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AECOM Associate Director (Abu Dhabi) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Company Description

Work with Us. Change the World.

At AECOM, we're delivering a better world. Whether improving your commute, keeping the lights on, providing access to clean water, or transforming skylines, our work helps people and communities thrive. We are the world's trusted infrastructure consulting firm, partnering with clients to solve the world’s most complex challenges and build legacies for future generations.

There has never been a better time to be at AECOM. With accelerating infrastructure investment worldwide, our services are in great demand. We invite you to bring your bold ideas and big dreams and become part of a global team of over 50,000 planners, designers, engineers, scientists, digital innovators, program and construction managers and other professionals delivering projects that create a positive and tangible impact around the world.

We're one global team driven by our common purpose to deliver a better world. Join us.

Job Description

Job Summary

The Associate Director will provide leadership and be responsible for work winning and delivery of services in the Abu Dhabi market as a primary responsibility, liaising with the other regional directors as necessary.

The Associate Director will provide a comprehensive, accurate and value driven service for Clients. He/ She will also be responsible for direct reports and provide support and supervision. Will be Client focused and lead project teams and/or provide advisory services.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Assists in developing new and existing clients of regional and EMEA wide significance.

  • Contributes and influences AECOM wide strategic direction and communicates and creates buy-in to the strategy across the business.

  • Assists in establishing the strategic focus areas for the end market sectors.

  • Assists in establishing the financial plan for the regional business.

  • Accountable for the financial performance of a portion of the Abu Dhabi business.

  • Leads a culture of talent management within the business, including identifying and developing key talent.

  • Improves business results and efficiency through considered and timely decisions and actions.

  • Anticipates future trends and adapts the business to maximize profitability.

  • Applies new thinking and innovation that shapes the businesses service offering at the highest level.

  • Drives growth in order to improve profitability.

  • Builds strong backlog/pipeline of future work.

  • Ensures all deliverables comply with the Quality Control requirements

  • Complies with all QA requirements

  • Interprets Benchmark data and presents to Clients

  • Presents project deliverables to Clients

  • Leading and delivery of all aspects of quantity surveying from inception of a project through to completion.

  • Achieve the highest standards of professional competence and to demonstrate this ability in all dealings with clients and professional contacts, reinforcing the profile of the company.

  • To maintain and develop good relationships with clients, take every opportunity to uphold and increase the profile of the firm as a provider of professional, premium quality services to the construction industry.

Specific skills required

  • Familiar with Cost X software or other cost planning software

  • Good understanding of preparing cost plans to elemental detail

  • Through understanding of Conditions of Contract and contractual issues

  • Good verbal and written communication skills

  • Ability to provide specialist services in support of project requirements

  • Independently performs highly complex professional assignments

  • Able to present to Clients and senior industry professionals

Person Specification (Personality Attributes)

  • A qualified professional who can manage and coordinate specialist activity of a moderately sized team

  • Must be pro-active and adaptable

  • Must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills

  • Committed to maintaining a high standards and accuracy of work

  • Attention to detail

  • Safeguard - To operate ethically and with integrity, while prioritising safety and security in all that you do

  • Be decisive - Know how to prioritize, advocate focus and accountability

  • Be impactful - Use clear and frequent communications, drive execution and results.

  • Be client-focused - Be collaborative, innovative and strategic.

  • Be the role model - Lead by example, demand excellence, maintain safety and integrity as top priorities.


  • Minimum 15 years' experience since obtaining maximum educational qualification.

  • Experience of working in GCC



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Quantity Surveying or higher

  • Accredited MRICS member

Additional Information

Should be prepared to Travel for work or to project office bases as necessary


AECOM is the world’s trusted infrastructure consulting firm, delivering professional services throughout the project lifecycle – from advisory, planning, design and engineering to program and construction management. On projects spanning transportation, buildings, water, new energy and the environment, our public- and private-sector clients trust us to solve their most complex challenges. Our teams are driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world through our unrivaled technical and digital expertise, a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion, and a commitment to environmental, social and governance priorities. AECOM is a Fortune 500 firm and its Professional Services business had revenue of $14.4 billion in fiscal year 2023. See how we are delivering sustainable legacies for generations to come at and @AECOM.

Freedom to Grow in a World of Opportunity

You will have 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.

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.

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

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

ReqID: J10108813

Business Line: PCC

Business Group: DCS

Strategic Business Unit: ME and Africa

Career Area: Survey & Estimation

Work Location Model: On-Site