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Group Manager - Civil and Construction (Rail)

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Our employee-owned and multi-disciplined team of design and engineering professionals is looking for a civil or construction engineer who has a passion for leading and developing others and progressive experience designing and managing various infrastructure projects and capital improvement programs for class I railroad, commuter rail, and/or transit agencies to join our team as the Civil & Construction Group Manager with our Rail division.


As the Civil & Construction Group Manager, you will lead a talented team of engineering and construction professionals to provide multi-disciplined design and construction management services for Class I and short line railroad, rail transit and commuter agency, and public works projects throughout the country. You will also be responsible for managing, recognizing, and developing the talents of your team members, and encouraging and coaching your team to take on progressive and more autonomous responsibilities in alignment with their professional aspirations and annual / strategic business objectives.


You will be responsible for serving as a Project Manager for projects and/or capital improvement programs based on complexity and/or scale and be responsible for evaluating the scope, complexity, and scheduling / deliverable requirements along with managing overall project budgets, quality control, and contract execution. You will also be responsible for the leadership, growth, direction, and financial performance of civil engineering and construction management services and capabilities. In collaboration with the Vice President of Rail and other Group Managers, you will assess and outline annual and strategic business objectives, develop and implement market/business development plans, track prospective project/contract opportunities, make decisions on project pursuits based on team capabilities, lead proposal development efforts, cultivate relations with current and prospective clients, represent TKDA at project interviews, and attend local / regional conferences.


For this opportunity, we are seeking qualified professionals who reside within 50 miles of one of the following locations: Saint Paul, Minnesota; Chicago, Illinois; Kansas City, Missouri; Omaha, Nebraska; or Dallas / Fort Worth, Texas. Flexible work arrangements will be considered for those who have demonstrated an ability to work successfully in a hybrid work environment by displaying self-motivation, initiative, teamwork, and strong communication skills.


**Note: To be considered for this opportunity and to perform the assigned responsibilities, candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States, possess a valid driver’s license with a clean driving record, and have the ability to travel frequently throughout the country for project assignments. Candidates must also be able to complete and pass any background, security, motor vehicle record (MVR), or drug test requests required by TKDA, clients, and applicable state and/or federal agencies.


Required Qualifications. 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in civil engineering, construction engineering, or construction management.
  • Registered Professional Engineer or a Certified Construction Manager.
  • Eight or more years of progressive technical design and on-site construction management experience with an emphasis on Class I railroad, transit, or public works capital improvement projects.
  • Three or more years of multi-disciplined project management experience with a demonstrated ability to effectively managing client expectations, project scope, fee estimates, budgets, and schedules.
  • Minimum of two years of business development experience demonstrated by extensive knowledge of railroad and/or transit agency operations and an ability to identify and capitalize on new business opportunities. (Preferred, not required)
  • Demonstrated ability to apply effective written and verbal communication and presentation skills when coaching / mentoring employees, managing project teams, developing proposals, preparing technical reports and documentation, conducting project interviews, facilitating team / project meetings, and engaging in discussions related to business operations.
  • Familiarity with rules and regulations regarding project delivery, environmental requirements, and permitting.
  • Thorough knowledge of AREMA design standards and requirements.
  • Flexibility to work extended hours and travel overnight to conduct on-site consultations, lead or participate in project meetings, and attend business development and industry events.
  • Ability to work outdoors, carry up to 50 pounds across rough terrain, and stand for extended periods of time to observe and manage construction activities.
  • Must possess a valid Driver’s License with a clean driving record.

Advantageous Qualifications.

  • Previous experience contributing to or developing annual business plans and multi-year strategic plans to meet team, division, and corporate operational and financial goals.
  • Comprehensive experience in the preparation, budgeting, negotiation, and administration of contracts with Class I railroads and applicable government agencies.
  • Active AREMA Member with prior or current involvement as a Technical Committee member.

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