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AECOM Associate Director Climate Resilience and Adaptation in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Company Description

Work with Us. Change the World.

At AECOM, we're delivering a better world. Whether improving your commute, keeping the lights on, providing access to clean water, or transforming skylines, our work helps people and communities thrive. We are the world's trusted infrastructure consulting firm, partnering with clients to solve the world’s most complex challenges and build legacies for future generations.

There has never been a better time to be at AECOM. With accelerating infrastructure investment worldwide, our services are in great demand. We invite you to bring your bold ideas and big dreams and become part of a global team of over 50,000 planners, designers, engineers, scientists, digital innovators, program and construction managers and other professionals delivering projects that create a positive and tangible impact around the world.

We're one global team driven by our common purpose to deliver a better world. Join us.

Job Description

What your new role will entail;

Due to exceptional growth in demand for our services we are currently recruiting for an Associate Director with a track record of assessing climate change risk and identifying and implementing climate resilience and adaptation solutions across a range of sectors and scales, from strategic business wide approaches to individual infrastructure schemes, to come and join our Carbon & ESG (C&ESG) practice covering the UK and Ireland.

We are seeing an increase in demand for climate risk assessment and associated adaptation and resilience strategies. The successful candidate will be expected to:

  • Strengthen our position as a leader in climate risk assessment and adaptation strategies for infrastructure and business clients in the UK and across the European region.

  • Working with the practice leadership to develop our climate change resilience service offerings with practical and viable solutions for clients.

  • Contribute to the delivery of our ambitious business plan; growing our share of the market in infrastructure and wider business resilience and climate adaptation by winning work with new/existing clients in the UK and across the EMEA region.

  • Support our infrastructure and urban design teams deliver more climate resilient projects.

  • Lead and deliver commercially successful projects that maintain the high-quality professional outputs that we are known for.

  • Develop talent within the team through line management and mentoring and support the upskilling of our colleagues on climate change resilience and adaptation.

  • You will be supported by your line manager with regular mentoring and in continuing your professional development.

Being part of the team;

Our C&ESG practice has a well-deserved reputation with FTSE100 and Fortune500 clients, governments, financial institutions, infrastructure owners and operators for Net Zero Resilience and ESG technical advisory services. We support clients to understand how the future climate could affect their business operations, supply chains and markets as well as project level designs; integrating climate risk and adaptation into strategic business planning, operational delivery and disclosure. We conduct climate change risk assessment and resilience and adaptation planning for infrastructure assets, businesses, cities, and urban master plans.

We also help clients with net zero planning, risk assessment, strategy development, project preparation, capacity-building, and reporting to support their ESG programmes. Our work provides clients with greater confidence in decision making, business planning and operation of major projects, individual assets, multinational portfolios, and cities. The practice works across a wide range of sectors including highways, rail, aviation, power, carbon capture and storage, water utilities and urban regeneration, industrials, manufacturing, FMCG, chems/pharmas, and financial services.

It is an exciting time for AECOM. Since the launch of our global Sustainable Legacies strategy, we have seen a significant increase in demand in this area from our clients and the wider business; and the interest is only growing. This advertised role is to support this growth as we transition to a more sustainable future alongside our clients. If you are passionate about helping organisations transition to a resilient Net Zero future and integrate ESG into their decision making, then get in touch for your next career move.

We offer a flexible hybrid working model. As a member of our team, you will enjoy a comprehensive benefits package with a range of flexible choices covering health, finance, lifestyle, well-being and more.


Here’s what we will need from you;

We are looking for an established practitioner with the following:

  • Experience in developing climate change resilience adaption strategies at an organisational level.

  • Experience in climate risk assessment of infrastructure systems and assets, including developing/designing adaptation and resilient solutions (incl. engineered and natural solutions) for infrastructure.

  • Experience across a range of infrastructure sectors: transport, water/wastewater, waste, energy, urban infrastructure, etc.

  • Proven track record in winning and delivering infrastructure, urban/regional and/or business focused climate risk assessment and adaptation strategies both in the UK and overseas.

  • Experience with climate change mitigation and adaptation projects and strong understanding of the role that infrastructure interventions, spatial planning and governance play to increase sustainability and resilience of development.

  • Familiarity with climate projections including using them to build the case with colleagues, clients and their advisors for resilient and adaptive design and planning.

  • Familiarity with wider ESG policy and practice and linkages with adaptation and resilience for infrastructure and multi-national business

  • A desire to deliver technical excellence.

  • A solution-oriented self-starter who can design and deliver work under own initiative.

  • Commercial awareness for technical delivery, business development, marketing, and proposal preparation.

  • Strong industry profile with experience presenting at conferences and publishing knowledge products in professional journals or other channels.

Additional Information

You can learn more about us here: 2023 AECOM Candidate Brochure (



AECOM is the world’s trusted infrastructure consulting firm, delivering professional services throughout the project lifecycle – from advisory, planning, design and engineering to program and construction management. On projects spanning transportation, buildings, water, new energy and the environment, our public- and private-sector clients trust us to solve their most complex challenges. Our teams are driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world through our unrivaled technical and digital expertise, a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion, and a commitment to environmental, social and governance priorities. AECOM is a Fortune 500 firm and its Professional Services business had revenue of $14.4 billion in fiscal year 2023. See how we are delivering sustainable legacies for generations to come at and @AECOM.

Freedom to Grow in a World of Opportunity

You will have 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.

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.

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. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

ReqID: J10107995

Business Line: Environment

Business Group: DCS

Strategic Business Unit: Europe & India

Career Area: Consulting Services

Work Location Model: Hybrid