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AECOM Associate Director - Dams in Centurion, South Africa

Company Description

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 Description

The Associate Director contributes, and further develops, professional and technical skills to the highest level on all projects they contribute to or undertake. They also support the development and training of leading-edge technical skills and understand how to practically apply them in ways that add value to AECOM and its clients.

Safety for Life

  • Comply with the AECOM Safety, Health & Environment (SH&E) policy by adopting work practices that support SH&E programs; taking reasonable care for own health and safety and that of others; seeking guidance for all new or modified work procedures; ensuring that any hazardous conditions, near misses and injuries are reported immediately; and participating in meetings, training and other SH&E activities as required.

  • Ensure that effective policies and processes are in place and that employees are in compliance with requirements.

Technical/Professional Expertise

  • Analysis and conceptual to detailed design of dams

  • Inspection, investigation and condition assessment of existing dams

  • Construction support services including inspection of works, evaluation of quality control and quality assurance data and construction reporting

  • Preparation of tenders and proposals

  • Possess and demonstrate solid functional and/or technical knowledge, skills and abilities specific to role/level and applies them effectively in connection with business goals.

  • Develop, maintain and retain the highest standard of professional and technical skills.

  • Keep abreast of current industry issues and best practices to enable continual alignment and improvement.

  • Act as a technical expert in the related discipline field to develop and share knowledge with other employees.

  • Have extensive experience in writing and presenting internally and externally.

  • Lead project reviews and lessons learned sessions.

  • In conjunction with other Technical Directors, Associate Directors, and Principal Professionals, plan and allocate available resources for projects and/or assignments.

  • Fully conversant and experienced in multi-discipline project delivery.

  • Manage risk and opportunities on all assigned projects.

  • Provides technical engineering leadership, on projects, through input including review and verification.

  • Project and design management excellence.

  • Undertake design management roles in multidisciplinary projects, ensuring integrated design through effective communication and coordination with other disciplines

  • Analysis and review of relevant planning documents to scope planning requirements, develop planning methodologies and advise on key information to support required approvals.

  • Provides technical inputs for design and planning projects including asset management and reporting, appropriate to the level of the study.

Client

  • Lead the implementation of the Client Promise across large projects and teams.

  • Establish and maintains effective relationships with clients/customers, gains their trust and respect and makes the connection to AECOM service offerings and enables positioning for future opportunities.

  • Manage, identify and contribute to the improvement to processes, work practices, and overall client experiences and implement sustainable changes to deliver improved services.

  • Ability to understand clients’ needs and challenges and is passionate about solving clients’ problems providing innovative and practical solutions to meet their expectations.

  • Is dedicated and takes ownership of meeting the expectations, requirements, and agreements of external and internal clients/customers, and acts with them in mind.

  • Liaise and communicate effectively with clients on business development activities and during project implementation.

  • Maintain a professional image on behalf of the company at all times when dealing with internal and external clients.

  • Participate in client feedback to develop an improved client experience and repeat work.

  • Works with a long-term perspective to address clients’ problems.

Financial/Project Management

  • Responsible for the financial performance of the team, by managing and monitoring effectively all financial indicators.

  • Takes responsibility for delivery of individual projects including technical quality, budget, and programme

  • Communicates and successfully engages others on competing organisational priorities.

  • Ensure delivery of projects in accordance with AECOM’s Project Delivery Framework requirements.

  • Raise concerns with AECOM staff and management on projects that appear to not be meeting their project management objective, particular with respect to milestone dates, financial performance, and quality.

  • Set and clearly communicates goals and targets for self, team, and stakeholders.

  • Obtain certification as Project Manager for AECOM, including ePM.

  • Ensure that all relevant Quality Assurance procedures are followed whilst understanding the importance of adherence to Quality Assurance Standards.

  • Identifying and acquiring necessary project resources, managing staff forecast.

  • Responsible for ensuring that programme and profit objectives are met and assist with project reporting, billing and the submission of variations in a timely manner.

  • Review and approve other project managers’ submissions.

  • Effectively manage AECOM projects against company standards/guidelines.

Business Development

  • Deliver on the strategic business plan for the relevant business line to ensure key strategic objectives are achieved.

  • Actively participate in business and strategic planning activities to identify opportunities to sustain the growth of the business in the short, medium and longer-term.

  • Take the lead with “cross-selling” to leverage opportunities between business units, services line(s) or the regions and identify opportunities for extending existing contracts.

  • Identify and develop new business development initiatives including engagement with external clients and prospective clients.

  • Look ahead to understand and define future technology requirements and support delivery/budget and resourcing needs.

Leadership

  • Set an example of integrity, trust, and performance. Acts ethically and models the AECOM Purpose and Core Values. Perseveres and demonstrates strategic thinking and influence skills. As appropriate to the role, sets a vision for the future that inspires and motivates others.

  • Inspires the creative process of others, actively soliciting and using ideas from members of the team/group.

  • Is candid, compassionate and respectful in all interactions.

  • Completes AECOM responsibilities (e.g. P+R, ePM, compliance) and holds others accountable for doing so.

  • Identifies specific areas that can benefit from significant improvements and leads implementation with confidence and understanding.

  • Contributes to the development of other professional employees including their technical skills.

  • Mentor less experienced staff in their development and assist them in professional accreditation where appropriate.

  • Lead in the use of company systems and procedures and ensure they are followed by the team.

  • Lead and support the communication of team capabilities and accomplishments.

  • Ensure resource tracker is populated and updated weekly to reflect forward workload of your team.

  • Assist/manage the recruitment, induction, and training of the right people as team members to ensure they quickly become competent and productive in their roles.

Qualifications

Qualifications & Experience

  • Appropriate tertiary qualification in Civil, Structural or Geotechnical Engineering or a related discipline (Essential).

  • 15+ years relevant experience

  • Relevant postgraduate qualifications

  • Chartered or professional member of relevant professional body.

Skills

  • Demonstrated experience in managing complex projects and meeting delivery requirements

  • Experience in successfully leading project teams

  • Strong oral and written communication skills

  • A passion for mentoring and leadership – ability to assist with guiding our growing team of engineers to provide high quality outputs and excellent client service

  • Proven experience in delivering above expected outcomes and a strong technical capability to enable you to lead design teams and design programs from options-analysis through to detailed design

  • You will be confident in leading and running engineering components of complex, major projects and providing technical and strategic direction in their delivery

  • You will maintain the key pillars of our team culture

  • Demonstrated time management and organisational skills

  • Demonstrated commercial acumen, and the ability to develop a strong client base

Knowledge

  • Able to use all relevant Microsoft Office packages

  • Knowledge of the market for consulting services

Essential Performance Criteria

  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with and support staff

  • An effective leader with tenacity and drive to achieve outstanding results

  • High level attention to detail and accuracy

  • Collaborative; willing to share knowledge, experience, ideas and expertise for the betterment of group and self

  • Diligent and able to work consistently to deadlines under tight time-frames

  • High-level problem-solving skills & judgment capability

  • Takes accountability for assigned work

  • Able to maintain confidentiality

  • Well presented, with a professional attitude

Client focused (both internal and external clients).

Additional Information

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.

About AECOM

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 aecom.com 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: REF32088Q

Business Line: Water

Business Group: DCS

Strategic Business Unit: Enterprise Capabilities

Career Area: Engineering

Work Location Model: Hybrid

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