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Sr. Project Manager - Highways

  1. Austin
  1. Transportation
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.

Atkins seeks an energetic and highly motivated self-starter to join our Austin, TX team as a Sr. Project Manager - Highways supporting the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (CTRMA) General Engineering Consultant (GEC) Program, working as an “extension of staff” in the client’s offices in downtown Austin.

The ideal candidate will have a background in the Toll Industry (GEC or Program Management) as a traditional project manager for DOT-type highway projects in design or construction, experience in capital project procurement / development, and lifecycle management of projects. A broad base of skills, capability and experience in management, engineering, administration and communicating is desired, as well as the willingness to be a team player.


Under direction of the program manager, provides professional and project management expertise for transportation projects. Manages entire project team including internal project staff, sub-consultant staff, direct client consultants and client contractors.

Functions as mentor to project managers and technical professionals to assist in their training and development. Performs the production coordination, planning, organizing, scheduling, directing, controlling, and project controls management to deliver projects on time and budget.

  • Drafts professional service agreements and participates in contract negotiations with clients and sub-consultants. Arranges for review and execution by senior management and presentation to client for execution.
  • Meets regularly with co-located client team to establish working relationships across departments. Develops clear and measurable project expectations, communicates progress regularly and modifies expectations with client team as needed.
  • Creates and routinely updates project scope, schedule, and budget; manages project resources to schedule and budget; communicates project progress/status to program manager and alerts of project production, quality control or financial performance problems.
  • Directs project team compliance with contract terms, monitors sub-consultants' progress, performance and compliance with contractual commitments; performs contract administration; reviews and approves sub-consultant and vendor invoices.
  • Develops, communicates and manages project quality assurance, administrative procedures, communication guidelines, project deliverable formats and specifications, and progress reporting requirements.
  • Directs the development of total project costs estimates and complete construction letting packages and contracts, coordinate and administer pre-bid meetings with contracting community, and manages project transition from design phase into construction phase to ensure clean hand-off to construction management team.
  • Prepares public facing project reports to be used in communication to: clients’ governing Board, bond holders, Sate and other local governments.
  • Coordinates communications between internal and external associates and client, and between firm and regulatory agencies. Maintains frequent contact with clients and regulatory agency personnel to determine their respective needs and requirements and serves as expert witness at project hearings and judicial proceedings if necessary.
  • Supervises technical professionals and other design staff including managing weekly project workload and manpower forecasting for internal and sub-consultant staff.
  • Performs such other duties as the supervisor may from time to time deem necessary.

  • Bachelor's degree in field(s) of practice.
  • Management coursework and/or MBA a plus.
  • This level may be achieved with ten years of experience in project production and technical professional activities, four of these working as a project manager.
  • General Engineering Consultant (GEC) experience is a plus.
  • Design-Build experience is also a plus.

  • Knowledge of TxDOT and CTRMA policies, procedures and standards is desirable but not required.
  • Excellent written, verbal and listening communication skills; good public speaking ability.
  • Proven interpersonal skills, public speaking and persuasive ability.
  • Strong project financial and schedule management skills.
  • Strong team management and leadership skills.
  • Knowledge of production support systems and personal computer proficiency.
  • Excellent analytical, problem-solving, and decision-making skills; organizational and time management skills.

  • Professional Registration in field(s) of practice required, if available. If registered in another state, the ability to obtain registration in the state of Texas.
  • Certification as a “Project Management Professional” (PMP) or “Certified Construction Manager” (CCM) required within one year of assuming this position.

  • Ability to process paper/electronic documents and utilize computer equipment.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to visit project sites if necessary.
  • Job also requires ability to plan, prioritize and review project plans and documents, evaluate alternatives, and devise appropriate solutions.
  • Ability to work under the pressure of multiple projects.
  • Travel may be required.
  • For those positions where frequent local travel is required, and no company vehicle is available, incumbent must own, and be legally able to operate, a motor vehicle.
  • The vehicle must be in good working order and insured.
  • Mileage reimbursement allowance will be available.

Atkins offers its employees a robust rewards package which includes: a competitive salary; a broad benefits package including medical/RX, dental, vision, life, disability, legal, hospitalization and other valuable voluntary options; generous time-off programs; flexible work schedules; 401(k) with employer match; professional and career development opportunities through our corporate university, as well as a highly-regarded tuition reimbursement program; and an unmatched culture focused on client-service, quality, and tireless pursuit of excellence in all we do. Atkins is an equal opportunity, drug-free employer committed to diversity in the workplace. EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability.

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