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Senior Water Resources Project Manager

  • Job reference: NA-001663
  • Sector: Water
  • Location: Los Angeles

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 Los Angeles/Seal Beach, CA office as a Senior Water Resources Project Director.   

This is a great opportunity to lead a variety of water-related projects involving hydrologic and hydraulic (H&H) modeling and analysis, flood hazard identification/quantification/mitigation, regional watershed management and enhanced watershed master planning, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) letter of map revision (LOMR) studies, flood control master planning, flood control facility design, and storm water compliance and water quality. 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, closed conduit and open channel design, water quality low impact development, and storm water compliance. This individual will apply full competency in water resources engineering work and broad knowledge of hydrologic/hydraulic analysis, design methods and water quality.

 

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

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.

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.

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 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.

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



EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

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

This level may be achieved by technical professionals or managers with twelve years of experience since B.S. or eleven years since M.S., with at least three of these years in the Senior Project Manager position with highly complex project management responsibility.  


SPECIAL SKILLS

Local experience working within Southern California preferred.  

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.

Possesses specific expertise to the extent that the individual is regarded as a regional or potentially national expert in a specific discipline, contract delivery method, particular type of project, planning process, design method, or modeling technique. 

Personal computer proficiency is required.  

PROFESSIONAL REGISTRATIONS 

P.E. license is required. 

CFM and CPSWQ, QSP or QSD certification is preferred.  

 

 

General Competencies expected of all Professionals and Managers are as follows: Client Service, Commitment, Communication, Innovation & Continuous Improvement, Professionalism, Quality, and Teamwork.  

Ability to communicate clearly both orally and in writing. Ability to work under the pressure of multiple projects. Travel to project sites and company/client offices throughout the country may be 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.

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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