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Burns & McDonnell Section Manager - Design Technology (Chicago) in Chicago, Illinois


This position is responsible for Chicago T&D leadership, strategy and innovation of CAD technologies and workforce. The primary purpose of this position is to develop our Design Technology staff and to align our current and future technology vision with our business plans. This role will be responsible for working with the T&D Design Technology Manager, Mark Tablante, and Chicago business line managers in both an internal and external facing capacity. Specific areas of responsibility include the following:

  • Leadership

  • Support department and section managers in developing, maintaining, and communicating:

  • Processes, tools, and organizational structures that best supports the business needs and profitability goals of T&D across all business lines.

  • Recruitment and retainment strategies to maintain staff that are well positioned for utilizing current and future technologies to support profitable execution of projects.

  • Staff training programs, specifically for developing CAD staff into design focused roles.

  • Driving a culture of quality and continual improvement.

  • Establish and communicate a vision for technology and staff that supports profitability growth within the changing business landscape and work with each department and section manager to develop short- and long-term goals in support of that vision.

  • Support client, project and marketing teams in developing and presenting on Burns & McDonnell technology capabilities, benefits and challenges in an internal and external facing capacity.

  • Personnel

  • Training, developing, mentoring, and career-development of the staff.

  • Recruiting top talent as well as the engagement and retainage of staff.

  • Management and career development of department personnel. Responsible for the development of leadership within the department and for assisting with the overall leadership development within the office.

  • Organizing, leading, and conducting the annual performance appraisal process for department staff.

  • Technology & Innovation

  • Establish and maintain a culture of innovation and challenge staff to think in innovative ways.

  • Use new and existing software to improve workflows for improved collaboration

  • Inspire staff to think in innovative ways

  • Mentor and encourage the development of innovative ideas, understanding how they fit into where we are going

  • Gain a knowledge of tools and process currently used and who uses similar tools and process

  • Work with project teams and department managers to identify and implement new solutions to improve efficiency and quality of deliverables.

  • Attend and present at industry events to identify emerging industry trends and technologies.

  • Initiate and execute innovation initiatives to drive quality, efficiency, and profitability in our use of CAD technologies.

  • Serve as the Chicago representative for technology on the T&D innovation

  • Strategy

  • Continuously evaluate existing and new technologies and coordinate with the T&D Design Technology manager to develop a Chicago T&D technology roadmap in support of short-term and long-term business goals.

  • Build strategic relationships and partnerships with external design technology vendors and recommend use cases in support of our business needs.

  • Develop and communicate strategy for greater utilization of technology and staff as a revenue source outside of traditional roles.

  • Organizational

  • Advocating for safety within the department.

  • Coordinating work for the department including making assignments and reviewing performance to ensure the efficient, cost-effective utilization of staff.

  • Supporting overall Regional office development and resource coordination between GPs.

  • Interpreting policies, procedures, and goals of the organization to staff.

  • Assisting in the development and execution of the Chicago T&D Business Plan.

  • Preparing and monitoring the department budget and expenditure of funds for staffing hours, supplies, training, and equipment.

  • Supporting diversity initiatives.

  • Supporting Human Resources on educational partnerships and internship programs.

  • Recommending changes in basic structure and organization of the department to ensure the effective fulfillment of objectives assigned to it.

  • All Other duties as assigned


  • Seven (7) years related professional experience in design or Engineering

  • Self-starter with proven experience in establishing vision, setting direction, and driving results.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and strong interpersonal skills.

  • Ability to clearly and effectively present complex information to all levels of employees, management, and clients.

  • Ability to influence, lead, and manage change thoughtfully and positively.

  • Proven experience in proactive collaboration and team building.


Job Computer Aided Drafting & Design

Primary Location US-IL-Chicago

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 15 % of the Time

Req ID: 211101