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AECOM Associate Director Passivhaus in Manchester, United Kingdom

Job Summary

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.

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

AECOM is seeking to appoint a Certified Passivhaus designer or consultant who has extensive experience in designing and delivering low energy building designs, that have been certified as meeting the Passivhaus standard. The appointed Passivhaus expert will help to build and lead AECOM’s Passivhaus services. They will work across and be supported by all our Buildings and Places disciplines but in particular M&E, Architecture, Sustainability and Cost Management. We expect candidates are likely to have either an architecture, building services or sustainable buildings background.

AECOM works across all construction stages, from pre-feasibility, through feasibility, design, construction and operation; and across a wide range of sectors - housing, healthcare, schools, universities, offices, retail, hospitality etc. We also deliver advice relating to existing building portfolios and city scale decarbonisation.

We are seeing an increasing demand for our consultancy services to assist building projects, organisations, cities and regions to develop strategies and action plans for achieving net zero emissions. Core to these services will be ensuring that for all projects where we have a design influence, they are designed to minimise energy demand, maximise renewable energy generation and to be comfortable for their users.


Your key responsibilities, with support from the team, will include the following:

  • Lead an AECOM initiative to promote and develop knowledge across the B&P business in the delivery of Passivhaus buildings

  • Share knowledge and experience of delivering Passivhaus with colleagues recently qualified as Passivhaus Designers or Consultants and with limited practical experience

  • Develop business process and structure to ensure appropriate Passivhaus design and certification quality control

  • Input to obtaining independent Certification by a relevant accreditation body of AECOM Passivhaus projects

  • Provide consultancy support to organisations (public and private sector) to develop carbon reduction and GHG emissions reduction strategies

  • Provide consultancy support to developers, building estate owners, local authorities, cities and regions to develop multi-sectoral strategies for achieving net zero

  • Writing proposals and winning new work

  • Building client relationships and delivering work

  • Presentations to clients and chairing meeting and workshops

  • Delivering high quality, clearly written outputs

  • Delegating work to junior staff and managing delivery

Minimum Requirements

  • An architectural, science, engineering or building-related degree; a building sustainability/energy related MSc is desirable

  • Qualified Passivhaus Designer or Consultant with experience of delivering certified Passivhaus homes and non-domestic buildings.

  • An ability to communicate effectively, be client-facing and able to write concise and clear reports

  • Have a good understanding of and interest in sustainable development issues as they relate to the built environment

  • A detailed understanding of practical approaches for cutting carbon emissions in buildings and the built environment

  • Experience of stakeholder engagement and stakeholder workshop facilitation

  • Experience in bidding for or supporting the winning of work

  • Experience in project and client management

  • If not currently chartered, ideally should be working towards chartership with a relevant institution (e.g. RIBA, CIBSE, Energy Institute, IEMA)

  • Extensive experience in building design consulting, or other related experience in the consulting industry and/or private or public sector.

Desirable skills

  • Experience of managing a team of designers or engineers

Preferred Qualifications

  • TBC

Your benefits will include:

Helping our employees achieve a healthy work-life balance is important to us. If you join AECOM, as well as receiving a competitive salary, you’ll also have the opportunity to explore flexible working arrangements. Core benefits include 25 days’ annual leave, company pension scheme, private medical insurance, life assurance and one paid annual professional institution membership fee. You can also choose from a wide range of flexible benefits to suit your lifestyle.

You’ll also be able to give back to communities with up to two paid CSR days each year. Through our charity, The AECOM Foundation, you can volunteer to support children in developing countries. And if you’re a member of the Reserve Forces you’ll receive an additional 15 days paid leave for training commitments.

What We Offer

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 Category Cost Management and Consulting Services

Business Line B&P - Buildings & Places

Business Group Design and Consulting Services Group (DCS)

Country United Kingdom

Position Status Full Time

Requisition/Vacancy No. 266900BR

Additional Locations UK - Bristol - Portwall Place, UK - Manchester - 1 New York Street

Virtual: Yes

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.