AECOM Manager / Senior Manager - Strategic Initiatives in Los Angeles, California

Business Line AECOM Corporate

Position Title Manager / Senior Manager - Strategic Initiatives

United States of America - California

Los Angeles

Job Summary

The Manager / Senior Manager – Strategic Initiatives will help advance the agenda of AECOM’s Chairman and CEO (“Chairman”) and senior executive leadership. Reporting to the Chairman’s Chief of Staff (“COS”), this position will be responsible for planning, managing, and executing a variety of initiatives, processes and special projects for the Office of the Chairman and CEO. The position provides the opportunity to gain insight into the inner workings of a Fortune 500 company with a global reach in 150 countries through its 87,000 employees.

Critical components of the role include managing independent initiatives; market research; data and financial analysis; research and development of executive briefings; scope and agenda development for senior executive meetings; major event planning and execution; and external partner and client relationship management.

The successful candidate will have the ability to seamlessly operate in an extremely fast-paced, environment demonstrating flexibility in handling responsibilities at all levels and working collaboratively across teams to achieve results. This position requires handling of complex and sensitive situations and the balancing of multiple roles and responsibilities with a sense of urgency and purpose. The role is based at AECOM’s corporate headquarters in Century City and may require travel.


The Manager / Senior Manager – Strategic Initiatives, Office of the Chairman & CEO will:

  • In preparation for the Chairman’s international and domestic meetings, ensure clarity and purpose of all interactions, including identifying key stakeholders. Lead the research and preparation of executive briefing materials, meeting objectives and talking points. Oversee and/or develop biographies, presentations, financial and business reports, scripts, and other materials for key meetings and events with internal and external parties including senior-level AECOM operational and corporate managers, employees in the Communications, Finance, Investor Relations, M&A and Government Relations functions; AECOM Board members, government officials, senior business partners, and clients.

  • Develop an excellent understanding of AECOM and its key stakeholders, and maintain an excellent understanding of current strategic, management, and policy issues to be able to provide timely advice to the Chairman and COS. Establish strong working relationships with key stakeholders, including AECOM’s Executive Leadership Team, Executive Committee, leaders and managers, and other key internal and external contacts.

  • Work with the Chairman’s COS to establish strategic priorities on a rolling basis, reassessing status weekly or more frequently, and adjusting plans as necessary.

  • Oversee and/or conduct market research, competitive, analysis, strategic analysis, presentation development and project execution as needed.

  • Support the management of key organizational processes and strategic projects.

  • Manage corporate assets and budgets for the Office of the Chairman & CEO.

  • Support the management and coordination of the executive calendar and activities, including calls, meetings, conferences, presentations and communications.

  • Routinely track, assess and provide information on geopolitical issues and trends to ensure that the executives remain up-to-date on emerging global issues.

  • A wide degree of initiative, creativity and latitude is expected.

  • This career opportunity is ideally suited for a candidate who has strong business acumen, a combination of financial, operational and/or communications experience, exceptional organizational and communication skills, executive presence, and the desire to work for a large, complex and publicly-traded organization.

Minimum Requirements

  • Five or more years of applicable work experience in a large, complex and publicly-traded global organization and/or government agency at the corporate/executive level

  • Substantial research and writing experience; market research and data analysis, strategic planning, financial analysis, modeling, reporting, and project and program management at the C-suite or equivalent level

  • Proven experience managing individuals and teams, directly or indirectly

  • Demonstrated leadership skills, analytical abilities, and experience with strategic planning processes

  • Prior experience within AECOM’s industry/end markets is a plus

  • Post-graduate degree (MBA, JD, etc.) highly preferred


  • Demonstrated ability to plan, organize, coordinate and direct multiple projects and activities with varied deadlines;

  • Ability to develop and executive on short-term and long-term strategic plans;

  • Ability to navigate complex political and relational situations to achieve business and strategic goals;

  • Ability to communicate and lead in a manner that fosters understanding, teamwork, employee engagement and commitment to results; ability to set priorities and work well with all levels of the organization

  • Ability to handle matters requiring significant discretion and confidentiality

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills

  • Highly proficient written and verbal English-language skills; language skills preferred if relevant to a major AECOM market

  • Executive presence necessary to interaction with senior executives, government officials, external partners, and current and potential clients

  • Unimpeachable ethical judgment and track record

Preferred Qualifications

  • Local Candidates preferred

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.

At AECOM, employee's safety and security are our top Safeguarding core value. All employees are expected to set the highest level of safety expectation in their work, display the highest level of safe behavior, and actively participate in AECOM's Safety For Life Program. SH&E is a part of our company culture and participation is required for all employees.

NOTICE TO THIRD PARTY AGENCIES: Please note that AECOM does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters or employment agencies. In the absence of a signed Recruitment Fee Agreement, AECOM will not consider or agree to payment of any referral compensation or recruiter fee. In the event a recruiter or agency submits a resume or candidate without a previously signed agreement, AECOM explicitly reserves the right to pursue and hire those candidate(s) without any financial obligation to the recruiter or agency. Any unsolicited resumes, including those submitted to hiring managers, are deemed to be the property of AECOM.

Job Category Program and Project Management

Business Group Corporate

Country United States of America

Position Status Full-Time

Requisition/Vacancy No. 181492BR

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.