AECOM Principal Transport Planner, Bahrain in Manama, Bahrain

Bahrain - Al Manamah, Manama

Job Summary

The SP&A Team provides a full range of traffic and transportation planning services and is a key component in the Civil Infrastructure Business Line. Our Vision is to be the most recognized and trusted provider of transportation planning services to our clients in the Middle East. We envisage being the Middle East Centre of Excellence in all aspects of transport planning, but particularly in multi-modal transport master planning and transport modelling. AECOM’s core services in this field include:

  • Strategic Multi-Modal Transport Modelling

  • Transport Impact Assessments

  • Demand Forecasting and Management

  • Transport Network /Master Planning

  • Transport Policy & Strategy Development

  • Traffic Capacity Analysis

  • Parking Studies, Layout & Design

  • Access Management

  • Traffic Signal Timing

  • Traffic Engineering

  • Micro Traffic Simulation

  • Freight Planning and Logistics

  • Intelligent Transport Systems

  • 3D Modelling & Evaluation

  • Road Safety Studies & Operational Reviews

This position will be responsible for providing technical leadership in a variety of these service offerings, but with particular responsibility for Traffic Impact Studies, Multi-modal Transport Master Planning, Traffic Engineering, Traffic Capacity Assessments, and Access/Circulation Studies.

Job Duties

The duties of the Principal Transport Planner/Engineer fall broadly into two categories – Technical Management and Business Development. Key duties are as follows.

Technical Management

  • Effectively advise on transport planning policies and their implementation and the related allocation of resources in relation to all services covered by this post

  • Takes the lead on relevant projects

  • Be aware of and adhere to relevant legislation, codes of practice and departmental policies when planning and directing the delivery of transport planning projects in the region

  • Continuously improve technical and industry knowledge by participating in forums and other industry related programs

  • research, analyse and report on a range of quantitative and qualitative transport related projects

  • Prepare tender submissions

  • Act as Project Manager or Project Director, as necessary

  • Develop detailed methodologies

  • Produce guides, case studies and deliver presentations

  • Undertake data recording and analysis tasks

  • Manage the preparation of client reports, bringing together the contributions from other specialist areas of the business

  • Review internal processes for effectiveness and efficiency and suggest possible areas for improvement where necessary

  • Other duties as required

Business Development

  • Ensure key strategic relationships with internal and external partners and stakeholders are effectively developed, managed and maintained

  • Ensure delivery is in line with the Business Line’s corporate objectives, on time and within the agreed budget

  • Effectively represent AECOM to relevant government departments, external agencies and other bodies appropriate to the post

  • Plan, direct and deliver the Services in accordance with appropriate procedures and legislation

  • Develop and implement initiatives to enhance AECOM’s transport planning services offering, product, and supporting infrastructure (e.g. software, modelling tools, capability statement, etc.)

  • Maintain appropriate liaison with the business community, stakeholder and advisory groups

  • Maintain a watching brief on best working practices within and beyond local government, and ensure these are effectively communicated to the team

  • Liaise with other AECOM geographies to maximize the AECOM offering

Specific Skills Required

The candidate should have:

  • VISUM, VISSIM, SYNCHRO, SIDRA knowledge mandatory and GIS preferable

  • Good understanding of industry practices and regulations, including the underlying principles sufficient to carry out and lead transport planning studies

  • Sound database / spreadsheet skills or preferably abilities in statistical / transport modelling software and the ability to handle large data sets

  • Good comprehension of transportation policy and regulatory systems

  • Working knowledge of AutoCAD, MicroStation beneficial, but not mandatory

  • A clear appreciation and understanding of fundamental highways / traffic engineering principles (to facilitate the change to working on UAE/Bahrain/Middle East technical standards)

  • Excellent Project Management skills, PMP certification is an asset and will required to be AECOM certified Project Manager

Person Specification

Although this position is oriented predominantly towards technical delivery, the candidate is expected to take on increasing levels of team leadership and to lead by example. As such he/she should demonstrate strong leadership attributes, such as:

  • Proactive

  • Decisive

  • Pragmatic

  • Organized

  • Responsive

General performance attributes relate to:

  • The ability to communicate effectively, prepare presentations and reports

  • participate constructively in project teams

  • committed to quality outcomes

  • good personal organisation

Minimum Requirements

  • This position requires a minimum of 10-15 years relevant experience and knowledge regarding transportation planning/engineering of which at least 5 years must be focussed on transport planning studies

Additional Comments

  • The candidate should be able to travel locally, regionally, and internationally

  • Arabic language skills (reading, writing, and spoken) are an asset

Preferred Qualifications


  • Bachelors Degree Level Qualification or higher in a related field (mandatory)

  • Masters Degree (preferred)

Work Experience

  • Minimum of 10-15 years of relevant experience in the field of transport planning/engineering of which at least 5 years must be focussed on transport planning studies

Professional Accreditation

  • Chartership/certification/licence from a recognized professional body (e.g. P.E., P.Eng., C.Eng., etc.) preferred

What We Offer

When you join AECOM, you become part of a company that is pioneering the future . Our teams around the world are involved in some of the most cutting-edge and innovative projects and programs of our time, addressing the big challenges of today and shaping the built environment for generations to come. We ensure a workplace that encourages growth, flexibility and creativity, as well as a company culture that champions inclusion, diversity and overall employee well-being through programs supported by company leadership. Our core values define who we are, how we act and what we aspire to, which comes down to not only delivering a better world , but working to “make amazing happen” in each neighborhood, community and city we touch. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

Job Category Engineering - Transportation

Business Line Transportation

Business Group Design and Consulting Services Group (DCS)

Country Bahrain

Position Status Full-Time

Requisition/Vacancy No. 200717BR

Clearance Required No

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.