Job Summary

The Transport Economist – Transportation Planning is responsible for preparation of economic and financial feasibility studies for road projects and multi-modal transportation planning projects for all transport sectors globally in K&A: rail, road, airports and ports. The jobholder will mainly be involved in determining costs and revenues for projects within these sectors, IRR, and economic & social impact assessments. The Jobholder shall also be involved in assessing the project’s effects on vehicle operating costs, travel time and accidents. Also prepare project cost estimates, including physical and price contingencies, taxes and duties. The jobholder shall conduct sensitivity analyses to gauge the impact of unfavorable scenarios on economic viability in addition to quantify the distribution of project benefits among stakeholders in each sub-project affected area. The jobholder will be responsible for being a transport economist on planning projects, as well as developing capabilities in the Bangalore and Cairo design centers. The jobholder preferably also has experience from bus/BRT operations, business cases and network restructuring, and can attract, develop and standardize transportation planning capabilities within the Bangalore and Cairo design centers. The jobholder shall stay abreast of the latest trends and developments in the Transportation Planning and Economic Analysis space and represent the firm as a specialist in the professional engineering communities and international forums.

  • Manage projects on time and budget and reporting of KPI’s
  • Provide input for the development of the Transportation Sector strategic and business plan, including sales projections, market trends, project opportunities
  • Develop the Transportation Planning Department budget and raise to the Director - Transportation Planning for review
  • Track capacity and report on utilization levels of Transportation Planning Department staff as per targets set by the VP / Senior Director - Transportation and the Director - Transportation Planning, and manage resources accordingly
  • Represent the organization on transportation planning topics and contribute to enhancing the brand name and reach of the firm in the market
  • Support the business development and marketing of K&A transportation planning capabilities to clients in Geographies, in coordination with Geography Managers
  • Support preparation of proposals
  • Present design outcome to clients, as needed
  • Ensure client satisfaction with transportation planning deliverables prepared in the Bangalore design center
  • Lead client facing on transportation planning projects, manage projects and ensure decision-making processing leading to client buy-in and approval.
  • Establish and manage the Transportation Planning Department targets included in the Transportation Sector business plan
  • Lead the design activities for Transportation Planning projects covering all modes including traffic forecasts and operations
  • Guide the development of transport operations studies, including station location studies, intermodal studies and highway studies
  • Provide input on the Transportation Planning Department capacity and capability to deliver projects, outsourcing needs, expert knowledge and man-hour estimates during the proposal development stage
  • Recommend and engage specialty suppliers for the Transportation Planning Department, as required
  • Assign Transportation Planning experts and engineers to project teams, as required by project scope, in coordination with Project Managers
  • Assign Transportation Planning experts and engineers to projects in Geographies, in coordination with Geography Managers
  • Oversee design development of the Transportation Planning teams in the Bangalore design center during conceptual stages (Master Plan, Feasibility Study and FEED)
  • Provide technical advice to Project Managers and design teams, during all design stages, including design development, design review, design coordination, value engineering and design validation, as required
  • Review deliverables prepared by the Transportation Planning Department and ensure correct implementation of quality control measures
  • Lead value engineering activities for deliverables prepared in the Transportation Planning Department
  • Ensure close coordination and knowledge sharing between the Transportation Planning Department and Transportation Planning sections in other design centers within the K&A network through periodic meetings
  • Enforce corporate policies and procedures in the Transportation Planning Department
  • Research Transportation Planning market trends and ensure that the Transportation Planning Department is at the forefront of technology and capabilities trends
  • Ensure consistency and high performance of the Transportation Planning Department staff
  • Develop a training plan and technology upgrade requests for the Transportation Planning Department and submit to the Director - Transportation Planning for review
  • Upload the Transportation Planning deliverables into the K&A knowledge management system in accordance with corporate policies and in coordination with Project Managers
  • Contribute to a healthy work environment for employees
  • Organize traffic counts and origin-destination surveys (if appropriate) to collect information on freight and passenger movements by vehicle type and origin- destination in the project area
  • Forecast normal, generated, and diverted traffic for the subproject roads
  • Assess the project’s effects on vehicle operating costs, travel time and accidents
  • Prepare project cost estimates, including physical and price contingencies, taxes and duties
  • Conduct sensitivity analyses to gauge the impact of unfavorable scenarios on economic viability
    Quantify the distribution of project benefits among stakeholders in each sub-project affected area


KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, COMPETENCIES AND EXPERIENCE

Qualification, Technical Skills and Competencies Required to Execute this Role

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering
  • Master’s Degree in Engineering or Economics is preferred
  • Chartered Professional Engineering certification or equivalent is preferred

Skills

  • Strong project management skills
  • In depth knowledge of the Transportation Planning industry and Economic Analysis
  • Sound knowledge of Transportation Planning regulations and design requirements
  • Understanding of international engineering standards and codes
  • Marketing and sales skills and track record in developing relationships with customers
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and managerial skills
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English; Arabic is an advantage

Experience Required to Execute this Role

Overall Experience

  • 15+ years of industry experience in Engineering, Transportation Planning and Economic Analysis

Specific Experience

  • 15+ years of experience in Transportation Planning and Economic Analysis in a leadership position at a design, engineering and project management consultancy firm
  • Strong experience and track record in dealing with large and complex transport projects including multi-modal Transportation Planning projects
  • General experience in coordinating with other engineering disciplines typically involved in Transportation Planning projects
  • Exposure to global best practices and trends in Engineering and Transportation Planning industry
  • Significant industry experience within the Middle East is preferred

KEY INTERACTIONS

Key Interactions - Internal

Nature or Purpose of Interaction

Senior Manager - Transportation Planning

  • To understand the strategic direction of the Transportation Sector
  • To provide input for the development of the Transportation Sector strategic and business plan, including sales projections, market trends, project etc.
  • To report on the Section’s staff utilization against targets
  • To align on the design delivery model for the Transportation Planning Section to optimize costs while maintaining quality
  • To report on the progress / issues of all Transportation Planning projects in the Bangalore design center
  • To review and seek sign off of design deliverables prepared by the Transportation Planning Section design teams
  • To review the Transportation Planning Department manpower plan
  • To review the Transportation Planning Department training plan and technology upgrade requests
  • § To recommend the hiring and termination of the Transportation Planning Department’s staff

Geography Managers

  • To support business development and marketing to local Transportation Planning clients
  • To recruit, induct, distribute work and ensure quality of Transportation Planning staff in Geographies

Senior Manager - Proposals (Transportation)

  • To provide input on suppliers, subcontractors etc. for Transportation Planning project proposals, as needed
  • To provide input on man-hour estimates for Transportation Planning proposals, as needed

Senior Manager - Transportation Planning (Egypt - Mohandessin)

  • To coordinate design activities and share knowledge on Transportation Planning topics through periodic meetings

Heads of Engineering Services Departments

  • To ensure satisfactory provision of all Engineering Services (Structural, Electrical, Mechanical, Contracts and Quantity Surveying), as required per the Transportation Planning’ projects scope

Project Managers

  • To review project progress reports for Transportation Planning Department projects
  • To provide technical advice / support during all design stages including design development, design review and design coordination, as required

Direct Reports

  • To monitor and track traffic forecasts at all stages of the projects (concept design, schematic design, draft final design)
  • To review design deliverables prepared by the team and ensure correct implementation of quality control measures
  • To support on technical issues, as required












































Key Interactions - External



Nature or Purpose of Interaction



Clients



  • To manage Transportation Planning client relations in coordination with the Director - Transportation Planning and Geography Managers
  • To support business development for Transportation Planning clients particularly on technical matters


Industry Forums



  • To capture sectorial knowledge and market trends within the Transportation Planning Department
  • To be an active and renowned member of the engineering community
  • To project / promote K&A Transportation Planning capabilities and experience to the engineering community
  • To participate in and contribute to major conferences and forums


Specialty Suppliers / Subcontractors



  • To engage and partner up for the execution of Transportation Planning projects