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AECOM Associate Director Project Controls in London, United Kingdom

Company Description

At AECOM, we’re delivering a better world.

We believe infrastructure creates opportunity for everyone. Whether it’s improving your commute, keeping the lights on, providing access to clean water or transforming skylines, our work helps people and communities thrive.

Our clients trust us to bring together the best people, ideas, technical expertise and digital solutions to our work in transportation, buildings, water, the environment and new energy. We’re one global team – 47,000 strong – driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world.

Job Description

We are recruiting for an Associate Director Project Controls to join us across our offices Nationwide including Manchester, Birmingham, and London

The primary function of this role will be the management and delivery of Project and programme controls for clients, addressing actual budget and forecast costs to effectively capture the business and Project status. To support the business and project delivery in all aspect. The role will be part of the AECOM Integrated Programme Controls team and experience of delivery of PMO best practice in a consulting environment on infrastructure projects and programmes will be a key requirement of the role.

We are looking for Project Controls professionals who can demonstrate the following experience and behavioural skills

Responsibilities (include but are not limited to):

  • Manage the establishment of contractor requirements through early supply chain engagement to support the time, cost, and quality targets for the programme of works and monthly business reporting.

  • Work closely with the Head of Integrated Programme Controls to improve/sustain operating policies to mitigate risk throughout the project and take a lead in the monitoring of risk policy adherence.

  • Support the Head of Integrated Programme Controls by providing specialist advice and technical knowledge to respond to delays, issues, and other challenges throughout the project.

  • Lead periodic correlation of schedule, cost, quality, and risk to drive expedient project delivery.

  • Lead the coordination and communication of the period reporting cycle ensuring correlation to the Phase’s executive reporting lifecycle.

  • Lead business reporting taking ownership for its quality and robustness and provide periodic project progress updates to the Head of Integrated Programme Controls and other senior stakeholders as required.

  • Sustain governance processes and review policies to ensure they are in line with strategic business objectives.

  • Lead a team by setting individuals’ objectives, reviewing performance, undertaking appraisals and providing on-going feedback on a formal and informal basis, to ensure all staff are aware of what they are required to achieve and how they are performing against their objectives.

  • Undertake self-assessment of procedural compliance, sharing lessons learned and best practice within the Project Controls community.

  • Support Head of Integrated Programme Controls in preparation for and/or attendance at meetings to deliver market and strategy insights to Client’s Senior Commercial teams.


  • Experience in Project Management or Project Controls role within large, complex infrastructure or construction projects, preferably with a formal professional Project Management qualification.

  • Knowledge of major infrastructure or construction projects (under NEC Forms of Contract), and of the context specifically surrounding Client and the consultation process.

  • Ability to manage stakeholders and information flow in a matrix environment, possessing an aptitude to work across business areas and provide specialist advice as required.

  • Experience of leading and motivating a team within a large-scale project environment.

  • Possessing attention to detail always, with ability to solve complex problems / mitigate risks.

  • Knowledge of public sector policies, processes and procedures and associated political impacts.


As the ideal candidate you will have experience working within our primary markets along with having the following preferred experience and qualifications.

Bachelor’s Degree from a recognised and accredited university or hold a project controls or management qualification (APMG Planning and Controls, Prince2, RICS, APM, MICE, CIOB).

  • Proven experience and excellent working knowledge gained in a multi-discipline project environment in Cost Control or Planning & Scheduling.

  • Experience in the implementation of Earned Value Management based Project Control systems, in accordance with relevant national standards.

  • Practical ability to utilise critical project management concepts (e.g., EVM, project planning, risk analysis, configuration management.

  • Proficient in Primavera P6, MS Project or other Planning software and PowerBI.

  • Flexibility to travel and work in different sectors.

  • Good people management and task facilitation skills.

  • Technical professional with extensive project controls experience.

  • Knowledge of engineering and construction management.

  • Working knowledge of current methodologies and tools related to managing projects.

Additional Information

Here, you will have freedom to grow in a world of opportunity.

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.

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.

ReqID: J10080961

Business Line: B&P - Buildings & Places

Business Group: DCS

Strategic Business Unit: Europe & India

Career Area: Program & Project Management

Work Location Model: Hybrid