About you and your role at AECOM
What does your role as HRD at AECOM entail?
I report into the CEO of Europe, Middle East, Africa & India and lead the HR services across UK & Ireland, Continental Europe and Africa.
My HR team is made up of 150 people supporting all aspects of HR service, including recruitment, relocation (global mobility), compensation, benefits, training, employee relations and administration.
How many employees do you oversee over how many locations?
We employ about 11,000 employees across the regions that I manage, operating in 40 countries, with scaled hub locations in Madrid, London, Moscow, Frankfurt and Johannesburg.
What drives you in your role and what are you passionate about?
I am passionate that HR moves on from the traditional image that it has held for many years as passive and lacking in commercial thinking.
I am keen that HR professionals develop a deep understanding of the business’s issues and find creative ways to solve business challenges, balancing both legal parameters and the business need for swift resolution. In all we do, I want HR people to be able to sleep at night knowing that they have delivered with integrity and fairness.
Tell me about AECOM. What’s the company history, what do they do and what attracted you to work there?
AECOM was created to design, build, finance and operate the world’s infrastructure. Whether we serve clients during one phase of the project lifecycle or throughout its entirety, our role is to apply creative vision, technical expertise, interdisciplinary insight and local experience to address complex challenges in new and better ways.
We help our clients deliver critical resources and services, improve the places where people live and work, and sustain a world in which we can all flourish.
I was attracted to AECOM as it’s a large, globally respected company involved with landmark construction and engineering projects across the world. It is exciting to see the concepts we design, shape and deliver evolve into finished products, like the London 2012 Olympic Masterplan and legacy development.