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Design Manager - Middle East

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Job Summary

AECOM has excellent career opportunities for a creative, highly talented and experienced Design Manager for improved water security projects in the Middle East. The Design Manager will lead and manage and integrated, multidiscipline project design team for delivery of technical services for design and construction of water supply, wastewater, vertical structures and other infrastructure projects. The Design Manager reports to the project Chief of Party.

Overseeing an integrated engineering services team supported by other specialized staff, the Design manager coordinates and oversees engineering assessments, studies, designs, preparation of tender documents, and provides technical support during tendering and construction. The project includes multiple study and design tasks, each planned to achieve specific objectives as detailed in USAID’s Scope of Work.

The Design Manager leads technical teams for multiple design efforts. In this position s/he is responsible for coordinating resources with AECOM’s home office team, tracking and controlling design task budgets, monitoring activity schedules and providing quality assurance of all project design deliverables.

Responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Managing multi-disciplinary design teams of engineers, technical staff, and scientists to complete the work activities assigned by USAID;
  • Establishing design standards for projects, coordinated with associated infrastructure project designs to provide an integrated design approach and consistent quality of tender documents;
  • Overseeing the preparation of detailed designs, specifications, and tender documents to fulfill the defined scope of work, and for identified immediate needs and/or short-term needs;
  • Overseeing special studies such as geologic and hydrological studies, groundwater modeling, hydraulic modeling of new and existing networks, and water quality analyses;
  • Coordinating activities of energy specialists to investigate different options to reduce operation costs, including the use of non-traditional energy sources;
  • Assisting with the development of work activity scopes of work;
  • Preparing and managing project schedules;
  • Preparing feasibility studies, environmental impact assessments and Basis of Design Reports;
  • Managing in-country design teams and coordinating with US-based AECOM design teams
  • Leading design review meetings, recording and preparing meeting minutes, and tracking action items;
  • Managing the development of project deliverables with the design team;
  • Coordinating with in-country governmental agencies regarding government regulations, specifications, and design and construction standards;
  • Coordinating with in-country government agencies for design review and approvals;
  • Providing pre-construction contract assistance, responding to RFIs and preparing Addenda as necessary
  • Leading engineering services during construction including RFI response and review of submittals;
  • Providing technical support to local construction management teams and US-based CM support teams during tendering and construction phases;
  • Providing assistance and training to local staff, or local agencies and utilities as required through adapting the best international standards in conducting operation and maintenance in the water sector.


Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering or related degree, or demonstrated equivalency of education and/or experience.
  • 6 years of professional experience in the water and wastewater infrastructure design, including developing and managing the preparation of design reports, drawings, specifications, and construction management manuals
  • Professional Engineer (PE) license
  • 5 years' experience on large projects with multiple tasks or contracts, including feasibility studies and designs of water and wastewater projects.
  • As a condition of employment, position requires candidates to work and live internationally to support project.
  • Proven experience in handling cross-cultural situations with political, cultural and ethnic sensitivities and security environments.
  • Demonstrated problem solving and leadership experience and the ability to work in environments with political, cultural and ethnic sensitivities.
  • As a condition of employment, position requires employment screenings including successful background check, substance abuse test, and medical clearance.

Preferred Qualifications

  • 10 years of professional experience in the water and wastewater infrastructure design,
  • Highly motivated self-starter with solid writing and verbal communication skills·
  • High level organizational, communication, leadership, problem solving, and time management skills is highly preferred.
  • Experience in managing multi-national engineering subcontractors
  • Experience managing design projects in AutoCAD, BIM, or similar design software
  • Experience in services during construction, including answering RFI’s, preparing addenda, and reviewing submittals
  • Previous experience working internationally to support U.S. government agency projects
  • Proficient in MS Suite, SharePoint (or similar collaboration tools) and remote communications applications such as Teams, Zoom, etc.
  • Previous experience living and working in the Middle East
  • Previous experience working internationally to support U.S. government agency projects
  • Familiarity with USAID procedures and protocols, reporting and organizational structure.

Additional Information

All of your information will be kept confidential in accordance with EEO guidelines

This position does not offer sponsorship

This position does offer relocation assistance

Offered rate of compensation will be based on individual education, qualifications, experience, and work location. The salary range for this position is $110,000 - 175,500.


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: J10094075

Business Line: Water

Business Group: DCS

Strategic Business Unit: East

Career Area: Engineering

Work Location Model: Remote

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