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Senior Project Director at Atkins North America, Inc. in Ocoee, Florida

Posted in General Business 30+ days ago.

Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Job Description

Senior Project Director

Why join us?

We are hiring! Atkins seeks a Senior Project Director (aka Program Director) for the Atkins Florida's Turnpike Enterprise (FTE) Transportation Development General Engineering Consultant (GEC) contract in Orlando, FL, to support FTE’s mission of pursuing innovation and best private-sector business practices, improving cost-effectiveness and timeliness in project delivery, increasing revenues, and improving quality of service to its customers.

Under general direction, supports management of complex projects and delivery systems related to the work program (a multi-billion- dollar five-year program) and the key projects within it, for Atkins’ Florida’s Turnpike GEC program.

Brings an innovative mind-set as the person responsible for driving purpose-driven innovation that enables efficient, cost-effective solutions. Charged with working collaboratively with Atkins’ field staff and home office to leverage Atkins’ national and international best practices that drive value in meeting Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise objectives.

Projects typically involve high levels of regulatory agency involvement and/or very complex technical requirements.

About us

Atkins is one of the world’s most respected design, engineering, and project management consultancies. Atkins has been providing infrastructure planning, engineering, construction, environmental consulting, urban planning, architecture, and program management services to public and private clients across the United States for more than 50 years. Atkins has the depth and breadth of expertise to respond to the most technically challenging and time-critical infrastructure projects and the urgent transition to a low-carbon economy.

How will you contribute to the team?

  • Management assignments that typically involve large, multi-discipline assignments, including unconventional or complex projects made up of highly sophisticated and specialized technical components.

  • Provide management and leadership of key FTE GEC program components including, but not limited to Transportation Development, Design, Right-of-Way, Program / Project Management, Systems.

  • Development, Planning, Financial / Bond Indenture support, Environmental Management and Toll Facilities Design.

  • Work with group managers and project managers in the development and execution of the work program.

  • Provide responsive and accurate program status, budget and schedule information to supervisor related to the FDOT/ FTE program.

  • Work with the business unit, sales, and Technical Professional Organization (TPO) to satisfy client and corporate objectives in a cost effective and efficient manner.

  • Communicate project progress / status to senior management and apprise them of project production, quality control or financial performance problems. Monitors schedules, billings, and reports; ensures appropriate charging of man hours.

  • Provides leadership, direction, and technical guidance to group managers and project managers within assigned area of responsibility to ensure that quality management and technical services are provided and that operating performance targets are met.

  • Reviews and assesses existing policies, practices and methods utilized to deliver the overall work program, and the full development life cycle of the projects within it, i.e., “from concept to concrete” efficiently, cost -effectively and within schedule.

  • Leads and mentors project managers associated with sophisticated and unconventional projects.

  • Works directly with Senior FDOT management to meet DOT objectives and can at times represent the department in internal and external meetings and conferences.

  • COMPLEXITY (Variety or uniqueness of tasks; relative difficulty or importance of work performed; size of unit supported, etc.): Carries out complex or novel assignments requiring diversified knowledge of engineering principles and practices in broad areas of assignments. Work requires the use of advanced techniques and the modification and extension of theories, precepts, and practices.

  • DECISION-MAKING (Supervision received; independent judgment or initiative; consequence of error): Consistently exercises initiative and independent judgment. Supervision and guidance relate largely to overall objectives, critical issues, new concepts, and policy matters. Consults with supervisor concerning unusual problems and developments. Assess opportunities and constraints within program relative to strategic goals and initiatives. Decision process and actions must be oriented toward driving results.

  • WORK DIRECTION GIVEN TO OTHERS (Titles and number of personnel; type of direction given): Supervises the work of senior professionals and support staff. Support team building, succession planning, recruiting and mentoring staff.

  • INTERNAL CONTACTS (Required interaction/relationship with others within the organization): Interfaces with senior technical professionals, technical managers, and administrative staff and managers as necessary.

  • EXTERNAL CONTACTS (Required interaction/relationship with others outside the organization): Represents the organization in conferences and negotiations with clients and/or regulatory agencies.

What will you contribute?

  • Ability to assess client goals and apply innovative solutions (both technical and non-technical) to drive cost-effective, efficient results.

  • Knowledge of FDOT policies, procedures and standards is a plus.

  • Excellent technical and interpersonal skills, public speaking, and persuasive ability; strong financial management, team management, and leadership skills; ability to manage and coordinate efforts of various projects to produce budgeted profits and overall results.

  • Bachelor’s degree in field of practice. Graduate degree a plus.

  • This level may be achieved by technical professionals with a minimum of fifteen years (twenty years preferred but not required) of experience since B.S. or fourteen years since M.S., with at least two of these years in the High level Technical or Senior Program Manager position with highly complex project management responsibility.

  • A Civil Engineering degree is preferred and registered in the State of Florida as a Professional Engineer (or if registered in another state the ability to obtain registration in the State of Florida within six months). The ideal candidate will have 15 – 20 years of engineering experience as well as experience in GEC or program management. Key consideration will be given to demonstrated experience and success in driving innovative solutions in a transportation environment.

  • Program Manager position with highly complex project management responsibility.

  • Key consideration will be given to demonstrated experience and success in driving innovative solutions in a transportation environment.

What we offer at Atkins:

At Atkins, you will enjoy a robust rewards package which includes:

  • Opportunity to work on various projects of various sizes.

  • Competitive salary

  • Flexible work schedules

  • Group Insurance

  • Retirement Savings Plan with employer match

  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

  • Learning and development programs, training, career opportunities and a highly regarded tuition reimbursement program

If this sounds like you and you would like to expand your career with us, apply today!

Atkins is an equal opportunity, drug-free employer committed to diversity in the workplace.  EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability.

Please review Atkins Equal Opportunity Statement here:

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Upon acceptance of an offer, all candidates must go through a drug screen test and background check. Atkins is a federal contractor which mandates a satisfactory background screening report and drug test that supersedes state laws.

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