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AECOM Transportation Planning Sr Manager - Transit/Rail Project in Detroit, Michigan

Company Description

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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.

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Job Description

AECOM is seeking a Transportation Planning Senior Manager to be based in Cleveland, Akron, Cincinnati, Columbus, OH, or Detroit, MI.


AECOM is actively looking for a creative, highly talented Transportation Planning Senior Manager to lead projects and teams in the Greater West subregion of the US West Transit-Rail business line and collaborate with the US West Transit leadership team. This candidate will be able to demonstrate a successful career path in transit and multi-modal transportation planning to serve as a Project Manager working with clients, diverse projects, and project teams. Our typical portfolio of projects in our Midwest states includes transit project development and delivery; strategic planning and vision studies; long-range transportation plans; zero-emission vehicle transition and funding strategies; capital plans; program management; transit service planning; analysis of grant funding opportunities; emerging technology deployments; transit-oriented development plans; and many more. The ideal candidate will demonstrate an ability to be highly organized, work well independently and collaboratively with the team, and the ability to communicate clearly, delivering excellent reports, studies, and documents to the client. This candidate will be a highly experienced manager with full oversight, authority, and accountability for larger, more visible, complex projects and teams. The candidate will play a key role in understanding the strategic development of client relationships and positioning for transit and rail opportunities.


  • Managing project teams, supervising staff, and mentoring professional colleagues in a diverse workplace

  • Applying technical excellence in transit and transportation planning, particularly FTA, FRA, and USDOT project development and funding processes

  • Identifying and supporting business development leads and marketing/proposal efforts, with a particular focus on the Great Lakes states (OH, MI, IN, IL, KY)

  • Working to meet financial and project management goals as defined by the organization annually

  • Managing a portfolio of clients with multiple projects



  • Bachelor's Degree + 10 years of relevant experience or demonstrated equivalency of experience and/or education, including 2 years of leadership


  • Bachelor's or Master's Degree in transportation planning, urban planning, civil engineering, or another engineering or allied professional discipline

  • 10+ years of previous experience, including project management and people management, on transit and multi-modal transportation studies and projects; professional experience or demonstrated equivalency of experience and/or education

  • Technical expertise in transit project development processes and requirements, particularly FTA, FRA, and USDOT project development and funding resources

  • Excellent verbal and written English communication skills

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), GIS skills, or similar applications.

  • Experience using project management tools such as MS Project, Sharepoint, and other collaboration software.

  • American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) or Licensed Professional Engineer (PE)

  • Experience managing multidisciplinary projects and teams, including sub-consultants

  • Ability to promote and initiate transportation solutions for a broad application of client needs

  • Experience with business development/client relations

  • Experience with client proposals and interviews

  • Experience with managing people at various experience levels and ability to mentor with their career development

Additional Information

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

  • Travel may be required for this position

  • Sponsorship is available for this position

  • Relocation is available for this position

  • Offered rate of compensation (Michigan locations only) will be based on individual education, qualifications, experience, and work location. The salary range for this position is $106800.34 - $197580.63

  • 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 and disability benefits, paid time off, leaves of absence, voluntary benefits, perks, wellness and global well-being, and global EAP, Business Travel and Service Awards programs


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: J10097049

Business Line: Transportation

Business Group: DCS

Strategic Business Unit: West

Career Area: Planning

Work Location Model: Hybrid