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Senior Highway Construction Engineering Project Manager

  • Job reference: NA-002034
  • Sector: Construction, Roads & Bridges, Transportation
  • Location: Detroit

Atkins is one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies.  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.


Atkins has 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 Department of Transportation Group in our Detroit, MI office as a Senior Highway Construction Engineering Project Manager.


The Senior Construction Engineering Project Manager will be responsible for leading the efforts to build a construction engineering practice with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT).

Under direction, applies technical expertise and project management experience to manage project teams on conventional and unconventional projects. Also performs the basic project functions of production coordination, planning, organizing, directing, controlling, financial management and marketing assistance. Functions as a mentor to technical professionals to assist in their training and development.


Manage construction Engineering projects / inspections for MDOT.

Coordinates and participates in contract negotiations with clients and subcontractors, and drafts complex professional service agreements and addenda for review by senior management.

Directs project team and client compliance with contract terms and monitors subcontractors' compliance with contractual commitments.

Prepares project work plan, scope, schedule and budget, and communicates these to project team members; monitors/manages project production for compliance with schedule, budget and quality objectives.
Monitors reports and schedules to ensure appropriate charging of manhours, costs and expenses to projects, and to communicate project progress/status to senior management.

Establishes and maintains project account files on the computerized project management information system, and periodically reviews project reports for accuracy and completeness.

Monitors client billings, assists in obtaining payment from clients, and resolves client disputes, adjusting project billing records as required.

Monitors subconsultants' progress and performance, reviews and approves subconsultant and vendor invoices, and resolves payment and project disputes.

Schedules and coordinates project meetings with the project team, regulatory agencies, the client, and others involved with the projects.

Reports financial status of projects to technical managers.

Identifies new business opportunities for the firm, coordinates and participates in project presentations to clients and other external groups, and promotes firm's capabilities, marketing its services among existing and prospective clients.

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

May supervise technical professionals, associate project managers and design staff including workload and staffing management.

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


Bachelor's degree in construction engineering. Graduate degree desirable. Management coursework and/or MBA a plus. This level may be achieved with 8 years experience in project production and technical professional activities, two of these working as a Sr. Technical Professional.


Experience leading construction engineering and inspection on projects for the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT).

Willing to take an active role in business development.

Familiar with MDOT construction engineering practices and processes

Any of following certifications will be considered a plus:
- MDOT Field Manager Training MDOT Computerized Office Technician
- MDOT Prevailing Wage Training
- Michigan Concrete Field Testing - Level 1 (MCA or MCPA)
- Michigan Soil Erosion And Sedimentation Control (SESC) Certification
- Storm Water Operator Certification
- MDOT Bridge Deck Construction Inspection & Bridge Rehabilitation Inspection
- MDOT Bituminous Paving or Michigan Bituminous Paving Operations Certification
- Michigan Certified Aggregate Technician
- MDOT Density Technology Certification
- MDOT Hot Mix Asphalt (Bituminous) Paving: or Michigan Hot Mix Asphalt (Bituminous)
- Paving Operations Certification
- Radiation Safety Training Certification
- MDOT Bituminous QC/QA Technician Certification


P.E. License in the state of Michigan is required.

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.

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