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Burns & McDonnell Process Section Manager - Water Systems (Multiple locations) in Kansas City, Missouri


This position is responsible for the direction and leadership of the Upper Midwest Process Section of the Municipal Department within the Water Global Practice. Specific areas of responsibility include the following, with other duties as assigned by senior management:

  • Advocating for safety within the group.

  • Provide work assignments and review performance to ensure the efficient, cost-effective utilization of Process Engineering staff. Manage staff workload and productivity in support of projects.

  • Recruit, develop, and retain staff.

  • Communicate policies, procedures, and goals of department to staff.

  • Serve as the technical and/or design advisor.

  • Provide senior-level engineering, designing, and specification preparing guidance and evaluation on projects.

  • Develop standards and guidelines that are in accordance with Burns & McDonnell's quality and standards for the department.

  • Review and conduct employee performance appraisals (90 days, mid-year, and annual performance appraisal, coaching sessions, etc.).

  • Lead the efforts for developing engineering, designing, and specification preparing standards for global practice.

  • Create training opportunities for the department. Ensure the opportunities are in line with the development of the team/individual.

  • Assists Process Engineering team in the prioritization and implementation of projects.

  • Support diversity initiatives.

  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor's degree in Chemical, Environmental, Hydrogeological engineering, architecture, construction or related degree from an accredited program.

  • Minimum 5 years related professional experience in design and/or project management.

  • Demonstrated understanding of the Water GP’s project delivery methods specifically as it relates to Water Municipal projects (design-bid-build, design-build, EPC, etc.).

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

  • Strong leadership skills; the ability to effectively mentor and provide career and technical guidance, particularly to entry-level staff.

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

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

  • Experience with the infrastructure and components related to municipal water and wastewater treatment and conveyance preferred.

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

  • Licensed as a Professional Engineer and/or Registered Architect preferred.


Job Engineering

Primary Location US-MO-Saint Louis

Other Locations US-MO-Kansas City, US-MI-Detroit, US-IL-Chicago, US-OH-Columbus

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time

Req ID: 221459