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Burns & McDonnell Automation Project Manager – Food & Beverage (Kansas City) in Kansas City, Missouri


The Automation Project Manager is responsible for managing and overseeing all aspects of work on assigned projects. This includes project safety, coordinating the design efforts of design teams, managing schedules and budgets, developing cost and technical proposals, contract negotiation, risk identification and management, client development, managing client expectations and overall client satisfaction.

  • Manage and oversee all aspects and phases of Automation projects from concept to completion including overall safety, permitting, planning, estimating, engineering, project controls, bid phase services, procurement, constructability reviews, material management, and closeout.

  • Coordinate project execution activities with Construction, Mechanical, and Process Managers.

  • Manage all phases of Automation projects utilizing the Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) project execution methodology.

  • Has the ability to manage small multi-discipline projects (typically less than $10MM).

  • Design, develop, and supervise all aspects of automation systems, equipment, and machinery.

  • Ability to manage multiple Automation projects simultaneously across different clients and site locations.

  • Responsible for the design, installation, commissioning, and technical support of PLC and DCS based hardware and software.

  • Has expertise with advanced process automation topics and philosophies, instrumentation specifications, installation, and troubleshooting of automation systems.

  • Familiar with a variety of client concepts, practices, and processes.

  • Responsible for the quality of the project deliverables including internal project and external quality review process.

  • Ability to serve as the Automation lead for a multi-discipline Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) project.

  • Develop and monitor project schedules, manage scope, and control project costs.

  • Serve as the primary point of contact with clients regarding efforts such as client coordination, strategic planning, master scope management, budget finances, subcontracting, project staffing, and schedule attainment.

  • Participate in and potentially lead internal and external project risk reviews. Consult with Legal Department as required.

  • Manage internal project financials, providing detailed, accurate project cost forecasts and accruals to client(s) and Global Practice leadership.

  • Establish project teams, coordinate activities of disciplines, and ensure the efficient, cost-effective utilization of staff.

  • Manage all aspects of project communication.

  • Identify opportunities and manage team efforts for submittals, proposals, presentations, contract negotiation, and related activities.

  • Develop and implement sales strategies for future Automation and Controls business and new customers.

  • Develop and present overall department goals and sales initiatives to business leadership.

  • Develop project proposals including definition of scope, cost, and schedule for all phases of projects. Review and develop engineering hour estimates, equipment and construction costs for projects. Manage the proposal review process with business leadership.

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

  • Manages project team of automation professionals which includes providing mentorship, formal and informal training.

  • Manages the day-to-day allocation of resources across assigned projects. This includes resource forecasting, project onboarding and offboarding, and coordination with resource managers.

  • Provide performance feedback for project team members as appropriate.

  • Develop and implement project policies and procedures, establish project controls systems, and implement the project execution plan.

  • Work closely with the project team to ensure deliverables and services are being provided to the client’s satisfaction and that projects are following internal QA/QC guidelines.

  • Report regularly on progress, cost and schedule metrics, procurement issues, safety or environmental concerns, design questions, potential impacts, and any issues requiring additional support

  • Support recruiting efforts, hiring, and onboarding of automation professionals.

  • All other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor's degree in electronics technology, electrical engineering, or related field from an accredited program.

  • Minimum of 7 years of related experience 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.

  • Demonstrated success in project management with a focus on automation projects.

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

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills. 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 handle large volumes of work and multi-task in a fast-paced environment.

  • 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.

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

  • Excellent computer skills and proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint).

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

  • Previous engineering consulting experience preferred.

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


Job Project Management

Primary Location US-MO-Kansas City

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 50 % of the Time

Req ID: 234347

Job Hire Type Experienced #LI-MJ #GFS