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Burns & McDonnell Assistant Department Manager - NIA - (Vancouver) in Vancouver, Washington


The Assistant Department Manager is responsible for the managerial direction and leadership of the entry level (Assistant level 8 and 9, and Staff level 10 and 11) engineers and designers within the Networks, Integration and Automation Department of the Transmission and Distribution Global Practice. This includes supporting and executing business strategy, developing high performance teams, and promoting the Burns & McDonnell culture, values and mission. The Assistant Department Manager will assist in leading the department in a dynamic and profitable manner based on Burns & McDonnell's core values of client satisfaction, commitment, dedication, integrity, safety and overall outstanding service.

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

  • Lead efforts to recruit, develop, and retain assistant and staff level engineers.

  • Assign, coordinate, and monitor the work of entry level staff in conjunction with T&D Project Managers, for and adherence to QA/QC process and safety policies. Develop standards and guidelines.

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

  • Manage the profitable growth of the department to achieve stated targets for financial performance; Manage staff levels, staff loading, and staff assignments to meet project requirements, billable goals, and efficient, cost-effective utilization of staff.

  • Review and conduct assistant and staff employee performance appraisals (90 day, annual performance, coaching sessions, etc.) to ensure team satisfaction and growth.

  • Identify training needs and implement training programs as needed.

  • Lead diversity initiatives.

  • Interpret company policies, purposes, and goals of organization to staff.

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

  • Determine departmental objectives and requirements; Recommend changes in basic structure and organization of the department to ensure the effective fulfillment of objectives assigned to it.

  • 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.

  • Must possess strong design skills and a strategic perspective.

  • 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-WA-Vancouver

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 20 % of the Time

Req ID: 222264