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AECOM Senior Specification Writer in Chicago, Illinois

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 nearly 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

About Buildings + Places:

Our Buildings + Places practice includes architecture, interiors, building and system engineering, urbanism and planning (inclusive of landscape design), strategy +, economics, technology solutions, asset advisory, and cost and program management. This diverse team assists our clients from strategy through project realization, creating positive outcomes for those who occupy and use the buildings and environments we help to create. Our Chicago studio focuses on the Commercial/Corporate, Science and Technology, Higher Education and Federal market sectors. We look to combine beauty, sustainability, resiliency, equity, and innovation in our projects and believe these values can be instilled in any project regardless of size or budget.

Some of our recent projects include the new LA Clippers Arena, the Chicago Riverwalk , Autonomous Vehicle R&D Facilities, neighborhood resilience plans, cutting edge scientific research facilities, and global headquarters.

Job Summary/Responsibilities:

Senior Specification Writer will utilize knowledge of construction products, materials, and methods to write specifications for a variety of complex projects and building types which may include commercial office, education, healthcare, science and technology, and other diverse building types. The selected individual will have a good working knowledge of building codes and construction materials and techniques.

The responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Leads the specifications writing and management for multiple projects

  • Will work to identify LEED, and other sustainability measurement methods in their work

  • Work as a collaborative member of a team and assist staff in the preparation of contract documents

  • This position will use their multi-discipline knowledge of architecture to interact with the teams in multiple offices to develop detailed, project specific specifications

  • Will review drawings and other project information to write and edit project specifications

  • Uses thorough understanding of project design requirements to translate project needs

  • Maintains awareness of industry reference standards and resources.

  • Propose continual development and improvement of master specifications including it specialized content for project type or regional conditions as well as sustainable content, based on project work.


Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Architecture, Engineering or a related field + 6 years of relevant experience or demonstrated equivalency of experience and/or education.

  • Preferred Qualifications:

  • 10+ years of relevant experience with 5 years of experience in specification writing.

  • Good working knowledge of building codes and construction materials and techniques.

  • Architectural Licensure.

  • Be able to manage multiple projects and deadlines - phases, milestone deliveries and various project delivery types.

  • Knowledge of specification formats – Masterformat, Uniformat and narrative approaches.

  • Strong experience with MS Office software.

  • Good working knowledge of recent contract laws as it applies to construction.

  • Knowledgeable of LEED, and other sustainability measurement methods.

  • Strong communication skills.

Additional Information

Additional Information:

  • Offered rate of compensation will be based on individual education, qualifications, experience, and work location. The salary range for this position $92,000 - $120,000

  • This role can be supported in a hybrid or fully remote schedule

  • Sponsorship is not available for this position.

  • Relocation is not available for this position.


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 $13.1 billion in fiscal year 2022. 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: J10102083

Business Line: B&P - Buildings & Places

Business Group: DCS

Strategic Business Unit: West

Career Area: Design

Work Location Model: Remote