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AECOM Project Director - Health & Science in London, United Kingdom

United Kingdom - , Oxford

Job Summary

Project Director Role

AECOM is currently seeking a Director Level Project Manager to be based in Oxford. You will be responsible for leading the Oxford Project Management team whilst delivering Science/Research, Universities and Healthcare building projects.

As a Director with AECOM you will be expected to lead on large multidisciplinary projects that are at the cutting edge of building design, ensuring the appropriate delivery strategy is adopted and controls are in place. You will coordinate with a wider regional & national team of experts to bring projects to close within time and budget. You will run project operations, be responsible for the financial performance of your projects and have oversight on all projects delivered by your team.

You will directly line manage and will be expected to lead and mentor an established team of Project Managers. You will guide, advise and nurture junior team members ensuring they all have career development plans with SMART goals and regular performance reviews.

You will be a key client contact and as such accountable for AECOM’s performance, as such you will ensure that our standards are upheld and improved.

You will lead business development activities for the team as well as contributing to strategically important opportunities in the region and the wider UK. You will have a sound understanding of the Healthcare/Science sectors with strong commercial acumen and a demonstrable track record of successfully leading bids and securing new work.

You’ll be given the opportunity to lead and work with diverse teams and clients encompassing some of the UK’s top experts within their field. With Freedom to Grow you’ll be given the autonomy to choose how you want to work and from where to be able to deliver outstanding results.

About us:

We are an established consultancy office just outside Oxford and AECOM’s centre of excellence for Science & Healthcare with 50 members of staff of which 22 are Project Managers.

We are friendly, busy and committed with an established track record of successfully delivering both nationally important projects and local projects. Some of our flagship work in recent years include;

The Guys Cancer Centre, UCLH Proton Beam Therapy Centre, Moorfields Eye Hospital, Coventry University’s Alison Gingell Building, The Pirbright Institute’s Plowright and Jenner Buildings, NPL Advanced Quantum Metrology Laboratory

Minimum Requirements


  • Lead significant Project Management Commissions (£100m+), taking overall responsibility for their successful delivery.

  • Provide oversight / strategic guidance /audit & review, to a portfolio of projects being lead within the cost centre.

  • Manage the delivery of project management team outputs, in accordance with agreed time-scales and quality standards.

  • Take responsibility for the financial performance of your (and your teams) projects, maintaining and improving the profitability of your commissions.

Team management:

  • To be specifically responsible for business development/marketing tasks

  • Provide effective Line Management to Associate Directors and Snr PMs

  • Provide leadership within project management business and provide leadership and mentoring to the team

Client facing:

  • Be the primary interface with AECOM clients (New and Existing)

  • To ‘win’ clients through strong business development skills

  • Lead on bids (including management of bid process, contributors, fees, legal and commercial reviews) and contribute to strategically important bids.

Quality control:

  • Ensure all staff members in your team have current and relevant personal development plans tailored to their specific needs.

  • Co-ordination and sign off on all management information produced by project management teams prior to issue

  • Ensure all project performance reviews are undertaken on time and that projects are consistently monitored.

As a Director you will be assessed by the extent to which:

  • Commissions are managed to the right quality standards and are completed efficiently and on time

  • Team management responsibilities are effectively discharged and the project management team is led effectively and collaboratively

  • Strong relationships are developed with clients and members of the cross-functional team

  • Business development opportunities with existing and new clients, including cross-selling opportunities, are identified and acted upon

Preferred Qualifications

Professionally Qualified – ideally Project Management/ Construction/Engineering/Quantity Surveying Degree

  • Minimum 15 years experience within a similar consultancy or other relevant business

  • You will have demonstrable experience of leading projects of at least £50M value

  • Strong understanding of contracts (particularly NEC3/4, P21/P22, JCT)

  • Demonstrable experience in the following sectors: science, health, higher education.

  • A successful track record in sourcing and winning new commissions predominantly in the Science & Healthcare sectors at Director level.

  • Experienced in a senior client management role – Able to manage the account in terms of projects that are ‘live’, plus seeking new opportunities.


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 Program and Project Management

Business Line Buildings & Places

Business Group Design and Consulting Services Group (DCS)

Country United Kingdom

Position Status Full-Time

Requisition/Vacancy No. 237568BR

Additional Locations UK - Cambridge - Wellbrook Court, UK - London - Aldgate Tower

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.