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Director of Water Treatment Technology- Kiewit Water Engineering


Lenexa, KS, US

Requisition ID: 140261 

Job Level: Director 

Department: Design Engineering 

Market: Water/Wastewater 

Employment Type: Full Time 

Position Overview

Kiewit Water Engineering (KWE) has an immediate opening for a Director – Water Treatment Technology as part of our expanding and highly successful Water group. This role is located in Lenexa, KS, with the opportunity for flexible work. You will be in a Senior Management role within the Kiewit Water Engineering organization that is developing water infrastructure solutions that seamlessly transition from design plans to completed projects that exceed client expectations and further Kiewit’s legacy of excellence.

You will be the authority providing technical and strategic leadership to expand our market position nationally on the physical and chemical processes in the water treatment arenas of Drinking Water, Potable Municipal and Groundwater Desalination, Advanced Water Reuse, Industrial Water Treatment and Mining.  Kiewit Water Directors are key decision makers in our Water business and will be an integral part of our leadership team with responsibilities ranging from market strategic planning and business development collaboration to technical oversight of ongoing water treatment facility projects with direct access to executive management in the engineering and construction businesses.

District Overview

Kiewit Engineering Group, Inc is a full-service consulting and engineering firm serving the Water, Infrastructure, Industrial, Power and Oil, Gas & Chemical (OGC) markets. Our combined staff of more than 1,300 engineers and design professionals have expertise that spans all major engineering disciplines to serve our customers across markets on projects of any scale and complexity level. Backed by over 130 years of construction expertise, our construction-focused engineering centers on constructability, commissioning, and safety in the earliest phases of projects to ensure total project success. 

The Kiewit Water Engineering team, which includes process, mechanical, piping, electrical, instrumentation and control, structural, and civil disciplines, is a multi-faceted division of Kiewit with best-in-class technical expertise focused on collaborative Design-Build (progressive and/or fixed price) and EPC delivery models for complex water projects.  The team brings project solutions to life across North America in the following areas:

•    Water Treatment
•    Potable Municipal and Groundwater Desalination
•    Advanced Water Reuse
•    Groundwater Remediation
•    Storm water Recycling
•    Industrial Water Treatment
•    Wastewater Treatment
•    Biosolids Treatment
•    Pipelines and Conveyance

Clients are turning to Kiewit during all stages of design-build projects to lead and manage multi-disciplined design teams to work together to improve schedule, track design progress, control costs and minimize risk.  We are a high performing team of engineers and designers that leads the water engineering process and collaborates with Kiewit’s construction teams to approach construction-driven engineering with a focus on safe, cost effective, and innovative designs, all working to develop the best possible delivery of water facility projects to our clients.


This role will be based out of Kiewit's Lenexa, KS office (Kansas City area) preferably. Opportunities for flexible work are available.


Strategic Leadership

  • Assist and support Executive leadership with short-term and long-term strategy development and business initiatives within the organization
  • Collaborate with the regional Water Markets & Strategy professionals as the primary engineering contact for wastewater treatment to interface with customers to support project and business development needs (client meetings, proposal messaging, interviews).
  • Develop strategic plans for new business opportunities and foster long-term customer relationships by attending customer engagement activities and functions (as needed)
  • Communicate/present potential new business opportunities and industry trends, competitive situations, or technology/regulatory issues
  • Identify current and future pursuit and/or project risks along with development of mitigation strategies
  • Manage and interpret data and results for multiple projects such that sound business decisions can be made based on these results
  • Consolidate best practices from pursuit and project execution

Pursuit & Project Performance Leadership

  • Collaborative senior management responsibility during the SOQ/RFP proposal development phases for pursuit opportunities ensuring technical design contract compliance, alternative technical/technology concept development, design execution strategy development, technical proposal content accuracy, risk assessments and performance guarantees
  • Technical and engineering leadership for concurrent multiple engineering teams on municipal infrastructure and industrial water facility design including process evaluation and selection, preparation of engineering reports, calculations, drawings, and specifications and supporting start-up & commissioning plan development while ensuring that all contractual design and permitting requirements are met
  • Senior Management responsibility for project performance guarantees, engineering deliverable quality, technical risk identification and mitigation, and contract compliance with technical design aspects

Community/Industry Leadership

  • Involvement in the community and industry as an influential leader through participation in organizations and memberships and delivering customer and professional organization presentations
  • Senior leadership, guidance and review of key technical conference papers and presentations


  • Provide technical mentorship of engineering and design staff to become future leaders by assisting in employee development, training, recruiting, retention


  • Bachelor's Degree in Chemical, Mechanical or Civil/Environmental Engineering, from an accredited university
  • Master’s Degree or higher in Chemical, Mechanical or Civil/Environmental Engineering, strongly preferred but not required
  • Professional Engineer (PE) registration
  • 15+ years’ experience in project management, engineering design, estimating, and start-up/commissioning of drinking water, desalination, and water reuse infrastructure projects with focus on Design-Build / EPC project delivery
  • Knowledge and application of alternative project delivery methods (PDB, FDB, CMAR, DBOM, DBFOM, P3).
  • Willing and available to accommodate intermittent travel (25-40% expected)
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills
  • Attention to detail, with the ability to recognize discrepancies
  • Strong work ethic and willingness to do what it takes to get the job done
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team
  • Ability to freely access all points of a construction site in wide-ranging climates and environment



We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

There’s no limit to what you’ll work on at Kiewit. With contracts in different markets and geographic areas, you’ll tackle new challenges all the time. Whether you’re building a facility that can turn water into power or engineering safer infrastructure networks, you’re bound to push the limits of innovation in new and exciting ways.

With Kiewit, you’ll have the potential to work on a variety of projects in seven major markets. From railroads to tunnels, renewable energy to biofuels, you’ll be part of a mission that’s bigger than you can imagine. 

Here, you’ll team up with market experts and gain cross-functional experience — all while helping people across the globe live better.

We offer our fulltime staff employees a comprehensive benefits package that’s among the best in our industry, including top-tier medical, dental and vision plans covering eligible employees and dependents, voluntary wellness and employee assistance programs, life insurance, disability, retirement plans with matching, and generous paid time off.

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