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Technical Director - Intelligent Mobility

  • Job reference: TR-001715
  • Sector: Applied Technologies, Transportation, Urban Development
  • Location: South East, Cambridge, Manchester, Epsom, Birmingham
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Why not...

Atkins has made encouraging progress in Intelligent Mobility. Intelligent Mobility is a top priority area for the company’s growth strategy. When you join our Intelligent Mobility team you’ll become a key player in transforming the future of transport. We work with emerging technologies to push the boundaries of transportation and we’ll make sure that you get involved with all kinds of innovative projects from smart cities and driverless cars to data exploitation, journey management, roads of the future and mobility as a service. We’re the sort of people who look at things very differently to connect people and places in exciting new ways. Providing simple solutions to complex problems, it’s an exciting journey and you can play a lead role.

The Company

The creation of a new transportation division in Atkins brings together the capabilities of our Highway and Rail teams into a single business of 3,000 talented engineers and professionals. The UK transport sector is experiencing unprecedented levels of investment and Atkins is playing lead roles in a diverse range of projects such as high speed rail, intelligent transport systems and the Venturer driverless car project. Our consultants are working with government, local authorities and private sector partners to develop integrated transport strategies to ensure the urban areas we live in continue to work. Our investment in new skills and technology will change the way we travel in the future.

The unique breadth of services in transport combined with our scale makes us the leading UK transport consultancy and we are seeking talented individuals who can inspire our people and collaborate with our clients to ensure we continue to shape the future of transport and drive new and exciting business for Atkins.

The Role

This role presents a unique opportunity to join a dynamic team, to play a leading role in building and executing our plan for the future. You will be driving our IM Strategy and proposition development managing new areas of technology for the business through technical excellence and high quality project delivery.

It will necessitate ambition, creativity, technical knowledge and excellent project delivery experience. The role will work collaboratively with business development, market and practice teams as well as project delivery teams, and will report to the Practice Director.


Key areas of responsibility will include:
• assuring technical delivery in bidding and project delivery
• building a leading presence in the Intelligent Mobility ecosystem, establishing strong senior relationships in new and existing markets
• developing value propositions with colleagues and proactively taking these to market
• working with the marketing team to ensure that Atkins insight, thought leadership and marketing campaigns are properly targeted to build our Intelligent Mobility profile
• supporting project delivery teams once IM work has been secured, providing technical knowledge and experience to manage major risks and issues as necessary
• supporting Practice Directors with strategic technical resource planning activities to ensure we have the capacity and capability to capitalise on future demand
• support the development and execution of future growth strategies
• coaching staff on their technical development and promote the Technical Development career path

Required Skills & Experience

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate:
• evidence of technical report production, thought leadership and contributing to published articles in Intelligent Mobility
• evidence working with industry related SME's and Academia
• demonstrable experience and delivery in any of: digital technology & infrastructure; connected and autonomous vehicles; mobility as a service; cyber security; journey management, data analytics or digital services
• experience of product road mapping, developing VPs, translating new / disruptive technologies.
• a track record of technical coaching and/or mentoring
• involvement in research and/or recognition as a technical expert in their field

• sales in a client and consultancy market-facing background, preferably within private and public sector
• significant contributions to sales strategy and /or building business in new areas
• experience authoring compelling bids and pitching to clients with a high success rate
• experience of successfully operating within a target-driven environment, with a consistent track record of achieving or exceeding targets
• a background in shaping policy and/or advisory knowledge

• strategic thinking and an ability to identify and exploit competitive advantage
• an ability to analyse markets, understand client needs and convert opportunities into compelling value propositions
• experience in developing value propositions and product roadmaps
• experience in translating new and disruptive technologies into propositions
• evidence of promoting innovative processes and products

• experience delivering technology-enabled change projects
• a track record of delivery of technically innovative projects
• experience in developing and delivering profitable incubator businesses
• evidence of trusted, long-term relationships with clients
• transport sector experience delivering projects for clients such as Highways England, Transport for London, Department for Transport, Transport Systems Catapult and local authorities

• experience of building effective networks, both internally and externally
• excellence in client relationship management, with an ability to access and influence at senior level with ease
• experience of developing strategic relationships with clients and exploring ways to add significant value to the client’s agenda
• understanding of IM's non-traditional client base
• existing profile in an area of the IM / Smart City market, with an active technical network

The Individual

The preferred candidate’s core skills will include technical project delivery and strength in client relationships. The successful candidate will also be:

• an analytical and numerate problem-solver with the capacity to think complex issues through and develop effective solutions in a timely fashion
• a resourceful, articulate verbal and written communicator who has the ability to influence others through the use of sound judgement and good sense
• a pro-active decision maker with a confident yet diplomatic operating style - someone who deals easily with cultural diversity
• a driven, competitive and goal-oriented individual, with a record of accomplishment of achieving targets.
• a resourceful, articulate verbal and written communicator who has the ability to influence others through the use of sound judgement and good sense
• a strong presenter, with proven negotiating and influencing skills
• always looking for the next idea, testing the market to identify future revenue opportunities
• able to influence technical and delivery staff and collaborate effectively with other divisional colleagues
• a natural team player, highly-motivated and ambitious for the success of the team
• able to manage priorities in a high pressure environment
• degree qualified or with equivalent professional qualification
• an active networker, with a strong technical network


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