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Burns & McDonnell Section Manager - Civil/Structural (Atlanta) in Atlanta, Georgia


This position will be responsible for the managerial direction and leadership of the section and resources within ATL T&D Civil / Structural Department. This includes supporting and executing business strategy, developing high performance teams, and promoting the Burns & McDonnell culture, values, and mission. The Section Manager will lead the section in a dynamic and profitable manner based on Burns & McDonnell’s core values of client satisfaction, commitment, dedication, integrity, safety, and overall outstanding service. Along with the duties below, this position will continue to include Civil / Structural engineering assignments. Duties/responsibilities include the following:

  • Provide leadership, guidance, and instruction to the department; direct and coordinate work assignments and review performance to ensure the efficient, cost-effective utilization of staff.

  • Responsible for fostering a healthy, vibrant, and inclusive employee-owner culture within the team through the leverage of sound team building practices, the promotion and administration of effective conflict resolutions, the promotion of ownership mentality, a healthy work-life balance and community engagement.

  • Advocate for staff by meeting regularly, listening to their short- and long-term goals and providing guidance, direction, and facilitation of opportunities to meet those goals.

  • Recruitment, development, training, and retention of staff. Including supporting the early careers recruiting teams to drive efforts at colleges and universities in the Southeast and managing the ATL T&D Civil / Structural internship program.

  • Responsible for conducting performance evaluation for department staff (90-day appraisals, mid-year reviews, annual performance appraisals, coaching sessions, etc.)

  • Responsible for interpreting policies, purposes, and goals of the organization to staff.

  • Work with Human Resources and staff to identify, prepare, communicate, and monitor performance plans for employees with areas of needed improvements.

  • Provide expert level technical, design guidance and support.

  • Identify training needs for the department and support/develop training programs. Collaborate with other departments on shared training.

  • Responsible for profitable growth of the section; ensuring staff levels, staff loading, and staff assignments meet project requirements while maintaining billable goals.

  • Achieve stated targets and standards for financial performance

  • Manage department budget and expenditure of funds.

  • Prepare and present workload and monthly financial reports to global practice or regional management and applicable project managers.

  • Implement, apply, and support company, global practice and/or regional office programs and initiatives; successfully navigating and managing change within the section.

  • Responsible for collaborating with business development managers, business line leads, project managers and proposal production staff on proposals to secure work for staff.

  • Build strong partnerships with Kansas City and other regional office teams, including the Burns & McDonnell India Team.

  • Responsible for overall QA/QC process adherence

  • Ensure compliance with company and site safety policies.

  • Responsible for diversity initiatives.

  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor's degree in engineering, architecture, or related field from an ABET accredited program.

  • Minimum 5 years related professional experience.

  • Must demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills, strong interpersonal skills and the ability to clearly and effectively present complex information to all levels of employees, management and clients.

  • Position requires the ability to influence, lead and manage change thoughtfully and positively.

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

  • This position requires an individual capable of applying intensive and diversified knowledge of principles and practices to broad areas of assignments.

  • Must be capable of devising new approaches to problems encountered.

  • Professional Engineering licensure preferred.

  • Previous leadership and/or management experience preferred.

  • Previous consulting experience preferred.


Job Engineering

Primary Location US-GA-Atlanta

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time

Req ID: 221687