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Project Director-Water Resources/Water Infrastructure or Transportation

  • Job reference: NA-001461
  • Sector: Environment, Planning, Roads & Bridges, Urban Development, Water
  • Location: Phoenix
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 an energetic and highly motivated self-starter to join our Phoenix, Arizona team as a Project Director. This is a great opportunity to lead a variety of different projects including water resources projects, water infrastructure and transportation-roadway/highway.

Water Resources:
Experience involving hydrologic and hydraulic (H&H) modeling and analysis, flood hazard identification/quantification/mitigation, regional watershed management, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) letter of map revision (LOMR) studies, flood control master planning, and flood control facility design is a plus.

Water Infrastructure:
Experience with the public sector and municipal water and wastewater, sanitary sewer, pump stations, and/or treatment plant is a plus.

Roadway/Highway:
Experience with roadway, highway and drainage is a plus.

Under direction, provides professional and project management expertise in the direction of highly unconventional projects requiring multiple technical units and/or subcontractors, heavy regulatory agency involvement or extremely complex technical requirements. Functions as mentor to project managers and technical professionals to assist in their training and development. Also performs the basic project functions of production coordination, planning, organizing, directing, controlling, financial management and marketing.

Job Duties:

Identify new business opportunities for the firm, coordinate and participate in project presentations to clients and other external groups, and promote the firm's capabilities, marketing its services among existing and prospective clients. Ideal candidate will identify, position, and capture sales opportunities within the water resources, water infrastructure and/or roadway/highway verticals.

Coordinates and participates in contract negotiations with clients and subcontractors, and drafts very complex professional service agreements, arranging for their review and execution by senior management. Conducts QCAP reviews of less complicated professional services agreements.

This person will mentor junior staff and review engineering calculations, perform field observations, prepare design reports and exhibits, supervise in the planning, development, and production of engineering drawings, develop or perform quality control of 1D and 2D computer models for urban drainage analysis, floodplain mapping, watershed planning, and closed conduit and open channel design. This individual will apply full competency in water resources engineering work and broad knowledge of hydrologic/hydraulic analysis and design methods.

Directs project team compliance with contract terms, monitors subcontractors' progress, performance and compliance with contractual commitments; participates in contract dispute resolution and litigation concerning project performance, administration and other liability issues; reviews and approves subconsultant and vendor invoices, and resolves payment disputes.

Develops, communicates and manages project quality assurance, administrative procedures, communication guidelines, project deliverable formats and specifications, and progress reporting requirements.

Monitors schedules, billings and reports; ensures appropriate charging of manhours, costs and expenses to projects; assists in obtaining payment from clients; resolves client disputes and adjusts billing records as required; communicates project progress/status to senior management and alerts them of project production, quality control or financial performance problems.

Participates in project opportunity evaluation, consultant selection, and in the preparation of firm's qualification/experience statements.

Coordinates communications between internal and external associates and client, and between firm and regulatory agencies. Maintains frequent contact with clients and regulatory agency personnel to determine their respective needs and requirements, and serves as expert witness at project hearings and judicial proceedings if necessary.

Supervises other project managers, technical professionals and other design staff including managing weekly project workload and manpower forecasting.

Conducts project management training workshops and serves as mentor to associate project managers and project managers.

Monitors and reports financial status of projects to technical managers.

Experience and familiarity with the following programs is preferred: ArcGIS, HEC-1, HEC-HMS, HEC-RAS, FLO-2D, FlowMaster, WSPG, XPSWMM, AutoCAD, MicroStation.


Education:

Bachelor's degree in field(s) of practice. Graduate degree preferred. Management coursework and/or MBA a plus. This level may be achieved with ten years of experience in project production and technical professional activities, four of these working as a project manager.

Special Skills:

Proven interpersonal skills, public speaking and persuasive ability; strong project financial management and team management skills; knowledge of production support systems and personal computer proficiency.

Good technical writing, computer and communications skills required.

 

Business development experience is required.



Experience and familiarity with the following programs is preferred: ArcGIS, HEC-1, HEC-HMS, HEC-RAS, FLO-2D, FlowMaster, WSPG, XPSWMM, AutoCAD, MicroStation.

Professional Registrations:

PE License is required. CFM certification is preferred.


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 here: http://careers.atkinsglobal.com/File.ashx?path=Root/Documents/north-america-welcome-new-employee/Equal_Opp_Stmt.pdf

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