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AECOM Technical Director - Dams and Hydropower Lead, Africa in Centurion, South Africa

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

  • To lead the Dams and Hydropower Sector in delivering engineering projects and ensuring sustainable business growth.

  • Provides strong technical leadership and is considered to be a competent professional in their field.

  • Act as a Project Manager /Director on medium to large-sized projects

  • Responsible for financial management of projects in the sector

  • Work collaboratively at both an internal and external, client-facing level, developing new client relationships and maintaining existing networks within the business.

  • Ensure all quality assurance processes are followed, delivering on time and within budget for design projects.

  • Support the business development and selling initiatives to expand work assignments, including managing client relationships and expectations.

  • Prepare proposals and participate in the development of bids and technical write-ups for proposals

  • Guide and mentor junior engineers and designers, contributing to the growth of our talent pipeline.

Main duties

  • Business Management:

  • P&L management of Dams and Hydropower

  • Sector forecasting of revenue and expenditure

  • Budget planning

  • Management of project invoicing

  • Management of accounts receivable

  • Strategic planning.

Team Management:

  • Responsible to manage and lead the Dams and Hydropower team

  • Personnel performance management

  • Develop and ensure good team morale and spirit

  • Utilization forecasting and team management

  • Personnel skill assessment and development.

Project Management:

  • Successful completion of projects

  • Quality management according to the company procedures

  • Mentoring and guidance of project managers in a project director role.

Business development:

  • Engagement of potential and existing clients on future projects both locally in the African market and supporting our Global business with pursuits.

  • Business Opportunity management

  • Opportunity risk assessment

  • Proposal management

  • Sourcing of partners for opportunities.

Bid cost estimation Engineering:

  • Mentoring of project team

  • Approval and sign-off of design

  • Review of design/study reports.

Minimum Requirements:

  • At least 15 years’ experience in dams/hydropower and general water engineering

  • Fluent in English (ability to speak/write French will be an added benefit)

  • Demonstrated experience in managing complex projects and meeting delivery requirements.

  • Management experience of teams of 10 people or more.

  • Ability to and interest in guiding and mentoring junior engineers and designers, contributing to the growth of our talent pipeline.


Additional Information

  • Bachelor’s in civil/mechanical engineering (Master’s degree will be preferred)

  • Professionally Registered with ECSA or relevant professional body

  • Registration as an Approved Professional Person (South Africa) or equivalent


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: J10108656

Business Line: Water

Business Group: DCS

Strategic Business Unit: Enterprise Capabilities

Career Area: Engineering

Work Location Model: Hybrid