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Arafat Ahmad, Senior Consultant, Atkins


Senior Consultant

Name: Arafat Ahmad
Business area: Strategy & Business Case
Job title: Senior Consultant
Years at Atkins: 9


How does your work benefit the end user?

Every project I’ve worked on since my time at SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business has had the end user in mind, be it passengers flying through Heathrow or King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, rail passengers using the Birmingham New Street Station, or people driving, walking or cycling in and around the Highways England network.

I am currently working with Highways England to develop ideas that can benefit everyone by improving the walking and cycling infrastructure, making it easier for people to get around and stay connected. We are also developing some ‘out of the box’ ideas to improve environmental mitigation across any new schemes on the road network.


Why do you choose to stay at Atkins?

The reason I started working with SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business is the reason I choose to stay – vast opportunities to get involved in a diverse portfolio of infrastructure projects. I have worked on a range of projects in various roles, and that’s what keeps me going. I have worked in development infrastructure, aviation and transportation since joining Atkins. And the excitement doesn’t stop here – international project work is a real opportunity for any travel enthusiast. I’ve worked as far afield as Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on a new airport development project. Overseas assignments are not just about the work, but also getting to know distinct cultures, people and societies. SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business is able to provide these opportunities to its employees. It’s something that has helped me grow professionally as well as personally. The prospect to work overseas was an important consideration for me when joining the business, and I can tell you I wasn’t disappointed!


What gets you out of bed in the morning?

My alarm goes off at 07:05 sharp… but the good thing is I am usually already awake. The reason is I can always look forward to an interesting and challenging day at work. No day is the same, simply because of the range of projects I get involved in. I am not one of those who can do the same job day in, day out – the diversity in projects is very important to me.

The feeling of actually being able to make a positive difference to society through my work is the real motivator for me. It’s not just about delivering infrastructure projects, but delivering projects that can make a real difference to the lives of people.

Come to think of it, I don’t really need the alarm any more…

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