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Burns & McDonnell Section Manager - Preconstruction Services in Minneapolis/St Paul, Minnesota


The Section Manager of Preconstruction Services is responsible for the managerial direction and leadership of the section and resources within a global practice or regional office. This includes supporting and executing business strategy, developing high performance teams, and promoting the Burns & McDonnell culture, values and mission. The Section Manager will lead the section in a dynamic and profitable manner based on Burns & McDonnell's core values of client satisfaction, commitment, dedication, integrity, safety and overall outstanding service.

  • Provide leadership to the team; direct and coordinate work assignments and review performance to ensure the efficient, cost-effective utilization of staff.

  • Assist the Director of T&D Construction in developing the division business plan and shaping the vision for our self-perform T&D construction services

  • Promote a “Safety First” workplace culture and understanding of the Burns & McDonnell safety program

  • Coordinate, manage, and supervise the work of subordinate preconstruction members, estimators and support staff

  • Establish and maintain relationships with existing and new clients

  • Lead the preparation of proposals for new business and presentations to clients

  • Attend and participate in business meetings, industry events and conferences to promote Burns & McDonnell in the markets we serve

  • Produce progress estimates at design milestones, evaluate material and system costs, review document progress and coordination, build and maintain subcontractor and vendor relationships

  • Assure that the estimates, including general conditions, are accurate, complete, and reflect the actual requirements of the project

  • Assure that potential risk factors have been evaluated and reviewed with senior management

  • Provide clear scopes of work to all bidders and pre-qualify bidders

  • Act as document reviewer and adviser for constructability and value analysis

  • Ensure estimates are complete and reflect all that is required to build the project

  • Organize and lead the transition meeting between the project execution team and the preconstruction team and coordinate

  • Responsible for profitable growth of the section; ensuring staff levels, staff loading, and staff assignments meet project requirements while maintaining billable goals.

  • Implement, apply and support company, global practice and/or regional office programs and initiatives; successfully navigating and managing change within the section.

  • Provide expert level technical, design guidance and support.

  • Achieve stated targets and standards for financial performance.

  • Manage department budget and expenditure of funds.

  • Prepare and present work load and monthly financial reports to global practice or regional management and applicable project managers.

  • Recruitment, development, training and retention of staff.

  • Responsible for conducting performance evaluation for department staff.

  • Provide leadership, guidance, and instruction to the department.

  • Responsible for interpreting policies, purposes and goals of the organization to staff.

  • Responsible for collaborating with business development managers, business line leads, project managers, and proposal production staff on proposals to secure work for staff.

  • Responsible for overall QA/QC process adherence.

  • Ensure compliance with company and site safety policies.

  • Responsible for diversity initiatives.

  • Other duties as assigned.


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

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

  • Previous leadership and/or management experience is preferable.

  • 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, management, and clients.

  • Position requires the ability to thoughtfully and positively influence, lead, and manage change.

  • Must possess strong project management skills and a strategic perspective.

  • Must be expert in the use of computer software (i.e., Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint).


Job Engineering

Primary Location US-MN-Minneapolis/St Paul

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time

Req ID: 222448