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Burns & McDonnell Department Manager - Substation (MidAtlantic Region) in Raleigh, North Carolina


This position is responsible for the managerial direction, leadership, and development of the Substation Department in the Transmission & Distribution (T&D) Global Practice for the Mi-Atlantic Region. This position will provide 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 position will collaborate closely with several other managers within Mid-Atlantic Region and the global practice’s leadership team including:

  • T&D Global Practice Manager – responsible for overall T&D business within the region.

  • T&D Operations Manager – responsible for internal department personnel, operations, and coordination with section and department manager(s) throughout the region.

  • T&D Projects Manager – responsible for overall business development and execution of T&D projects within the region.

  • Substation Managing Director – responsible for overall Substation strategy and direction across our national practice.

  • Peer T&D Department Managers – responsible for staffing, career development, and direct supervision of drafting, project support, and design resources throughout the region.

Specific areas of responsibility for this position include the following, with other duties assigned by senior management:

  • Fostering Culture

– Lead by example, a dynamic department with a focus on creating an atmosphere and environment for all.

– Actively embody and foster a culture based on our MacCulture principles, quality, diversity and inclusion, and team cohesion and camaraderie.

– Advocate for safety within the business line and drive a culture focused on safety and compliance with company and site safety policies.

– Encourage an innovation culture that challenges the norm and utilizes tools, technology, and processes to drive continuous improvement and efficiency.

  • Collaboration

– Proactively share information with the local team, regional partners and national business line leadership.

– Identify training needs, assist in the development of training and support the execution of training programs.

– Set policies, procedures, and strategic goals for the department.

– Perform an annual SWOT analysis of the department, along with other business strategy tools, working with GP leadership to create the annual Substation Business Plan.

– Develop and maintain a strong relationship with national business line management, PMs, and other key leadership to support the development of our people and growth of the business.

– Responsible for maintaining in-person intra-departmental collaboration across MAR offices.

– Support the development and integration of a strong ‘Burns and McDonnell India’ team dedicated to the support of Mid-Atlantic Region Projects.

  • Recruiting, Interviewing, Hiring, Onboarding and Retention

– Coordination of recruiting channels including, HR Recruiting team, staff referrals, and direct candidate communication to proactively engage the best new college graduates and experienced engineers and designers available to ensure the candidates align with the MacCulture principles, department needs, growth strategies and business objectives.

– Interview with intention, assess and hire prospective candidates while remaining diligent to uncover and combat unconscious bias throughout the entire interview process.

– Responsible for the onboarding process for all the employee owners transitioning into the business line. This includes interns, new graduates, experienced hires, transfers and converted contract employees.

– Support Human Resources on educational partnerships and internship programs.

– Establish and employ measures that increase staff retention.

  • Career Development and Performance Management

– Empower the department to pursue various career paths offered within T&D, and give them the tools to develop the knowledge, skills, abilities, to pursue their desired career path.

– Serve as a mentor and coach to the team you directly manage.

– Advocate for staff by meeting regularly, listening to their short and long-term goals and providing guidance and direction to help to meet those goals.

– Organize, lead and conduct the annual performance appraisal process for department staff.

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

– Responsible for QA/QC on substation projects as needed to support Department staff.

  • Resource Management

– Establish and proactively communicate the vision, expectations, requirements, processes, and guidelines to meet department, global practice, and company objectives to the staff.

– Regularly review utilization of staff to make sure employees have a clear path of development, support and are adequately leveraged to their strengths and skillsets.

– Oversight and management of chargeability and proper investment of overhead labor and costs

– Leading the coordination of work in the department which includes making assignments and reviewing performance to ensure the efficient, cost-effective utilization of staff.

Qualifications Bachelor’s degree in engineering, architecture, construction or related degree from accredited program. Minimum seven (7) years related professional experience in design and/or project management. Other qualifications include:

•Registration as a professional engineer, or currently pursuing professional registration strongly preferred.

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

•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 planning, collaboration, and facilitation skills.

•Demonstrated technical ability in Substation engineering design.


Job Project Management

Primary Location US-VA-Richmond

Other Locations US-NC-Raleigh

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time

Req ID: 241641

Job Hire Type Experienced #LI-EF #T&D