director - Economic Development in Manchester, United Kingdom

United Kingdom - Greater Manchester, Manchester

Job Summary

Associate Director – Economic Development

AECOM is a multidisciplinary consultancy aligning creative, analytical and technical expertise to enhance and sustain the world’s built, natural and social environments. Our planners, economists, designers, environmental specialists, architects, engineers, programme managers and technicians work collaboratively to address complex challenges at all scales. We regenerate urban areas, cities and regions, create distinctive buildings and public spaces, plan for the management of open space and natural systems, and design and deliver major transport and infrastructure programmes and projects. Our work helps realise the aspirations of clients and communities in more than 100 countries.

AECOM’s Economic Development practitioners have been instrumental in forging collaborations to reposition local economies, design master plans, execute regeneration strategies, create more sustainable environments, formulate comprehensive plans, produce and review business plans and adopt regulatory and financing strategies that enable effective implementation. We are adept at working in multidisciplinary teams.

We work at all scales – regional, rural, urban, community, district, and site. Working with our clients and their constituents, we position places to unlock opportunities that meet our client’s economic, environmental, and social goals.

Now part of AECOM’s new UK&I Urban Advisory business, the Economic Development team is one of the leading consultancy teams in the UK working on a wide range of economic development projects in the UK and overseas. Currently these include major projects such as the A303 Stonehenge Tunnel, High Speed 2, Crossrail 2 and Sutton Link Extension as well as a wide range of mixed use developments. We also complete numerous commissions for Local Enterprise Partnerships, Local Authorities and City Regions covering business case development, infrastructure and Enterprise Zone bids and the development of transport, economic, spatial and infrastructure strategies to drive economic growth and productivity improvements.

We are seeking experienced candidates with an interest in economic development and regeneration who can win work, successfully manage projects, and deliver consultancy support to the highest levels of client satisfaction.

Job Duties:

Key duties include:

  • Responsibility for the winning and delivery of significant projects including:

  • Economic growth including sectoral and spatial strategies;

  • Socio-economic impact assessments of infrastructure and development schemes;

  • Business case development and appraisal;

  • Evidence base development through research and data analysis;

  • Evaluations of projects, programmes and policies to show impact and value for money

  • Leading on multi-disciplinary projects, drawing on technical expertise from across AECOM;

  • Leading on work winning by identifying and coordinating bids that successfully respond to client tenders and via proactive business development;

  • Undertaking all aspects of consultancy project delivery from project design through to management, delivery and client care;

  • Being proactive and client focused, understanding the needs of the project and offering high quality, professional advice;

  • Representing AECOM’s Economics Team at external events and internal business development initiatives.

  • Supporting the Regional Director in the day-to-day management of the Economics Team.

  • Delivery of Project Manager KPIs, including customer focus, project set up, communication & team management, risk management and quality, change control, commercial management, and safety health & environment;

  • Ownership of financial responsibilities with projects and assignments and expected to meet financial, marketing, and management goals; and

  • Line management responsibility for junior and graduate staff within the Economics Team.

Minimum Requirements

  • A track record in economic development with some specialized areas. This could include land use planning and property development, transport and infrastructure projects, business support, employment and skills or inward investment.

  • A track record in delivery of complex consultancy projects.

  • Experience of maintaining strong client relations in order to generate consultancy work.

  • Detailed analytic and numerical skills supported by spreadsheet and other software skills

  • A track record of contributing to innovative economic development solutions and working across complex local, regional and national stakeholder relationships.

  • A highly motivated individual with excellent communication skills.

  • A team player who can work as part of wide project teams including other technical specialists.

  • Line management experience.

  • Clean driving license

Preferred Qualifications

  • A degree in geography, economics, business or a related discipline and an MA/MSc/MBA/equivalent qualification in a similar field, or overall equivalent experience.

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 Economics

Business Line Buildings & Places

Business Group Design and Consulting Services Group (DCS)

Country United Kingdom

Position Status Full-Time

Requisition/Vacancy No. 213012BR

Clearance Required 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.


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