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Burns & McDonnell TX Water/Wastewater Practice Leader - Municipal (Dallas/Fort Worth) in Fort Worth, Texas


Burns & McDonnell is seeking a municipal water/wastewater practice leader to develop a new market in the Dallas/Fort Worth Region. Burns & McDonnell has served municipal water clients since 1898 and is a market leader in capital project delivery, including design, design-build, EPC, CM, CMAR, and program management across a broad spectrum of industries. Focus areas in water/wastewater include water resources, water/wastewater treatment, conveyance, collection, and distribution systems, and sustainable stormwater systems for municipal and industrial clients across the nation.

While Burns & McDonnell is new to the municipal water market in Texas, the firm has established offices in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Midland-Odessa, and San Antonio with over 1,000 employee-owners in Texas serving multiple markets. Burns & McDonnell has active design and program management contracts for municipal clients in surrounding states, has design and design-build activities underway for several industrial water/wastewater projects in Texas, and has self-perform construction capability in the Texas market, currently performing water projects in adjacent states.

Municipal Water/Wastewater Practice Leader

The DFW Water Practice Lead is responsible for strategy development and overall leadership of Burns & McDonnell’s water/wastewater practice in the Dallas/Fort Worth regional office and the surrounding region. While the position reports directly to Burns & McDonnell’s Dallas/Fort Worth Regional Office, the position requires significant coordination and collaboration with Burns & McDonnell’s Water Global Practice and Construction Design-Build Global Practice in the development of the water/wastewater market within the region. Specific areas of responsibility include the following:

  • Recruit, hire and develop outstanding employee-owners.

  • Position Burns & McDonnell as a market leader in capital project delivery, including design, design-build, EPC, CM, CMAR, and program management.

  • Create and cultivate key relationships with clients, competitors, vendors, contractors, and regulatory agencies.

  • Identify and develop target municipal clients in Texas, adjacent states, and the surrounding region.

  • Identify target opportunities that fit Burns & McDonnell’s project profile and resume.

  • Facilitate sales strategy and lead pre-sell and sales activities.

  • Lead contract negotiations and risk management activities.

  • Develop project teams to execute projects under budget and ahead of schedule.

  • Build an organization focused on exceeding client expectations.

  • Achieve sales, revenue, and income goals for the practice.

National Advocate for Project Delivery

This position is also responsible for assisting in the strategic development of Burns & McDonnell’s Global Water Practice at a national scale. The DFW Water Practice Lead will serve on the national practice leadership team and will be a key leader for national objectives related to project delivery objectives, market positioning, national organizations and conferences, and new market penetration.


Bachelor's degree in engineering or related field from accredited program.

  • Minimum 15 years related experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience in the execution and management of a service organization serving the municipal marketplace.

  • Experience must include at least 3 years successful management of projects, which would include proposal development, contract negotiations, project planning, design team coordination & communication, budgeting, schedule management, and client coordination.

  • Consulting experience preferred.

  • This position requires a demonstrated ability to develop business and establish relationships with clients.

  • Must demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills; strong interpersonal skills; and the ability to clearly and effectively present complex information to all levels of employees, management, clients and public officials.

  • Position requires the ability to thoughtfully and positively influence, lead, and manage change.

  • Candidates must possess strong project management skills and a strategic perspective.

  • Must be proficient in the use of computer software (i.e., Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint).

  • An advanced degree and/or professional engineering (PE) license are desirable.

  • Position requires travel as required.


Job Engineering

Primary Location US-TX-Dallas

Other Locations US-TX-Fort Worth

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time

Req ID: 211057