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HNTB Iowa Practice Leader in Des Moines, Iowa

What We're Looking For

At HNTB, you can create a career that is meaningful to you while building communities that matter to all of us. For 110 years, we have been delivering solutions for some of the largest, most complex infrastructure projects across the country. With our historic growth, it is an exciting time to join our team of employee-owners.

This opportunity entails serving as the practice leader for the Des Moines, IA location within the Central States Office. The practice leader reports to the Central States Office Leader and serves on the Office Leadership Team. The practice leader is responsible for leadership and oversight of HNTB's Iowa geographic location, including market growth and business development; client, civic and community relationships; government relations; assuring infrastructure project and program delivery; and overseeing staff coordination so as to operate within the established goals and budgets for the Central States Office.

The practice leader is also responsible for leading the development and execution of Iowa's state and regional client programs, pursuits and projects while building and maintaining effective and meaningful client relationships. The practice leader will provide guidance, collaboration and input on the strategic direction, priorities and effectiveness of the HNTB Client Service Teams with a focus on Iowa pursuits and projects, including the Iowa Department of Transportation, the Nebraska Department of Transportation, and Iowa area municipal, aviation and transit clients. The Practice Leader may serve as a director for large scale pursuits and projects at the mega ($5M+) or super mega ($25M+) sales level.

What You'll Do:

  • Directs and supervises the development and management of the operating budgets for the departments within the Group and coordination with the office's budget.

  • Responsible for the oversight of the group (multiple departments) activities, establish priorities and assign staff to projects. Collaborate with other groups, offices and divisions on work-sharing needs and opportunities.

  • Drives the implementation of the firm's strategic plan and HNTB's Sophisticated Sales Approach (SSA) process on project pursuits and markets with the Group and office, including development of strategic planning strategies.

  • Drives the implementation of the firm's contracting (SCA) process through project delivery and contracting activities including scope, work plan and fee reviews for all contracting activities impacting the group.

  • Drives the implementation of the firm's project delivery (SDA) process including Work Planning, Monthly Project Reviews and other project performance methods to ensure quality work, on time, on schedule, to the client's satisfaction.

  • Assists in marketing responsibilities, including client discovery, proposal generation, interviews, and win-to-work activities

  • Maintains client contacts to ensure client satisfaction. Leads and assists in sales and marketing efforts for department's growth.

  • Assists in the development and execution of the office strategic plan. May participate of the Office Leadership Team (OLT)

  • Recruits, hires, develops and retains department staff within the group, including supporting Department Managers with the development of plans for staff reporting, performance and compensation reviews, and succession planning.

  • Manages assigned project management activities (project scope, schedule, budget and quality management) and performs technical discipline tasks including research, reports, design, specifications and plan preparation.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

What You'll Need:

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering with 12 years of practical experience including 4 years of supervisory experience

What We Prefer:

  • Master’s degree in Engineering, Planning, Landscape Architecture, Business or other closely relevant degree.

  • 16 years relevant experience with 4 years supervisory experience

  • Professional Engineer (PE) certification

  • American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification

  • Professional Landscape Architect (PLA) certification

  • Project Management Professional (PMP)

  • Relevant experience in client service, business development, and/or project management of large scale (mega/super mega) pursuits and projects in the Iowa state and/or Midwest region

Primary Focus will include:

  • Responsible for day-to-day Iowa geographic location oversight, coordination and practice building.

  • Responsible for assisting the Central States Office Leader with developing and executing the external engagement strategy in Iowa with clients, elected officials, civic and business organizations, and the community.

  • Collaborates to establish Iowa geographic location priorities and coordinates resource needs/assignments/work schedules with Central States Office discipline group directors and the geographic location practice leaders in Kansas City, Oklahoma City, Overland Park and St. Louis.

  • Performs oversight or management of assigned client program, pursuit and project management activities (client audits/debriefs; project scope, schedule, budget and quality management and delivery; client program and pursuit discovery and strategy) for HNTB Mega and Super Mega pursuits and projects for the Iowa area practice.

  • Engaged in the hiring, supervision, mentoring, professional development, evaluation and termination of Iowa geographic location staff members in coordination with Central States Office Leader and discipline group directors.

  • Responsible for assisting the Central States Office Leader to ensure the firm’s standards of performance are being met in the Iowa geographic location including HNTB’s Sophisticated Planning Approach, Sophisticated Sales Approach, Sophisticated Contracting Approach, Sophisticated Approach to People and Sophisticated Delivery Approach.

  • Other duties as assigned.

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Job Type: Regular

Full/Part Time: Full time

Job Category: Engineering Group

ReqID: R-20641