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Burns & McDonnell Technical Manager - Protection Applications in Minneapolis/St Paul, Minnesota


The primary mission for the Minneapolis T&D Protection Applications Technical Manager will be to foster a culture where technical excellence is valued, recognized, and rewarded for the importance it brings to our organization. They will establish consistency and direction in our technical execution through leadership, direction, and oversight of the Protection Application Engineers. They will position Burns & McDonnell as a technical leader through establishing market trends and opportunities and providing direction for annual goals to improve technical business in the department

Specific areas of responsibility include the following, with other duties assigned by Minneapolis T&D management:

  • Advocate safety in the department and division.

  • Technical Excellence Leadership and Development

  • Technical Business Planning

  • Initiates coordination with appropriate business lane leadership and department leadership to identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats related to our technical business.

  • Sets direction by developing annual goals for improving technical business within department

Technical Teams

  • Fosters a creative, cross-discipline, cross-office, and cross-global practice mentality within technical teams, enabling them to be better leveraged as a training tool and to be the seam for cross selling knowledge adoption.

  • Facilitates identification of goals, objectives, and deliverables within established consistent framework from team to team.

  • Establishes and maintains accountability for deliverables.

  • Identifies and assigns appropriate development and maintenance of technical resources through teams (specifications, design tools, technology, etc.)

Technical Training/Development

  • Oversees internal technical training for department, collaborating with resource management to maintain training consistency, effectiveness, and vision.

  • Oversees continued training for Protection Application Engineers, establishing balance between internal and external training.

  • Oversees training and development for potential Project Engineers and Technical Consultants.

  • Fosters and grows mentorship and coaching platform for department technical career track.

Industry Connection

  • Fosters thought leadership mentality at all levels and positions across department.

  • Identifies and communicates market trends in business lane.

  • Supports in strategically maintaining and communicating relevant opportunities for industry involvement, including societies and conference attendance.

  • Design Execution Leadership, Direction and Support

  • Leads and oversees the development of the Protection Application Engineers in department and provide guidance that continues to drive integration of Protection Application Engineers into leadership roles on our project teams.

  • Fosters and drives implementation of innovation to engineering processes, focused on efficiency, tools, and technology.

  • Cultivates, facilitates, and guides technical execution best practices and documentation across department.

  • Owns the application of design-related quality reviews to the practices of the business lane.

  • Identify and develop future Protection Application Engineers, Project Engineers and Technical Consultants.

  • Recruit, interview, assess and hire prospective technical candidates as needed in collaboration with department management.

  • Work with Human Resources and staff to identify, prepare, communicate, and monitor performance plans for employees with areas of needed improvement.

Quality Management

  • Drive a culture of quality and continual improvement.

  • Ensure the requirements of the Burns & McDonnell Quality Management System are observed.

  • Facilitate the department design non-conformance and corrective action process.

  • Identify and develop corrective actions associated with non-conformance trends in the department.

  • Coordinate with quality manager to provide internal audit support, including the development of corrective actions to address audit findings.

  • Assess effectiveness of corrective actions and develop alternatives as necessary.


  • Regularly meet with Global Practice Manager, Department Managers, Project Directors, and Project Managers to coordinate staffing needs, performance, and proper utilization of staff.

  • Support T&D Protection Application Business Lane Manager with technical excellence leadership and development, design execution leadership, quality management and collaboration among all office locations.

  • Support sales and marketing efforts for T&D Protection Application projects

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

  • Recommend changes in basic structure and organization of the department to meet growth strategies and long-term department objectives.

  • Collaborates with peers to drive industry focus and strategically plan for involvement to obtain annual technical business goals.


  • Bachelor’s degree in related field. Minimum 7 years related professional experience. Other qualifications include:

  • Registration as a Professional Engineer

  • Demonstrated technical ability internally and externally

  • Proven leadership in developing and implementing vision that has brought positive impact.

  • Demonstrated excellent written & verbal communication skills, strong interpersonal skills, and analytical and problem-solving skills.

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

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

  • Ability to handle difficult situations with tact, poise, and discernment.

  • Proven collaboration, facilitation, and organization problem solving skills in previous roles.

  • Demonstrated planning and analytical skills.

Job Electrical Engineering

Primary Location US-MN-Minneapolis/St Paul

Other Locations US-MN-Minneapolis/St Paul

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time

Req ID: 222323