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Burns & McDonnell Deputy Program Manager - Water (Shreveport, LA) in Dallas, Texas


Burns & McDonnell's rapidly growing Water Practice is in search of highly driven employee owners to support metropolitan water and wastewater utilities across the United States with implementation and delivery of major capital improvement programs. This position requires a self-driven individual to lead, direct, plan, organize, coordinate, and administer all programs, functions, and activities of a Project Management Office (PMO) under the broad direction of the Program Manager.

This individual will understand the requirements and goals of Burns & McDonnell’s clients and program stakeholders, embrace performance excellence, and seek continuous improvement and innovation. Candidates applying for this position must lead by example, inspiring a team to effectively implement program activities and successfully deliver projects. This role involves heavy client interface and directing the project delivery aspects of various programs and projects.

Candidates may also support or be responsible for the establishment and negotiation of scope, schedule, and fees with clients and sub-consultants, program planning, budgeting, the establishment of critical program objectives, negotiation of compliance schedules and terms with regulatory agencies, and developing and presenting program issues to regulatory agencies and the public.

This role will provide qualified individuals the opportunity to advance their skillsets in an active and exciting long-term program environment that will lead to other program leadership opportunities. This individual may serve as capture manager for related water pursuits and support other ongoing programs or projects as requested or as needed.


Key functions of this position include:

  • Perform complex program/project management and contract administration functions

  • Provide managerial direction and support to professional and support staff during project delivery and execution, including project controls, data management, capital project delivery, public outreach, regulatory compliance, and construction management

  • Manage the provision of consulting and construction services

  • Manage project management staff and supporting consultants

  • Prepare reports related to programs, functions, and activities to provide financial and progress updates

  • Work to resolve conflicts that arise during the design and construction process

  • Develop an execution plan and schedule work plan based upon the approved capital improvement plan (CIP), identify specific tasks and assignments to be performed and coordinate with staff, consultants, and contractors to deliver the CIP

  • Hold staff, consultants, and contractors accountable for meeting budget, deliverable, and schedule requirements

  • Independently manage new, unusual problems and deviations encountered during the work

  • Evaluate and ensure work processes are documented, measurable and effective

  • Ensure that project management best practices are followed including change and risk management

  • Monitor work efforts, systems, and procedures to evaluate the effectiveness

  • Take appropriate action with staff and stakeholders to adjust workflow, staffing, operations, procedures, and methods to meet requirements

  • Work with internal and external stakeholders exhibiting drive and commitment to providing excellent client service and delivery

  • Establish and maintain effective working relations with client representatives, program stakeholders, and PMO staff

  • Other duties as assigned


  • Licensed professional engineer with a bachelor's degree in engineering.

  • Candidate must have a minimum of 10 years of experience with at least 5 years of progressively responsible project management experience; however, the completion of advanced degrees may be substituted for work experience.

  • Candidate must have demonstrated experience supervising, directing, and managing teams to deliver projects.

  • Candidate must have capital planning and project delivery experience.

  • Certification as a Project Management Professional (PMP) by the Project Management Institute or Certified Construction Manager (CCM) by the Construction Management Association of America, is a plus.

  • Have outstanding written and oral communication skills

  • Proven ability to execute projects and coordinate the efforts of project teams

  • Ability to work under pressure and meet firm deadlines

  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment

  • Familiarity with federal and state regulatory programs related to CSO and SSO control is a plus.

  • Candidate shall have excellent written and verbal communication skills, as well as strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

EEO/Minorities/Females/Disabled Veteran

Job Project Management

Primary Location US-LA-Shreveport

Other Locations US-TX-Houston, US-TX-Dallas, US-IL-Chicago

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 15 % of the Time

Req ID: 213320