GEC Project Director (Transportation/Tolls)
Faithful+Gould - Austin, TX

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Engineers - Transportation



Construction Management, Construction, Project and Cost Consultancy, Transportation

Primary Location


United States-Texas-Austin

Employment Category



Employment Type


Full Time

Job Summary

Atkins has been providing engineering services to public and private clients across the United States for more than 50 years. In 2012, ENR rated Atkins as one of the top three firms in the country. Atkins is the largest UK-based engineering and design consultancy with nearly 18,000 employees worldwide. We have the depth and breadth of expertise to respond to the most technically challenging and time-critical infrastructure projects and the urgent transition to a low-carbon economy.

Atkins seeks an experienced, enthusiastic, self-starting GEC Project Director to lead the efforts to maintain and grow our surface transportation practice in Austin, TX. The successful candidate will manage complex and unconventional technology or delivery systems for a single significant project. Projects typically involve high levels of regulatory agency engagements, significant design-build or design-build-operate-maintain undertakings, major and unique structures, etc. This person will provide leadership, direction and technical guidance to senior project managers within the assigned area of responsibility to ensure that quality management and technical services are provided to clients and that operating performance targets are met. Mentors senior project managers and project managers associated with sophisticated and unconventiaonal projects. Projects of this magnitude general involve net revenues totaling between 2.5 M to 5M annually and require specialized expertise.

Typical duties and responsibilities of the job include the following:

INTERNAL STAFF ADMINISTRATION. Assists management team in identifying staffing needs based on future workload and manpower projections for project staffing. Reviews managers' recrommendations to recruit, hire, transfer, or terminate project staff; approves/disapproves or endorses recommendations, and presents to senior management for approval as required by established by authorization guidelines. Conducts semi-annual performance reviews and annual career planning sessions with project staff within assigned projects. Provides staff with ongoing performance feedback and counsel to promote imporved performance and career development. Helps staff identify and pursue technical and professional development adctivities consistent with their career development goals and project objectives/needs. Advises project staff concerning company policies and procedures; monitors and enforces compliance.

PROJECT PRODUCTION AND MANAGEMENT. Assists project staff in developing work plans; reviews and approves schedules, budgets, project milestone dates, and work product. Oversees financial performance of projects; assists project staff in identying potential problems to ensure remedial actions are promptly taken to avoid financial losses and client dissatisfaction. Monitors and enforces compliance with established quality control standars, ensuring that appropriate quality assurance activities are being performed throughout the project. Reviews QC plans and periodic QA compliance audits. Assists assigned project staff in facilitating work sharing with other operating units. Secures resource support from other operating units. Establishes work sharing commitments and negotiates outsourcing budgets with technical managers.

MARKETING AND CLIENT MAINTENANCE. Develops, implements, and monitors annual and strategic marketing plans for targeted projects; participates in the development of Stategic Plan. Actively pursues, investigates, and evaluates new or expandied opportunities for associated projects and services within the firm by maintaining contacts with current and prospective client decision makers; identifies and works toward the resolution of client relations problems. Reviews proposals and selects interview teams; reviews and recommends project marketing budgets subject to approval by senior management. Maintains visibility and professional courtesy by actively participating in civic and professional organizations and encourages project staff to do the same. Maintains regional/national prominence and recognition through published technical work and/or presentation of papers at national or regional technical conferences.

CONTRACTS AND FINANCIAL. Conducts contract negotiations with clients and subconsultants. Developes and recommends operational budgets for approval by senior management. Reviews and makes decision on proposed project budgets. Monitors monthly performance against budget to ensure profitablility. Manages the project as a profit center; controls G&A costs; reviews and manages revenue stream. Approves purchase requests for capital items as specified in the Aurthorization Matrix. Manages accounts receivables and client billings; reviews and makes decision concerning final write-offs and past due accounts receivables as specified in the Authorization Matrix.

Performs such other duties as the supervisor may from time to time deem necessary.

Job Details

Viable Candidates Shall Possess:
Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering, Transportation, or Construction Management. Management coursework and/or MBA a plus.

Ten to twelve years of increasing responsibility working on transportation construction projects, with at least three of these years being in the Sr. Project Manager position with highly complex project management responsibility.

Excellent technical and interpersonal skills, public speaking and persuasive ability; very strong financial management, team management, and leadership skills; ability to manage and coordinate efforts of various projects to produce budgeted profits and overall results. Possesses specific experitise in the local (Texas) DOT construction projects.

Professional registration in field of practice is required, if available, eg. PE, AICP, RA, or RLA. Certification as a "Project Management Professional" (PMP) or "Certified Construction Manager" (CCM) is required within one year of assuming this position.

Atkins offers its employees a robust rewards package which includes: a competitive salary; a broad benfits package including medical/RX, dental, life, vision, disability, legal, hospitalization and other valuable voluntary options; generous time-off programs; flexible work schedules; 401(k) with employer match; professional and career development opportunities through our corporate university, as well as a highly-regarded tuition reimbursement program; and an unmatch culture focused on client-service, quality, and tireless pursuit of excellence in all we do. Atkins is an equal opportunity, drug-free employer committed to diversity in the workplace.

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