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Technical Director - Highways


Altrincham, United Kingdom

AECOM is a premier, fully integrated professional and technical services firm positioned to design, build, finance and operate infrastructure assets around the world for public- and private-sector clients. With nearly 100,000 employees — including architects, engineers, designers, planners, scientists and management and construction services professionals — serving clients in over 150 countries around the world, AECOM is ranked as the #1 engineering design firm by revenue in Engineering News-Record magazine’s annual industry rankings, and has been recognized by Fortune magazine as a World’s Most Admired Company. AECOM provides a blend of global reach, local knowledge, innovation and technical excellence in delivering customized and creative solutions that meet the needs of clients’ projects. A Fortune 500 firm, AECOM companies, including URS Corporation and Hunt Construction Group, have annual revenue of approximately $19 billion.

About the Business Line Transportation
We provide professional services in areas such as aviation, transit, freight rail, highways and bridges, planning, and ports and marine. Our global network of top-tier specialists delivers comprehensive services over the full life cycle of a project to benefit clients in government and private industries.

Job Summary
Our Altrincham based Strategic Highways business are looking to recruit a Technical Director with experience in leading the development and delivery of a broad range of engineering design, management and operational maintenance disciplines.

The appointed candidate will join AECOM’s established highways business which continues to expand following several major project wins. We would like to hear from Chartered Civil Engineers who have proven team leadership, business development, project delivery and business management experience within a commercial environment. The role would suit a self-motivated individual looking to advance their career in a dynamic team.

The successful candidate will be joining a growing team that is actively involved in the delivery of projects and services to a range of clients including:

• Highways England
• Transport for London
• Suffolk County Council
• London Borough of Southwark
• Department for Transport
• Civil Engineering Contractors

Job responsibilities include:

Business Development
To be responsible for strategic highways business development activities in the South East and to ensure business targets are met
To develop sound client relationships, being alert to commercial opportunities
To identify strategies and develop emerging opportunities, and to fully exploit them
To lead, or assist with, the preparation of major proposals

Financial Management
To monitor the financial performance at District level in relation to agreed financial metrics and KPIs for performance review and to act as the local interface with operational management at an office and project level.

Resource Management
Responsible for the Strategic Highways teams based in Chelmsford, Bedford and Croydon
To ensure the necessary levels and distribution of appropriate resources locally for the pipeline of work to be delivered efficiently
To line manage District Sector staff in the performance of their duties

Minimum Requirements
Experience in the successful delivery of highway engineering services to Highways England, Local Authorities and Contractors.
Demonstrable leadership and business management experience.
Excellent technical and communication skills.
A flexible approach to supporting project and business development activities across UK and Ireland plus wider AECOM geographies (e.g. Continental Europe, Russia, Middle East, India and Africa).
A successful track record of delivery of bids and proposals.
A proven ability of managing and growing a team, with strong leadership skills and the ability to develop and maintain a highly motivated project delivery team.
Strong project delivery skills with an ability to effectively manage project commercial risks.
A good industry profile, the gravitas to represent AECOM with major clients.
Chartered member of relevant professional body

Preferred Qualifications
Whilst not essential any of the following skills would be desirable
• Waste reduction and LEAN delivery
• Operating in a collaborative working environment
• Understanding of Design for Maintenance and Design for Operations
• Application of ITS to deliver Smart Motorway solutions
• Project Management qualifications (e.g. PRINCE2)
• CSCS Card holder
• MSc or PhD in Engineering preferred

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