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AECOM Senior Grid Modernization Project Manager in Oakland, California

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 over 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

AECOM is seeking a Senior Grid Modernization Project Manager with a passion for driving results to join our high-performing energy practice team. In this role, the senior project manager will plan, direct, and execute on moderate to large sized projects centered around the accelerating energy transformation. They will manage and lead project teams to delivery technical excellence, financial performance, and client satisfaction using structured processes and tools.

The successful candidate:

  • Possesses working knowledge of transmission and distribution (T&D) systems and electric utilities in California.

  • Has experience overseeing design, permitting, and construction of underground and overhead power distribution infrastructure.

  • Familiar with substation design and construction requirements and best practices

  • Familiar with regulated utility frameworks

  • Expected to be an accountable self-starter and result-oriented individual with strong interpersonal, organizational, problem-solving, collaboration and leadership skills and the ability to communicate his or her vision and coordinate with technical staff and other team members to achieve project goals.

  • Experienced in checking completed technical work for adequacy of design and documentation.

  • Experienced in working with a diverse team of professionals at all levels including, but not limited to: project managers, construction managers, project controls professionals, estimating, public outreach, procurement professionals, environmental professionals, consultants, owners engineers, safety professionals, risk management, client leaders and executives, etc.

  • Has ability to effectively communicate expectations and requirements with both clients and team members

  • Is able to assist with recruitment, mentoring and training of staff and team members

  • Can perform other department and/or program duties as required.


AECOM’s Energy practice provides a wide range of services from consulting and engineering design to program, project and construction management for utility, commercial/industrial, and renewable energy clients. Our understanding of the big picture – and the interconnection between generation, transmission, distribution, storage, and the demand side of the meter – allows us to deliver holistic strategies that improve and modernize next generation energy infrastructure. We connect knowledge and experience across our global framework to bring together a unique combination of engineers, planners, scientists, and project managers who advance cleaner, secure, and more sustainable energy solutions.


Minimum Requirements:

  • BS in Engineering or related technical field.

  • 8 years of relevant experience, including project management, engineering or oversight of underground or overhead distribution or transmission line construction.

  • Demonstrated experience delivering work on fast paced projects and/or programs with high quality on schedule and within scope and budget

  • Experience with regional and national utilities, independent system operators (ISOs) and regulatory agencies

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with project management, design or construction of new or upgraded distribution lines, transmission lines and substations, voltage levels from 12kV to 500kV.

  • Knowledge of power distribution equipment and construction means and methods

  • Proficient with survey, base mapping, geographic information systems (GIS) and LiDAR

  • Located in California or willing to relocate

  • Professional Engineer (P.E.)

  • Project Management Professional (PMP)

  • Master’s degree in technical discipline

  • Experience with GO128, GO95 and/or NESC

  • Experience with providing Quality Assurance/Quality Control reviews

Additional Information

  • Relocation assistance is not available for this role

  • Sponsorship is available for this role

Offered compensation will be based on location and individual qualifications. The expected range is $122,820.39 - $175,019.06.


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: J10105549

Business Line: Energy

Business Group: DCS

Strategic Business Unit: East

Career Area: Program & Project Management

Work Location Model: Hybrid