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AECOM VP, Senior Water Leader in Columbia, South Carolina

Company Description

How will you make your mark?

At AECOM, our work in providing access to clean water enables communities to thrive and ecosystems to flourish, contributing to a resilient future. As a global leader in infrastructure consulting, we are at the forefront of significant water projects, with over 6,000 of the industry’s best minds driving innovation and technical excellence. Together, we develop solutions that are not only best in the world, but best for the world.

With an acceleration in infrastructure investment, your bold ideas and global expertise have never been more crucial. Join our dynamic team, where innovation, career growth, and collaboration are celebrated. Enjoy the freedom to grow with customizable career paths, water-specific technical and professional development and the potential to contribute to transformational projects worldwide. Discover your #H2Opportunity!

Job Description

AECOM is seeking a qualified candidate to fill the role of VP, Senior Water Leader for the South Carolina Area within the Southeast sub-area of the East Region. The successful candidate will report to the Southeast Regional Business Line Leader (RBLL) for the Water Business Line in the US East geography and coordinate closely with other local Area Business Line Leads.

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

  • Lead the South Carolina Water business in a manner that exemplifies AECOM’s core values: Safeguard, Innovate, Collaborate, Deliver, Thrive, and Selflessness.

  • Develop and execute the business growth strategy for the municipal water market which, aligns to regional and national objectives and initiatives.

  • Identify, manage, and participate in key industry events that align with the growth strategy.

  • Create and maintain a robust pipeline of project opportunities as documented and managed in AECOM’s client relationship management database.

  • Assist in leading key pursuits, proposal reviews and interview preparation.

  • Lead and develop a strong and diverse team of capture managers, client account managers, and technical practitioners.

  • Recruit, retain, and develop top talent, and support their career planning via AECOM’s goal setting and performance management system.

  • Set and actively manage the team’s direct project utilization in a manner that aligns with the growth strategy and regional objectives.

  • Collaborate with the Director of Operations to foster and promote a culture of excellence in people management, project management, cost controls, and overall profit and loss center management.

  • Serve as Principal in Charge for existing clients across the project portfolio.

  • Support operations and project delivery teams in exceeding key project performance goals (i.e. net service revenue, margin, billings, and collections)

  • Apply best practices to project delivery by leveraging technology and standard methodologies of the Technical Practice Network (TPN)

  • Coordinate with the office of Risk Management to align on AECOM’s risk tolerances, procedures, and approval matrix.


Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in civil, environmental or related technical discipline

  • Professional Engineering License

  • 10 years of experience in the water market and programs in the South Carolina area, with at least two years in a leadership or management role

  • Demonstrated experience managing project managers, engineers, designers, and client accounts.

  • Proven experience in the successful management of business financials for engineering and consulting contracts.

  • Valid U.S. Driver’s License and as a condition of employment, must be able to pass AECOM’s Motor Vehicle Records review

  • AECOM Project Management Certification (applies only to internal AECOM candidates)

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in relevant technical discipline

  • 15 years of experience in water market and programs in the South Carolina area, with at least five years in a leadership or management role

  • Professional Engineering License in SC

  • Residence and experience concentration in Columbia, SC

Additional Information

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

  • Relocation assistance may be available for this opportunity.

  • Sponsorship is available for this opportunity.


Offered compensation will be based on location and individual qualifications. The expected range is $150,000.00 - $220,000.00.


AECOM is proud to offer a comprehensive benefits program to meet the diverse needs of our employees. Depending on your employment status, AECOM benefits may include medical, dental, vision, life, AD&D, disability benefits, paid time off, leaves of absence, voluntary benefits, perks, U.S. and global well-being programs, employee assistance program, business travel insurance, service recognition awards, retirement savings plan, and employee stock purchase plan.

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: J10104467

Business Line: Water

Business Group: DCS

Strategic Business Unit: East

Career Area: Business Management

Work Location Model: Hybrid