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AECOM VP, Region Practice Lead, Environment Planning & Permitting (EPP), U.S in Seattle, Washington

Job Summary

AECOM has an exciting opportunity for a dynamic professional to lead our Environment Planning & Permitting (EPP) practice for the U.S. West region.

By anticipating and addressing permit requirements early in project design, we help implement permitting strategy, schedule, and mitigation plans that expedite permit acquisition and compliance. Our expert regulatory negotiations throughout the project lifecycle help resolve technical issues and develop favorable permit conditions while maintaining project schedules and ensuring compliance.

We resolve impact assessment and permitting needs associated with air quality, water, wetlands, cultural issues, public health, and stakeholder concerns across a wide range of federal, state, and local programs and requirements for numerous energy, industrial, waste disposal, utilities, and developer clients worldwide.

Responsible for the overall performance for the EPP Practice, the Regional Practice Leader provides practice based business leadership, developing a staff of seller doers and driving growth. This role can be based out of any of our offices in the U.S. West region.

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.

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

Business Development:

  • Focus resources and BD spend on strategic/ targeted clients that have the greatest potential for revenue growth, attractive pricing and long-term repeat business

  • Raise the profile of the Practice across the region as the leading provider of environmental solutions to regulators, clients and potential employees

  • Develop a team and culture of seller-doers through the Department Managers and Team Leaders to secure projects from targeted clients

  • Work with Americas Practice Directors, Market Sector Directors and Regional BD to develop, capture, and grow market share for the Practice across the Region

  • Foster a rigorous Go/No-Go decision framework to prioritize BD investment

  • Actively seek to maximize pricing through project fee type, basis of underlying rates and approach

  • Champion internal, cross business line collaboration to showcase AECOM’s ability to provide outstanding all-around client service


Build a culture that values and promotes equity, diversity, and inclusivity, safety, quality, staff recognition, and encouragement towards overall career development:

  • Lead the EPP team by focusing on short and long term objectives around people, projects, and operations.

  • Conduct routine check-ins with direct reports to drive engagement, assess performance where needed, and discuss career planning and objectives.

  • Connect with team members via skip level calls and townhall meetings to promote retention and engagement

  • Foster career development for employee engagement and retention throughout the practice

  • Develop and continue to assess succession plan for self, department managers, team leads and other critical roles across the department

  • Foster an environment where employees are empowered and engaged to do their best work. Minimize employee turnover and work to grow headcount.

  • Cascade communications regarding the business/practice to teams in a timely manner and provide opportunity for feedback/discussion. Provide feedback to RPL on the input from and engagement of direct reports.


  • Adapt to changing business conditions to optimize operating performance for the practice and achieve fiscal year plan objectives

  • Ensure department managers are managing teams and workloads appropriately; collaborate with other teams/practices to workshare when appropriate

  • Partner with operations and project team to mitigate risk.

  • Partner with RBLL and Operations Leader to deliver on all KPIs (Revenue Growth, EBITA, Utilization, Staff Engagement Scores, Hiring, Turnover, Safety, Quality)

  • Achieve practice’s gross hiring targets; support centralized hiring program.

  • Apply best practices to project delivery by leveraging business line practices, centers of excellence, technology, and standard methodologies

Key Competencies:

Talent Developer – Build diverse and inclusive teams, enable success through trust, psychological safety, autonomy, accountability, and alignment

Highly Accountable – Vision centered leader with a high level of accountability, Leads with AECOM values.

Industry Standout – Leader in field, market, or clients with a passion for our work

Client Builder – Catalyst for innovation & solutions for our clients

Business Acumen - Planning, Operations, Finance and Strategy

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree in planning, Science or Engineering in relevant field

  • 20+ years related experience including 8+ years business development, operations management, profit & loss, and leading teams

  • Extensive experience in driving growth, developing strategy, generating sales,

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience managing a business of comparable size, with background in environmental planning.

  • Ability to drive change

What We Offer

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.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

Job Category Engineering - Environmental

Business Line Geography OH

Business Group Design and Consulting Services Group (DCS)

Country United States of America

Position Status Full Time

Requisition/Vacancy No. 269257BR

Additional Locations US - Chicago, IL - 303 E Wacker Drive, US - Dallas, TX - 13355 Noel Road, US - Los Angeles, CA - 300 N Los Angeles St, US - Phoenix, AZ - 11 South Central Aveune, US - Portland, OR - 888 SW 5th Avenue, Suite 600, US - San Francisco, CA - 100 Pine Street, US - Seattle, WA - 1111 3rd Avenue

Virtual: Yes

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.