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Burns & McDonnell Project Manager - Program Management (Great Lakes Region) in Chicago, Illinois


Our Transmission & Distribution global practice has an immediate need for a Project Manager to support capital engineering and construction programs consisting of a combination of electric transmission, substation, and communication projects. The Project Manager will manage, direct, and coordinate all aspects of the work related to the engineering, permitting, construction, and capitalization of multiple projects.

The Project Manager will report directly to the Program Manager and is responsible for managing all aspects of the individual projects until their successful completion within the specified dates and budgets and establishing and maintaining a professional and satisfactory relationship with the Owner, subcontractors, regulatory agencies, and any other project stakeholders.

Major responsibilities for the Project Manager will include:

  • Provide overall management of projects from development, construction and closeout including siting, environmental, permitting, planning, estimating, engineering, right-of-way acquisition, project controls, bid phase services, procurement, constructability reviews, material management, construction management, and closeout.

  • Maintain clear lines of communication and relationships between project site, project office and clients.

  • Drive project schedules and manage scope.

  • Maintain detailed, accurate project cost forecasts and accruals.

  • Develop and implement project policies and procedures, establish project controls systems, and implement the project execution plan.

  • Work closely with the Project Team to confirm deliverables and services are being provided to client’s satisfaction.

  • Report regularly to the Lead Project Manager (Program Manager) on construction progress, cost and schedule metrics, procurement issues, safety or environmental concerns, design questions, potential impacts, and any issues requiring home office support.


  • Bachelor's degree in engineering, construction management or related degree from accredited program and 7 years applicable experience is required.

  • Prior experience on construction project sites or executing program management in the industries of aviation, commercial, energy, government, manufacturing, oil & gas, process, transmission & distribution, or water is preferred.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, and attention to detail.

  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, demanding work environment, ability to work overtime on short notice.

  • Excellent computer skills and proficiency using Microsoft Office

  • Ability to work collaboratively with others (owners, contractors, engineers, designers) in a multi-disciplined project team environment to resolve design or drawing issues as appropriate and to accomplish objectives.

  • Strong experience with document control, scheduling, cost control and project management software.


Our extensive benefits package takes care of you so that you can focus on doing great work. From insurance and disability to time off and wellness programs, we provide the tools to meet your needs. As part of being 100% employee-owned, eligible employees participate in our Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) in addition to our 401(k) retirement program. For more information, please visit the Benefits & Wellness page.

This job posting will remain open a minimum of 72 hours and on an ongoing basis until filled


Job Project Management

Primary Location US-IL-Chicago

Other Locations US-MD-Baltimore, US-MI-Detroit, US-WI-Madison

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 50 % of the Time

Req ID: 240807

Job Hire Type Experienced #LI-EF #T&D