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AECOM Water Resources Leader (Chicago Metro) in Chicago, Illinois

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 actively seeking a Water Resources Leader for our Chicago water resources group which specializes in H&H modeling, dam removal, ecosystem/stream restoration, and drainage design. The candidate would be based out of AECOM’s Chicago, Illinois office. Some work can be performed remotely.

The Water Resources Leader will be an expert seller/doer in H&H modeling and engineering design. This individual will be a creative and highly talented technical leader responsible for the oversight, management and business development of large, complex local, state, and federal projects. Depending on the candidate’s technical specialty, projects may include H&H modeling, dam removal, ecosystem/stream restoration, drainage design and other water resources planning and design projects.

The appropriately qualified applicant will be able to demonstrate an established career with strong client contacts, relationships and engineering experience with Local, State, and Federal water resources clients in City of Chicago, Illinois, and the Great Lakes Area.

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

  • Win work by leading and/or supporting major pursuits. Maintain strong relationships with targeted key clients to position AECOM in the market to win major opportunities and deliver to the highest standard.

  • Be a leader within the water resources industry, maintaining strong relationships with targeted senior clients to enable a deep understanding of their needs. Promote a client-focused culture through this leadership.

  • Leads and develops high performing team members and teams. Maximizes engagement and retention, demonstrating personal leadership of AECOM’s cultural standards; fosters an inclusive environment where people succeed and fulfill their potential.

  • Active involvement in business and staff development across City of Chicago, Illinois, and Great Lakes Area, and collaboration with other offices within AECOM’s West Region and beyond.

  • Working with regional Water Business Line leadership on local and regional initiatives.

Skills & Attributes

  • Impactful with senior business leaders, project leaders, and clients. Engages and motivates team members and teams through a clear vision and direction.

  • Communicates with confidence – builds broad and deep external networks, uses a full range of available communication mediums to inspire and engage others, demonstrates empathy, understanding, and active listening skills, elicits and is receptive to feedback, encourages others to speak up.

  • Passionate about creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive team and demonstrates behavior consistent with AECOM’s Equity Diversity & Inclusion (ED&I) vision.

  • Role models standards and expectations – seeks excellence, communicates frequently and clearly, is strategic, is results-focused, is accountable, makes fact-based decisions, innovates and collaborates.

  • Experienced in successfully managing complex projects and meeting delivery requirements.

  • Builds high performance teams, is an architect and leader of change, expands capability and capacity, drives flawless execution.

  • Demonstrated commercial acumen, and the ability to develop a strong client base.


Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor's and 8+ years of relevant experience or demonstrated equivalency of experience and/or education

Preferred Qualifications

  • 15+ years of relevant water resources engineering experience

  • Professional Engineer (P.E.) in Illinois or ability to obtain within 6 months of work

  • Master’s degree in Civil or Environmental Engineering or related field

  • 2+ years of leadership experience

  • 10+ years of proven Project Management experience

  • Experience with project management requirements and systems

  • Experience or interest in business operations and internal finance

  • Knowledge of technical software and modeling

  • Strong team leader with excellent interpersonal skills who effectively works with and supports team members

  • Collaborative; shares knowledge, experience, ideas and expertise for the betterment of group and self

  • Is diligent and able to work consistently to deadlines under tight time frames

  • Good understanding of the Greater Chicago Area market and state agencies, and ability to support marketing efforts in pursuing work

  • Public presentation experience

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: J10089425

Business Line: Water

Business Group: DCS

Strategic Business Unit: West

Career Area: Engineering

Work Location Model: Hybrid