AECOM Principal Transport Planner - Safety Specialist, Abu Dhabi in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Business Line Transportation

Position Title Principal Transport Planner - Safety Specialist, Abu Dhabi

United Arab Emirates - Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi

Job Summary

The SP&A Team provides a full range of traffic and transportation planning services and is a key component in the Civil Infrastructure Business Line. Our Vision is to be the most recognized and trusted provider of transportation planning services to our clients in the Middle East. We envisage being the Middle East Centre of Excellence in all aspects of transport planning, but particularly in multi-modal transport master planning and transport modelling. AECOM’s core services in this field include:

  • Strategic Multi-Modal Transport Modelling

  • Transport Impact Assessments

  • Demand Forecasting and Management

  • Transport Network /Master Planning

  • Transport Policy & Strategy Development

  • Traffic Capacity Analysis

  • Parking Studies, Layout & Design

  • Access Management

  • Traffic Signal Timing

  • Traffic Engineering

  • Micro Traffic Simulation

  • Freight Planning and Logistics

  • Intelligent Transport Systems

  • 3D Modelling & Evaluation

  • Road Safety Studies & Operational Reviews

This position will be responsible for providing technical leadership in a variety of these service offerings, but with particular responsibility for road safety studies and audits, operational reviews, transport safety policy, and access management.

The duties of the Principal Transport Planner/Engineer - Safety Specialist fall broadly into two categories – Business Development and Technical Management. Key duties are as follows.

Business Development

  • Ensure key strategic relationships with internal and external partners and stakeholders are effectively developed, managed and maintained

  • Manage, lead and produce technical and financial bids for projects in the region and across other business lines

  • Ensure delivery is in line with the Business Line’s corporate objectives, on time and within the agreed budget

  • Effectively represent AECOM to relevant government departments, external agencies and other bodies appropriate to the post

  • Plan, direct and deliver the Services in accordance with appropriate procedures and legislation

  • Develop and implement initiatives to enhance AECOM’s Transportation Safety services offering, product, and supporting infrastructure (e.g. software, modelling tools, capability statement, etc.)

  • Maintain appropriate liaison with the business community, stakeholder and advisory groups

  • Maintain a watching brief on best working practices within and beyond local government, and ensure these are effectively communicated to the team

  • Identify talent within the transport safety community, and work with the Director of SP&A to recruit other engineers/planners into the SP&A team to enhance local capabilities and grow the business in accordance with workload

  • Liaise with other AECOM geographies to maximize the AECOM offering

Technical Management

  • Effectively advise on transport planning and safety policies and their implementation and the related allocation of resources in relation to all services covered by this post

  • Takes the lead on relevant projects

  • Be aware of and adhere to relevant legislation, codes of practice and departmental policies when planning and directing the delivery of transport safety planning projects in the region

  • Continuously improve technical and industry knowledge by participating in forums and other industry related programs

  • research, analyse and report on a range of quantitative and qualitative freight transport related projects

  • Prepare tender submissions

  • Act as Project Manager or Project Director, as necessary

  • Develop detailed methodologies

  • Produce guides, case studies and deliver presentations

  • Undertake data recording and analysis tasks

  • Manage the preparation of client reports, bringing together the contributions from other specialist areas of the business

  • Review internal processes for effectiveness and efficiency and suggest possible areas for improvement where necessary

  • Other duties as required

Minimum Requirements

The candidate should have:

  • Good understanding of industry practices and regulations, including the underlying principles sufficient to carry out and lead Road Safety Audits

  • Sound database / spreadsheet skills or preferably abilities in statistical / transport modelling software and the ability to handle large data sets

  • Good comprehension of transportation policy and regulatory systems

  • Experience in general highways and traffic engineering design and in design in urban environments

  • Working knowledge of AutoCAD, MicroStation beneficial

  • A clear appreciation and understanding of fundamental highways / traffic engineering principles (to facilitate the change to working on UAE technical standards)

  • Excellent Project Management skills

  • Sound commercial acumen and business plan development

Preferred Qualifications


  • Bachelors Degree Level Qualification or higher in a related field (mandatory)

  • Masters Degree (preferred)

Work Experience

  • Minimum of 10-15 years of relevant experience in the field of transport planning and engineering of which at least 5 years must be focussed on transport safety

Professional Accreditation

  • Accreditation as SoRSA Team Leader, or equivalent (mandatory)

What We Offer

AECOM is a place where you can put your innovative thinking and business skills into high gear and work alongside other highly intelligent and motivated people. It's a place where you can apply your skills to some of the world's most challenging, interesting, and meaningful projects worldwide. It's a place that values the diversity of our areas of practice and our people. It's what makes AECOM a great place to work and grow. AECOM is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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Job Category Engineering - Transportation

Country United Arab Emirates

Position Status Full-Time

Requisition/Vacancy No. 156473BR