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Senior Program Manager at Ardurra Group, Inc. in Poway, California

Posted in Management 30+ days ago.

Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Are you looking for the opportunity to join a growing organization in a leadership role for an organization that values our people and has exciting clients? Ardurra seeks a Senior Program Manager – Water to join our team in California. We are looking for experienced professionals who want the opportunity to help grow an organization with the support and resources of a national firm.

Primary Function

The Senior Program Manager will plan, direct, and oversee major program management portfolios for water/wastewater/recycled water/purified water treatment projects.  You will have senior level responsibility and be responsible for pursuits/proposal development, project management, staffing, and oversight. Excellent leadership, client service, technical, project management and communication skills are required. This is a chance to join a dynamic team with an in place and solid organizational platform and lead and support the delivery of exciting water projects across California. You will lead program management delivery teams and provide exceptional client service and provide technical expertise to ensure that projects are delivered on budget, on schedule, and to the desired technical and quality standards.

Key Responsibilities

Program Delivery

  • Serve as Program Manager for water/wastewater/recycled water treatment and conveyance projects.

  • Oversee junior staff for various and ongoing program management assignments.

  • Execute multiple concurrent assignments efficiently.

  • Perform or lead teams to provide program management services.

  • Effectively apply industry standards as well as client standards and requirements.

  • Work with project teams to coordinate discretionary approvals for projects, which may require meetings with clients, contractors, utility companies, and reviewing and permitting governmental agencies.

  • Ability to manage Construction with CM Team

  • Ability to negotiate with both Design and Construction professionals. (a plus)

Supervise and Mentor Young Professionals

  • Mentor developing professionals to guide their career development objectives.

  • Provide technical guidance on design approach and challenges.

  • Perform on technically complex projects and act as a technical resource by providing guidance to other team members.

  • Recognize when technical problems develop and initiate guidance for corrective actions.

  • Conduct work in a safe manner and promote health and safety within the office and outside of the office while visiting clients and job sites.

Business Development Activities

  • Identify and track project opportunities across California.

  • Meet with clients to pre-position Ardurra for select projects.

  • Develop Statements of Qualifications and Proposals and assist with preparing the technical aspects for project interviews conducted by clients.

  • Develop positive relationships with clients, earn their confidence and become their trusted adviser.

  • Participate in local and national professional associations and actively participate by seeking leadership roles in the organization and presenting at conferences.

Operational Activities

  • Track budgets and staff chargeability and utilization and manage staff accordingly to meet established metrics.

  • Manage subconsultants.

  • Oversee monthly billing and track accounts receivable for your programs/projects.

  • Provide leadership to your staff including annual engagement process and annual and discretionary compensation management.

Your Capabilities and Credentials


  • Skilled leader and team player capable of building relationships both internally and externally

  • Skilled communicator in both oral and written communications

  • Skilled at building consensus and cooperation with staff at all skill levels

  • Skilled at inspiring, motivating and holding team accountable for delivery and client satisfaction.

Technical Expertise

  • Experienced with all aspects of public water project delivery including water/wastewater treatment and advanced water treatment plants.

  • Experienced in water pumping stations and sewer lift stations.

  • Experience in all types of conveyance design (pipelines, flow control facilities, turnouts, pressure reducing stations, metering stations, and related facilities).

Education And Experience

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent in Civil, Mechanical, Chemical, or Civil/Environmental Engineering from an accredited institution.

  • Master of Science in Civil/Environmental, Mechanical, or Chemical Engineering from an accredited institution (preferred - not required)

  • Licensed Professional Engineer in California or ability to attain within 6 months of employment.

  • Minimum of 15 years of experience in water/wastewater infrastructure projects.

  • Certified Construction Manager (CCM) license (a plus)

Comp range: $180,000 to $220,000/year (DOE)

Why Ardurra?

While Ardurra offers competitive compensation and rich benefits programs, it is our culture that truly sets us apart from our peers. We nurture a family-like culture, striving to create a work environment that is enjoyable, challenging and rewarding but also fun. We are acutely focused on developing our staff, whether through our internal Ardurra Academy or through our industry-leading Leadership program. We have made a deliberate and focused commitment to nurture a people-centric culture where people are: valued as individuals; supported in their professional and career development with multiple, varied career paths; provided the tools and resources to be successful, engaged, and satisfied in their work; and positive benefits, time-off programs, and flexibility to help maintain a healthy balance between work and home.
Ardurra is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation.


Ardurra does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters or employment agencies. In the absence of a signed Agency Agreement, Ardurra will not consider or agree to payment of any referral compensation or recruiter fee. If a resume or candidate is submitted to any hiring manager without a previously signed agreement, Ardurra reserves the right to pursue and hire those candidate(s) without any financial obligation to the recruiter or agency. These candidates will be considered property of Ardurra. We’re not currently looking to add any more agencies to our list of approved vendors, so please do not contact any of our managers or recruitment team with sales calls or details of your candidates.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities
The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

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