Associate/Technical Director – Transmission Lead (UK wide)

  • Contract
  • Bristol
  • Posted 1 month ago


Company Description

At 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 Description

AECOM is looking to recruit a HV primary design focused Technical Director to lead the Electricity Transmission Workstream in our UK Transmission and Distribution (T&D) department. Our T&D team delivers HV design for electrical power projects at transmission and distribution voltage levels.


You can be based in any of our UK&I locations spread across Ashford, Basingstoke, Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Croydon, Dublin, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Leeds, London Aldgate, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Plymouth, St Albans. If you are not located near a main office, we will consider a remote-/hybrid working arrangement.

The focus of this role is:

To lead the HV design workstream (circa 20 staff) on a portfolio of projects related to electricity transmission infrastructure, EHV/HV grid connections, and private networks at voltage levels normally between 110kV to 400kV. Typical projects include feasibility studies, optioneering, FEED, detailed design and design assurance on existing or new substations, grid connections and other transmission connected infrastructure.

Lead business development and client engagement on portfolio of clients such as National Grid, data centre developers, large commercial and industrial companies.

Lead on internal governance related to bidding and project delivery.

This is a very senior role within AECOM’s UK&I T&D practice, which requires a strong technical understanding of the T&D sector, excellent leadership ability and the ability to gain the confidence and trust of major clients. The ability to identify the most appropriate solutions to a wide range of projects, including promoting innovative ideas is an important requirement of the role.

The work typically comes from:

  • Large projects and frameworks with transmission network operators mostly in UK and Ireland but also in the Middle East and other regions globally.

  • Client and owners engineer role on construction of HV infrastructure.

  • Connections of renewable generation and major demand customers, including hyperscale data centres.

  • Supporting internal AECOM clients delivering large industrial and electrification projects.

The role is focused on primary plant, but an understanding of secondary system design will be advantageous. The Transmission Lead will need to take an active role in the full range of project life-cycle activities from bidding and work-winning, through pre-contract design to final commissioning and handover.

The role is a key position in the T&D practice leadership, reporting directly to the T&D Practice Lead. In addition to the engineering responsibilities, this role includes leading business development bidding activities, participating in the strategic development of the practice, building the team and supporting all parts of the AECOM business. There are opportunities to support the global AECOM T&D practice.



Wide –ranging experience of all aspects of electricity transmission infrastructure projects Substantial previous UK experience within a consultancy, contractor in the energy sector.(utilities experience will also be considered) Previous experience leading teams and operating at a senior leadership level within a consultancy, contractor or utility in the electricity energy sector. Some past experience as FEED designer, detailed design or owner’s engineer role. Extensive client facing experience ideally in the transmission utility and developer community in UK. Understanding of electrical plant items and control systems such as transformers, circuit breakers, HVDC system Previous experience within bidding and business development as this is a key aspect of the role


The value of diversity and inclusion is readily apparent in creating a collaborative, supportive working environment and in delivering innovative, contextually appropriate projects. It is very important to both what we do and the way we do it. We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences. The important thing for us is that you can demonstrate that you can effectively fulfil the needs of the role. If you feel you can fulfil the requirements of the role, but there are other factors that are making you hesitant in applying, we would still like to hear from you and see if we can work together to overcome any challenges.

Additional Information

With 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: J10059220

Business Line: Energy

Business Group: DCS

Strategic Business Unit: Europe & India

Career Area: Engineering

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