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Project Director/Design Manager-Alternative Delivery

  • Job reference: NA-001090
  • Sector: Transportation
  • Location: Calverton, Phoenix, Miami, Tampa, Atlanta, Henderson, Alexandria
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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 one of the world's largest design firms 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 a Project Director/Design Manager in our Alternative Delivery Group (ADG) for our North American operations out of anyone of our Calverton(MD), Alexandria(VA), Miami(FL), Tampa(FL), Atlanta(GA), or Denver(CO) offices. In this role you will have the opportunity to have a significant impact on the growth of Atkins’ alternative delivery (AD) practice in North America. Our AD practice in transportation spans multiple service sectors, including highways and bridges, transit and rail, tolling, ITS, aviation and construction management. The candidate will report directly to Atkins’ Alternative Delivery Director within the office of the COO. You will have the opportunity to leverage more than 3,000 staff in these sectors to deliver design-build and PPP projects across the U.S. The candidate may serve as Project Director or multiple pre-award and/or post-award assignments, or may serve as Design Manager on select assignments.

The candidate will have proven experience in directing and managing pre-award and post-award services for design-build and P3 projects. Proven experience in highway and bridge project delivery is required; experience in delivery of projects in other transportation service sectors is also of interest. Experience in delivery of projects for Florida DOT is required, and experience with Georgia DOT is desired, with such projects being either design-build or large, complex projects. Proven ability to successfully manage multiple assignments is required.


The candidate will be responsible for directing activities associated with both pre- and post-award phases of alternative delivery projects as listed below. While this position has no direct reporting relationships, the candidate must be able to influence performance by effective collaboration with transportation business unit sector managers (BUSMs), engineering practice directors and technical directors, AD Director, and AD Project Directors.

Pre-award work:

Working closely with AD Director and BUSMs, use existing relationships with builders, designers and owners to facilitate positioning of Atkins to win.

Collaborating with BUSMs and AD Project Directors, ensure pursuit team is prepared to execute and deliver preaward work activity.

Participate in development and negotiation of teaming agreements between both builders and subconsultants ensuring that Atkins protocols and standards for commercial and risk terms are achieved.

Prior to shortlisting, assist with review of SOQs.

Facilitate work planning activity, oversee pre-award fee development, profitability analysis, cash management, quality management, and risk/change management.

Ensure that project controls measures are implemented.

Schedule and conduct periodic project reviews to oversee and facilitate successful project delivery performance.

Oversee development of post-award scope, schedule and fee development.

Assist with contract development and negotiation with AD Director and BUSMs.

Develop and nurture key builder relationships, often as primary Atkins contact on the pursuit.

Lead transition from pre-award to post-award work planning and resource scheduling.

May serve as capture manager on select large or complex assignments.

Post-award work:

Collaborate with BUSMs and AD Project Directors on multiple AD projects to direct, oversee and ensure profitability, quality deliverables, and risk/change management.

Oversee and facilitate DMs project planning activities to enable profitable and quality delivery of projects.

Actively oversee DMs management of budget, schedule and work scope. Facilitate active transportation BSM and practice manager engagement in delivery issues.

Leads integration of risk/change management processes during delivery, including claims management.

Ensure that project controls measures are implemented. Schedule and conduct periodic project reviews to oversee and facilitate successful project delivery performance.

Develop and nurture key builder relationships, often as primary Atkins contact on the pursuit. Seek additional opportunities with key clients.

May serve as design manager on select large or complex assignments.


Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering with concentration on Transportation. Graduate degree preferred. Management coursework and/or MBA a plus.

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.

Fifteen (15) years of directly related experience with at least three (3) of these years in the Senior Project Manager position with project management responsibility on large, highly complex projects.


Successful completion of management role in delivery of one or more projects in excess of $250 million in construction value.

Three (3) years of specific experience in delivery of design-build and/or P3 projects, with experience in both pre- and post-award phases.


Successful completion of management role in delivery of three or more design-build or P3 projects in excess of $200 million in construction value and one or more in excess of $500 million.

Demonstrated experience in contract negotiations, financial management, fee estimating, risk management, change management and project closeout.

Demonstrated success achieving budget and schedule compliance on DB projects.

Excellent communication skills and collaborative approach that permits effective communication amongst leadership, management, clients, project managers and staff.

Enthusiastic and resilient attitude with drive to achieve and maximize opportunities.

Florida P.E. license required or ability to obtain within 6 months.

DBIA certification a plus.

PMP certification a plus.

Must be willing to accept significant amount of travel within the U.S. with potential for periodic temporary duty when assigned to large pursuit or project.

May be requested to temporarily relocate for large DB projects in the US for durations of one year or more.

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.

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