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Burns & McDonnell Department Manager - Environmental Studies (Denver) in Denver, Colorado


This position is responsible for the managerial direction and leadership of the Environmental Studies Department of the Environmental Services Global Practice at our Denver Regional Office. Specific areas of responsibility include the following, with other duties as assigned by senior management:

  • Assign work and review performance to ensure the efficient, cost-effective utilization of staff.

  • Recruitment, development, training and retention of staff.

  • Interpret policies, purposes, and goals of organization to staff.

  • Serve as the technical advisor, provide senior-level input and evaluation on a variety of environmental studies and deliverables.

  • Demonstrate creativity, foresight, and mature judgment in anticipating and solving problems.

  • Determine departmental objectives and requirements, organize projects and develop standards and guidelines.

  • Prepare and monitor department budget and expenditure of funds for staff hours, supplies, training, and equipment.

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

  • Build effective relationships with existing clients, customers and contractors and develop new business opportunities.

  • Responsible for ensuring customer satisfaction goals and expectations are met.

  • Participate in sales and marketing efforts and identify key pursuits.

  • Lead the development of cost proposals and qualification statements to achieve stated targets and standards for financial performance.

  • Prepare and present project budgets and cost estimates.

  • Report project performance.

  • Provide leadership, guidance and instruction to the environmental studies practice.

  • Mentor and guide less experienced environmental professionals.

  • Work to assess opportunities to expand environmental services within the office and evaluate opportunities to cross-sell other services for other Global Practices.

  • Promote profitable and sound growth.

  • Achieve stated targets and standards for financial performance.

  • Identify and market services to clients and internal stakeholders to meet sales goals, profitability, and objectives for department.

  • Understand the direction and trends in technology and the Environmental Studies industry for the Environment Services service offerings in each respective market sector and provide guidance to staff to align our services with industry trends.

  • Responsible for QA/QC process adherence.

  • Responsible for effective communication with other disciplines.

  • Responsible for compliance with company and site safety policies.

  • Other duties, as assigned.


  • Bachelor's degree in environmental science, engineering or related field from an accredited program.

  • Minimum 7 years of related experience. (10 years related professional experience in siting, routing, state licensing and permitting, and environmental studies and/or project management is highly preferred.)

  • Detailed knowledge and practical experience working on complex projects with various market sectors including Utilities, Renewable Energy, Mining, Transportation and/or Oil, Gas & Chemicals.

  • Previous 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.

  • Candidates must possess strong project management skills and a strategic perspective.

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

  • An advanced degree and/or professional license is desirable.

Compensation Range


The expected compensation range for this position is displayed in accordance with the Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act. The final agreed upon compensation is based on a number of factors, including but not limited to: individual education, qualifications, prior work experience and work location. The total annual compensation package will consist of a base salary and eligibility to participate in our discretionary year-end incentive bonus program.


Our extensive benefits package takes care of you so that you can focus on doing great work. From insurance and disability to time off and wellness programs, we provide the tools to meet your needs. As part of being 100% employee-owned, eligible employees participate in our Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) in addition to our 401(k) retirement program. For more information, please visit the Benefits & Wellness page.


Job Environmental

Primary Location US-CO-Denver

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time

Req ID: 211347