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Urban Strategist

Company Name: AECOM
Employment Type:Full Time
Location: Dubai
Experience: 2+ years
Degree: Bachelor
Gender:Any
Age:Any  
Nationality: Any
Salary:Unspecified
No. Of Vacancies:1
Job Description:
About the Role:
Required to be a subject matter expert in bridging urban planning & design practices with urban analytics and computational programming to advance the AECOM’s digital capabilities and increase productivity through investigation of new technical innovations and assess their viability
Work closely with Director – Urbanism +Planning to grow AECOM ME’s capabilities in introducing urban data analysis (both pre-computed analysis & generative modelling), building digital twins and other related technologies
Provide detailed and specific advice regarding the application of Urban AI specialism to the U+P AECOM’s planning and operations. Actively maintain knowledge in one or more identifiable specialisms. Where appropriate, collaborate with other specialists to ensure the advice given is appropriate to the needs of the project.
Knowledge of systems and software engineering to optimally integrate Urban AI expertise in urban scale project workflows and deliverables
Consulting across business operations, providing upskilling strategies, and contributing towards specialized knowledge
Recommending technical solutions and determining platform development requirements (outline workflows, parameters for testing & define KPIs) and establish strong partnerships with third-party service providers
Verifying technical reference information, including user guides, training manuals, and system requirements and determining whether technical solutions meet defined project requirements
Manage and build strategic alliances and partnerships, especially with relevant technology partners working on future cities and digitalisation, to support the active work AECOM
Interest in planning and policy research and the ability to blend qualitative and quantitative analyses to provide support on the use of existing statistical research methods and tools, and configure these methods within a known context
Ensuring accurate representation of Urban AI expertise prior to the distribution of technical solutions and communication with both internal team and clients
Excellent recordkeeping, as well as written, graphical, and verbal communication skills
Advanced ability to recommend and implement technical recommendations for cross-functional business development
Leadership and mentorship abilities to introduce and implement technical solutions
Ability to stay organised while balancing multiple projects and priorities simultaneously
Technical/ Functional Competencies:
Urban Design and Planning thinking
Data Science and Analysis Capabilities
Software Programming
Software: ArcGIS/ QGIS, Adobe Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator), Rhino/ Grasshopper
Programming Languages: Python, JavaScript, HTML, Ruby, R Programming

Minimum Requirements
Experience:
A minimum of two years of experience in either public sector or private, with an increasing level of responsibility ideally in the field of urban design and planning (required)
Experience in two or more of the following areas (required):
Spatial Analysis using ArcGIS or QGIS
Data Visualization
Analyzing datasets with accurate weights and linkages to support urban data analysis
Determine spatial workflows, parameters and KPIs for urban data analysis
Experience working with urban tech service providers, IoT devices, or application development technology alliances is advantageous
Experience in collaborating with clients, internal teams, and engineering disciplines on high-profile international urban development projects

Preferred Qualifications
Education:
A Master’s degree, preferably in Urban Planning/ Spatial Developmental Studies/ Geoinformatics or another relevant field, or compensating experience in relevant, technical fields with a background as Data Analyst or Service Design is a must