Design Build Discipline Leader - Water Services

at CDM Smith in Springdale, Arkansas, United States

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Job Description:

CDM Smith has an exciting, immediate opening for an experienced and driven client-focused Design Build Discipline Leader to support our South Region Water Team in growing our Collaborative Project Delivery business. In this position, you will manage and lead multi-discipline planning, design, and construction teams for large water and wastewater treatment facilities, collection and distribution systems, and environmental and stormwater facilities. As a strategic member of this team, you will have direct access to engineering and construction leaders across the organization and will be empowered to deliver innovative solutions while interacting effectively with clients, company management, administrators, project engineers, and vendors, and the industry’s best Design-Builders. This strategic position reports directly to the South Region Sales Leader and offers the flexibility you need to do your best work with hybrid work options. Assignments range from client relationship building, to support of proposals and estimates, to execution of projects where you will:

- Facilitate effective communication between design and construction project leadership

-Manage multi-discipline water/wastewater/conveyance and environmental projects up to the $100M + range within the engineering and construction sector from early concept development through detailed design and construction

-Build and manage relationships with major municipal clients in the South Region

-Serve as a leader of pursuit and project delivery teams

-Work effectively with key technical specialists, project team members, delivery managers, and vendors

-Assist with the coordination and development of GMP Guaranteed Maximum Price) documents

-Prepare, monitor and manage project budgets and schedules while managing the firm’s risk

-Provide high level planning and programming analysis work including preparation of technical documents/reports

-Promote design build best practices, including constructability reviews, schedule compliance, and quantity management

-Be active in professional societies in which clients or potential clients are members, including DBIA

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Design Build Discipline Leader – Water Services



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Minimum Qualifications:

- Bachelor’s degree

- 15 years of related experience.

- Domestic and/or international travel may be required. The frequency of travel is contingent on specific duties, responsibilities, and the essential functions of the position, which may vary depending on workload and project demands. Equivalent additional directly related experience will be considered in lieu of a degree.

Preferred Qualifications:

- Alternative project delivery and integrated design build project management experience

- Bachelor’s degree in Construction Management is a plus

- DBIA certification is a plus

- Strong written and verbal communication skills with internal and external clients

- Strong organization and time management skills

- Project management experience on multi-disciplined water, wastewater, stormwater infrastructure design build projects

- Experience as a leader, mentor, and problem solver with a determination for excellence

-Prefer candidates with a Master’s Degree in Engineering, Science, or Construction Management

- General Contractor’s license

EEO Statement:

We attract the best people in the industry, supporting their efforts to learn and grow. We strive to create a challenging and progressive work environment. We provide career opportunities that span a variety of disciplines and geographic locations, with projects that our employees plan, design, build and operate as diverse as the needs of our clients. CDM Smith is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, disability, citizenship status, genetics, protected veteran status or any other characteristics protected by applicable law.

Why CDM Smith?:

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Join Us! CDM Smith – where amazing career journeys unfold.

Imagine a place committed to offering an unmatched employee experience. Where you work on projects that are meaningful to you. Where you play an active part in shaping your career journey. Where your co-workers are invested in you and your success. Where you are encouraged and supported to do your very best and given the tools and resources to do so. Where it’s a priority that the company takes good care of you and your family.

Our employees are the heart of our company. As an employer of choice, our goal is to provide a challenging, progressive and inclusive work environment which fosters personal leadership, career growth and development for every employee. We value passionate individuals who challenge the norm, deliver world-class solutions and bring diverse perspectives. Join our team, and together we will make a difference and change the world.

Job Site Location:

Southeast United States

Agency Disclaimer:

All vendors must have a signed CDM Smith Placement Agreement from the CDM Smith Recruitment Center Manager to receive payment for your placement. Verbal or written commitments from any other member of the CDM Smith staff will not be considered binding terms. All unsolicited resumes sent to CDM Smith and any resume submitted to any employee outside of CDM Smith Recruiting Center Team (RCT) will be considered property of CDM Smith. CDM Smith will not be held liable to pay a placement fee.

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Visa Sponsorship Available:

No – We will not support sponsorship, i.e. H-1B or TN Visas for this position

Skills and Abilities:

Expert knowledge of corporate governance practices, organization design principles, accounting principles, finance, supply chain management, and organization management. Excellent written and oral communication skills. Ability to understand highly complex technical, professional and business materials.

Background Check and Drug Testing Information:

CDM Smith Inc. and its divisions and subsidiaries (hereafter collectively referred to as “CDM Smith”) reserves the right to require background checks including criminal, employment, education, licensure, etc. as well as credit and motor vehicle when applicable for certain positions. In addition, CDM Smith may conduct drug testing for designated positions. Background checks are conducted after an offer of employment has been made in the United States. The timing of when background checks will be conducted on candidates for positions outside the United States will vary based on country statutory law but in no case, will the background check precede an interview. CDM Smith will conduct interviews of qualified individuals prior to requesting a criminal background check, and no job application submitted prior to such interview shall inquire into an applicant’s criminal history. If this position is subject to a background check for any convictions related to its responsibilities and requirements, employment will be contingent upon successful completion of a background investigation including criminal history. Criminal history will not automatically disqualify a candidate. In addition, during employment individuals may be required by CDM Smith or a CDM Smith client to successfully complete additional background checks, including motor vehicle record as well as drug testing.

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Job Posting: JC253552394

Posted On: Jan 10, 2024

Updated On: Apr 24, 2024

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