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Highway Project Director

  • Job reference: NA-000937
  • Sector: Roads & Bridges, Transportation
  • Location: Ft Lauderdale, Miami
How will we: 

Create integrated and sustainable transportation networks
Ensure that transportation systems function successfully
Connect people and places safely and efficiently


If your interests lie in:

Highway Design
Project Management
Transportation Engineering


We want to talk to you!


We provide the full range of services required to plan, design, construct, operate, and maintain transportation projects for public and private owners. From preparing feasibility studies to conducting preliminary and final engineering, we take projects from concept and see them through construction.

Atkins is one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies. We build long-term trusted partnerships to create a world where lives are enriched through the implementation of our ideas.

We work together across an international network of offices. This means that wherever in the world a project is being delivered, our clients benefit from industry-leading expertise, as well as a dedicated local contact. We understand the importance of having deep roots in the community; knowing and understanding local requirements, practices and culture. This allows us to be true collaborative partners with our clients, so that together, we can tackle complex projects and enhance communities throughout the U.S. and around the world. Making a positive impact on the built and natural environment takes more than just skill - it takes heart. If you put your heart into everything you do, come join our team.


Atkins seeks an energetic, highly motivated, detail-oriented, self-starter to join our Miami, FL or Fort Lauderdale, FL location as a Highway Project Director.


MAJOR FUNCTION/ROLE:

Under general direction, manages complex and unconventional technology or delivery systems for a single significant project within a defined technical specialty.

Projects typically involve high levels of regulatory agency involvement or very complex technical requirements.

Typical projects might include construction management engagements, significant design-build or design-build-operate-maintain undertakings, major and unique structures, major wastewater treatment facilities, etc.

Provides leadership, direction, and technical guidance to senior project managers and project managers within 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 unconventional projects.

Projects of this magnitude generally involve net revenues totaling between $2.5 million to $5 million annually and require specialized expertise.


JOB DUTIES:

Assists management team in identifying staffing needs based on future workload and manpower projections for project staffing.

Reviews managers’ recommendations to recruit, hire, transfer, or terminate project staff; approves/disapproves or endorses recommendations, and presents to senior management for approval as required by established authorization guidelines.

Reviews and makes decision on recommendations for salary offers for new hire candidates, as well as salary and position adjustment actions for project staff, subject to senior management review and approval.

Recommends personnel actions as 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 improved performance and career development.

Helps staff identify and pursue technical and professional development activities consistent with their career development goals and project objectives/needs.

Advises project staff concerning company policies and procedures; monitors and enforces compliance.

Assists project staff in developing work plans; reviews and approves schedules, budgets, project milestone dates, and work products.

Oversees financial performance of projects; assists project staff in identifying potential problems 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 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.

Develops, implements, and monitors annual and strategic marketing plans for targeted projects; participates in the development of Strategic Plan.

Actively pursues, investigates, and evaluates new or expanded 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.

Conducts contract negotiations with clients and sub-consultants.

Develops and recommends operational budgets for approval by senior management.

Reviews and makes decision on proposed project budgets.

Monitors monthly performance against budget to ensure project profitability.

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 Authorization 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.


EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE:

Minimum 12 years roadway and/or highway project management experience.

Extensive experience with roadway and highway design.

Business development experience.

Knowledge and experience working with FDOT District 4 and/or District 6 

P.E. license is required.

Over 2 years of experience as a Sr. Technical Professional.

Strong project financial management skills.

Knowledge of production support systems and personal computer proficiency.

Bachelor's degree in field(s) of practice. Graduate degree desirable. Management coursework and/or MBA a plus.



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. EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability.

Please view Atkins 
Equal Opportunity Statement.