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Group Manager - Railroad Services

Los Angeles, California

Are you an experienced Engineer or Architect who has more than ten years of experience designing and managing infrastructure and capital improvement projects for Class I railroads? Do you possess engaging leadership and mentorship skills? Do you have experience cultivating and enhancing relationships with key railroad decision-makers from the Pacific Northwest to Southern California? If so, we have an exciting and highly rewarding opportunity for you to lead our West Coast Rail team!

As the West Coast Area Manager, you will lead a talented team of engineering professionals that 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 states of Washington, Oregon, and California. You will be responsible for coaching, mentoring, and developing the team in relation to overall team objectives and their professional aspirations.

You will also serve as a Project Manager and be responsible for reviewing and negotiating contracts, evaluating the scope, complexity and scheduling requirements of current and prospective projects, coordinate planning and scheduling strategies, and monitor business expenditures and budget parameters to ensure successful project execution from conception through construction. You will leverage your technical knowledge to implement quality assurance and quality control reviews to ensure technical quality and accuracy. You will also coordinate project schedules with the railroad and various government agencies (city, county, and state) and oversee construction management activities of third parties (government agencies, private developers, and contractors) who are performing construction on, adjacent to, or within close proximity to existing railroad property, facilities, or Right-of-Way (ROW).

Under our “Seller-Doer” approach to business development, you will collaborate with the Vice President of Railroad Services and a team of multi-disciplined professionals to advance our professional services with Class I railroads. You will contribute to and lead the development and implementation of marketing plans, track prospective business opportunities, make strategic decisions for project pursuits, facilitate proposal development efforts, and represent TKDA at project interviews. You will also cultivate and maintain relations with Class I railroad representatives up and down the West Coast (Pacific Northwest to Southern California) by attending local, regional and national conferences and networking events. By increasing awareness of our service offerings and enhancing our service capabilities, you will position TKDA for opportunities and pursuits that involve multi-disciplined design as well as construction management and inspection services.

Note: To be considered for this opportunity and to perform the assigned responsibilities, candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States and must be able to complete and pass any background, security, and drug test requests required by TKDA, clients, and state and/or federal agencies. Candidates must also have a satisfactory work record for the two (2) years immediately prior to date of application, including overall employment, job performance, discipline and safety records.

Required Qualifications.

  • Accredited degree in Architecture or Engineering (Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, Structural).
  • Professional registration in the State of California, Oregon, or Washington or the ability to obtain through reciprocity.
  • Ten or more years of progressive technical design experience with an emphasis on large-scale Class I railroad, transit, or public works capital improvement projects.
  • Five or more years of multi-disciplined project management experience with a reputation for providing superior customer service and a successful record of effectively managing client expectations, project scope, fee estimates, budgets, and schedules.
  • Minimum of two years of business development experience demonstrated by a track record of cultivating, nurturing, and deepening client relations and an ability to identify and capitalize on new business opportunities to increase revenue and improve market share; recognized as a market expert by key decision makers of Class I railroads and transit authorities along the West Coast.
  • Comprehensive experience in the preparation, budgeting, negotiation, and administration of contracts with Class I railroads and applicable government agencies.
  • Previous experience performing and managing on-site construction administration responsibilities for heavy civil, transportation (bridge or rail/track), or municipal projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply effective written and verbal communication and presentation skills when developing proposals, preparing technical reports and documentation, conducting project interviews, leading team meetings, and engaging in discussions related to business operations.
  • Three or more years of experience coaching, mentoring, and developing a team of engineering professionals with varying years of experience.
  • Previous experience developing and effectively implementing annual business plans and multi-year strategic plans to meet project, division, and corporate revenue and profit goals.
  • Strong working knowledge of MS Office Suite applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.).
  • Familiarity with rules and regulations regarding project delivery, environmental requirements, and permitting.
  • Working 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 on a regular basis, 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.

Preferred Qualifications.

  • Working knowledge of AutoCAD, Civil 3D, Microstation, or Revit.
  • Previous experience pursuing and securing project opportunities in new or emerging markets and locations / regions.
  • Qualified SWPPP Practitioner (QSP) or previous experience assisting with the implementation of Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPPs).
  • Previous experience designing and managing railroad projects in excess of $500K in service fees.

If this is the leadership opportunity you have been looking for, then look no further! Express your interest in joining our employee-owned team by submitting your resume for consideration today!

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