Project Design Manager - Portland, Oregon
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Industrial & Advanced Technology Jobs at CH2M HILL

Today, technology is what drives our world, and each day technology it evolves rapidly. As a member of our Industrial & Advanced Technology Group, you will have the opportunity to manage the ever-changing landscape of technology and how it’s used world-wide. From high density data centers to nanotechnology manufacturing, our clients rely on the knowledge and skill of our people to turn complex problems into innovative solutions. If you are looking forward to work that has real impact, then you have come to the right place. Ready? Let’s Get to Work.


CH2M HILL Project Design Manager - Portland, Oregon

CH2M HILL Industrial & Advanced Technology (I&AT) group is seeking highly qualified candidates to fill a number of positions in the role of Project Design Manager . The focus of the Project Design Manager is on leading a design team in the collaborative planning and coordination of their work, establishing a healthy and productive team environment, while maintaining intense focus on learning, continuous improvement, and elimination of constraints. CH2M HILLI&AT is bringing lean work approaches to the way we deliver design on projects.

Our goals include:
Customer focus: deliver value by solving customer’s underlying problems while increasing cost competitiveness

Leader as teacher: coach and mentor people in the course of their work

Speed learning: develop and share each person’s skills and knowledge

Build in quality: move away from inspection-based quality management

Teamwork: build teams with high trust and great teamwork

Better project experience: learn every day and go home less frustrated

If these goals are consistent with your own, then please consider this opportunity.

We are adopting Responsibility-based Project Delivery™ (RbPD) as a key strategy to meet these goals. RbPD is a flexible and adaptable system for planning and coordinating work on design projects. The Project Design Manager leads the team in their practice of RbPD (while the Project Manager/Chief Designer maintains responsibility for delivering the project for the Client). Team members plan their own work collaboratively, iteratively, and through daily commitment-making. Learning and improving are embedded. RbPD creates intense focus on producing just what is valued while eliminating waste. Customer orientation is inherent and reinforced.

Responsibilities of the Project Design Manager include:
Ensures team's highest-priority needs are being served. Watches for stress points within the team or process and helps to alleviate them.

Enforces the values and practices of the process and the team. Leads the process and brings the team to agreement.Has authority over the process but not individuals or project.

Responsible to bring all components of RbPD together to function as a system. Coaches the team in RbPD practices.

Challenge team to resolve and remove constraints which prevent fulfilling commitments.

Guide team to negotiate and renegotiate their commitments and to identify new actions to remove their constraints.

Elevate constraints the team is not able to resolve on their own. Takes action on behalf of the team to remove constraints. Shield team from external interference.

Lead iterative planning conversations with participation by the customer, team, Project Manager and/or Chief Designer and all other appropriate contributors.

Leads the Daily Check-in (commitment-making) sessions.

Ensures that team is functional, productive, and focused on improving reliability.

Monitors the progress of the work. Receives and tracks the team's commitments; records the planned work on the work register.

Lead retrospectives for learning and improving. Keeps the team's attention on improving. Embodies continuous improvement.

Skills of successful Project Design Managers include:


Make assessments

Quick thinker

Making and securing reliable promises

Excellent communication

Organization and planning



Ability and desire to master new skills

Basic Qualifications

Bachelor degree in engineering or architecture

Minimum 2 years of technical design discipline and project leadership experience

Minimum of 5 years experience with multidiscipline design integration, interdependencies, and system-level relationships

At CH2M HILL, the greatest challenges provide the biggest rewards. Each day, your drive and creative ideas will be providing solutions that help build a better tomorrow. Whether it is the pride that comes with accomplishment, personal growth or making a difference in the world, you will discover true success in a career that brings out the best in you at CH2M HILL. Ready? Let’s get to work.

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