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Sr Design Manager (Kiewit Infrastructure Engineering)


Englewood, CO, US Denver, CO, US

Requisition ID: 98122 

Job Level: Senior Level 

Department: Design Engineering 

Market: Transportation 

Employment Type: Full Time 

Position Overview

Kiewit Infrastructure Engineering has an immediate opening for a dynamic Senior Design Manager in our growing Design Engineering Services (DES) Group based in Englewood, CO. The Senior Design Manager will work on an interdisciplinary team including: geotechnical engineers, structural engineers, roadway engineers, estimators, schedulers and construction experts to perform engineering analysis, design, and estimates in support of design-build pursuits and ongoing projects.

You will be part of our rapidly growing Infrastructure Design Department, which includes structural, geotechnical, civil, drainage, roadway, rail/transit and systems, and materials disciplines, is a multi-faceted and leading-edge division of Kiewit with best-in-class technical expertise focused on the design-build delivery of infrastructure projects. 

District Overview

Kiewit Infrastructure Engineering Group’s Design Build Management team are driving clients to turn to Kiewit during all stages of design-build projects to manage their multi-disciplined design teams to improve schedule, control costs and minimize risk. Our construction-driven engineers analyze root causes and resolve design issues before they impact schedule and budget. Particularly on large design-build projects, clients benefit from the proven processes and tools used by Kiewit to minimize project risk. We are an in-house resource that supports projects throughout the company. Our staff shares experiences gained, innovative concepts, and design best practices for all projects that we support.


Our participation leads to safe, cost effective, and innovative designs that achieve client expectations and further Kiewit’s legacy of excellence.


On our team, you’ll have the opportunity to see more, touch more, and do more than you ever imagined. Working hard will not only bring you satisfaction from a job well done, but it will help propel your career forward faster than you might expect. We will train you, develop your skills, and allow you to take on projects that impact millions across North America. With top-notch benefits, a wealth-building 401k plan, and unbeatable growth opportunities, by joining Kiewit, you’re ensuring a lifetime of success.


The position is based in Kiewit Infrastructure Engineers’ office in Englewood, CO.  However, with the right candidate, office location within the U.S. is negotiable provided they are willing to accept significant amount of travel within the U.S. with potential for periodic temporary duty when assigned to large pursuit or project.

  • Directing activities associated with multi-million-dollar Design Build transportation projects (highway and/or transit/rail) through pre- and post-award phases to deliver technical excellence and quality work in accordance with project schedules, scope and budgets as listed below.
  • Directing and managing pre-award and post-award services for design-build and P3 projects. Proven experience in highway and bridge project delivery is required; and experience in delivery of projects in other transportation service sectors (rail & transit, aviation and ports) is desired. Pre-award work:
  • Manage staff and activities for a project of significant size and complexity and develop staffing plans and schedules to meet the delivery schedule and task requirements.
  • Lead and manage a team of Kiewit design engineers, estimators and subconsultants making up the pursuit team, and ensure they are prepared to execute and deliver pre-award work activity.
  • Working closely with Business Line Management team to leverage existing relationships with sub-consultants and owners to facilitate positioning of Kiewit to win.
  • Presents ideas in persuasive and compelling ways; gains support and buy-in without demanding it; influences others to desired course of action.
  • Participate in development and negotiation of teaming agreements between subconsultants ensuring that Kiewit protocols and standards for commercial and risk terms are achieved.
  • Prior to shortlisting, assist with preparation and review of SOQs.•    Facilitate work planning activities, oversee pre-award man-hour development, quality management, and risk/change management.
  • Ensure that project controls measures are implemented
  • Conduct periodic project reviews to oversee and facilitate successful project delivery performance.
  • Lead transition from pre-award to post-award work planning and resource scheduling.
  • Post-award work:
  • Lead and manage a team of Kiewit design engineers and subconsultants, and ensure they are prepared to execute and deliver.
  • Manage the design team to ensure the scope is met while producing quality deliverables within the required schedule, managing risk/change, and the project budget while balancing impacts for the overall success of Kiewit.
  • Plan, direct and supervise the activities of assigned personnel and provide and enforces proper delegation of management authority, responsibility and accountability.
  • Assure that the project team complies with the contract agreement as well as exercises rigid cost/schedule control to implement the approved design.
  • Ensure that project controls measures are implemented to monitor and control the design, and monitor/control progress project management reviews.
  • Lead integration of risk/change management processes.
  • Develop action plans with timelines in order to implement strategy; involve others in the process, incorporating best ideas into the plan and gaining buy-in through effective communication.
  • Interface and maintain relationships with the Owner, other Kiewit operating districts and design partners.
  • Bring a “best practice” mindset with an eye to constant improvement and quality in delivery of work product.
  • Mentoring and developing technical capabilities of mid-level and junior staff.
  • Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering with a focus on transportation, Graduate degree with management coursework and/or MBA a plus.
  • Licensed Professional Engineer with ability to obtain in other states as the project may require.
  • Twenty years of directly related experience with at least five of these years in a Senior Design Manager position with project management responsibility on large complex multidisciplinary projects. Successful completion of management role in delivery of one or more projects in excess of $500 million in construction value with a minimum of three in excess of $250 million.
  • Ten years of specific experience in delivery of design-build and/or P3 projects as a Design Manager, Segment Lead or Discipline Lead with experience in both pre- and post-award phases. Additional Requirements
  • Excellent technical and interpersonal skills, public speaking and persuasive ability; very strong financial management, team management, and leadership skills; ability to manage and coordinate efforts of various projects to produce and overall results.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and collaborative approach that permits effective communication amongst leadership, management, clients, project managers and staff.
  • Demonstrated experience in contract negotiations, financial management, fee estimating, risk management, change management and project closeout.
  • Demonstrated success achieving budget and schedule compliance on DB projects.
  • Enthusiastic and resilient attitude with drive to achieve and maximize opportunities.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain strong client relationships
  • Demonstrated Quality Control / Quality Assurance experience
  • Able to foster collaboration between technical and management teams working from other locations, and demonstrated team building and verbal/oral skills
  • Must be willing to accept significant amount of travel within the U.S. with potential for periodic temporary duty when assigned to large pursuit or project.


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.