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Burns & McDonnell Transmission & Distribution Project Manager – Underground Cables & Conduit in Detroit, Michigan


Wishing you could have an ownership stake in the company you are working for? Founded in 1898, Burns & McDonnell is an award-winning engineering, architectural, construction, environmental, and consulting services firm. We are a 100% employee-owned company, with regional and project offices nationwide.

Burns & McDonnell is a full-service consulting firm with Engineering, Environmental, Permitting, ROW, and Construction services all performed directly by our employee owner team. Burns & McDonnell plans, designs, constructs, and manages projects all over the world with one mission in mind -- to make our clients successful.

Our Transmission & Distribution global practice is looking for a Project Manager to join our growing Underground cables and conduit business in our Chicago and Detroit offices. The Project Manager will manage, direct, and coordinate all aspects of work related to underground engineering. The Project Manager is expected to proactively grow client relationships into repeat business and expand service offerings.

The Project Manager will be responsible for the profit and loss of individual projects, the successful completion of projects within specified dates, and establishing and maintaining a professional and satisfactory relationship with the owner, internal design team, subcontractors, regulatory agencies, and other project stakeholders. Additionally, the Project Manager will assist in the pursuit of new clients, with the potential to serve as an Account Manager with direct marketing effort responsibilities.

Major responsibilities for the Project Manager will include:

  • Promoting a safety-first culture

  • Prepare proposals, assist in presentations, and participate in contract negotiations.

  • Leverage existing client relationships, create new client relationships, and focus on repeat work within each Account.

  • Serve as the primary point of contact with client regarding efforts such as client coordination, strategic planning, master scope management, budget finances, subcontracting, project staffing, environmental compliance, facility support, and schedule attainment.

  • Provide overall management and coordination of projects from concept to completion including siting, environmental, permitting, planning, estimating, engineering, right-of-way acquisition, project controls, bid phase services, procurement, constructability reviews, material management (if required by project), construction management (if required by project), and closeout.

  • Develop and monitor project schedules, manage scope, and control project costs.

  • Own internal project financials (detailed, accurate project cost forecast and accruals), staffing, legal coordination, risk management, change management, and human resource issues.

  • Manage all aspects of project communication.

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

  • Work closely with the Project Team to ensure deliverables and services are being provided to client’s satisfaction and that projects are following internal QA/QC guidelines.

  • Report regularly on progress, cost and schedule metrics, procurement issues, safety or environmental concerns, design questions, potential impacts, and any issues requiring office support.

  • Travel to client and project locations expected. Estimated travel 15-25%.

  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor's degree in engineering or related field from an accredited university.

  • Minimum of 7 years of progressive electrical or civil distribution and/or transmission engineering experience, including 3 or more years of experience managing engineering projects. Completion of master's degree in related field may be substituted for one year of experience.

  • 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 have experience with the production of Underground design and construction documents.

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

  • Demonstrated success in project management.

  • Proven ability to develop business and establish relationships with clients.

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

  • Previous consulting experience preferred.

  • Professional Registration preferred.


Job Project Management

Primary Location US-IL-Chicago

Other Locations US-MI-Detroit

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 15 % of the Time

Req ID: 223508