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Burns & McDonnell Design Section Manager - Transportation (Austin) in Austin, Texas


Burns & McDonnell’s Austin office is looking for an ambitious and talented Design Section Manager to join our growing transportation team, where you'll be at the forefront of directing, inspiring, and managing a team that's committed to making our clients successful.

At Burns & McDonnell, you’ll be empowered to build not just projects, but your career. Our expansive service offerings means stability, job security and incredible potential for growth. Actively lead a team, meaningfully engage with company leadership, bolster technical expertise, develop project management skills, and assist with selling new projects.

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As the Design Section Manager, you will work directly with the Department Manager to lead a multidisciplinary design section serving public and private clients on a variety of Transportation infrastructure projects. Projects range from City/County arterial widenings and innovative intersections to billion-dollar multi-level urban freeway designs. In this role you will have the opportunity to:

  • Lead a close-knit team of multi-discipline professionals that will not only meet internal and external goals, but to exceed expectations.

  • Lead Design Section meetings and infuse them with a vision that sparks passion and creativity among your colleagues.

  • Collaborate with fellow section managers, Design Department Manager, and project managers to align staffing strategies that achieve cost-effective delivery, optimize staff billability goals, and align project staffing needs for projects.

  • Craft operational structures and procedures that elevate our design prowess to new heights.

  • Define project objectives, cultivate standards, and organize projects in a way that transforms designs into masterpieces.

  • Attend and lead project meetings for clients, leaving a mark that resonates innovation and professionalism.

  • Infuse your team with administrative, supervisory, and technical expertise to drive success.

  • Champion excellence by overseeing quality reviews on design deliverables.

  • Build our business through actively engaging in proposal efforts for select clients and projects. Correspond and meet with clients, contractors, and vendors.

  • Support brand-building that empowers your team to connect with industry peers and potential clients through technical events and organizations.

  • Monitor progress on design projects and offer your insights to fine-tune strategies, budgets, schedules, and quality benchmarks.

  • Serve as a task lead and/or project manager for our most important clients and projects.

  • Support and provide your team with career development opportunities.

  • Cultivate a dynamic team by recruiting, nurturing, training, retaining, and recognizing top-tier talent.

  • Inspire and guide summer interns, offering them career growth and an exceptional learning experience.

  • Solicit feedback from team members, compile insightful observations, and make recommendations for performance evaluations in collaboration with Design Department Manager.


  • Bachelor Degree in engineering, architecture, construction or related degree from accredited program

  • Minimum of five (5) years related professional experience in design (conceptual or detailed) and/or project management required.

  • Minimum of five (5) years' experience in transportation design strongly preferred.

  • Experience related to project scope definition, scoping studies, plan development, and cost of estimating of roadway related projects strongly preferred.

  • The ideal candidate will have experience with Microstation, GeoPak, Inroads and OpenRoads Designer and possess detailed knowledge of AASHTO and DOT design criteria and standards strongly preferred.

  • Previous leadership and/or project and people management experience is preferable.

  • 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, and clients.

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

  • Must possess strong project management skills and a strategic perspective.

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

  • A professional engineer license is strongly preferred.

  • Position requires up to 25% travel.


Job Engineering

Primary Location US-TX-Austin

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time

Req ID: 234309 Job Hire Type Experienced