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AECOM Program Management Director- Grid Modernization in Oakland, California

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.

Job Description

AECOM has 2 openings for a Program Management Director to lead a multi-disciplinary program team to support California based utility clients. The Director will lead all aspects of the program.

This position will support the SDG&E undergrounding program, an exciting and best-in-class program management opportunity utilizing innovative technical methods and collaborative partnerships to reduce wildfire risk to communities. The program is a multi-year, multi-billion dollar program with significant opportunity for growth and impact

The successful candidate will have knowledge of complex electrical system planning, permitting, engineering, construction, commissioning and turnover of above and below-ground systems. Strong leadership and demonstrated communication skills are necessary to be successful in this role. Strong current knowledge and excellent relationships with contractors, supply chain issues and construction logistics related to large capital programs in California is required.

Responsibilities of the position includes but are not limited to:

  • Manages a capital program of significant size and complexity, and significant financial impact.

  • Establishes a PMO in support of the delivery of the project.

  • Provides strategic plan and delivery on key client and program success; has broad program management impact.

  • Prepares and delivers presentations on behalf and in support of the client’s program.

  • Serves as the single point of contact to the client and acts as a liaison between management and clients on advanced program-related issues.

  • Interacts with executive level government or public officials and/or executive level clients on significant program matters often requiring coordination between organizations.

  • Assesses and manages risk on behalf of the client.

  • Provides oversight and direction to AECOM PMs and other staff, client staff and subcontractors.

  • Mentors deputy program managers.


AECOM’s Energy practice provides a wide range of services from consulting and engineering design to energy engineering, energy procurement and construction (EPC) for power, energy efficiency, and renewable energy clients. Our understanding of the big picture – and the interconnection between generation, distribution, storage, and the demand side of the meter – allows us to deliver holistic strategies that improve and modernize next generation energy infrastructure. We connect knowledge and experience across our global framework to bring together a unique combination of engineers, planners, scientists, and project managers who advance cleaner, secure, and more sustainable energy solutions


Minimum Requirements:

  • BA/BS in Engineering or equivalent + 12 years of directly relevant experience including 4 years of senior level leadership

  • Experience must include previous management of large capital programs for utility clients

  • Experience leading the development of a project execution plan for a large, complex capital program

  • Experience leading a diverse team of professionals including, but not limited to, project managers, construction managers, project controls professionals, estimating, public outreach, environmental professionals, consultants, safety professionals etc.

  • Extensive experience in contract negotiation, risk mitigation and change management

  • Valid driver's license w/ a clean driving record

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 15+ years of directly relevant experience

  • PE and/or PMP certification preferred

  • Experience with CA regulations

  • Experience with Grid Hardening and Resilience initiatives

  • Experience managing contractor alliances and expanding participation with diverse business suppliers

Additional Information

  • Relocation assistance is not available for this role

  • Sponsorship is available for this role

  • Offered rate of compensation (California locations only) will be based on individual education, qualifications, experience, and work location. The salary range for this position is $176,554.31 - $326,625.48,annually exempt.

  • AECOM is proud to offer a comprehensive benefits program to meet the diverse needs of our employees. Depending on your employment status, AECOM benefits may include medical, dental, vision, life, AD&D and disability benefits, paid time off, leaves of absence, retirement benefits, voluntary benefits, perks, wellness and global well-being, and global EAP, Business Travel and Service Awards programs.

  • As a condition of employment, candidates must pass a drug screening.

With infrastructure investment accelerating worldwide, our services are in great demand, and there’s never been a better time to be at AECOM! 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.

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.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

Join us and let’s get started.

ReqID: J10069491

Business Line: Energy

Business Group: DCS

Strategic Business Unit: East

Career Area: Program & Project Management

Work Location Model: Hybrid