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Burns & McDonnell Section Manager - Design Technology (Phoenix) in Phoenix, Arizona


This position is responsible for the managerial direction of the Design Technology Department in the Transmission & Distribution (T&D) Global Practice in the Phoenix office, providing leadership and direction to grow the department in a profitable manner based upon Burns & McDonnell's core values of client satisfaction, commitment, dedication, integrity, safety and overall outstanding service. This role will be responsible for working with the T&D Design Technology Manager, Mark Tablante, and Bob Patel, T&D Regional GP Manager in both an internal and external facing capacity. Specific areas of responsibility include the following:

  • Leadership

  • Support department and section managers in developing, maintaining, and communicating:

  • Processes, tools, and organizational structures that best supports the business needs and profitability goals of T&D across all business lines.

  • Recruitment and retainment strategies to maintain staff that are well positioned for utilizing current and future technologies to support profitable execution of projects.

  • Staff training programs, specifically for developing CAD staff into design focused roles.

  • Driving a culture of quality and continual improvement.

  • Establish and communicate a vision for technology and staff that supports profitability growth within the changing business landscape and work with each department and section manager to develop short- and long-term goals in support of that vision.

  • Support client, project and marketing teams in developing and presenting on Burns & McDonnell technology capabilities, benefits and challenges in an internal and external facing capacity.

  • Personnel

  • Training, developing, mentoring, and career-development of the staff.

  • Recruiting top talent as well as the engagement and retainage of staff.

  • Management and career development of department personnel. Responsible for the development of leadership within the department and for assisting with the overall leadership development within the office.

  • Organizing, leading, and conducting the annual performance appraisal process for department staff.

  • Facilitating a thriving work environment that promotes ownership, engagement and retainment of department staff.

  • Technology & Innovation

  • Establish and maintain a culture of innovation and challenge & inspire staff to think in innovative ways.

  • Use new and existing software to improve workflows for improved collaboration

  • Gain a knowledge of tools and process currently used and who uses similar tools and process

  • Work with project teams and department managers to identify and implement new solutions to improve efficiency and quality of deliverables.

  • Attend and present at industry events to identify emerging industry trends and technologies.

  • Initiate and execute innovation initiatives to drive quality, efficiency, and profitability in our use of CAD technologies.

  • Serve as the Phoenix representative for technology on the T&D innovation team.

  • Technical/Execution/Production

  • Serving as the technical advisor, providing senior-level input and evaluation on CAD related items.

  • Monitoring progress on Department related initiatives and providing input into areas of concern and direction/redirection to enhance achievement of quality, productivity and budgets.

  • Advancing and developing department tools and workflows to increase department efficiencies and quality. Proactively work through corrective actions where deficiencies are identified.

  • Developing CAD standards for 2D and 3D clients

  • Responsible for QA/QC on drafting documents for assigned staff

  • Implementation of CAD file storage programs such as ProjectWise and Vault

  • Organizational

  • Advocating for safety within the department.

  • Coordinating work for the department including making assignments and reviewing performance to ensure the efficient, cost-effective utilization of staff including partnership with BMI.

  • Supporting overall Regional office development and resource coordination between GPs.

  • Interpreting policies, procedures, and goals of the organization to staff.

  • Assisting in the development and execution of the Phoenix T&D Business Plan.

  • Preparing and monitoring Department staff growth, billability, and expenditure of funds for staffing hours, supplies, training, and equipment

  • Supporting diversity initiatives.

  • Supporting Human Resources on educational partnerships and internship programs.

  • Recommending changes in basic structure and organization of the department to ensure the effective fulfillment of objectives assigned to it.

  • All Other duties as assigned


  • Associate’s (or higher) degree in design or drafting with 5 years of professional experience in the CAD industry or 7 years of professional experience in the CAD industry and possess strong leadership and communication skills. Other qualifications include:

  • Self-starter with proven experience in establishing vision, setting direction, and driving results.

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

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

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

  • Strong knowledge and skills utilizing AutoCAD and Bentley CAD software products.

  • Proven experience in proactive collaboration and team building.


Job Computer Aided Drafting & Design

Primary Location US-AZ-Phoenix

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 15 % of the Time

Req ID: 211100