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Burns & McDonnell Transaction Advisory Director - 1898 & Co. (Multiple Locations) in Kansas City, Missouri


At 1898 & Co., we help clients assess risks associated with investments in newly developed or operating projects to help them make informed decisions about their projects, financing, investments, and divestitures. With a resume that includes hundreds of projects and more than 100 gigawatts of capacity evaluated, our team is a recognized leader in the industry. Our business and risk assessment insight is complemented by our more than 120 years of engineering experience to serve a brighter future for our clients. Are you ready to be a part of it?

We’re looking for someone ready to take the lead with an entrepreneurial spirit and implement our core values into their work. 1898 & Co. has the feel of a start-up, with the support of Burns & McDonnell’s endless resources. It’s what makes us unselfish collaborators. We proactively walk the talk to create bigger opportunities through sharing, communicating, and candidness. We are energy-givers who maintain a broader view of success, prioritizing others’ needs and goals in addition to our own.

1898 & Co. Directors’ primary responsibilities are building and maintaining positive relationships with our clients by understanding their business challenges and providing consulting solutions. They are confident in sharing interests on a project, identifying potential risks, offering mitigation options, and helping our clients make informed decisions and investments. They display grit in their leadership role and serve as a sales resource by leading business development, pursuits, and engagement scoping.

What You’ll Do:

As the Transaction Advisory Director, you will manage all transaction advisory service offerings, including business planning, business development, project execution, and team leadership. You’re a collaborative leader who thinks about the big picture and can take strategic thinking into tactical. You're detail-oriented and invigorated by solving our client's most challenging problems. You leverage the latest tools, technologies, and best practices to create action and traction in the face of ambiguity. To succeed in this position, you must have extensive knowledge of independent engineering, technical due diligence, environmental due diligence, construction oversight, and market analysis to independent power producers, developers, private equity firms, lenders, and financial institutions.

Key responsibilities will include the following:

  • You’ll collaborate with our Managing Directors and Business Line Directors to set financial targets for all transaction advisory-related services, such as sales, revenue, and profitability. You’ll work with leadership to define key objectives and align business plans with our brand’s goals and mission. You’ll work with the leadership team to prepare and manage a business plan for the strategic growth of these services across multiple business lines, including expansion of current and new service offerings, marketing activities, client retention and acquisition, and a staff growth plan.

  • You’re at the forefront of business development and sales, coordinating with the leadership team and business development managers on marketing trips, conferences, opportunity identification, and proposals to strategically grow these service offerings.

  • You will collaborate with project managers to ensure coverage of key client relationships to grow transaction advisory services. You’ll lead contract preparation and negotiations. In some instances, you’ll serve as a project manager, leading all aspects of project execution, including scope, schedule, and budget, and ensure quality control of deliverables. You’ll analyze and communicate project status, risks, schedule, and costs to all internal and external stakeholders. You’re confident in leading multi-discipline teams of engineers and analysts. Your communication and planning skills are vital in aligning expectations with our business objectives.

  • You’ll facilitate timely, quality, and profitable execution of projects across multiple business lines and serve as project director and quality control leader for deliverables to ensure client satisfaction.

  • You’re a curious seeker and passionate about personal and professional growth. You will mentor, train, and support the career development of project managers offering transaction advisory services. Your curious mind is willing to take strategic risks. You thrive on diverse perspectives, opinions, and experiences.


  • Bachelor's of science in engineering, information technology, cybersecurity, finance, business, or a related field from an accredited program is required.

  • Minimum of 13 years of experience.

  • Expert knowledge within the fields of consulting, energy, power, and/or utilities, with a preference for experience in one or more of the following areas is preferred: Independent engineer services, Technical due diligence, Lender’s technical advisor, Owner’s engineer

  • Expert computer skills (e.g. Microsoft Office Suite).

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Experience leading business development, sales, and pursuit efforts.

  • Demonstrated critical thinking skills, ability to work methodically and analytically in a problem-solving environment.

  • Strong attention to detail, facilitation, team building, and collaboration.

  • General business and financial calculation knowledge.

  • Experience with negotiation and commercial contracting.

  • Ability to work with existing and new clients to identify new projects, articulate to the clients our ability to perform those projects, and translate that into the sale of consulting services.

  • Ability to communicate with various business contacts to understand their needs and translate them into a scope of work that meets their desired outcomes.

  • Ability to perform under pressure and tight deadlines and to be effective in on-site work environments.

  • Ability to travel.

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


Job Engineering

Primary Location US-MO-Kansas City

Other Locations US-IL-Chicago

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 50 % of the Time

About 1898 & Co. 1898 & Co. is a business, technology and security solutions consultancy where experience and foresight come together to unlock lasting advancements. We innovate today to fuel our clients’ future growth, catalyzing insights that drive smarter decisions, improve performance and maximize value. As part of Burns & McDonnell, we draw on more than 120 years of deep and broad experience in complex industries as we envision and enable the future for our clients.

Req ID: 241698

Job Hire Type Experienced #LI-MG #E98 N/A