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Airport Civil Engineering Program Director

Los Angeles, CA
30 Jun 2020

Atkins seeks an energetic and highly motivated self-starter to join our Southern California Aviation Group as an Aviation Program Director.


Under direction, provides professional and project management expertise in the direction of highly unconventional aviation projects requiring multiple technical units and/or subcontractors, heavy regulatory agency involvement or extremely complex technical requirements. Functions as mentor to project managers and technical professionals to assist in their training and development. Also performs the basic project functions of production coordination, planning, organizing, directing, controlling, financial management and marketing. Provides leadership, direction, and technical guidance to senior project managers and project managers within assigned area of responsibility to ensure that quality management and technical services are provided to clients and that operating performance targets are met. Mentors senior project managers and project managers associated with sophisticated and unconventional projects.


Assists management team in identifying staffing needs based on future workload and manpower projections for project staffing. Reviews managers' recommendations to recruit, hire, transfer, or terminate project staff; approves/disapproves or endorses recommendations, and presents to senior management for approval as required by established authorization guidelines.
Reviews and makes decision on recommendations for salary offers for new hire candidates, as well as salary and position adjustment actions for project staff, subject to senior management review and approval. Recommends personnel actions as established by authorization guidelines.
Conducts semi-annual performance reviews and annual career planning sessions with project staff within assigned projects. Provides staff with ongoing performance feedback and counsel to promote improved performance and career development.
Helps staff identify and pursue technical and professional development activities consistent with their career development goals and project objectives/needs.
Advises project staff concerning company policies and procedures; monitors and enforces compliance.

Assists project staff in developing work plans; reviews and approves schedules, budgets, project milestone dates, and work products.
Oversees financial performance of projects; assists project staff in identifying potential problems to ensure remedial actions are promptly taken to avoid financial losses and client dissatisfaction. Monitors and enforces compliance with established quality control standards, ensuring that appropriate quality assurance activities are being performed throughout the project. Reviews QC plans and periodic QA compliance audits.
Assists assigned project staff in facilitating work sharing with other operating units.
Secures resource support from other operating units. Establishes work sharing commitments and negotiates outsourcing budgets with technical managers.

Develops, implements, and monitors annual and strategic marketing plans for targeted aviation projects; participates in the development of Strategic Plan.
Actively pursues, investigates, and evaluates new or expanded opportunities for associated projects and services within the firm by maintaining contacts with current and prospective client decision makers; identifies and works toward the resolution of client relations problems.
Reviews proposals and selects interview teams; reviews and recommends project marketing budgets subject to approval by senior management.
Maintains visibility and professional courtesy by actively participating in civic and professional organizations and encourages project staff to do the same.
Maintains regional/national prominence and recognition through published technical work and/or presentation of papers at national or regional technical aviation conferences.

Conducts contract negotiations with clients and sub-consultants.
Develops and recommends operational budgets for approval by senior management. Reviews and makes decision on proposed project budgets. Monitors monthly performance against budget to ensure project profitability.
Manages the project as a profit center; controls G&A costs; reviews and manages revenue stream.
Approves purchase requests for capital items as specified in the Authorization Matrix.
Manages accounts receivables and client billings; reviews and makes decision concerning final write-offs and past due accounts receivables as specified in the Authorization Matrix.

Performs such other duties as the supervisor may from time to time deem necessary.

Bachelors degree in Engineering (preferably Civil, Electrical, or Mechanical Engineering) or Architecture. Graduate degree preferred. Management coursework and/or MBA a plus.
This level may be achieved by technical professionals or managers with twelve years of experience since B.S. or eleven years since M.S., with at least three of these years in the Project Director position with highly complex aviation project management responsibility.

Must have prior Aviation Engineering experience (landside, airside, terminals, facilities, etc.).
Excellent technical and interpersonal skills, public speaking and persuasive ability; very strong financial management, team management, and leadership skills; ability to manage and coordinate efforts of various projects to produce budgeted profits and overall results.
Possesses specific expertise to the extent that the individual is regarded as a regional or potentially national expert in a specific discipline, contract delivery method, particular type of project, planning process, design method, or modeling technique. Personal computer proficiency is required.

PE is required.

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