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Section Manager, Environmental Studies

Kansas City, MO

Burns & McDonnell is seeking a Section Manager for its Environmental Services Global Practice to manage and lead staff within its Environmental Studies department at the ­­­­Kansas City Office.

This includes supporting and executing business strategy, developing high performance teams, and promoting the Burns & McDonnell culture, values, and mission. The Section Manager will lead the section in a dynamic and profitable manner based on Burns & McDonnell's core values of client satisfaction, commitment, dedication, integrity, safety, and overall outstanding service.

Burns & McDonnell is a 100% employee-owned firm ranked numerous times on the FORTUNE's List of 100 Best Companies to Work For and voted as a Best Place to Work in cities across the United States.

Responsibilities include:

  • Providing leadership to the team; direct and coordinate work assignments and review performance to ensure the efficient, cost-effective utilization of staff.
  • Profitable growth of the section; ensuring staff levels, staff loading, and staff assignments meet project requirements while maintaining billable goals.
  • Implementing, applying and supporting company, global practice and/or regional office programs and initiatives; successfully navigating and managing change within the section.
  • Providing expert level technical guidance, mentoring and support.
  • Apply creative solutions to local, state, and federal permitting
  • Advise clients of appropriate strategies to obtain permits and maintain compliance with regulations and permit conditions
  • Publication of technical papers and delivering presentations at conferences
  • Achieving stated targets and standards for financial performance.
  • Preparing and presenting workload and monthly financial reports to global practice or regional management and applicable project managers.
  • Recruitment, development, training, and retention of staff.
  • Conducting performance evaluation for assigned section staff.
  • Providing leadership, guidance, and instruction to the section staff.
  • Support or lead portions of department meetings and section meetings.
  • Perform project management responsibilities for studies and projects. Assisting staff with project setup, coordinating with the client/team, handling billing/invoicing, change orders, project closeout, etc
  • Interpreting and communicating policies, purposes, and goals of the organization to staff.
  • Collaborating with business development managers, business line leads, project managers, and proposal production staff on proposals to secure work for staff.
  • Overall QA/QC process adherence.
  • Ensuring compliance with company and site safety policies.
  • Diversity initiatives.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Construction Management or related degree from accredited program and 5 years of applicable experience (9 years preferred).
  • Experience in multiple market sectors is a plus with an emphasis on electric utility, renewable, and oil & gas facility markets.
  • The preferred applicant will also possess knowledge of regulations and permitting requirements for wetlands, threatened and endangered species, stormwater and erosion & sediment control, cultural resources and architectural history, and the National Environmental Policy Act. Technical expertise in one or more of these fields required.
  • Experience with environmental permitting in other states throughout the Midwest is also desired.
  • Excellent written & verbal communication skills.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast paced, demanding work environment, ability to work overtime on short notice,
  • High proficiency using Microsoft Office.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with others (Owner's, Contractors, Project Managers, Engineers and Designers) in a multi-discipline project team environment to resolve design or drawing issues as appropriate and to accomplish objectives.


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