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Design Build Manager- Municipal Water- Kiewit Water Engineering


Lenexa, KS, US

Requisition ID: 125598 

Job Level: Senior Level 

Department: Design Build Management 

Market: Water/Wastewater 

Employment Type: Full Time 

Position Overview

Kiewit Water Engineering (KWE) has an immediate opening for a Design-Build Manager with primary focus on the Municipal Water market in our Design Build Management group based in Lenexa, KS, USA.  Selected candidates will be part of our growing Engineering team that is developing water and wastewater infrastructure solutions across North America.  Design-Build Managers at Kiewit are an integral part of our overall project management teams with direct access to Engineering and Construction leaders across the organization and an ability to impact all facets of Design-Build projects.  Project assignments range from support of proposals and estimates to execution of design and construction support.

At Kiewit, Design-Build Managers have primary responsibility for design activities of Kiewit teams and external partners on municipal water design-build projects and pursuits. The Design-Build Manager will be responsible for administering and managing internal and external design teams to meet project financial, schedule, and construction objectives, consistent with Kiewit's standard operating procedures.

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 alternative 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
•    Wastewater Treatment
•    Biosolids Treatment
•    Water Reuse
•    Groundwater Remediation
•    Stormwater Recycling
•    Pipelines and Conveyance
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 that achieve client expectations and further Kiewit’s legacy of excellence.


This role will be based out of Kiewit's Lenexa, KS office (Kansas City area); remote consideration.


•    Overall management of the internal and external project design team(s)
•    Has a detailed understanding of all contractual obligations for the project to ensure contract design and permitting requirements of the contract are met
•    Facilitates effective communication between design and construction project leadership
•    Plans and coordinates the activities of the design-build process with all stakeholders
•    Communicates project design and performance status with Clients and permitting agencies
•    Resolves conflicts that arise through partnering with designers, clients, and construction
•    Supports construction priorities and ensures their implementation through the design
•    Promotes design-build best practices, including constructability reviews, schedule compliance and quantity management
•    Monitors and tracks the design schedule and design budget
•    Connects appropriate Kiewit Engineering resources to projects
•    Manages and interprets data and results for multiple projects
•    Responsible for the design fee estimate and administering the Engineering Contracts for assigned project(s)
•    Identifies current and future risks along with mitigation strategies
•    Consolidates best practices from project execution


  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering or related engineering degree
  • 10+ years’ experience in the municipal water market
  • 5+ years’ experience on managing an engineering and design team of 20 or more
  • 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
  • Fast-paced office environment; must be able to interact professionally with all levels of management while simultaneously manage a diversified workload and challenging situations efficiently and effectively; regularly sit, stand, and navigate an office space; communicate both in person and virtually; occasionally lift and move up objects up to 30 pounds.
  • Travel in the U.S. and internationally (10-50%).

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: Overland Park
Nearest Secondary Market: Kansas City

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