AECOM Associate Director, Accessibility and Diversity in London, United Kingdom

United Kingdom - Hertfordshire, St Albans

Alternate Locations UK - Basingstoke, UK - Bristol, UK - London

Job Summary

AECOM is currently seeking to hire Associate Director, Accessibility and Diversity to be based at St Albans.

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 recognised by Fortune magazine as a World’s Most Admired Company. The firm is a leader in all of the key markets that it serves, including transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, oil and gas, water, high-rise buildings and government. AECOM provides a blend of global reach, local knowledge, innovation and technical excellence in delivering customised and creative solutions that meet the needs of clients’ projects.

AECOM’s Policy and Appraisal practice area is a specialist interdisciplinary policy research, assessment, and evaluation team based in our London Aldgate, Basingstoke, Birmingham, Bristol and Plymouth offices. The team comprises 27 staff specialising in social impact measurement and valuation; neighbourhood planning and housing research; strategic environmental assessment/sustainability appraisal; natural capital and ecosystem services; and climate change policy and finance. In particular, we are a leading provider of advice in relation to equality and diversity issues with a significant portfolio of public and private projects. We work with national and local government, communities and businesses to ensure that equality, diversity and inclusion considerations are firmly embedded within policies, plans, projects and investment decisions.

AECOM’s Policy and Appraisal practice area is currently looking to recruit an Associate Director, Accessibility and Diversity. The Policy and Appraisal practice sits within a wider Environment and Planning (E&P) team which constitutes one of the largest environment and planning consultancies in the UK. E&P provides strategic planning, environmental and social consultancy advice for a wide spectrum of policies, plans, programmes, strategies and infrastructure and development projects. Project sectors range from water, power, transport, forestry and waste management, to urban regeneration, industrial facilities, onshore and offshore oil and gas, marine and coastal projects.

The successful candidate will report to an Associate Director and will be expected to work on a range of projects; handling and being accountable for a number of tasks simultaneously. The role will require technical knowledge of accessibility and diversity issues with a user-based focus together with strong project management skills, business development capabilities, excellent team working and communication skills, the capacity to write clear, accessible reports and the ability to deliver to deadlines and to budgets. The successful candidate will have consultancy experience. The position will be based at AECOM’s St Albans office although we are open to the successful candidate also being bases in the London Aldgate, London Wimbledon, Birmingham or Bristol offices.

Job Duties:

The successful candidate will be expected to undertake the following illustrative roles and responsibilities:

  • Lead the delivery of accessibility and diversity related projects and ensure project outputs are delivered on time and to the highest standard

  • Understand and implement project management principles and fully appreciate the need to work within project budgets

  • Prioritise project actions and meet commitments on an on-going basis while taking ownership and responsibility for the completion and quality of work

  • Analyse both qualitative and quantitative data effectively and carry out desk based studies and site visits as required

  • Keep up-to-date with relevant policy and guidance relating to accessibility and diversity

  • Work collaboratively within an interdisciplinary and wider team to ensure the smooth running of projects

  • Communicate effectively with their line manager, project managers, clients, project teams and other members of the Policy and Appraisal practice area via telephone, e-mail, letters, reports and presentations

  • Participate in team and client meetings as required

  • Support business development through preparing Expressions of Interest and tender submissions and working to continuously improve our service offer to clients

  • Actively support marketing activities related to accessibility and diversity issues and proactively promote best practice and innovation across our business

Specific Skills Required:

  • Experience in preparing Design and Access Statements (including Disability Access Statements), developing inclusive design strategies and conducting Accessibility Audits

  • Experience in undertaking Equality and Diversity Impact Assessments and knowledge of current best practice guidance

  • Knowledge of other forms of impact assessment (e.g. environmental, social and health) would be beneficial

  • Confidence in deploying user-focused techniques

Person Specification (Behavioural Attributes):

  • A professional, organised and thorough approach to work which demonstrates an attention to detail with the aim of getting things right the first time

  • The ability to manage their own time and be comfortable working both within a team and independently to tight deadlines

  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, and the capacity to work as part of an interdisciplinary team

  • A positive attitude with a strong client focus

  • Ideally, previous experience of working in a consultancy environment

Additional Comments:

  • National Register of Access Consultants (NRAC) accreditation.

Minimum Requirements

A significant level of post-graduate relevant work experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • A master’s level qualification in a related discipline or equivalent work experience

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

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 - Environmental

Business Line Environment

Business Group Design and Consulting Services Group (DCS)

Country United Kingdom

Position Status Full-Time

Requisition/Vacancy No. 202192BR

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.