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AECOM Engineering Program Manager in Chicago, Illinois

Company Description

How will you make your mark?

At AECOM, our work in providing access to clean water enables communities to thrive and ecosystems to flourish, contributing to a resilient future. As a global leader in infrastructure consulting, we are at the forefront of significant water projects, with over 6,000 of the industry’s best minds driving innovation and technical excellence. Together, we develop solutions that are not only best in the world, but best for the world.

With an acceleration in infrastructure investment, your bold ideas and global expertise have never been more crucial. Join our dynamic team, where innovation, career growth, and collaboration are celebrated. Enjoy the freedom to grow with customizable career paths, water-specific technical and professional development and the potential to contribute to transformational projects worldwide. Discover your #H2Opportunity

Job Description

AECOM is seeking a Program Manager (PgM) to lead and support a five-year, $3.9 billion capital improvement program to improve Chicago’s water supply. AECOM is the world’s premier infrastructure consulting firm, partnering with clients to solve the world’s most complex challenges and build legacies for generations to come. We work with a wide variety of clients planning, designing, and managing the construction of large- and small-scale water, wastewater, and conveyance projects for federal, state, and municipal agencies and private industry clients.

A highly qualified candidate would be an Engineer with a Professional Engineer (PE) license who has led and supported large municipal capital improvement programs. Experience with managing and collaborating with large joint venture projects is preferred, in addition previous experience with Water Resources or Water infrastructure projects is preferred but not required.

The Program Manager will lead the Program Management Office (PMO) to support six key functional tasks: Program Controls, Watermain Design/Water Quality, Force Account Reviews and Design Services; Facilities Engineering; Applied Technologies; and other Support Services for Inventory; District Office Support; Sewer/CSO/Ms4 Support.

*The Program Manager (PgM) has following responsibilities: *

Strategic   ​ 

  • ​Manages the program and is the primary point of contact for the client

  • ​Support the department strategy development in collaboration with the PMO Management Committee and Program Advisory Board

  • ​Assumes overall responsibility for development and management of program services  

  • ​Represents PMO on contractual matters with the client and as the senior delivery representative  

  • ​Senior leadership team development, management, and satisfaction  

  • ​Provide overall leadership to the development, implementation, and maintenance of Program standard operating procedures, Program Management Plan that establishes procedures, standards, and management practices 


  • ​Manages the day-to-day operations of the PMO operation. Directs program works by the Deputy Program Manager who operationally responsible across all tasks and Task Leaders for six functional tasks of the program.

  • ​Assures operational governance and process adherence

  • ​Plans for and ensures PMO resource mobilization to meet program staffing requirements

  • ​Ensures that qualified technical experts, task leaders, project managers, and other appropriate staff are made available to satisfy Program needs


  • ​Leads health, safety and environmental performance of management team 

  • ​Drives continuous improvements as embraced by the client with focus on: people/stakeholder management; processes enhancements; technology adoption; and quality measures

  • ​Perform program risk and opportunities management and the resolution of legal issues and actions 

  • ​Continuously monitor program performance metrics achievements including client satisfaction with fulfillment of agreed scope of services, and overall financial performance of contract to budgets and plans


Minimum Requirements:

  • BA/BS plus 10 years professional experience in a senior role including 2 years of leadership within program management, or demonstrated equivalency of experience and/or education.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Professional Engineering License (P.E.)

  • 15-20+ Years of experience in Engineering and Project/Program Management leading design build projects

  • Demonstrated ability to set long term goals and strategies and establish effective management of internal and external interfaces and interdependencies across the program.

  • Able to develop strong relationships and manage all client stakeholders (internal and external).

  • Able to build consensus to change program strategy in challenging situations.

  • Has built diverse and inclusive teams to enable collective success through trust, psychological safety, autonomy, accountability and alignment.

Additional Information


Offered compensation will be based on location and individual qualifications. The expected range is $200,000.00 - $260,000.00.


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, disability benefits, paid time off, leaves of absence, voluntary benefits, perks, U.S. and global well-being programs, employee assistance program, business travel insurance, service recognition awards, retirement savings plan, and employee stock purchase plan.

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: J10108732

Business Line: Water

Business Group: DCS

Strategic Business Unit: West

Career Area: Program & Project Management

Work Location Model: On-Site