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Burns & McDonnell Section Manager - Water Systems (St Louis) in Saint Louis, Missouri


The Section Manager is responsible for the managerial direction and leadership of the section and resources within the Municipal/Industrial Group in Upper Midwest Water. 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 with profitable growth of the section; ensuring staff levels, staff loading, and staff assignments meet project requirements while maintaining billable goals.

  • Implement, apply and support the company, Upper Midwest Water initiatives; successfully navigating and managing change within the section.

  • Achieve stated targets and standards for financial performance.

  • Assist with managing department budget and expenditure of funds.

  • Assist with workload and monthly financial reports to global practice or regional management and applicable project managers.

  • Assist with recruitment, development, training, and retention of staff.

  • Responsible for conducting performance evaluation for section group.

  • Provide leadership, guidance, and instruction to the section group.

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

  • Responsible for collaborating with department managers and project managers to assist in securing work for the 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 influence, lead, and manage change thoughtfully and positively.

  • 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-MO-Saint Louis

Other Locations US-MO-Kansas City, US-MI-Detroit, US-IL-Chicago, US-OH-Columbus

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time

Req ID: 221472