Sr. Project Director-Transportation
Faithful+Gould - Houston, TX

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United States-Texas-Houston

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Employment Type


Full Time

Job Summary

Atkins has been providing infrastructure planning, engineering, construction, environmental consulting, urban planning, architecture, and program management services to public and private clients across the United States for more than 50 years. Globally, Atkins is the largest UK-based engineering and design consultancy and the world's 11th largest design firm 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.

At Atkins, we offer our employees more than just a job; we offer an opportunity to shape the world for generations to come through innovative and sound design. As the official engineer of the 2012 London Olympics, few companies can rival the size and diversity of our projects. Whether it’s the concept for a new skyscraper, the upgrade of a rail network, the modeling of a flood defense system or the improvement of a management process, we plan, design and enable solutions.

Atkins seeks an energetic, highly motivated, detail-oriented, self-starter to join our Houston office staff as a Sr. Project Director/Practice Leader. The candidate will be involved on projects related to project execution, client relations, and business growth for a large operating unit of the firm. This individual will provide leadership, direction and guidance to managers and staff within an area of responsibility. The incumbent will be responsible for achieving business growth, quality, client satisfaction, and project profitability goals and objectives for the Transportation area.

Typical duties and responsibilities of this position are:
Staff Administration: Assists managers in identifying staffing needs based on future workload and manpower projections. Reviews manager recommendations to recruit, hire, transfer or terminate staff and manage recommendations for salary offers for new hire candidates as well as salary and position adjustment actions for staff, and approves/disapproves recommendations and submits for further approval as specified in the Authorization Matrix. Recommends personnel actions for direct reports. Conducts semi-annual performance reviews and annual career planning sessions with direct reports. Provides staff with ongoing performance feedback and counsel to promote improved performance and career development. Helps staff identify and pursue technical and professional development activities consistent with their career development goals and business objectives/needs. Advises staff concerning company policies and procedures; monitors and enforces compliance.

Project Production and Management: Assists managers in developing project work plans; participates in reviews of schedules, budgets, project milestone dates and work products. Reviews financial performance of projects being produced and/or managed within the area of responsibility; assists managers in proactively identifying potential problem projects to ensure remedial actions are promptly taken to avoid financial losses and client dissatisfaction. Monitors and enforces compliance with established quality control standards, ensuring that appropriate quality assurance activities are being performed throughout the area of responsibility. Reviews project QC plans and periodic QA compliance audits on current or recently completed projects. Assists managers in resolving problems concerning work with other work units.

Marketing and Client Maintenance: Participates in the development of the annual and strategic plans for the area of responsibility, and implements accordingly. Actively pursues new project opportunities for the Transportation area and the firm by maintaining contacts with current and prospective clients; participates in the evaluation of new project opportunities in the Transportation area and recommends go/no-go action. Identifies project proposal preparation and interview teams, and develops project marketing budgets that are subject to review and approval by senior management. Identifies and works toward the resolution of client relations problems. Maintains visibility and professional currency by participating in civic and professional organizations, and encourages staff to do the same.

Contracts and Financial: Conducts contract negotiations with clients and sub consultants. Participates in reviews of project budgets. Monitors project performance to ensure project profitability. Monitors accounts receivable and client billings. Provides input and recommendations concerning final write-offs and past-due accounts receivable.

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

COMPLEXITY (Variety or uniqueness of tasks; relative difficulty or importance of work performed; size of unit supported, etc.):

Manages project execution, client relations, and business growth for a large operating unit of the firm, multiple Groups, or for a large client or technical discipline/service for an assigned area of responsibility or nationally (typically with annual project revenues over $15M and over 100 staff).

DECISION-MAKING (Supervision received; independent judgment or initiative; consequence of error):

Works independently under general direction. Makes approval decisions as specified in the Authorization Matrix. Accountable for business growth, quality, client satisfaction, and project profitability for the Transportation area.

WORK DIRECTION GIVEN TO OTHERS (Titles and number of personnel; type of direction given):

Gives direct supervision to several managers, plus assigned technical and administrative support staff. Responsible for performance management and career development of direct reports.

INTERNAL CONTACTS (Required interaction/relationship with others within the organization):

Interfaces with senior technical professionals and management throughout the company.

EXTERNAL CONTACTS (Required interaction/relationship with others outside the organization):

Represents the organization in a leadership role to primary clients, key public officials, and sub consultants. Maintains and develops relationships with key clients and prospective clients.

Atkins offers its employees a robust rewards package which includes: a competitive salary; a broad benefits package including medical/RX, dental, vision, life, 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 unmatched 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.

Job Details

The appropriately qualified candidate will have the following core competencies and required experience:


Bachelor's degree in field of practice. Post graduate degree preferred. Management coursework and/or MBA a plus.

This level may be achieved by technical professionals or technical managers with 15 years of experience since B.S., with at least three of these years in positions with project management or operational management responsibilities.

Proven experience managing PS&E and/or planning studies for large urban transportation projects in Houston.

Proven ability to successfully market TxDOT and other Houston agencies for large consulting engineering contracts

Experience working for private developers and working on PPP projects a plus

Proven ability to communicate complex ideas in writing and verbally


Excellent technical and interpersonal skills. Proven ability to manage individuals and teams, provide leadership, and manage project production. Highly skilled at promoting the firm and negotiating advantageous contracts. Must have business vision, excellent communication skills, and be able to represent the firm effectively to clients, key public officials, and the community in general.

Professional Engineer (PE) license is required.

General Competencies expected of all Professionals and Managers are as follows: Client Service, Commitment, Communication, Innovation & Continuous Improvement, Professionalism, Quality, and Teamwork. An "Enhanced" or "Consultant of Choice" level of competency is expected of incumbents at this level.

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