30 days old

Americas Lead, Planning and Urbanism

Chicago, IL 60602

United States of America - California, Los Angeles

Job Summary

We are seeking a visionary and dynamic leader for our Planning and Urbanism practice (inclusive of Planning, Landscape Architecture, Urban Design, and Economics and formerly known as Design, Planning + Economics). The primary responsibilities are to lead and grow the Planning, Urban Design, Landscape Architecture, and Economics practices of the Americas, with a focus on positioning AECOM as a fully integrated multi-disciplinary market leader, and with the goal of driving design innovation and excellence, thought leadership, project management, and technical and delivery success for local, regional and global clients and communities. This role will report directly to the Executive Vice President of AECOMs Buildings + Places business line in the Americas.

As part of AECOM, our Buildings + Places business line contributes to AECOMs success as a $20Bn fully integrated professional and technical services firm that designs, builds, and operates infrastructure assets in more than 150 countries around the world. A leader in all of the key markets that we serve including transportation, environment, energy, oil and gas, water, high-rise buildings and government AECOM professionals provide a blend of global reach, local knowledge, innovation and technical excellence in delivering customized and creative solutions for public and private sector clients. AECOM has had a leading role in delivering some of the most iconic projects in the world such as: the World Trade Center Redevelopment, planning for the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Lower Manhattan Coastal Resiliency program and many more. AECOM has been recognized by Fortune magazine as a Worlds Most Admired Company from 2015 through 2019.

AECOMs Design and Consulting Services Operating Group in the Americas (DCSA) is a $5B architecture, engineering, and consulting business with market-leading positions in Transportation, Water, Buildings, Government, Energy, and Environment. The Buildings + Places (B+P) Business Line, within DCSA, incorporates the Architecture, Building Engineering, Interior Design, Planning, Economics, Landscape Architecture, and Strategy+ Consulting Services across key markets including Cities, Corporate, Government, Transportation, Education, Healthcare, Justice, Mission Critical, Themed Entertainment/Leisure and Sports markets. Our Buildings + Places teams have planned and designed renowned urban environments including Liberty Park, New York; 34 th Street Harbor, Chicago; Denver Union Station, Denver; Yards West, Washington, DC; One Shenzhen Bay Landscape, China; Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge, Washington, DC; LA2028 Olympic Bid, Los Angeles; Golden 1 Center Urban Plan, Sacramento, CA.

We are seeking an individual who is an industry-recognized leader in Urban Design, Landscape Architecture, and/or Planning, who has strong client relationships and an established client and industry network. The ideal candidate understands and has proven track record in driving business fundamentals that include client leadership, business development, financial oversight, technical and digital innovation, project delivery and has the ability to convey market-leading design thinking and solutions.


  • Responsible for developing and executing the strategic growth plan for Planning and Urbanism Practice, including developing and executing client outreach goals

  • Advocates design excellence leads the Americas strategy for Planning and Urbanism in assuring that we are building client relationships, strategically pre-positioning winning and delivering the most important work

  • Works in collaboration with AECOMs Americas and Regional Leadership to align operations and allocate resources according to strategic priorities

  • Proactively focuses on talent development, retention, and recruiting

  • Leads a culture of innovation and collaboration

  • Champions change makes the AECOM vision understandable, creates buy-in to the vision by linking day-to-day work to the attainment of the vision, engages and mobilizes others to drive change, reduces organizational ambiguity


This position has responsibility for the Americas but preferred home base in a Major Metro to include but not limited to top 8-10 Americas Cities


An attractive compensation package commensurate with the significant responsibility and importance of this position will be offered to the successful candidate.

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor's Degree in Architecture, Urban Design, Planning, or related field

  • Minimum 20 years' experience

  • Acted as principal-in-charge of a large/multi-disciplined project /consultant team

  • Successfully delivered projects within the clients budget / schedule requirements

  • Successfully delivered project scope and fee, delivering targeted profit to the firm interfaced with project managers on schedules, project review meetings, issues management and client expectations

  • An ability to travel and/or work remotely with teams

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's Degree in Architecture, Urban Design, or Planning

  • Certification or relevant credentialing

  • Deep knowledge of the marketplace with national and global reach, key clients, and industry trends is paramount

  • Experience and skill in strategic business development, client relationships and driving sales and revenue

  • The ability to support and lead business development activities through early client interaction, scope of work development, interviews, and on-going client maintenance interface

  • A strong desire to train, mentor and develop staff to grow their careers and the business

  • Other expertise may include concentrated experience in B+P client markets such as; Cities, Government, Transportation, Corporate, Commercial, Justice, Healthcare, Mission Critical, and Higher Education. Each considered an important market sector to the role

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 persons potential, and well help you reach yours.

Job Category Architecture and Design

Business Line Buildings & Places

Business Group Design and Consulting Services Group (DCS)

Country United States of America

Position Status Full-Time

Requisition/Vacancy No. 227419BR

Additional Locations US - Chicago, IL - 1 S Wacker Dr, US - Dallas, TX - 16000 Dallas Parkway, US - Denver, CO - 717 17th St, US - Miami, FL - 1001 NW 111th Ave, US - New York, NY - 100 Broadway, 3rd + 4th Floors, US - San Francisco, CA - 300 California Street, US - Washington, DC - 1331 Pennsylvania Ave NW

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.


Posted: 2019-10-21 Expires: 2019-11-20

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