Burns & McDonnell Commercial/Architecture Project Manager in Chicago, Illinois


Burns & McDonnell is looking for an experienced Architectural Project Manager to continue a strong local presence for strategic clients in the manufacturing, commercial, higher education and healthcare markets.This individual will manage design-build project teams, provide leadership for execution of the architectural design, further client relationships, and continue a long standing reputation for quality and reliable project delivery.

Ideal candidate will have the following responsibilities:

  • Directs and coordinates activities of several disciplines on a project of moderate scope or a combination of smaller projects.

  • Direct coordination with internal clients and external clients.

  • May initiate or assist in contract negotiations or preparation.

  • Assist in direction of project planning, budgeting and establishing critical project objectives.

  • Manage project resources and sub-consultants

  • Provide inspirational leadership by attracting, retaining, motivating and developing high-caliber, multi-discipline talent

  • Collaborate with managers, marketing staff and other Burns & McDonnell Global Practices to identify, highlight and communicate applicable project information from the client’s programs in support of the other business development opportunities that are strategically aligned with company’s objectives

  • Develop pursuit strategy, capture plan development, go/no-go decisions in order to pre-sell projects to the client

  • Participate in necessary regional trade associations and professional organizations

  • Lead project teams in the office and in the field

  • As needed, perform Project Architect duties such as architectural space programming, schematic design, the production of construction documents, code compliance checks, development of construction details, and project specifications

  • Assist in the design control/construction administration phase and project close-out

  • Support staffing, fee estimating and scheduling

  • Provide leadership, guidance and instruction to less experienced staff members.

  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor's degree in architecture from an accredited program.

  • Minimum 10 years progressive experience, including 5 or more years managing engineering or architectural projects.

  • Demonstrated ability to develop and manage work plans, schedules and budgets and provide leadership to a diverse project team.

  • Strong appreciation of the design-build contracting methodology and prior experience completing design-build projects is preferred.

  • Must have ability to deal effectively with a wide variety of industry, government and public contracts on project-related matters.

  • Excellent written & verbal communication skills.

  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills.

  • Must curry strong interpersonal and communication skills and display a positive can-do attitude both internally and externally

  • Professional AIA Registration required.


Job Project Management

Primary Location US-IL-Chicago

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time

About Burns & McDonnell

Burns & McDonnell is making the world a more amazing place with more than 5,000 engineers, architects, construction professionals, scientists and consultants on staff and growing. We strive to create amazing success for our clients and amazing careers for our employee-owners. We take on some of the world’s toughest challenges with the industry’s best thinking.

We have offices and projects spanning the US and the globe. We are proud to rank among FORTUNE magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For. Our culture of 100% employee ownership plays a major role in supporting that outcome. Each employee shares in the ownership of the firm, bringing the commitment of an owner to our projects. Clients appreciate that and have rewarded us with a 90% repeat business rate and decades-long partnerships. Pretty cool for a 100 year old firm that grows organically.

At Burns & McDonnell, you’ll have the opportunity to make a difference every day while fulfilling your personal and professional ambitions. Our entrepreneurial culture lets you guide your destiny and shape the path your career travels. And with more than 350 service specialties, your career and development options are abundant.

Burns & McDonnell is an Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans

Req ID: 180878