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Burns & McDonnell Project Manager - Life Sciences (Chicago) in Chicago, Illinois


Burns & McDonnell is looking for an experienced Project Manager to support our Chicago Regional Office for design and design-build facilities projects. The Chicago office’s work in the facilities arena includes architecture, engineering, procurement, and construction of projects in the following sectors: manufacturing, life sciences, research & development, support facilities (office, central plant, etc.), and government.

The Project Manager will manage, direct and coordinate all aspects of design work related to multiple design-build projects and major programs in these sectors. The Project Manager is responsible for the profit and loss of the individual projects, the successful completion of the projects within the specified dates, establishing and maintaining a professional and satisfactory relationship with the Owner, managing all design disciplines, coordinating with the Burns & McDonnell construction team.

Major responsibilities for the Project Manager will include:

  • Seller / Doer Role. Burns & McDonnell project managers are expected to proactively grow client relationships into repeat business and expanded service offerings.

  • Follows structured and strategic sales process including client/market research, capture plan development and go/no-go.

  • Participates in and leads opening and middle game sales efforts to strategically pre-position Burns & McDonnell with new and existing clients and develop new business.

  • Participates in and leads end game sales including formal responses to client Request for Proposals and Request for Qualifications.

  • Direct coordination with internal clients and external clients.

  • Serves as key account manager to develop work with existing clients.

  • Project Delivery Role. Directs and coordinates activities of several disciplines on a project or program of large-moderate scope or a combination of moderate-smaller projects.

  • Defines project schedules and goals.

  • Initiates or assists in contract negotiations or preparation.

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

  • Responsible for project and program success including schedule, quality, and profitability.

  • Works with construction project manager to define and manage design deliverables to support the project’s needs.

  • Servant leader – willing to lend a hand/support everyone in their sphere of influence.

  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or related field from an accredited curriculum.

  • Minimum of 7 years of related experience.

  • Experience in facility-focused projects, including manufacturing, life sciences, research & development, support facilities (office, central plant, etc.), and government.

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

  • Flexibility to travel 25% of the time.

  • Strong understanding of the design-build contracting methodology and prior experience completing design-build projects.

  • Must be well versed in contract negotiation.

  • Strong communication abilities exhibited by developed client relationships. Ability to quickly build long-term connections with internal and external clients.

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


Job Project Management

Primary Location US-IL-Chicago

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time

Req ID: 221758