Burns & McDonnell Section Manager in Downers Grove, Illinois


Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company, Inc. is seeking a senior level professional to manage projects and oversee environmental permitting staff out of our Chicago Office. A familiarity with the various state and local permitting requirements of Illinois and Indiana as well as other states in the region is required. This position will require a thorough knowledge of the federal, state, and local permitting requirements associated with the development and construction of new projects. The preferred applicant will also possess knowledge of regulations and permitting requirements for wetlands, threatened and endangered species, storm water and erosion & sediment control, cultural resources and architectural history, and the National Environmental Policy Act. Technical expertise in one or more of these fields required.

Project management responsibilities include but are not limited to proposal preparation; development of cost estimates; development of and participation in presentations; project management of multiple projects; and leadership, guidance, and instruction to less experienced staff members.

Additional responsibilities include:

  • daily interface with various agencies, clients and team members to verify compliance, obtain approvals, conduct reviews, and prepare responses in a timely manner

  • applying creative solutions to natural resources permitting

  • advising clients of appropriate strategies to obtain permits and maintain compliance with regulations and permit conditions

  • knowledge of USACE, EPA, and various state and local regulations pertaining to the permitting of new projects

  • publication of technical papers and delivering presentations at conferences

  • Travel will be required


B.S. or M.S. in environmental science, environmental planning, or environmental/civil engineering preferred with at least 8-10 years of experience successfully executing and managing various environmental permitting projects in the upper Midwest. Experience in multiple market sectors a plus with an emphasis on electric utility and oil & gas pipeline markets. The applicant should possess experience in leading negotiations with regulators pertaining to environmental permitting requirements. Successful candidate must be self-motivated, detail-oriented, and able to collaborate with a team. The candidate must have experience with managing staff and/or have had direct reports and be responsible for career path development, mentoring and growth. The candidate must be able to demonstrate the ability to manage in a dynamic team environment, work under pressure to meet deadlines, and work effectively and professionally with various audiences (i.e., regulators, public officials, clients, etc.).

  • EEO/Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans

Job Project Management

Primary Location US-IL-Chicago

Other Locations US-IL-Downers Grove

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: 180846