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Business Development Manager - Water - Northern California, Oregon, Washington Region


Fairfield, CA, US Portland, OR, US Remote, US Federal Way, WA, US

Requisition ID: 167734 

Job Level: Senior Level 

Home District/Group: Water Business Development 

Department: Business Development & Proposals 

Market: Water/Wastewater 

Employment Type: Full Time 


Position Overview

The Business Development Manager (BDM) is responsible for the development of client strategy and capture of water related design-build and construction work in its various contractual forms within the assigned region.  The BDM must demonstrate leadership in pursuing work that best fits Kiewit's objectives in Water.  The BDM must understand the water market inclusive of new and existing clients, their purchasing behaviors and metrics, and competitors and their strategies.   In addition, the BDM should demonstrate existing, and develop new relationships with 3rd party engineering partners, OEMs, equipment vendors and other external resources needed to complement the engineering and constructions services that Kiewit offers to achieve superior capture results.  The relationships are not exclusive to sales, but rather inclusive as part of a larger Get Work strategy.


The BDM reports to the Vice President of Sales, Water and directly oversees water market sales opportunities with the regional water market.  The BDM is responsible to help formulate the strategy to capture a project and for maintaining and expanding upon existing client relationships, developing and nourishing new business opportunities, while also staying highly engaged with industry associations and organizations.  In combination, these efforts will provide Kiewit a unique advantage in the Water Design-Build market.


As part of our Get Work process, the BDM coordinates with a team of proposal, graphics, marketing, engineering, and construction professionals focused on the same goals throughout North America.  The role of sales is to have a full perspective of the market and the opportunities that exist.  The BDM cultivates, establishes, and maintains client and partner relationships so as to identify and position strategically for the best opportunities for Kiewit and lead the larger team of professionals to capture work.


When bidding work a Business Line Manager (BLM) handles the mechanics of the pursuit (estimating, proposing, negotiating, and closing the pursuit.)  The BDM represents the voice of the customer (VOC) within Kiewit during this time and leans in with the larger team once bidding has begun to ensure we are clearly articulating our differentiators in the VOC.  The reinforcement of the VOC is to assure the best capture outcomes are achieved by providing input into strategy, scope understanding, team selection and execution while also collaborating with team members to best represent the value and differentiators Kiewit is bringing to the client.  This will take the specific form of direct communication with team members, but also within proposal content, copy, graphics, presentations, and other deliverables that serve as the elements of the capture plan.  From time-to-time sales will coach, critique, and support fellow team members focused on business capture and execution to assure team members are engaged with the client to assure positive outcomes in business capture and project execution are achieved.


Sales also serves a critical role during project execution to understand client satisfaction and provide open channels for client to communicate that satisfaction within the Kiewit organization.  Much of our work comes from repeat clientele and open communication those client is a vital element for continued success in capturing work.

District Overview

Kiewit Water District is a full-sevice EPC firm serving the Water market serving customers across markets on project of any scale and complexity level.  Backed by over 135 years of construction expertise our design-build capabilities are centered on constructability, commissioning, and safety in the earliest phases of projects to ensure total project success.

The Kiewit Water team at Kiewit is focused on collaborative Construction Management "At Risk", Design-Build (progressive and/or fixed price) EPC and Public Private Partnership 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 muiti-disciplined design teams to work together to improve schedule, track design progress, control costs and minimize risk.  We are  all working with a focus on safe, cost effective, innovate designs, and development of the best possible delivery that meets the client's goals for the project.


This role will be based out of one of Kiewit's existing offices in Fairfield, California; Portland, Oregon; or Federal Way, Washington.  Remote work locations will be fairly considered.


This position requires a high degree of influence with engineers, construction personnel, management and fellow sales and marketing professionals but does not require any direct oversight.

Essential Duties and responsibilities include, but are not necessarily limited to the following:

  • Involved in developing the capture strategy
  • Engages with clients, vendors, partners, and 3rd party engineers to establish a sales pipeline and achieve capture goals within an assigned region.
  • Establish and maintain key relationships with repeat and new clients from C-Suite thru operational levels
  • Utilize industry contacts to create a clear picture of a client's organization, decision-making and strategy to adequately formulate a Kiewit win strategy and capture work
  • Conduct cold calling as necessary to gain entry to new clients and adjacent markets within existing clients
  • Lead client visits and presentations with key business stakeholders typically less familiar/comfortable with the sales process
  • Engage clients at industry relevant conferences and work with both management and marketing to ensure the development of messaging, attendance and investment efficiently drives growth
  • Participate as a subject matter  expert in the water market engaging in associations, conferences as a thought leader and presenter on relevant information in which you have expertise
  • Coordinates with the Business Line Manager and operational personnel to conduct go/no go discussions with business leaders thru the preparation of white papers that offers fundamental information on the pursuit for business leaders to make an informed decision around the effectiveness to pursue a given opportunity
  • Assures that Kiewit's CRM tool, which serves as the documentation of the sales pipeline, is accurate and complete on a continual basis
  • During the annual business planning process, prepare account plans for the territory that incorporates overall, accessible, and attainable market objectives with anticipated forecasting of revenues from assigned clients throughout the planning period
  • Monitor and analyze the competition regionally and provide real time input to business leaders on noteworthy shifts by the competition that may represent threats or opportunities for Kiewit
  • Actively engage in regular Kiewit Water business development meetings as well as weekly progress calls


To perform this job successfully, the BDM must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed herein are representative of the knowledge, skill, and /or ability required.   Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Bachelor's degree in Business, Marketing, and/or Engineering is preferred
  • A minimum of 10 years  experience in the engineering and construction industry preferably in the municipal water industry; this experience coupled with demonstrated sales is desired
  • Must be able to travel up to a minimum of 70% within the Region. Occasional trips for conferences and internal business development summits throughout North America occur.  Travel is often undexpected and at the demands of the clients and opportunity timelines necessary to achieve the desired capture results.  A flexible schedule is essential.  Most coordination on pursuits is accomplished virtually thru Teams


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.

Base Compensation: $139,306 - $208,958 
(Actual compensation is subject to variation due to such factors as education, experience, skillset, and/or location)

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.

Nearest Major Market: Sacramento
Nearest Secondary Market: Fairfield

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