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Burns & McDonnell Assistant Department Manager - Substation in Minneapolis/St Paul, Minnesota



This position is in addition to normal substation design engineering duties. This position is responsible for the managerial direction and leadership of interns and Level 8, 9 & 10 engineers and designers within the Substation Department of the T&D Global Practice in Minneapolis, Duluth, Sioux Falls and Bismarck offices. Specific areas of responsibility include the following, with other duties as assigned by substation department management and senior management:

  • Advocating for safety within the department.

  • Recruiting, developing, training, and retaining intern and engineers.

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

  • Coordinating team and mentor assignments of engineers with substation department managers, project managers and project engineers for the efficient, cost-effective utilization of staff.

  • Reviewing employee performance and conducting development meetings (90 day and annual performance appraisals, mid-year reviews, coaching sessions, performance improvement, etc.).

  • Identifying training needs for engineers and support/develop training programs for the department. Collaborating with other departments on shared training.

  • Assist with the development of new clients and maintenance of existing clients.

  • Assist with developing and reviewing proposals.

  • Responsible for fostering a healthy and vibrant employee-owner culture within the team through the leverage of sound team-building practices, the promotion and administration of effective conflict resolution, the promotion of ownership mentality, a healthy work-life balance, and community engagement.

  • Assisting the Substation Department Management team to develop business initiatives to improve profitability and/or efficiencies.

  • Providing input into areas of concern and direction to enhance achievement of productivity goals, budgets, and quality.

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

  • Approving timecards and ensuring billable time goals are met.


Bachelor's degree in Engineering from an accredited program. Minimum 5 years related professional experience. Technical ability in substation engineering design is required. 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 and management. Position requires the ability to thoughtfully and positively influence, lead, and manage change. History of high performance as demonstrated and documented in the Burns & McDonnell performance management system. Must be licensed as a Professional Engineer.


Job Project Management

Primary Location US-MN-Minneapolis/St Paul

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 20 % of the Time

Req ID: 223274