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OGC Geotechnical Operations Manager - Kiewit Infrastructure Engineering


Houston, TX, US

Requisition ID: 112756 

Job Level: Senior Level 

Department: Design Engineering 

Market: OGC 

Employment Type: Full Time 

Position Overview

Kiewit Infrastructure Engineering has an immediate opening for a dynamic Oil, Gas & Chemical Geotechnical Operations Manager to join our Geotechnical Engineering leadership team.  The OGC Geotechnical Operations Manager will work closely with the Geotechnical Design Engineering Director, Chief Geotechnical Engineer, and other members of the leadership team to grow and manage the operational needs of the OGC Geotechnical group.  The successful candidate will bring energy, enthusiasm, and a focus on collaboration while providing administrative, technical, quality, and safety leadership for the engineers and designers of the OGC Geotechnical group.


The OGC Geotechnical Operations Manager will also work with an interdisciplinary team that includes civil, structural, and mechanical engineers  as well as estimators, schedulers and other construction professionals to identify geotechnical engineering problems and develop appropriate solutions for midstream, refining, LNG, chemicals, alternative fuels, and terminal projects.  The Geotechnical Operations Manager will be responsible for overseeing the production and/or review of engineering reports and geotechnical analyses, as well as directing the work of staff geotechnical engineers in our Houston, Texas office.


You will be part of our rapidly growing Infrastructure Design Department, which includes structural, 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's Design-Build team is driving clients to turn to Kiewit during all stages of design-build projects.  Through our integrated design and construction approach, our multi-disciplinary team works together to improve schedule, control costs and minimize risk.  Our construction-focused engineers work collaboratively with our estimators and builders to design solutions that are innovative, constructible, and designed with a focus on safety.   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 best practices for all projects that we support.


Kiewit’s management and implementation of this process leads to safe, cost effective, and innovative designs that exceeds client expectations and furthers 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 health benefits, a wealth-building 401k plan, and unbeatable growth opportunities, by joining Kiewit, you’re ensuring a lifetime of success.



This position is based out of our office in Houston, TX and includes travel to project offices and work sites, and period field assignments. 



  • Identifying, developing, and aligning high performance teams and individuals to meet organizational goals.
  • Coordinating and continually monitoring staff assignments and staff workloads; developing staffing forecasts.
  • Fostering an environment that emphasizes collaboration and coordination; providing feedback and encouraging learning to create growth opportunities; mentoring team members.
  • Assisting in development of training strategies; overseeing technical training and ensuring the technical competency of OGC Geotechnical staff.


  • Ensuring designs are completed with consistent application of design standards, technical approaches, and in accordance with the design quality management program.
  • Advising and providing direction to staff on proper execution of complex and advanced deliverables; potentially serving as engineer of record with responsibility for design recommendations and deliverables associated with advanced design components.
  • Working with pursuit teams to identify key geotechnical design risks and develop plans to mitigate those risks.
  • Coordinating with the Engineering Project Execution team to ensure on-time and on-budget project delivery.
  • Leading the exploration of alternate designs or new technologies to challenge the status quo and provoke exploration of new or innovative design solutions.
  • Collaborating with staff and the Engineering Project Management Team to develop work scopes and labor estimates.
  • Interface with Clients, Construction Personnel, Subconsultants and Regulatory Agencies.  

Quality and Safety

  • Leading by example with respect to safety, quality, and fostering a culture of continuous improvement.
  • Coordinating with the quality management team to train staff and implement the design quality management program.


  • Minimum 10 years of progressive geotechnical design experience, including EPC and design-build delivery.
  • Professional engineering registration, required.
  • Master's degree, or equivalent experience, in Geotechnical Engineering or closely related field, required.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience managing an engineering department, required.
  • EPC/design-build and design management experience, preferred.
  • Demonstrated broad technical knowledge of geotechnical engineering and technical solutions to geotechnical issues on Oil, Gas & Chemical projects, including ability to develop and evaluate innovative and cost-effective design solutions to problems and challenges.
  • Oil, Gas & Chemical-focused experience including: design of deep foundations, shallow foundations, ground improvement techniques, seismic engineering, settlement of compressible soils, site development, marine engineering, support of excavations, subgrade stabilization, and dewatering.
  • Demonstrates strong verbal and written communication skills, with a demonstrated focus on interdisciplinary design coordination.
  • Strong interpersonal skills resulting in exceptional rapport with people.  Proven success in initiating, promoting, and maintaining strong interpersonal relationships amongst the team.
  • This position requires travel to project offices and work sites. Ability to travel based on business needs and requirements.


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.

Nearest Major Market: Houston

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