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Burns & McDonnell Transmission Planning Project Manager - 1898 & Co. (Conshohocken) in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania


The Transmission System Planning Project Manager will support a broad range of studies and other consulting services to support power delivery utilities to make decisions backed by business and engineering analysis. The Transmission System Planning Project Manager will perform transmission planning and operational studies consisting of power flow, transient stability, transfer capability, short-circuit, electromagnetic, reliability, and economic dispatch associated with congestion management scenarios.

The project manager will be required to work with numerous entities in the industry including investor-owned electric utilities, municipal electric utilities, electric cooperatives, and independent transmission providers. This project manager will be a seller-doer, conducting sales and marketing activities and executing projects. The project manager will spend time directly engaged with clients to identify new work, prepare proposals, establish study objectives, formulate project approaches, and manage/oversee a team of consultants/engineers to meet the study objectives and provide the client with useful and actionable deliverables.


The project manager will be responsible for, and manage, all aspects of projects from business development, scope and fee development, staffing plan development, project oversight and execution, quality management, and financial performance responsibilities. The project manager will support and lead both on-the-job and classroom training efforts for less experienced team members. Key responsibilities will include:

  • Business development: Develop new, and manage existing, client relationships through client marketing and project interactions; identify new sales opportunities with clients; lead all aspects of proposal development and submission including project planning, budgeting, and scheduling; establish critical project objectives and performances with clients; lead contract preparation and negotiations.

  • Project execution: Lead all aspects of project execution including scope, schedule, and budget; ensure quality control of deliverables; analyze and communicate project status, risks, schedule, and costs to all internal and external stakeholders; lead multi-discipline teams of engineers and analysts; plan, organize, and communicate project personnel needs to department management.

  • Leadership: Mentor and train less experienced staff on technical and business aspects of projects and the industry; serve as a recognized industry leader in power generation planning and evaluation; support company initiatives.

  • Develop and evaluate future transmission planning plans for major electrical projects.

  • Interpret and apply necessary NERC, FERC, and regional assessments, following established requirements and standards.

  • Lead risk assessment processes and procedures utilizing standard techniques.

  • Lead transmission planning assignments utilizing power system analysis software.

  • Resolve transmission planning technical issues encountered during projects and present solutions to other project team members.

  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor's degree in engineering, electrical engineering preferred, or related field from an accredited curriculum. Advanced degree is a plus such as an MBA, Masters in Electrical Engineering, Engineering Management, or PhD.

  • Minimum 5 years related experience with a broad range of transmission system studies, including 3 or more years managing engineering projects.

  • Deep and broad base of knowledge regarding electric transmission systems and transmission system planning processes.

  • Extensive experience with planning, studies, and operations such as transient stability, short circuit, and voltage analysis; NERC, FERC, and Regional requirements, policies, and procedures; production costing; risk assessment techniques; TPL compliance; generator interconnection; and harmonics analysis.

  • Strong computer skills using industry software such as PSS/E, PSLF, EMTP/ATP, PSCAD, SKM, ETAP, and Promod.

  • Demonstrated ability to independently manage a transmission system planning study with execution support from other staff.

  • Knowledge of numerous power regions of the country and independent system operators such as PJM, MISO, NEISO, SPP, CAISO, WECC, SERC, ERCOT, NYISO

  • Knowledge of NERC and FERC standards.

  • Demonstrated ability to provide independent evaluation, selection, adaptation, and modification of standard engineering techniques for electric transmission system planning procedures and criteria.

  • Proven ability to lead, educate, and train a team of engineers and analysts in regard to transmission system planning studies.

  • Proven ability to lead multi-discipline teams of engineers and analysts.

  • General business and financial calculation knowledge.

  • Effective Project Management skills.

  • 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 manage multiple projects concurrently, including identification of critical path items to ensure deliverable deadlines are met.

  • Ability to focus on the big picture to effectively and efficiently provide services that meet client needs, while also having the ability to identify and analyze details that are critical to project outcomes.

  • Willingness to learn new service offerings as client needs and the market requires changes to the service offerings provided by our group.

  • Willingness and ability to develop a broad set of service offering types to allow for flexibility to go where the work is.

  • Willingness to cross-sell other services offered by Burns & McDonnell outside the project manager’s core set of services.

  • Willingness to negotiate with clients for new service agreements.

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PPT).

  • Must have the ability to deal effectively with a wide variety of industry, government, and public contracts on project-related matters.

  • Excellent written & verbal communication skills.

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

  • Professional Registration is preferred.

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


Job Engineering

Primary Location US-PA-Conshohocken

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 25 % 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: 241333

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