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Burns & McDonnell Senior GIS Strategist - Environmental Services (Kansas City) in Kansas City, Missouri


The Senior Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Strategist is responsible for the management and oversight of the GIS strategy of projects executed in the global practice. This position will advise on GIS strategy best practices both internally and externally and present themselves as thought leaders in the industry. The GIS Strategist will work collaboratively with project and division leadership to influence, develop and reinforce the GIS strategy for the organization.

  • Leads the development and strategy efforts of GIS system configurations, maps and data sets for client teams.

  • Manages the quality review and continual improvement of technical specifications, project approaches, cost estimates and schedules.

  • Delegates GIS mapping and data collection efforts to junior staff.

  • Utilizes various software packages and information from various sources (MS Access databases, MS Excel spreadsheets and documents such as deeds, field notes etc.) to manage GIS mapping efforts and lead field personnel.

  • Drives project development of GIS system configurations and requirements.

  • Manages the projections and transformations for project deliverables.

  • Identifies, develops and implements GIS system needs and requirements to implement improved work methods.

  • Establishes the creation and updating of new and existing GIS maps and map layers and GPS data edition and representation using ArcGIS in support of field surveys.

  • Leads the implementation of new geospatial software or programs.

  • Prepares and presents project analysis studies and recommendations to meet or exceed business goals, quality, and project efficiency.

  • Recommends areas of improvement related to identifying training needs, workflow efficiency, quality of deliverables, etc.

  • Develops quality check procedures to analyze data conversions and translations.

  • Provide leadership, guidance, and instruction to less experienced staff.

  • Responsible for QA/QC process adherence.

  • Responsible for compliance with company and site safety policies.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

  • Complies with all policies and standards.


  • Bachelor's degree in GIS, geography, environmental science, or related field and 8 years related experience required or associate's degree and 12 years related experience required.

  • Master's degree in a similar field preferred

  • Demonstrated proficiency working in the ArcGIS desktop environment is required (ArcGIS Desktop 10.0 or higher a plus).

  • Expert knowledge of data analysis.

  • Ability to work independently, think creatively and analytically, and make quick and sound decisions.

  • Attention to detail.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.

  • Expert knowledge in computer skills including Microsoft Office suite.

  • Strong analytical strategic thinking and problem-solving skills.


Job Geographic Information Systems

Primary Location US-MO-Kansas City

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time

Req ID: 240648

Job Hire Type Experienced #LI-JJ #ENS N/A