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HNTB Department Manager - Highway Design in Detroit, Michigan

What We're Looking For

HNTB Michigan is currently seeking a success oriented and positive leader for our successful and growing Highway Design Department for our Detroit, MI office.

This position is an excellent opportunity to join our diverse and multi-disciplined team working on the largest and most complex transportation projects in Michigan.

The successful candidate will primarily be responsible for:

  • Managing our successful and growing Highway Design Department for our Detroit office.

  • Sets the vision for, plans, and executes profitable growth in collaboration with other Department Mangers and Group Directors for our highway design department.

  • Sets a positive work environment that fosters collaborative teamwork, professional development, technical excellence, and business excellence.

  • Responsible for/oversees project staffing, including, but not limited to; recruitment, development, retention and succession of project staff; development of plan for project staff reporting; and support for performance and compensation reviews.

  • Assigning priorities and staff to jobs and collaborates with other departments and sections within the office regarding work-sharing needs and opportunities.

  • Serve as project manager and primary client contact for the largest most complex projects.

  • Proactively manages the budget, schedule, technical requirements, contractual obligations, and client communications in support of the project’s objectives.

  • Working closely with other disciplines on multi-discipline projects in lead or support roles.

  • Coordinates design development and/or assist in providing technical direction to the scope of projects; provides senior-level technical expertise on roadway projects associated with conceptual engineering, detailed engineering designs, and preparation of contracts for construction.

  • Reviews and checks engineering work completed by others ensuring consistently the highest quality designs.

  • Supervises, reviews, and develops project scope and fee quotation. Assists in the preparation of proposals and contracts.

  • Accountable for managing quality processes to ensure quality work on all project submittals.

  • Partners with Client Service Leaders and pursuit champions to assist with business development, building client relationships, and pursuit efforts for projects. Works with the project team and marketing resources to prepare appropriate proposal and presentation materials.

  • Responsible for tracking and monitoring business operational metrics for the highway design department to ensure profitable growth.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Preferred Qualifications and Skills:

  • 15 years of progressive transportation engineering experience

  • Previous successful design and project management experience on Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) projects

  • 4 years supervisory experience

  • Strong positive leadership and organization skills

  • Strong interpersonal, written and verbal communication, and listening skills, with an ability to present clearly and facilitate effective meetings

  • Intense client focus with trusted client relationships and strong professional reputation with our Michigan Clients

  • Professional Engineer (PE) license

  • Project Management Professional (PMP)


What You'll Need

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Develops, monitors and manages the department's operating budget in support of the group or office operating budget and forecast updates.

  • Responsible for the management, growth and professional development of discipline-specific engineering department. Coordinates department activities establishes priorities and assign staff to projects. Ensures staff development, mentoring and training needs are being met. Collaborates with other departments or groups within the office on work-sharing needs and opportunities.

  • Supports the implementation of the firm's strategic plan and HNTB's Sophisticated Sales Approach (SSA) process on project pursuits in the department and office, including development of department-level strategic planning strategies.

  • Supports the implementation of the firm's contracting (SCA) process through project delivery and contracting activities including scope, work plan and fee reviews for all contracting activities impacting the department.

  • Supports the implementation of the firm's project delivery (SDA) process including Work Planning, Monthly Project Reviews and other project performance methods to ensure quality work, on time, on schedule, to the client's satisfaction.

  • Assists in marketing responsibilities, including client discovery, proposal generation, interviews, and win-to-work activities

  • Maintains client contacts to ensure client satisfaction. Leads and assists in sales and marketing efforts for department's growth.

  • Recruits, hires, develops and retains department staff, including development of plan for staff reporting, performance and compensation reviews, and succession.

  • Manages assigned project management activities (project scope, schedule, budget and quality management) and performs technical discipline tasks including research, reports, design, specifications and plan preparation.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering with 10 years of practical experience including 2 years of supervisory experience.

Additional Information

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Detroit, MI







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Job Type: Regular

Full/Part Time: Full time

Job Category: Engineering Group

ReqID: R-10375