Region: England - SE - Greater London
Location: London
Category: Rail
Closes: Friday 27th July 2018
Salary: Unspecified

Associate Director - Rail Planning and Advisory

Job Description

We are currently seeking to appoint an Associate Director or Principal Consultant (depending on experience) to support the growth of our Advisory services within the Strategic Planning and Advisory sector in the Southeast of England, with a key focus on rail planning. This role will be based in our Aldgate Tower office in London. The key parts of the Advisory business currently include. Economics, rail planning, social market research, monitoring and evaluation; however we are looking to broaden out the offerings.

AECOM is a worldwide provider of technical consultancy services with over 100,000 staff, operating in a number of market sectors. AECOM has been recognised as the world’s largest Transportation consultancy. The company covers all transport modes and works throughout the lifecycle of projects from policy and strategy, through planning and implementation to operations and maintenance.

Within Transportation, AECOM’s Strategic Planning and Advisory sector provides transport planning, development planning and advisory services and is a leader in this field with over 415 staff in Europe, the majority of whom are based in the UK. The team covers a wide range of areas including:

  • transport policy and strategy

  • rail planning

  • highway and multi-modal modelling

  • urban space modelling including traffic micro-simulation and pedestrian studies

  • sustainable transport planning and practice

  • freight and logistics planning

  • social and market research

  • land use development

  • appraisal of transport projects


Job description

This Associate Director or Principal Consultant role within Strategic Planning and Advisory will essentially be leading in work winning in this region through established and developed client contacts within the rail industry. This Associate Director or Principal Consultant will need to be backed up through being able to provide project management and technical support to the rail planning team across the UK and Ireland, with bases in Manchester, Leeds, Cardiff and Dublin. This Strategic Planning and Advisory team has a national and international role to undertake rail planning work and therefore the candidate would be expected to demonstrate knowledge and experience of working on rail planning projects for the public and private sector.

Typically this work will involve rail demand forecasting, either using standard rail industry tools such as PDFH (Passenger Demand Forecasting Handbook) and MOIRA or bespoke modelling, leading to the development of rail scheme business cases for investment purposes. Therefore an excellent understanding of economic appraisal, including familiarity with WebTAG, would be relevant.

Our portfolio of work for the rail industry also includes rail strategy development, option identification, market analysis and operational assessment. A wider knowledge of the rail industry would be beneficial. Knowledge and experience in areas such as rail operations, rolling stock, train performance would be useful but not essential.


Minimum Requirements

Candidates would also be expected to support the wider transport planning capability and therefore should also have:

  • Demonstrable business development credentials in the rail planning industry in the UK and ideally with a focus in London and the Southeast of England.

  • Ability to develop strong relationships with key clients and strong collaborative relationships across all AECOM disciplines and with other organisations

  • Proven project management and business development capabilities (including proposal writing)

  • Experience of liaising with public and private rail sector clients

  • Knowledge of the UK public transport industry

  • Experience of delivering technically challenging public transport planning projects and specifically rail planning projects

  • Knowledge and experience of rail planning tools and application of PDFH principles

  • Knowledge of the application of public transport modelling software

  • Understanding of Health and Safety requirements

  • Self-motivation and capability to undertake specific tasks with minimum supervision

  • Ability to manage own time to meet project deadlines

  • Excellent presentation and spreadsheet skills

  • Excellent technical writing capability

  • Educated to Bachelor’s or Master’s university degree level


Preferred Qualifications

  • Professional Accreditation, or working towards, such as CMILT, TPP, CIHT or MICE


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

AECOM is a place where you can put your innovative thinking and business skills into high gear and work alongside other highly intelligent and motivated people. It's a place where you can apply your skills to some of the world's most challenging, interesting, and meaningful projects worldwide. It's a place that values the diversity of our areas of practice and our people. It's what makes AECOM a great place to work and grow. AECOM is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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