Senior Associate Environmental Planner (Urbanism + Planning)
Company DescriptionAt 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.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. Job DescriptionU+P Environmental Planning & Sustainability Lead role sits within the Urban Planning team of the Urbanism + Planning (U+P) practice line and leads environmental planning and sustainability in all projects delivered by U+P studio. This involves leading the conception of creative, responsive to environmental context and sustainable urban planning and design strategies and solutions, working within the studio team to provide technical environmental support on allocated city scale strategic planning, spatial planning, master planning, urban design and landscape architecture projects from environmental planning and climate change adaptation and mitigation perspective. The position requires to lead, develop, produce, coordinate or procure environmental and sustainability component of the projects in U+P portfolio, which comprises of urban planning, urban design and masterplanning and landscape architecture focused large scale iconic projects. Manages and delivers environment and sustainability component of high value complex multi-disciplinary projects with project management skills, working directly with the Associate Director and Director levelsLeads showcase complex proposals and ensures high quality output including innovative ways to presentIndependently manages client expectations and deliverables to ensure alignment with contracted scopes by leading client and project meetings, articulating and defending the work undertaken.Ability to operate as the environment and sustainability technical lead for multiple projects at various scale of master planning and public realm design projects with a sound understanding of all relevant planning and design workstreams.Provide specific technical expertise in environmental planning, environmental permitting, preliminary environmental appraisals and establishing environmental baseline for all projectsManage environmental and sustainability subject matter experts and subconsultants where neededProvide specific technical expertise in sustainable planning and design visioning, strategy preparation that focuses on not only international and regional sustainability rating schemes but also on climate change adaptation and mitigation on a broader context.Provide specific technical expertise and liaison on ESG implementation across U+P portfolio in line with AECOM's ESG Strategy Sustainable LegaciesAbility to lead digital transformation and thought leadership tasks on decarbonisation, biodiversity net gain, climate positive design and natural capital accounting at urban scale.Able to influence multidisciplinary projects teams to incorporate climate action strategies without formal authorityHas strong capabilities to coordinate, challenge, and work with multiple disciplines for complex projects and communicate project environment and sustainability objectives/deliverables to drive the best outcome.Ability to work with and influence sustainable planning and design decisions in wider U+P team without formal authority.Has strong people management skills and provides professional environmental planning and sustainable urbanism mentorship/guidance to junior staff members.Seeks out ways to improve environmental analysis and quantifiable sustainability implementation processes and ensures critical thinking is conducted throughout the planning team.Has excellent written and presentation skills in English/Arabic (preferred) with an ability to coordinate and develop a deliverable (report) as well as create a presentation and summary to support the deliverable.Leads both environment and sustainability disciplines along with associated ESG components.Strong understanding of environmental and sustainability governance and policy and mandate and can communicate these to internal and external teams and clients and make recommendations to clients where relevant.Can structure and manage tailored environmental and sustainability planning strategies and guidelines and controls as per project requirements.Strong ability to communicate differences between project scale, scope and stages and drive outcomes of report structure and content.Prepare and deliver presentations to clients and government (approving agencies) to advance approvals of development, Master Plans, Development Guidelines and policies and rating system award submissions.Liaise with government agencies and other authorities as may be required regarding development objectives, policies and proceduresIt is Environment and Sustainability Lead's responsibility to prepare an annual strategy for environmental planning and sustainability to achieve technical excellency and sustainable business growth in line with AECOM's values and business plans QualificationsMinimum 15 years' experience in Urban Planning and/or Environmental Planning and Sustainability applicants would ideally have a mixture of private sector and some government experienceBachelor's Degree in Environmental Planning or equivalent is essential.Master's level degree or at least 3 years of relevant work experience in sustainability in urban planning and urban design projects is essential.Additional InformationWith 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: J10085927 Strategic Business Unit: ME and Africa Career Area: Planning Work Location Model: On-Site IT
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