Project Engineering Sponsor (Water) - Kiewit Industrial and Water Engineering


Lenexa, KS, US

Requisition ID: 171395 

Job Level: Senior Level 

Home District/Group: Kiewit Industrial & Water Engineering 

Department: Design Engineering 

Market: Water/Wastewater 

Employment Type: Full Time 

Position Overview

Clients are turning to Kiewit during all stages of design-build projects to lead and manage multi-disciplined, integrated design teams to work together to improve schedule, track design progress, control costs and minimize risk.
Kiewit Industrial & Water Engineering (KIWE) has an immediate opening for a Project Engineering Sponsor as part of our expanding and highly successful Water group based in Lenexa, KS, USA. You will be in a Senior Project Management role within our collaborative and engaging organization that is developing water infrastructure solutions that seamlessly transition from project development to design plans to completed projects that achieve client expectations and further Kiewit’s legacy of excellence.


At Kiewit, Project Engineering Sponsors provide engineering focused guidance and oversight of Engineering Project Managers and their teams during pursuits, project development, estimating, project initiation, design management, execution, and closeout within the Water/Wastewater market segments. Sponsors are typically responsible for multiple project teams at various stages of execution and requires proactive communication, coordination, and follow-up to meet the project goals and objectives and ensuring project scope work, schedule and budget are clearly defined and understood.

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 in partnership with our Kiewit construction entities. Our combined staff of more than 3,000 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 140 years of construction expertise, our construction-focused engineering execution approach encompasses constructability, commissioning, safety, and lowest installed cost strategies at the earliest phases of projects to ensure total project success.

The Kiewit Industrial & Water Engineering team, which includes process, mechanical, piping, electrical, instrumentation and control, structural, civil and buildings disciplines, is a multi-faceted and leading-edge Kiewit district with best-in-class technical expertise primarily focused on collaborative Design-Build (progressive and/or fixed price) and EPCC 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
•    Stormwater Recycling
•    Industrial Water Treatment
•    Wastewater Treatment
•    Biosolids Treatment
•    Pipelines and Conveyance


This role will be based out of Kiewit's Lenexa, KS office. Remote work locations will be fully considered.


Strategic Leadership

  • Assist and support Executive leadership with short-term and long-term strategy development and business initiatives within the organization
  • Function as an established representative of Kiewit’s brand, readily supporting business development and integral to the win strategy of pursuits.
  • Collaborate with the regional Water Markets & Strategy professionals as the primary engineering contact 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
  • Communicate/present industry trends, competitive situations, or technology/regulatory issues that impact Kiewit execution strategies
  • 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


Pursuit & Project Performance Leadership

  • Collaborative senior management responsibility during the SOQ/RFP proposal development phases for pursuit opportunities ensuring technical design contract compliance, design execution strategy development, technical proposal content accuracy, risk assessments and performance guarantees
  • Senior management leadership for concurrent multiple internal and external engineering teams on municipal infrastructure and industrial water facility designs while ensuring that all contractual design and permitting requirements are met
  • Senior management responsibility for project engineering performance: financial, integrated schedule, client relations, deliverable quality, project technical risk mitigation, performance guarantees, and technical design contract compliance
  • Drive execution certainty through review and enforcement of project procedures consistent with contractual documents, quality plans and corporate policies for all engineering work
  • Able to change focus from internal to external, building relationships with customers, partners, and project stakeholders
  • Establish and maintain sponsor-level zippering relationships with customers, other Kiewit functions/districts, subcontractors, and key technology providers throughout the project lifecycle
  • Share best practices and execution experience to set project teams up for success


Community/Industry Leadership

  • Involvement in the community and industry as an influential leader through participation in organizations and memberships



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


  • Bachelor's Degree in engineering in any discipline from an accredited university
  • Advanced Technical or Business Degree – MS, MBA (preferred)
  • Professional Engineer (PE) registration
  • 20+ years’ experience in project/program management, engineering design, estimating, and start-up/commissioning of municipal water/wastewater projects with focus on Design-Build / EPC project delivery
  • Knowledge and application of alternative project delivery methods (PDB, FPDB, CMAR, DBOOM, DBFOM, P3).
  • Demonstrated success as a Project Director, Project Manager or Program Manager on collaborative design-build/EPCC projects
  • Well versed and knowledgeable in supplier, vendor, designer, and subcontractor coordination and interface management
  • Appreciation and understanding of the operations of other functions (e.g. Procurement, Construction, Commissioning, SQS, Business Management, Estimating, etc.)
  • Capable of autonomous management of multiple projects and personnel
  • Highly motivated, with a demonstrated passion for excellence and taking initiative
  • Strong work ethic and willingness to do what it takes to get the job done
  • Demonstrated commitment to ethics and integrity
  • Strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communications skills, including reporting and presenting
  • Team player with the ability to work independently to meet deadlines, goals, and objectives
  • Focuses on building trusting teams, collaborative and strives for excellence in project outcomes
  • Willing and available to accommodate travel as business requires



Other Requirements:

  • Regular, reliable attendance 
  • Work productively and meet deadlines timely
  • Communicate and interact effectively and professionally with supervisors, employees, and others individually or in a team environment.
  • Perform work safely and effectively. Understand and follow oral and written instructions, including warning signs, equipment use, and other policies.
  • Work during normal operating hours to organize and complete work within given deadlines. Work overtime and weekends as required.
  • May work at various different locations and conditions may vary.


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.

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 do at Kiewit. Whether you’re building or supporting projects that provide communities with dependable energy, safe transportation, clean water, or access to health care, the work you do will positively impact people’s lives for generations to come. 

Here you’ll have endless opportunities to expand your expertise through on-the-job experience and internal and external training and development opportunities. 

We offer our full-time staff employees a comprehensive benefits package that’s among the best in our industry. From top-tier health care programs to employee assistance programs and retirement planning, we aim to provide you with the tools you need to be successful in the areas of life that matter most to you.

Kiewit is an equal-opportunity employer, and we believe a diverse workforce is vital to the success of our business. We continue our efforts to attract, develop and retain employees from all backgrounds who are passionate about our industry.  

We are committed to veteran and military hiring and will consider relevant military experience as equivalent to qualification requirements.

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