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AECOM Associate Director Urban Designer in United Kingdom, United Kingdom

Job Summary

As an Associate Director, with a relevant urban design qualification and considerable project experience, you will deliver masterplans, urban design guidance, planning strategies, design & access statements and capacity studies for public and private sector clients. You will have experience working on residential, mixed-use and regeneration projects in a UK context, together with a strong appreciation of the UK planning system and policy framework. You will be a lead member of integrated design teams, often multi-disciplinary, comprising AECOM and other consultants. You will be a technical lead and subject matter expert in urban design and masterplanning. Current projects within the team include:

  • Sub-regional and city-scale strategic masterplanning and planning projects in Europe and the UK;

  • Large residential-led urban extensions for new communities in the UK;

  • Town centre regeneration strategies feeding into the UK Government’s Towns Fund programme;

  • Smaller to middle-sized commissions for national housebuilders;

  • Regeneration and community led-masterplanning including Neighbourhood Planning, and

  • Commercial/industrial site and strategic portfolio planning in the UK and internationally.

Responsibilities and Competencies

This is a key, junior management role, requiring you to lead project teams, with the support of senior colleagues. You will assist on business development opportunities and project delivery, developing the role of masterplanning within AECOM and promoting our practice to clients and partners. You will also have a staff management role, mentoring junior colleagues, helping them to develop their professional practice and their career.

Technical Abilities

  • Lead and provide direction in respect of complex project tasks and deliverables, including inputs and outputs by other disciplines, that feed into the masterplanning process;

  • Demonstrate capacity for analysing, identifying and resolving complex problems;

  • Lead on the development of appropriate design proposals and solutions reflecting the client’s brief and instructions;

  • Structure and write reports in a clear, logical and concise manner;

  • Undertake research and thought leadership tasks, working with senior colleagues across the company;

Commercial Competencies

  • Lead the development of proposals, resource estimates, schedules and budgets;

  • Undertake business development, working with senior colleagues;

  • Ability to work to set programmes and milestones;

  • Understand and monitor project budgets;

  • Understand and identify requirements, and

  • Understand and identify project risks and appropriate mitigation measures.

Professional Attitudes

  • Pro-actively communicate within a project team, engaging with senior and junior colleagues;

  • Promote teamwork, maintaining morale, progress and support their own and others’ career development and instill a creative culture within the practice;

  • Demonstrate proven experience in delivering projects to time, budget and clients’ expectations;

  • Help develop thinking on new concepts and approaches to enhance the capabilities of masterplanning within AECOM, and

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of Quality Assurance Processes and contribute to those process.

Minimum Requirements

  • Relevant project experience and a good working knowledge of current urban design issues;

  • Competence in the use of the full range of design‐focused packages including AutoCad, Revit, Rhino, Adobe CC and Sketch‐Up, as well as Microsoft Office suite;

  • Confidence and competence in communicating both verbally and graphically, and

  • The ability to work in a consultancy environment, with a strong attention to detail, excellent organisational skills, ability to work independently and show initiative, and successfully manage time to meet project deadlines.

Preferred Qualifications

  • A first degree in architecture/landscape architecture or town planning and a postgraduate qualification in urban design

What We Offer

We will give you 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.

We will encourage you to grow and develop your career with us through our technical and professional development programs and diverse career opportunities. We believe in leadership at all levels. No matter where you sit in the organization you can make a lasting impact on the projects you work on, the teams and committees you join and our business.

We offer competitive pay and benefits, well-being programs to support you and your family, and the development resources you need to advance your career.

When you join us, you will connect and collaborate with a global network of experts – planners, designers, engineers, scientists, consultants, program and construction managers – leading the change toward a more sustainable and equitable future. Join us and let’s get started.

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

Job Category Architecture and Design

Business Line B&P - Buildings & Places

Business Group Design and Consulting Services Group (DCS)

Country United Kingdom

Position Status Full Time

Requisition/Vacancy No. 265946BR

Additional Locations UK - Manchester - 1 New York Street

Clearance Required No

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.