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Senior Project Manager – Civil Engineering

  • Job reference: NA-002645
  • Sector: Planning, Roads & Bridges, Transportation, Urban Development, Water
  • Location: San Diego
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SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business is one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies. SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business 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.

SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business was ranked as the world’s 11th largest global design firm by ENR in 2016 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 San Diego, CA office as a Senior Project Manager – Civil Engineering.


Under general direction of project director and supervisor, provides technical expertise and project management direction to the civil engineering staff for diverse engineering activities on various engineering projects. Provides basic project functions of production coordination, planning, organizing, directing, controlling, and financial management. May also assist with marketing and preparing proposals. Also functions as a mentor to the technical professionals to assist in their training and development. Upholds engineering ethics and standards of conduct. Conducts quality control checks of engineering calculations, designs, specifications, reports, and cost estimates.


Project management assignments at this level typically involve routine projects, characterized by changing conditions and requirements, challenging client/agency demands, or difficult project coordination.

Job duties include:
Manages civil engineering projects that include site plans, roadway design, grading plans, utility design, storm drainage, erosion and sediment control, parking lots, stormwater management, etc.

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

Provides high-level direction to the civil engineering team (5 to 10 people) and identifies potential design and scheduling issues and resource needs as soon as possible so appropriate adjustments can be made.

Provides forward planning and leadership.

Functions as leader of the civil engineering team. Must lead the team by example and mentor the less-experienced staff, and be able to delegate work to the appropriate team members.

Must have familiarity with all aspects of civil engineering design and criteria related to land development and site design projects.

Monitors reports and schedules to ensure appropriate charging of man-hours, costs and expenses to projects, and communicates project progress/status to senior management.

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

Must work effectively and coordinate efficiently with outside consultants including architects, mechanical engineers, electrical engineers and landscape architects.

Schedules, coordinates and attends meetings with project team, client and/or review agencies, and ensures that timely and appropriate exhibits, progress prints, backup data, etc. required for the meetings are prepared by the team.

Shares experiences and insight with the design team to help the team produce deliverables that are sound and follow local design standards, criteria, guidelines and engineering practices.

Must understand the scope of work defined by the contract, and monitor the budget with respect to completion of the work. Must monitor task budgets so adjustments can be made appropriately if too much time is being spent to complete the tasks.

Must recognize out-of-scope work and react in a timely manner so extra work isn’t performed without authorization from the client.

Defines scope of work for each project, and has full responsibility for interpreting, organizing and assigning project tasks.

Works with team to develop novel approaches and solutions to technical problems.

Conducts quality control checks, reviewing calculations, designs, evaluations and specifications developed by design staff for accuracy and completeness.

May prepare / review basis of design reports, design memos, construction specifications, and other project-related documents, when needed.

Recommends changes or improvements to plans and programs.

Responsibilities include budgeting, financial management, schedule coordination and resources allocation.

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

Participates in evaluating performance of team members during annual and mid-year review processes.

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


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

This level may be achieved with 10 years experience in project production and technical professional activities, four of these working as a project manager.


Strong interpersonal skills; good public speaking ability; strong project financial management skills; knowledge of production support systems and personal computer proficiency.

AutoCAD and Civil 3D knowledge and understanding is desired. MicroStation knowledge is a plus.

Local experience working in the San Diego and/or Los Angeles areas.


California civil PE license 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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