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Burns & McDonnell Project Manager - Municipal Drinking Water (Denver) in Denver, Colorado


Strong project managers are essential to our success. We’re looking for a pro to support our growing Municipal Drinking Water Team. In this role, you will lead some of the industry's best engineers while executing highly technical, complex projects including drinking water treatment facility, pump station, and water storage tank design/construction.

It takes many skills to manage projects in the engineering industry, from forming and maintaining strong relationships with clients and partners, to successfully delivering projects, to staying in step with current and future regulations, to actively seeking out the next project.

Burns & McDonnell is a 100% employee-owned company with a 123-year history in the water/wastewater business. Our Denver, Colorado office is home to more than 400 engineering, environmental, and construction professionals that work side by side to Create Amazing successes for our clients. We work on a diverse range of projects in Colorado and nationwide, spanning water, power, telecommunications, manufacturing, federal, aviation, and aviation.

Our Denver, Colorado Water team is a dynamic group of 55 people that focus on water and wastewater projects for municipal and industrial clients, spanning treatment, distribution and collection, and more. Our project managers do not just manage projects – they are a vital part of our leadership team that have an active role in developing others, shaping the types of projects we pursue, and winning projects. We are looking for project managers with technical backgrounds in planning, design, and construction. Skilled project managers are in high demand in our industry, so Burns & McDonnell works hard to attract and retain proven talent. Welcome to a firm that will recognize and reward your contributions to our success.

Burns & McDonnell provides our project management professionals with:

  • An employee-owned culture where everyone has a stake in our success. Being 100% employee-owned means, we are all driven to find remarkable solutions for our clients. Starting day one, you will have ownership in a firm that appears in ENR’s Top 10 Industry Rankings for multiple categories, has an 85% repeat-business rate, and maintains 93% employee retention.

  • The resources to win complex, high-profile projects. With over a century of experience and 13,500 engineers, scientists, technologists and communications professionals, Burns & McDonnell is prepared to pursue the most complex projects in the AEC industry. We leverage a strong portfolio of projects and experience in all aspects of engineering planning, design, and construction.

  • An important role in an integrated team. Your ideas and contributions are critical and make a direct impact on business processes and strategy. You will be heard and work with colleagues who are equally vested in the success of the team.

  • Career and professional development opportunities. Our project managers are seller-doers that continually build client relationships, manage projects, and nurture new focus areas as the market evolves, so we value and invest in their development. Burns & McDonnell provides training, established career paths, and a practice-wide network of professionals who collaborate regularly to share knowledge and best practices. We share your commitment to continuous improvement and elevation of the engineering profession in our industry. We can’t wait to meet you and help you build your story here!

We need a Municipal Drinking Water Project Manager who will:

  • Share ideas and boldly explore technical solutions and thought leadership. We are a diverse team with ambitious goals – be a part of the constantly evolving story!

  • Bring outstanding organizational and interpersonal skills to lead project teams through challenging requirements and overlapping schedules. These skills and a flexible, team-player attitude are essential for building relationships at all levels of our organization and managing multiple deadlines in our dynamic environment.

  • Be excited to coach and mentor other engineers to shape the leaders of tomorrow. We appreciate the lessons you have learned in your career and technical chops you bring to the table, and we want you to be a hands-on participant in the growth of others.

  • Understand and apply conventional and advanced treatment technologies to solve complex water quality challenges for clients in Colorado and the western states.

We are also looking for a Project Manager who can:

  • Provide leadership and guidance through all aspects of engineering projects from concept to completion, including overall safety, quality, engineering, procurement, construction, permitting, project controls, and public/community relations.

  • Collaborate and coordinate with multi-disciplinary project teams to provide deliverables and services that meet internal QA/QC requirements and client expectations.

  • Serve as the primary point of contact for clients throughout each project, building a relationship as a trusted partner as the project progresses.

  • Develop and monitor project schedules, manage scope, and plan for the financial success of your projects.

  • Plan, organize, and communicate project personnel needs to department management.

  • Communicate project progress, cost and schedule metrics, design questions, and project challenges requiring additional support to department management.

  • Provide performance feedback for project team members as appropriate.

  • Work to proactively identify and position Burns & McDonnell for upcoming projects and opportunities; utilize business development skills to lead proposals, win new projects, and increase existing client base.

  • Leverage existing client relationships and focus on repeat work within each client account.

  • Manage the review, negotiation, approval, and execution of prime contracts, subcontracts, and change orders.

  • Be visible in the regional water and wastewater marketplace through leadership and participation in professional organizations.

  • Provide guidance and industry feedback or trends to the water leadership team.

Compensation Range


The expected compensation range for this position is displayed in compliance with all local/state regulations. The expected compensation range for this position 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.


  • Bachelor's degree in engineering, construction management or related degree from accredited program required

  • Minimum of 7 years of related experience (10 years preferred) in design engineering, including 3 or more years of experience managing engineering projects. Completion of a master's degree in a related field may be substituted for one year of experience.

  • Previous consulting experience preferred.

  • Professional Registration preferred.

  • Demonstrated success in project management strongly preferred.

  • Proven ability to develop business and establish relationships with clients strongly preferred.

  • Prior experience on construction project sites or executing program management in the industries of aviation, commercial, energy, government, manufacturing, oil & gas, process, transmission & distribution, or water is preferred.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and strong interpersonal skills. Must have the ability to clearly and effectively present complex information to all levels of employees, management, and clients.

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, and attention to detail. This position requires an individual capable of applying intensive and diversified knowledge of principles and practices to broad areas of assignments.

  • Must be capable of devising new approaches to problems encountered.

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

  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, demanding work environment, ability to work overtime on short notice.

  • Excellent computer skills and proficiency using Microsoft Office

  • Ability to work collaboratively with others (owners, contractors, engineers, designers) in a multi-disciplined project team environment to resolve design or drawing issues as appropriate and to accomplish objectives.

  • Strong experience with document control, scheduling, cost control and project management software


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. Burns & McDonnell’s PTO program includes the paid sick leave entitlements provided under the Colorado Healthy Families and Workplaces Act (HFWA). Additionally, 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.

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


Job Project Management

Primary Location US-CO-Denver

Other Locations United States

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 50 % of the Time

Req ID: 235391

Job Hire Type Experienced #LI-JH #WTR